"Athens train: Step-by-step instructions on how to use it and how to walk from the Athens port to Piraeus train station."
If, after taking into account all means of Athens transport, you decide to use Athens train to get from the Port of Piraeus to downtown Athens, our tips and directions will help you with the whole process going as smoothly as possible.
First of all, here’s a few things you need to know about reaching the Piraeus train station:
And our Athens Greece map outlines the whole route for you!
Terminal A is the main terminal and the one you want to depart from if you will be walking towards the Piraeus train station.
If your cruise ship docks at Terminal B, you can always use the free port bus that will depart from in front of your cruise ship approximately every 10-15 minutes and takes you to Terminal A.
As mentioned above, it is important you start your walk from Terminal A inside the Athens port. Terminal B is way too far and you will both add about 30 min extra to an already long walk and exhaust yourself for no need.
Once at the Terminal A, walk through the halls and past the board that advertises taxi prices to different destinations and attractions in Athens. Keep in mind that this board states prices which only locals would pay.
In front of the Athens cruise terminal you will not find a taxi driver that will actually charge these lower prices, so you might as well disregard them and continue your walk if you’re not ready to pay double or triple the amount for a taxi.
IMPORTANT TIP: Before you head for the walk keep in mind it will take you about 25-30 minutes of walking to reach the Piraeus train station. The area is perfectly safe. Protect yourself from the sun, and it’s a good idea to have a bottle of water with you.
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.
Note: you can locate all the mentioned points on our
Athens Greece Map!
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.
For the latest Athens Metro news, timetables and ticket prices check the Athens Metro Official Site
You can use either the train on the left or the right track, it makes no difference, they both go in the same direction.
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.
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:
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
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