Athens - Local public transport

Greece's capital Athens is really not a small city. About three million people live in the metropolitan area.

It is useful for cruise ship guests to study Athens' local public transport. Especially if you are planning an individual arrival or departure to / from the two cruise terminals in Piraeus. Athens' modern metro, the KTEL buses and well-kept taxis generally ensure good travel. It should be noted that the metro does not run at night, but buses and taxis run around the clock.


The metro is used by cruise guests who are visiting Piraeus, the largest Greek passenger port, quickly in the center of Athens want to arrive. Seven stations are on route 1 (green line towards Kifisia) between Piraeus and Monastiraki Square in the center of Athens. The trains run every half hour on the hour and every half hour.

The metro is also suitable as a feeder between the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, located outside Athens, and the Piraeus cruise port. Metro line 3 (blue line) starts in front of the airport (five minutes' walk from the entrance / exit of the departure level) in the direction of Agia Marina. At Monastiraki Square, passengers change to line 1 in the direction of Piraeus. In Piraeus, it is advisable to take a taxi for the last few kilometers to the cruise ship. Compared to the buses, the metro is relatively expensive over the long distance. However, trips in the city cost less than two euros.

Traveling on the modern, clean metro trains is highly recommended. In 2023, the single fare from the airport to the center will be 9 euros/person. There are discounts, for example seniors over the age of 65 only pay 4,5 euros for the ticket.

For your information: The port of Piraeus has two cruise terminals, Terminals A and B, at which up to 11 cruise ships can dock at the same time. The terminals are remote. Therefore, the use of public transport is recommended.

Piraeus - Themistocles Terminal B

Piraeus - Themistocles Terminal B


Three express bus routes are important to cruise guests in the greater Athens area. These are the lines X95, X96 and the line X80.

The X95 buses, designed for luggage, run every 15 minutes from the airport (Arrivals level; exits 4-5) to Syntagma Square. The fare is 2023 euros in 5,50; Pensioners pay half. The ticket counter can be found in front of the bus stops. You can also pay the fare to the bus driver.

Buses on line X96 run regularly from the airport to Piraeus (arrivals level; exits 4-5). But they don't stop at the two cruise terminals. The rest of the route to the terminals can be covered by taxi for little money.

Piraeus - Bus route X80 to Syntagma Square in Athens

Piraeus - Bus route X80 to Syntagma Square in Athens

The Line X80 buses commute between Cruise Terminal B, via Cruise Terminal A to Syntagma Square in the center of Athens. The outward and return routes are slightly different. The day ticket will be charged at 2023 euros in 4,10. In our opinion, the X80 line offers the most convenient and economical way to get to the center of Athens. 


There seem to be countless taxis in Athens. The tariffs are correspondingly low.

Trips from Athens airport to the cruise terminals in Piraeus are charged at 5 euros during the day (00:24am to 00:45pm). The night tariff (the rest of the day) is 65 euros.

Athens - Taxis at Syntagma Square

Athens - Taxis at Syntagma Square

A taxi ride with luggage from the hotel near Syntagma Square to the (most remote) Cruise Terminal B in Piraeus costs 18 euros. The journey is partly on an expressway and takes about 15 to 20 minutes. From the Kolonaki district (near the Lykavittos cable car) to Syntagma Square, we paid just 5 euros in the summer.