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Getting from Rafina Port to Athens

Rafina Port is the second busiest port of Athens, located just 17 km away from Athens Airport. You have 3 available transport options when travelling from Rafina Port to the city centre of Athens; taxi, private transfer or bus. Taking a taxi or private transfer is the most seamless choice, as rides are door-to-door, taking 30-45 minutes and costing around €45. On the other hand, a KTEL bus from the port is a great budget alternative, costing just €2.40 for a one-way ticket. However, this service can take anywhere up to 90 minutes to reach Athens.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €40 40min 24/7
Bus €4.80 70min 06:15–22:50

How to get from Rafina Port to Athens by taxi

Although taxis are typically found at Rafina Port during the day, there is no official taxi rank so a taxi is not guaranteed. This means that it might be challenging to find an available taxi right away, especially during rush hour and nighttime. All licensed taxis, like in the rest of the city, are yellow with the typical taxi roof sign.

Your trip from Rafina Port to the city centre of Athens will last around 40 minutes and you’ll pay approximately €35-€40.

Taxi fare from Rafina Port to Athens

Taxi prices in Athens are calculated using a taximeter, taking into consideration multiple factors such as; tolls, time of the day, traffic, distance and initial charge. All things considered, the average price of a taxi from Rafina Port to the city centre is around €40.

*Please note that there is a 25% surcharge after 23:00, and additional surcharges may apply.

We recommend booking a private transfer in advance to secure a fixed fare and be sure of what you’re getting ahead of time.



Trip Duration

40 Min

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

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

There is no official rank at Rafina Port, however, taxis can normally be found outside of the port terminals waiting to pick up travellers.


Taxis are certainly the most trustworthy means of transportation from Rafina Port, especially during rush hour and heavy traffic, mainly because buses can take twice the travel time.

Editor’s Note

It is heavily suggested to pre-book your taxi from Rafina Port, especially if you are on a tight schedule, since finding an available taxi during rush hour can be challenging.

Useful Tips

If you do not have any means of pre-booking a taxi, the staff inside and around the port can help you get to the taxi waiting areas.
Not all taxis carry credit/debit card machines, thus it is suggested to always carry cash in Euros. Furthermore, there are ATM machines inside the port buildings.

How to get from Rafina Port to Athens by bus

If you’re after a cheaper alternative to taking a taxi, there’s a KTEL bus service running from Rafina Port to Athens city centre on a daily basis,. The KTEL bus departs from the port every 30-45 minutes and takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Athens, depending on traffic.

How much is the bus from Rafina Port to Athens?

Tickets for the KTEL bus from Rafina Port to Athens city centre cost €2.40 for a one-way ride.

*Tickets can only be purchased from the driver inside the bus.



Trip Duration

70 Min

The average waiting time for the KTEL bus is 30 minutes.

Value for Money

The KTEL bus is available from 06:15 to 22:50.

Where do I get it from?

A KTEL bus stop is located right across Rafina Port; any staff member can help you get to the station.


Although the KTEL bus takes almost twice as long as a taxi, there is a big difference in the price which makes the KTEL bus very cost-efficient. So, as long as you don’t mind the longer journey, it’s a solid budget option.

Editor’s Note

Despite the well connected public transportation network of Athens, the metro is not available from Rafina Port.

Useful Tips

There is plenty of space for additional luggage in the bus compartments, thus there is no need to worry about space for personal belongings.
Remember to always keep your ticket until the end of the ride, since on-board ticket verification is very common on KTEL lines.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Athens. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Frequently asked questions

Which port is closer to Athens Airport?

Rafina is the second largest port in Athens. It is located on the northwestern side of Attica and it is the closest port to the airport.

How far is Rafina Port from Athens Airport?

The airport is 17 kilometres from Rafina Port, taking around 25 minutes by car, under normal traffic.

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

The average taxi fare from Rafina Port to the city centre is €40 for a 40-minute taxi ride. If you’d rather secure a fixed fare with no hidden fees, you can book a private transfer in advance.

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