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 hihglights. Most cruise passengers opt for an excursion to Athens.
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.
There's a big and modern cruise terminal, also called terminal A. Inside Piraeus cruise terminal you can find:
telephones, bar - cafeteria, toilet
Tourist Police-Duty free
taxi service, Piraeus sightseeing buses
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
Agia Triada Cathedral
Neo-Byzantine cathedral located in a center of Pireaus. Dating from the 18th century.
156 meters high table mountain in the center of Athens with the most famous monument - Parthenon
Dionysus Theatre is the oldest theater building in Europe. It's built in nine different construction phases and dates from the 6th century.
Agora was the center of Athenian democracy. There were the main buildings for administration and justice
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
National Archaeological Museum
Archaeological Museum is designed by architect Ludwig Lange. It has a lot of different collections of ancient Greek art
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excursions in Athens
Excursions in Piraeus
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.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Piraeus:
Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur Cruises, AIDA, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Windstar Cruises, Royal Clipper, Oceania Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent, SeaDream Yacht Club, Phoenix.