The Port of Piraeus serves not only as a major Athens Port; it also stands as the largest harbor in all of Europe. It is considered the cruise ship center in the Mediterranean, with over 10 major cruise ships docking every year. Since its renovation during the 2004 Olympics, more and more cruise passengers come to the city to witness for themselves the past and present glory of Greece. Here are relevant Athens cruise port FAQs to assist your travel plans.
1. What's the Cruise Port Address?Port of Piraeus Passenger Terminal
10 Akti Miaouli
Piraeus 185 38
2. What's the Cruise Port Phone Number?Tel: +30 210 455 0229 Fax: +30 210 455 0310
3. What's the Cruise Port Parking Like?
For passengers arriving at the port with personal vehicles, long-term and short-term parking is provided. It is best and safest to park your car at the long-term parking lot. A special parking area for the handicapped is also available. Cruisers will never have a hard time finding the passenger terminal since it is strategically located and marked at the center of Piraeus port.
4. How do You get to the Cruise Port?
Being the largest and busiest cruise port in the Mediterranean, the Port of Piraeus has been developed to provide easy accessibility for the travelers. Commuter trains, bus lines, and metro rails are nearby that could get passengers to the port in just a few minutes.
Travelers can get to Piraeus cruise port by all means of transportation. Those who are from outside Europe can fly by plane to the airport in Piraeus, which is just 32 km from the center of Piraeus. European passengers can get to Piraeus easier since they can travel either by car or train. Ferry boats and yachts are also available for travelers from nearby islands.
But if you’re in Athens already, you can easily take the bus or Metro in going to the port. Take the Green Depot bus at the Syntagma Square or take the Metro from Omonia Square or Monastiraki. The bus and metro stops usually are a few blocks away from the domestic port. For travelers landing at the airport, it is most convenient to take a taxi. Taxis from the airport to the port of Piraeus can be booked online, and it will be waiting for you upon your arrival.
5. What Cruise Lines use the Port?
The Port of Piraeus serves over 20 million typical and luxury passengers in a year and comes equipped with 12 modern berths, making it the largest port in the Mediterranean. Major cruise lines that regularly use this port are:
- Holland America Cruise Line
- Celebrity Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Crystal Cruises
- Silversea Cruises
- Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
- Windstar Cruises
- Seabourn Cruises
6. What's the Nearest Airport to the Cruise Port?
The Piraeus Airport, serving a limited number of flights, is nearest to the cruise port. But the new Athens International Airport (the “Eleftherios Venizelos") located at Spata serves all flights and airlines. The international airport is well equipped with the latest technology and regarded as one of the safest airports in the world.
7. What Attractions are Near the Cruise Port?
Athens, a world-renowned city for its magical history and significant attractions, is just 10 km up the road from Piraeus. Cruisers who stop-over at the Piraeus port cannot afford to miss the historic landmarks of Athens; especially that the most famous sights are just walking distances from main Athens. Most visited places in Athens are:
- The Acropolis: Majestically standing on top of a hill, it is home to the world’s most famous temples and shrines including the Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Temple of Zeus.
- Old Olympic Stadium: Built on 1896 for the first modern Olympic Games.
- Attica Zoological Park: Good for the whole family with its wide selection of birds and other animals
- National Archeological Museum: This displays the glorious history of Greece. Bronze statues of their gods and goddesses like Apollo and Athena will take your breath away.
Piraeus also has its own special places worthy of visiting. Cape Sounion houses the Temple of Poseidon; Dafni holds the most important Byzantine monument, the Dafni Monastery; and Mount Parnitha which is a perfect get-away from a hectic city life with its natural and peaceful beauty.
8. What Hotels are Near the Cruise Port?
Accommodations are essential to every Athens Cruise Port FAQ especially since there are millions of passengers who choose to explore the city while docked at the port. The best hotel accommodations for tourists and families are located just right along the main landmarks of Piraeus and Athens.
Most of these hotels are situated a few blocks away from the Piraeus Port and a few kilometers from central Athens. Tourists on a modest budget can choose from among these 3-star hotels: Piraeus Dream Hotel, The Park Hotel Piraeus, Triton Hotel Piraeus, Savoy Hotel, Hotel Anemoni, Noufara Hotel, Argo Hotel, Anita Hotel, Hotel Ideal, and Faros 1 and 2 Hotels. They offer warm and comfortable accommodations with modern amenities, air-conditioned rooms, and balconies overlooking a street or sea.
For ultimate luxury, business and leisure passengers can go to the Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel. This is the only 5-star deluxe hotel in the city of Piraeus. Located along the business district, the Theoxenia stands stylishly with its modern architecture design.
9. What Restaurants and Shops are Near the Cruise Port?
Piraeus also offers a wide selection of restaurants that offer any kind of dish you crave. Those who want to try the Greek Taverna-Fish and other Greek-classic dishes; they’re available at these restaurants: Diasimos, Dourabeis, Kritikos, Kastella, To Agirovoli Tou Sotiri, Panorama, Zefiros, and Zorbas. Chinese food is served at the Fu Kuei and Mai Tai, while seafood is at Hrisopsaro and Istioploikos. For Italian cuisines, check out the Le Pierrot and the Lugano. They are all in close proximity to the port and are mostly walking distances away from each other.
Shopping in Piraeus is never a hassle. They sell food, clothing, jewelry, and any other thing under the sun. They have boutiques, local shops, and markets. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere and most stores are open until Saturdays. Tourists usually visit Sotiros dios, an avenue filled with stylish shops and cafes. Other shopping areas are along Iroon Politexneiou Avenue, Kolokotroni Street, and Gr Lambraki Street.
10. Are Ships Docked at the Port, or are Passengers Ferried from the Port to the Ship?
Ferry boats are usually available to carry passengers to and from the cruise ships.