Athens International Airport is a good distance east of Athens with the port of Piraeus even farther away. Still there are a number of options for getting to your cruise ship on your own, especially if you plan to spend some timein Athens before your cruise.
Athens Airport to Piraeus Port by Bus
The cheapest transportation option is the airport bus number X96 which is an express route that connects Athens airport directly to the Piraeus cruise port. The bus runs 24 hours and leaves every 20 to 40 minutes depending on the time of day. The trip takes about about 90 minutes on average. You can find the X96 bus between Exits 4 and 5 on the Arrivals Level. Bus tickets cost 6 € each way for adults and 3 € for children and seniors. Children under 6 years ride free. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket kiosk at the airport bus station or on the bus.
Airport to Piraeus by Taxi
Athens airport taxis are readily available from Athens International Airport to Piraeus port. Available 24 hours, yellow cabs have an official pick up line just at Exit 3 on the Arrivals Level. The total journey takes under an hour and a half with a fare of 54 €
Airport to Athens via Metro/Subway
If you are staying in Athens before the cruise and are traveling light you can take the Athens subway. The Blue Line 3 leaves the airport station every 30 minutes, from 06:30 am to 11:30 pm with a stop at Monastiraki Station in Athens city center. The Metro station is a short walk from to the main terminal using an elevated pedestrian bridge.
Metro/Subway Airport To Piraeus Port
If you would like to use the Metro to get to Piraeus port you’ll need to exit at the Monastiraki Station and switch to the Green Line 1 marked To Piraeus. One-way metro ticket to and from the airport carry a premium charge of costs 10 € for adults and 5 € for children and seniors. A return ticket to the airport is 18€.
The main Piraeus Metro station is located at the back of the port itself and is a fifteen to twenty minute walk from where most cruise ships dock. If you are walking from the pier there is a sky walk over traffic at the subway station location.
The Metro (subway) system in Athens offers various kinds of electronic tickets but for a single day trip the best option is the 90-minute ticket at € 1.90 each way.
There are also:
24-hour ticket at € 4.50 that allows 24 hours to travel any number of times in and out of the various public transportation systems. It does not however include the airport as a destination)
3-day ticket at € 22 (Includes transport to the airport)
5-day tourist ticket at € 10 (It does not include the airport destination)
There are easy to use vending machines at all stations that accept credit cards and provide instruction in a number of languages. You can also purchase any number of tickets at one time and use them as needed. A discount of 25% is also available for seniors over 65, teenagers under 18 and university students under 25. Children under six ride free. In order to get the discount you will need to purchase tickets from a ticket window.
To enter the metro system tap your ticket at the entry post. From that point the ticket is valid for 90 minutes (with the 90 minute ticket) in the system or until you leave by taping out to exit.
Getting on the train going in the right direction is easy. Each platform is named for the last station on the route. So in order to get the train back to Piraeus follow the arrows showing Piraeus which is the last station on the green line.
Uber And Limo Services
Uber is active in the Athens area and your app will easily quote you a fare when you are in Greece (a recent quote from airport to port was 50 €). There are also a number of online care services like Go Velos where you can arrange for a car to meet you. (https://www.govelos.com/). The driver we have used a number of times is Andreas Panagopoulos and you can email him here – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are staying in Piraeus an easy, fast and inexpensive metro trip to the Acropolis can be found HERE.