How to Get From Athens Airport to Piraeus Port (and Piraeus to Athens)

It is very easy to get from Athens airport to Piraeus port. There are a couple of different options available to get to Piraeus.

Fortunately, the journey is very quick and convenient. You can get from Athens airport to Piraeus port in less than 90 minutes. 

This means that if you are travelling to Piraeus for onward travel to the Greek islands, it is easy to sail out the same day that you land in Greece. Piraeus sits adjacent to Athens.

The two cities seemingly blend into one and it can be tricky from the outside to see where Athens ends and Piraeus begins! If your schedule permits, Piraeus is very worthy of a little exploration. Alternatively, the city makes a good base for cheap accommodation during your trip to Athens

How to Get from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

Athens airport to Piraeus Port
Athens airport to Piraeus Port

There is a distance of 31 miles (50 KM) separating Athens airport and Piraeus port. Your options for getting there range from private transfers to localised public transport.

Prices vary substantially between the different methods available to you. The most suitable way of making the journey depends on you, your budget, and whether you are in a hurry to reach the ferry terminal in order to catch a boat. 

Ride the X96 Bus from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port 

Arguably the easiest method of getting from Athens airport to Piraeus port by public transport is via the X96 bus. This takes you directly to the port.

Taking the bus from Athens airport to Piraeus means that you don’t have to chop and change metro lines. The bus terminal is situated directly outside the arrivals gate at Athens International Airport. 

Riding the X96 Bus

Buses run either every 20 minutes or every 40 minutes depending on the season. You can find a detailed schedule of the X96 bus here

Officially, the journey should take 90 minutes. However unofficially, this could take up to two hours. Athens traffic can be a nightmare, particularly if you are on the roads during the 5 pm rush hour, or on Friday/Saturday nights. 

It goes without saying that Athens airport is more crowded with tourists during the summer months. Between July and September in Athens, you may occasionally find a line waiting for the buses to Athens centre and Piraeus.

Concession Tickets

Bus tickets cost 6 euros per person and can be purchased either from the driver or at the ticket booth outside the airport. Children under six years of age travel free.

Meanwhile, those between six and eighteen, or over sixty-five are entitled to half-price fare. Have your passport or identity card on hand when you travel.

Take the Metro From Athens Airport to Piraeus Port 

A cheap way to get from Athens Airport to Piraeus port is to take the metro. Everything is well marked and signs are displayed in English.

The process for getting the Athens metro is outlined below.

  • Pass through customs and baggage control and head to the arrivals area

  • Follow the signs for the train/subway

  • Exit the arrivals hall, cross the road, and enter the building on the other side

  • Follow the moving walkway to the airport train station

  • Use the ticket machines to purchase a one-way “Athens and Airport” ticket. This covers the Piraeus area too

  • Validate your ticket, descend the stairs to the platform, and wait for the metro to Athens

  • Switch lines at Monastiraki square and take the Green line (line 3) to Piraeus. Piraeus metro station is in the heart of downtown Piraeus.

Purchasing Your Metro Ticket

A one-way Athens city & airport ticket costs 10 euro per person. The machines offer services in English and are a better option than the ticket offices which tend to attract large queues of tourists. 

Return tickets are available for €18. You can also buy a three day Athens tourist ticket for €22.

This includes unlimited travel around Athens and its surroundings (Piraeus, Kifissia, etc). You can also get monthly transport passes if you are going to be spending longer in Greece.

Riding the Athens Metro

It is important to note that Athens metro tickets are valid for 90 minutes. This is ample time to reach Piraeus. However, you should be mindful not to exit the ticket barriers once you have validated your travel ticket.

Trains run every thirty minutes between 6.30 am and 11.30 pm. It is worth noting that Piraeus metro station is approximately a 10-15 minute walk away from the port area.

If you are in a hurry to get to the port and you are carrying heavy luggage, it may be worth hailing one of the cabs that wait outside the metro exit. Various Athens metro timetables are found here for your reference. 

Order a Taxi from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port 

Taking a taxi is a comfortable and convenient way to get to Piraeus Port. Athens is Greece’s main international airport so whatever time of day you arrive, yellow cabs will be lined up outside the arrivals hall 24/7.

Opting to take a cab also means that the journey is much faster. You can expect to be at Piraeus port within 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. 

Athens Airport to Piraeus Taxi Fares

The standard day rate for the taxi is €54, and the night rate is €70. Airport taxi drivers are generally pretty straight.

However, it is worth keeping these numbers in mind in case you are quoted differently. Make sure you get into a yellow taxi, not a black car. These are private cars for hire and they often charge as much as double the price of standard taxis.

When the time comes that you need to travel back from Piraeus to Athens, yellow cabs can be found at various ranks around the city. You should also download the BEAT taxi app for taking taxis in Greece.

This is Greece’s equivalent to UBER and allows you to order a taxi to your location instantly. It also informs you of the price in advance. 

It is preferable to book taxis with this app during your Greece itinerary. Cab drivers have been known to inflate prices or take passengers on a roundabout route.

Organise a Private Transfer from Athens Airport to Piraeus

An alternative to taking a cab is to organise a private transfer from Athens International Airport. Companies such as Get Your Guide offer this service and the prices are roughly the same as taking a yellow cab.

However, this comes with the added convenience of being personally collected from the Airport Arrivals floor. Many of them provide you with complimentary bottles of water throughout your journey too.

An airport transfer helps you to take some of the stress out of planning your trip to Greece. You can obtain quotes from reputable companies here.

Rent a Car for Your Trip to Greece 

If you are travelling to Piraeus as part of a wider trip around Greece, then you may want to consider renting a car. This provides you with a lot more freedom and flexibility than you would have if you are relying on public transport.

Places such as Cape Sounion, the Athenian Riviera, Vouliagmeni, and Nafplio are accessible within just a few hours’ drive from Athens and Piraeus. It is better to organise your Greek rental car online and in advance in order to ensure availability and to secure the best deal.

Reputable companies like AVIS, Sixt, and Europcar have offices at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. You can easily collect your vehicle immediately upon arrival.

If you are planning to self-drive to Piraeus, just make sure that you have a few spare euros with you; You will have to pass through a toll booth en route and they only accept cash.

Driving in Greece is generally very pleasant, particularly when you get out to the open roads and the islands. You do not need to rent a car if you are going to be spending most of your time in Athens.

Parting Words

Have any further questions about how to get from Athens Airport to Piraeus? I have been living in Athens’ lovely Pagrati neighbourhood for the last four years and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Feel free to drop me a comment if you need anything. Safe travels!

Geia sou! Melissa xo

Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

5 thoughts on “How to Get From Athens Airport to Piraeus Port (and Piraeus to Athens)”

  1. Thank you for this helpful information. We are 4 adults transferring from Athens Airport to Piraeus to catch a ferry at 17:30. We land at 11:45a.m so I think we have time to take a bus to the port. We will each have a carry on and a suitcase. Will there be room on the bus to carry our luggage without disturbing other riders? This is travel on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Thank you for any information you can provide.

    • Hey Marla,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I think that ought to be plenty of time. Sometimes Athens airport is a little crowded and hectic during the summer, but even if you allowed an hour to go through baggage and immigration (as an absolute worst-case scenario), you have ample time for taking the bus.

      You should be fine with your luggage too. The buses are essentially two carriages joined together, and they have lots of areas for baggage. Failing that, you ought to be just fine sitting/standing with your suitcase. I’ve come back to Greece after travelling overseas dozens of times and have always had massive suitcases with me. Don’t worry 🙂

      Have a safe trip! Let me know if you need anything! Melissa

    • Hi Allison, is there any possibility of booking a different ferry or flight? It *should* be fine but it is just cutting it a bit fine. Is it a domestic or international flight?

      You should try and arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight departure. It takes anywhere between 40-60 minutes to get from Piraeus to the airport by road/cab. All being well you should arrive at 6pm which allows enough time..

      Traffic in central Athens can be bad at rush hour (5-7pm) and on Friday and Saturday nights so that may be a factor depending on the time of your flight.

      Kind Regards,

  2. Hi Melissa ,
    So happy I stumbled over your blog, You have given some insightful tips on getting from the Airport to the Port.
    I arrive in Athens on Apr 17,2022 noonish, must be at port by 2:30, just me, one suitcase, Note This is Easter Sunday, will this be an issue or does everything public still use regular schedules. I’m thinking that simple is the x96 bus, Are there good signs to direct me to the Port from that arrival spot?
    Returning on Sunday morning April 24th, and will be staying in Athens, Do you know if the sights are open that day? I have to go to the airport early on the 25th, Noon flight home.
    Thank you in advance for any tips you can share, I’m a Senior and I don’t want to mess this up. Linda

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