We docked in Piraeus at Terminal B which, to paraphrase Luke Skywalker, if the Metro Station is the bright center to Piraeus, this is the farthest point from it. A free shuttle takes you to Terminal A, but this is still about a mile from ... Read More
We docked in Piraeus at Terminal B which, to paraphrase Luke Skywalker, if the Metro Station is the bright center to Piraeus, this is the farthest point from it. A free shuttle takes you to Terminal A, but this is still about a mile from there to the Metro station. Outside Terminal A, taxis await you, but only if you want to go to Athens. No taxi driver was willing to give up his place in line to just take us to the Metro station, so we walked. It is an okay walk if the weather is not too hot, and there is also the 843 bus. Just follow the sidewalk as it winds around and takes you to the giant pedestrian bridge. Once you cross the pedestrian bridge, the entrance to the Metro is directly on your left as you reach the bottom of the stairs. (There is also a Citibank ATM to your right).
The Metro is a fast, cheap ride directly to downtown Athens at a fraction of what a taxi will cost you. Once again, the ship was running a shuttle for an exorbitant price that only took you there: you had to take a taxi or the Metro back. Take the Metro Green Line both ways and save some cash. If you are in good shape, get off at the Monastaraki Station, which is at the edge of the Plaka. From here it is a short walk to the Agora entrance gate, where you can buy tickets to the Acropolis and take the steep path up. This method avoids the crowds that are milling about on the opposite side of the mountain. That is, until you reach the entrance to the temples. For a not so steep climb (but more crowds) stay on the Green Line until Omonia, then switch to the Red Line and go two stops (in the direction of Agios Dimitrios) to the Acropolis station.
When you are finished getting some culture, head back down through the Agora to the Plaka, which has some very nice open air cafes and restaurants with delicious food. Other than that, it is another bazaar. (Every port we visited was like a giant swap meet.) When you are done there, just hop back on the Green line at Monastaraki Station.
Greece was in the midst of upheaval and riots over austerity measures during the period we visited. We avoided Syntagma Square, because of the riots, and just went to the Acropolis and the Plaka. As in most “riot torn” cities, the unrest is confined to a tiny area and the rest of the city goes on as if nothing was happening. The Acropolis is more than worth the visit, just awe inspiring, and is, by the way, visible from where we docked in Piraeus. The Parthenon faces the harbor and is a spectacular sight if you know where to look and the smog is not too bad.
Piraeus port advertises free Wifi, but it is incredibly weak, except up near the entrance and ferry (not cruise) terminals, where it works fine. Read Less