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Getting from Piraeus Port to City Centre

There are 4 means of transportation to get from Piraeus Port to the city centre of Athens; taxi, private transfer, bus or metro. Taking a taxi or private transfer is the most comfortable and convenient way, taking about 25 minutes and costing approximately €25 under normal traffic conditions.

Alternatively, the 040 bus will take you to the city centre of Athens in 50 minutes and costs €1.20. You can also take the express buses (80 or X96) which will get you to the city centre in 30 minutes for €4.10. Lastly, the metro is the most efficient mode of public transport for this route, taking around 30 minutes and costing just €1.20.

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Comparison of the options

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OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
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Taxi €25 25min 24/7
Bus €8.20 30min 24/7
Metro €2.40 30min 05:30–22:55

How to get from Piraeus Port to city centre by taxi

There are plenty of taxis parked in ranks at Piraeus Port, with a wide range of vehicles to accommodate any group of travellers. The cars are easily recognised by their yellow colour and they hold a distinctive black and yellow roof sign.

Taking a taxi from Piraeus Port to the city centre of Athens will take approximately 20-25 minutes and cost around €25, depending on the traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Piraeus Port to city centre

Even though the price to the city centre can vary depending on the traffic or exact destination, the estimated cost of a taxi from Piraeus Port to the city is around €25.

*Keep in mind that other factors can affect this price, such as luggage, time of day or car type.

To secure a guaranteed fixed fare with no hidden fees, you can book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups in advance and make the most of our fully personalised services, 24/7 customer support and mobile app.

Cost

€25

Trip Duration

25 Min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Piraeus Port.

Where do I get it from?

There is a huge fleet of taxis parked in ranks outside of the port area. Simply exit the port and head towards the main road, where you’ll see all the taxis lined up.

Convenience

Taxis at Piraeus Port are notoriously hard to find during peak season, mainly because everyone disembarking the ferry will have the same idea as you. Plus, with many ferries arriving throughout the day, it is quite common for travellers to end up waiting a long time for a ride.

*If you’d rather avoid overcrowding and long queues, booking a taxi in advance is a good solution.

Editor’s Note

Always ask for a receipt when you arrive at your destination; that way you avoid getting overcharged.

Useful Tips

Avoid paying with large bank notes because drivers might not have enough change.
Credit/debit card payments are usually accepted but it's always a good idea to ask.
Be sure to check the taxi for any forgotten items before you get out of the car.

How to get from Piraeus Port to city centre by bus

Buses are always a cheap alternative for in-destination travel. Luckily, 3 buses can take you from Piraeus Port to the city centre, Syntagma Square: Bus 040 and the express services – X80 and X96.

The 040 has a trip duration of 50 minutes, costs €1.20 and takes you straight to Syntagma Square. The X80 and the X96 both take around 30 minutes to get to the city centre and cost €4.10. The X80 runs 24/7 but only during the summer months (May-October), unlike the X96 which is available all year long.

Express Bus Stops in the centre:

Akropoli, Syntagma, Syggrou-Fix and Neo Faliro.

How much is the bus from Piraeus port to city centre?

If you’re looking for the cheapest option, a ticket for the 040 bus costs just €1.20, however the journey is longer than the express services. Tickets for the express buses (X80 and X96) from Piraeus Port to the city centre cost €4.10. However, this is not a standard ticket. You’ll need to purchase a day ticket for all public transport in Athens, valid for 24 hours for the express buses.

*Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines near every major stop, like the Piraeus stop. For the 040 bus, you can also purchase the ticket on the bus; but you must have exact change.

Cost

€4.10

Trip Duration

30 Min

Waiting time is 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The 040 is available 24/7, departing every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night. The X80 runs between 07:00 and 21:15 and the X96 runs from 05:00 to 19:45.

Where do I get it from?

The bus stops are all located within walking distance from Piraeus Port. Once you get off the ferry, you will spot the buses across the street on the main road.

Convenience

Taking the bus from Piraeus Port to Athens city centre is one of the best budget-friendly options, costing between €1.20 and €4.10. However, with these services getting fairly busy during the summer, you may be subject to queues and long waiting times. Plus, if you take the 040, the journey is much longer than any of the other options.

Editor’s Note

Make sure to validate your ticket as soon as you get on the bus in order to avoid getting fined by an inspector.

Useful Tips

It is advised to have empty pockets when entering the bus, and to be very careful with your personal belongings.
The express bus tickets which cost €4.10 last 24 hours and allow you to travel with any number of changes.
The regular €1.20 bus tickets last 90 minutes; this allows you to travel with any number of changes towards your destination.
If you are planning on using regular buses throughout the entire day, it is recommended to purchase a 24-hour day pass, which costs €4.10.

How to get from Piraeus Port to city centre by Metro

A great way to get to the city centre from Piraeus Port is via the metro system, as it’s cheap and easy to use. Taking the metro costs just €1.20 and the trip lasts about 30 minutes. You’ll need to take the Blue Line (Line 3) towards the Airport. You can get off at Monastiraki or Syntagma, both are in central Athens.

How much is the metro from Piraeus Port to city centre?

A one-way ticket for the metro from Piraeus Port to the city centre costs just €1.20, making it a fantastic penny-saving choice. The tickets last 90 minutes so this allows you to travel with any number of changes towards the destination of your choice.

There are ticket machines at every metro station. If you are having difficulty with the machines, during the day, you can buy your ticket from the staff at the ticket stands. These machines/stands are located at the entrance of the station.

Cost

€1.20

Trip Duration

30 Min

Waiting time is around 10 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The metro runs from 05:30 to 22:55 on weekdays and on weekends the service is at 01:06.

Where do I get it from?

The entrance to the metro is located within walking distance of Piraeus Port. It is easily spotted just as you get off the ferry. All you need to do is cross the road in front of the port and follow the signs to the Metro. If you are having difficulty, you may ask a staff member of the ferry or even a taxi driver and they will point you in the right direction.

Convenience

The metro is a convenient way to travel to the city centre of Athens and doens’t cost much. Once you get off the ferry, the station is located right near the port, and when you get off the metro at Syntagma, you will be right in the heart of the city. From there you will find a plethora of stores and restaurants all located within walking distance from one another.

Editor’s Note

Keep an eye on your personal belongings and empty your pockets before entering the metro, as pickpockets are notorious in Athens.

Useful Tips

Be sure to validate your ticket as you enter to avoid getting fined if an inspection occurs.
Always look at the map of the metro and double-check the signs because they can be a bit confusing.
If you are a student, you can purchase the half-price ticket, but make sure to have an ID on you in case an inspection occurs.
You can save money by buying ticket packages, such as: a 5-day ticket, a 3-day tourist ticket and a day ticket.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€25
NIGHTTIME
€50
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

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4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Piraeus Port to city centre?

The average taxi fare from Piraeus Port to the city centre is €25, not including surcharges and traffic considerations. To secure a fixed fare with no hidden costs, you can pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups and treat yourself to our fully personalised transfers, 24/7 customer service and plenty of travel extras.

How much is a bus ticket from Piraeus Port to city centre?

Bus tickets for the 040 and the express buses (X80 and X96) cost €1.20 and €4.10 respectively. The ticket for the 040 bus can also be purchased on the bus, unlike the express bus tickets that can only be purchased at ticket machines.

How much is a metro ticket from Piraeus Port to city centre?

The metro ticket from Piraeus Port to the city centre of Athens costs just €1.20 and half price for students. Students must carry an ID for proof.

How far is it from Piraeus Port to the city centre?

The average distance from Piraeus Port to the city centre of Athens is 12.4 km, taking around 25 minutes by car.

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