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Getting from Rafina Port to Athens

Rafina port is the second busiest port of Athens offering two main means of transportation to the centre of the city, taxis and a KTEL bus connection. Taxi rides from the port normally cost around 40€ and last 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic conditions and time of the day. On the other hand, a KTEL bus from the port is available from 5:45 am to 10:30 pm, with current one-way ticket prices at 2.40€. However, bus rides usually take around 70 minutes from the port to the centre of the city.

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How to get from Rafina Port to Athens by taxi

Although taxis can usually be found at Rafina port during day time, there is not an official taxi rank. This means that it might be challenging to find an available taxi right away, especially during rush hours and night time, All licensed taxis like in the rest of the city are expected to be yellow with the typical taxi roof sign. Trips to the city last 40 minutes and cost 40€ during the day.

Taxi fare from Rafina Port to Athens

Taxi prices in Athens take into consideration multiple factors such as; tolls, time of the day, traffic, distance and initial charge. All things considered the average price from Rafina port to the centre of Athens should cost around 40€ during the day and a +25% surcharge is expected after 11:00 pm.



Trip Duration

40 Min.

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

Value for money

Taxis are available throughout the day.

Where do I get it from?

There is not any official rank at Rafina port, however, taxis can be normally found outside of the port terminals waiting to pick up travellers.


Taxis are certainly the most trustworthy mean of transportation from Rafina port especially during rush hours and heavy traffic, mainly because buses can take twice the travel time and are available once every 30 minutes.

Editor’s Note

It is heavily suggested to pre-book your taxi from Rafina port especially if you are in a tight schedule, since finding an available taxi during rush hours 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

KTEL bus lines operate from Rafina port on a daily basis, offering convenient and practical transportation to the centre of the city. The KTEL bus is available Monday through Sunday from 5:45 am to 10:30 pm. One way tickets cost €2.40 and trips will normally last around 1 hour and 10 minutes under regular traffic conditions.

How much is the bus from Rafina port to Athens?

Tickets for the KTEL bus from Rafina port cost €2.40 for a one-way ride to the centre of Athens. Tickets can only be purchased online or inside the bus. Drivers will only accept Euros in cash. Students can get a further discount of 50% by presenting their student ID.



Trip Duration

1 H 10 Min.

The average waiting time for the KTEL bus is 30 minutes

Value for money

The KTEL bus is available from 5:45 am to 10:30 pm.

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 from Rafina port to the centre of Athens, there is a big difference in the price which makes the KTEL bus very practical and cost-efficient. Moreover, you will have extra time to get a first glance of Athens’ downtown district.

Editor’s Note

Despite the well connected public transportation network of Athens, a metro option is not viable from Rafina port and the only available mean of public transportation is the KTEL bus.

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.

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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 kilometers from Rafina port and car rides take around 25 minutes 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.

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