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The cruise port of Piraeus

Cruise ship pier location in Piraeus

The cruise port of Athens is located in Piraeus about 15 kilometers from the city center. It's a large and busy port with no less than 12 gates. Most serve as a dock for the many ferries to the islands and international ports. There are 2 cruise terminals. Terminal A and B. They are situated 500 meters apart. Terminal B is the most far away, but often free shuttle buses are provided to Terminal A.

Most cruise ships dock directly at Terminal A at gate 11. Where exactly you will dock strongly depends on the traffic in port and the size of your cruise ship. It's difficult to predict in advance. Piraeus has not so many highlights. Most cruise passengers opt for an excursion to Athens.

Cruise to Piraeus

During a cruise vacation to Greece, Athens should not be missed. The cradle of Western civilization is conveniently located along the Eastern Mediterranean and offers exciting excursions. Cruises to Athens are particularly popular.

Piraeus Cruise terminal

There's a big and modern cruise terminal, also called terminal A. Inside Piraeus cruise terminal you can find:

  • telephones, bar - cafeteria, toilet
  • air-conditioned lounge
  • luggage lockers
  • Port Department
  • Tourist Police-Duty free
  • taxi service, Piraeus sightseeing buses
  • parking area
  • free wifi

Piraeus Cruise facts

Language in Piraeus
The language in Piraeus is Greek, but on touristic spots you can also use English.

Currency in Piraeus
The currency in Piraeus is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.

Opening times in Piraeus
Opening times differ a lot around Greece, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday
  • from 9.00h - 13.30h
  • and 17.30h - 20.30h
  • Saturday from 9.00h to 15.00h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions

Landmarks and highlights in Athens

  • Acropolis

    156 meters high table mountain in the center of Athens with  the most famous monument - Parthenon

  • Agora

    Agora was the center of Athenian democracy. There were the main buildings for administration and justice

  • Dionysus Theatre

    Dionysus Theatre is the oldest theater building in Europe. It's built in nine different construction phases and dates from the 6th century.

  • National Archaeological Museum

    Archaeological Museum is designed by architect Ludwig Lange. It has a lot of different collections of ancient Greek art

  • Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Temple of Olympian Zeus is the largest temple in Greece. It's dedicated to Zeus and situated between the Acropolis and the river Ilissos

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Getting around in Piraeus

It's easy to get around in Piraeus. The docking area for cruise ships is within walking distance from the city center. Whether you dock at terminal A or B, the best way to get around is on foot.

If you want to visit Athens you have good transportation options by shuttle bus, metro or taxi.

Shore excursions around Piraeus

The port city of Piraeus has not too much to offer. It can be nice to stroll along the port area to see the hustle and bustle around the many ferry boats. Most cruise passengers opt for an excursion to Athens about 15 km away. There's so much to do and see in the ancient cradle of Westerne civilization, you can spend a whole day.

Weather in Piraeus

Athens has a warm subtropical Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. In summer the temperature is between 29°C and 34°C, in winter  between 6°C and 10°C.

Local shore excursions in and around Piraeus

You can discover Piraeus and Athens on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.

Piraeus Tourist information

The Tourist Office in Athens is located close to the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. They are very helpful and you can get a free map of Athens.

Cruises to Piraeus

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Piraeus:

AIDA, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Celestyal, Costa, Cruise & Maritime, Crystal, Disney, Fred Olsen, HAL, Hapag Lloyd, Marella, MSC, NCL, Oceania, Princess, Royal Caribbean, RSSC, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers, TUI, Windstar