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Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Piraeus (Athens)
Greece

Piraeus is the main port of Athens and the most important in Greece. Athens, the capital of Greece, is located just over 30 minutes from the port. Its Acropolis and the Parthenon are the main attractions of the city. Several cruises start or end in Athens. If you can add a day or two to Athens, you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate all its attractions.

Useful Information

Language

Greek

Tips

5% to 10% will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis.

Currency

EUR
Euro

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XE

Time difference

UTC: 2

from New York: +7h

from San Francisco: +9h

from London: +2h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
847
1152
1457
421.75
February
846
1152
1458
361.50
March
1050
1356
1762
341.25
April
1356
1762
2069
301.25
May
1864
2171
2577
160.75
June
2272
2679
3086
50.25
July
2577
2984
3391
60.25
August
2577
2984
3391
30.00
September
2271
2577
2984
110.50
October
1763
2169
2476
311.25
November
1355
1660
1966
592.25
December
1049
1355
1560
592.25

Where is located the Piraeus Cruise port Cruise Terminal

The cruise port of Athens is located 12 km away in the city of Piraeus. The journey between Piraeus and Athens is about 30 minutes. There are three main cruise terminals (A, B, C). A shuttle bus provided by the port connects the various terminals and the entrance to the port.

Travelling around the Piraeus (Athens) Cruise Port

Transport between Athens Airport and the Port of Piraeus

Taxis are available at the airport. The journey to the port of Piraeus will take about 40 minutes. To reach the center of the city, a fixed rate is applied.

It is possible to reach the port either by bus (route X96) or by metro (line 3 of the airport with a transfer on line 1 at Monastiraki station. The journey is about 90 minutes.

Private transport is also available.

ATH
Piraeus Metro Station on Line 1 (green) provides access to Monastiraki Station in the centre of Athens. It takes you 30 minutes on foot to reach Piraeus Station. You can take a taxi to get there more easily.
Taxis are available at the port. The journey to Athens is at least 30 minutes. Taxis also offer city tours.
An hop on hop off tourist bus goes to the port. You will find a stop near the dock or the exit of the port.
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Activities in Piraeus (Athens)

Neighborhoods

Syntagma Square

Lively square in the center of the city.

The Plaka

La Plaka is an old neighborhood now very touristy. Here you will find souvenir shops and several restaurants.

Central Market

A food market with authentic greek flavors.

Lycabette hill

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Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in Athens, enjoys a magnificent view of the city. It can be reached on foot, if you are physically fit, or by a funicular.

Historical sites

Acropolis

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In the center of the city is this rocky plateau that served as a citadel and a religious sanctuary. The Parthenon sits at the top. You will have to take marble stairs to get there. They can be very slippery in case of rain.

Parthenon

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Located on the Acropolis, the Parthenon housed the statue of Athena, the patron saint of the city.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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The temple located at the foot of the Acropolis was built on several sciècles and completed by Hadrian in the year 131.

Agora

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The Agora was a large square in the city and was used for trade and political and religious meetings.

Theatre of Dionysos

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Located on the southeastern slope of the acropolis and considered the first theater in the world.

Panathenaic Stadium

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The ancient athens stadium was renovated for the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896.

Museums

Acropolis Museum

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The museum exhibits sculptures and explains the life of the city’s inhabitants over time.

National Archaeological Museum

Founded in 1893, this museum, which is the largest in Greece, offers a panorama of Greek civilization through the approximately 11,000 items in its collection.

Numismatic Museum

This currency museum is located in a magnificent palace in Athens.

National Museum of Contemporary Art

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This museum of modern art opened in the year 2000 presents collections of Greek and international artists.

Excursions in Piraeus (Athens)

Day trips will allow you to discover treasures of mainland Greece if you stay in Athens a few days before or after your cruise.

Delphi is an ancient sanctuary located at the foot of Mount Parnassus. It was a place of pilgrimage to hear the Oracle make his predictions. This mystical site is worth a day trip.

On a day trip to Meteora you can discover the Byzantine monasteries perched on top of rocky mountains.