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Athens (Pireaus), Greece Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Athens (Piraeus): Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Holland America, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Acropolis, Parthenon, Erechtheum, New Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Plaka, the Agora, Temple of Hephaestus, Agora Museum, Corinth Canal, Delphic Oracle, Delphi Museum, Osiou Louka Monastery, Arachova, Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon

Central to the appeal for visitors to Athens is the Acropolis, which was a center for Athenian civilization long before the Periclean golden era which saw the construction of the Parthenon and the other temples which are now the most popular attractions in the city. The best time to visit the Acropolis is as soon as it opens in the morning, especially during the Summer tourist season. Many of Athens other major attractions are a short distance from the Acropolis, including the shopping and restaurants of the Plaka, the ruins of the Agora, the new Acropolis Museum and Syntagma Square (see note below). A short ride on the subway will get you to the National Archeaological Museum, one of the world's finest museums which mainly features sculptures and objects from the Minoan to the Roman periods. Day trips to Delphi, the monastary at Osiou Louka, the Corinth Canal and Cape Sounion are popular alternatives to staying in Athens, especially for those who are returning to the city.

Despite recent troubles it would be unfortunate to avoid Athens, which is considered by many to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Though Athens itself can be a bit noisy and smog ridden, the attractions in the city and the vicinity are of exceptional importance and beauty. The US Department of State has not issued a travel warning for Greece. If you will be in Athens during this time of political unrest you should avoid Syntagma Square (which is unfortunately next to the city's largest subway terminal). Protests are common in the area. If you see a protest, you should avoid it.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Greek

Secondary Languages: English commonly spoken in tourist areas of Athens

Visa requirements: American and Canadian tourists do not need a visa.

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Geography and Population

Athens' metropolitan population of nearly 4 million people is more than one-third of that for all of Greece. This concentration of population is a 20th-century phenomenon. The rapid growth of the capital has had its down-side, with public transportation and the road system unable to keep up with the rapid growth. The recent Olympics were an event that encouraged the development of more modern infrastructure. Nonetheless, Athens continues to struggle to deal effectively with the flood of tourists who visit. The city is 6 miles inland from its port of Piraeus. The city is on a fairly flat area with several green hills rising out of the urban sprawl.

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How far?

Taxis are available at the port entrance.  Fares start at 3 Euros with 0,68 Euros for each additional kilometer with additional charges for traffic delays. (11/13 Numbeo.com)

Athens has an extensive, but crowded Metro system. (Be sure to take extra procautions when using the system to protect your valuables. Daily passes for the system are 4 Euros and include trains and busses. An excellent value is the 3 day tourist ticket which include a round trip from the airport. Pireaus is on the routes for the trains and busses.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Piraeus (port)

City Center (Syntagma)

11 KM 16 minutes 13 Euros
Airport City Center (Syntagma) 32 KM 35 minutes 35 Euros (flat rate), Metro train - 8 Euros, Express Bus - 5 Euros
Airport Piraeus (port) 48 KM 44 minutes 45 Euros
City Center (Syntagma) Archaeological Museum 3 KM 8 minutes 8 Euros
City Center (Syntagma) Acropolis 1.5 KM 4 minutes 6 Euros
City Center (Syntagma) Agora 1 KM 3 minutes 5 Euros
City Center (Syntagma) Plaka 1/2 KM 2 minutes 4 Euros
Athens Glyfada 13 KM 20 minutes 16 Euros
Athens Corinth 84 KM 80 minutes  
Athens Delphi 184 KM 2 hours 45 minutes  
Athens Cape Sounion 59 KM 70 minutes  
Athens Osiou Louka Monastery 169 KM 2 hours 15 minutes  
Athens Arachova 173 2 hours 10 minutes  
Acropolis

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital
General Hospital of Athens, Leoforos Mesogion 154, Athens 115 27, phone - 30 21 0776 8000, 5.3 KM, 10 minutes from Syntagma
Tzaneio Prefecture General Hospital of Piraeus, Leoforos Afentouli ke Zanni, Pireas 185 36, phone - 30 21 3208 1000, 1.2 KM, 4 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs
Citibank ATM (Piraeus) - Akti Miaouli 47, Pireas 185 36, 1.2 km, 3 minutes
HSBC ATM (Pireaus) - 0.4 KM, 1 minute, 5 minute walk
Citibank ATM (Syntagma), Othonos 8, Athens, 1 minute walk
HSBC ATM (Athens), Voukourestiou 15, Athens, 0.1 KM, 2 minutes, 5 minute walk from Syntagma

Post Office
Tachidromio Pirea, Αριστείδου (Aristeidou) 29, Piraeus 185 31, 2.5 KM, 8 minutes
Tachidromio Platias Sintagmatos, Mitropoleos 2, Athina, 0.2 KM, 1 minute, 3 minute walk

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Port and Berths

Cruise Ship Berths

Cruise Terminal A
Themistocles (formerly Terminal B)

Port Address

Street Address - Akti Miaouli, Piraeus
Terminal A GPS - 37.938715, 23.635697
Terminal B GPS - 37.939188, 23.630891