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Most of the tourists that need to reach the Greek islands fly to Athens international airport (Eleftherios Venizelos of Athens or ATH) as most of the islands don’t receive international flights or just haven’t got an airport.
Thism is greece’s biggest airport and from there you can either take a second flight or reach the port of Piraeus, Greece’s most important port from where ferries set on a daily basis to take tourists to their destinations. From the port of Piraeus you can reach the Cyclades, the Saronic gulf and some islands in the Dodecanese. The airport is in Spata Artemida, near Athens, while the port of Piraeus is about 50 km away. Luckily despite being a very crowded city there are quite a few ways to reach the port.
Reaching the port of Piraeus by taxi
This is the quickest, safest, most comfortable and most expensive way to reach the port. It is also the less stressful way to travel as you won’t have to worry about not finding the right places/bus stops/ etc. The taxi station is located just outside the 2 and 3 terminals at the airports arrivals building. The taxi ride will last about one hour according to the taxi driver’s speed. The price ranges between 50,00 € during the day and 100,00 € (but also less sometimes) at night between 24:00 and 05:00.
Reaching the port of Piraeus by taking the underground
Athens’ underground is active since 2001 so it is very modern clean and practical to use. From the airport you will have to take M3 to Monastiraki (Athens’ center), where you will then get onto the M1, towards Piraeus. If you have time we recommend you get off in the city center and visit the acropolis and the wonderful monuments of this part of the city.
The price for the ticket is about 10 euros (for the longer journeys) and the journey from the port of Piraeus to the airport the other way around 1h 15m. Trains run every 30 minutes and the underground is open every day from 06:30 to 23:30. Remember to consider that there may be some delays or problems with the luggage so we recommend you get there quite a bit before your plane leaves.
Reaching the port of Piraeus by bus
Getting the bus is the cheapest way to travel from the airport of Athens to the port of Piraeus the other way around. The service is rather efficient and busses usually run on time. The bus stop in the airport is very easy to find as it is located just outside the terminal’s exits number 4 and 5. The bus line that you will have to take is the X96 (Peiraias – Athens Airport Express). Here you can find the timetables of the X96 bus.
The ticket can be purchased in the kiosks inside the airport or directly on the bus. Luckily the busses run all week h24. The tickets cost around 5,00 € and the bus ride will last about one hour and a half. Prices and timetables may change.