Once you push through the barrier of taxi drivers attacking you with their offers to take you to the Athens Acropolis, carry on walking up the ramp towards the main road. Go towards your left and you will find yourself on the Miaoulis Avenue.
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Stay on the left hand side of the road and keep walking with the port bay with the ferry terminal on your left and big buildings across the street on your right. Follow the main road along/around the bay.
After about 20-25 min of walking, at the intersection you will take a turn up to your right. In the distance you will see a pedestrian bridge or an overpass. This bridge will take you right in front of the big yellowish building, which is Piraeus train station.
Walk into the hall with the ticket booth and buy your train ticket at the booth or the machine. Price of a one-way ticket to one destination (e.g. Thissio or Monastiraki) is about 0,80 Euros.
To use multiple rides in whatever direction within 90 minutes the ticket will be approx. 1 Euro. You can buy this ticket if you’ll be changing trains at Omonia to get to Acropolis metro station instead of getting off at Thissio.
Before you get on the train, make sure you validate your ticket in the machines at the entrance to the platform.
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You can use either the train on the left or the right track, it makes no difference, they both go in the same direction.
Athens train: getting to Athens Acropolis by train
If you are going straight to the Acropolis you have two ways on how to do it by Athens train.
1. First option is getting off at the Thissio station which is on the green metro line, the one you embark on in Piraeus. You can get an Athens metro map here.
The ride from Piraeus metro station to Thissio is about 15 min long and it doesn’t involve any change of lines or trains.
From Thissio station, walk to the bottom of the Athens Acropolis for about 10 minutes, and from there climb up the steep hill to reach the top with the Athens Parthenon.
2. Second option, if you’d like to enter the Athens Acropolis complex from its main entrance, is to take the Green line to Omonia and then change to the Red line. Acropolis metro station will be the third stop on the red line from Omonia. The whole ride will take about 15 mins. more than getting off at Thissio.
Athens train: getting to Athens Plaka by train
If you have visited the Acropolis before and want to spend the whole day shopping and dining in the Plaka area only, you can simply stay on the Green line from Piraeus and get off at the Monastiraki station. Learn more about Athens Plaka area and major shopping streets in our article on Athens Plaka.
If you wish to visit Athens Plaka after your visit to the Athens Acropolis you will do the following:
Athens train: returning from Athens to the port of Piraeus and your cruise terminal
If you used one of the tours or a taxi to get into Athens but want to return back to the ship using the metro train system, it is easiest to do it from the Monastiraki station at the bottom of the Plaka area.
Just keep in mind that from Piraeus metro station, where you will get off, you have at least a 30 min walk to the Terminal A at Athens port (Piraeus).
If your ship is at Terminal B, you can use the free port bus to give you a lift from terminal A to terminal B. The bus will stop in front of the Duty free shops exit inside the terminal building. To find out more about Terminals A and B, read our article on Port of Pireus.
If using the Athens train when returning back to Piraeus port, allow at least one and a half hours time for the whole procedure, just to be on the safe side. You want to make sure you get there in time for the all aboard time, which is generally 30 minutes before the ship actually departs the port.
For a fun and informative overview of the new Athens Metro, read Matt Barrett's Athens Guide: New Metro