Athens, Piraeus, Greece
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Athens is a very popular stop because of all the cruises that sail from the port of Piraeus. It is the doorway to the wonderful Greek isles and it is very convenient to visit Athens for a day since all the highlights are at a walking distance from each other.
There are 2 cruise ship terminals in Piraeus, Terminal A & B.
Terminal B is only used if Terminal A is full and there will be a free shuttle to Terminal A.
You can easily access the metro by walking along the water (always to your left) for about 20 minutes, or by taking a bus (859 – 843 – 826) from Terminal A; however you need to buy a bus ticket from a kiosk.
Piraeus Port (metro station) is 15 minutes by metro to the heart of Athens.
|Beware of strikes. Ask the purser or your hotel concierge (if you are embarking in Athens) about possible upcoming strikes. If it happens, you will have to take a taxi to the port. Click here to get the most recent information about strikes and protests.
When stopped for the day, remember the Terminal of your cruise ship!
If you are in trouble or feel you have been scammed, you can call the Tourist Police #171.
As any big city, beware of pick pockets in crowded area and public transportation.
One bus only 1€20 – combined (bus, tram and metro) 1€40 Ticket needs to be purchased in a Kiosk or corner store and validated before entering the metro or on board of the bus. Day pass 4€
Piraeus is the final station of the green line.
Two stations to keep in mind: Monastiraki (green and blue line) and Acropolis (red line).
|Shops Opening Hours And Holidays||9:00-13:00, 17:30-20:30, Saturday until 15:00, closed on Sunday, January 1 & 6 March 25, August 15, October 28, Dec 25 & 26, Easter Holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday).|
|Must Try Foods||In Plaka, touristy but quaint Kebab restaurants. There is a big variety to choose from. If you are in a hurry ask for a gyro pita to go, simply delicious. Remember, you can drink cold beer while walking around Athens in a hot day.|
|Must See Sights||Acropolis, Syndagma Square, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, Plaka|
|Local Products||Olive oil, leather products, handmade soaps and pottery, hand painted Byzantine icons.|
|Taxi||Metered. Prices are per taxi not per person. (20-25 € from port to Syndagma or Acropolis).|
|Airport||Connected by metro: 8 € Blue Line (M3) change at Monastiraki to Green Line (M1) towards Piraeus Port. Bus X96 is an express bus to Piraeus 5 €.|
|Tip||5-10% in restaurants. Round up the taxi bill.|
|Tax||V.A.T. in Greek: ΦΠΑ up to 25% of total. Non-European Union citizens can get some charges refunded (with a receipt).|
|Beaches||The closest beach is 30 minutes away by public transport. You can find another one at 45 minutes and a bigger one, one hour away. See map for details.|
|Renting A Vehicle||Travelers from the European Union can rent with a national driver’s license. International travelers need more often than not an international driver’s license. Consider getting the Collision Damage Waiver coverage. Driving in Greece is on the right hand side of the road.|
|Emergency Contact||If you are in trouble or feel you have been scammed, you can call the Tourist Police #171.Police #100 – Ambulance #166 – Fire #199|
|Time Zone||UTC +2 (+3) Eastern European (Summer) Time|
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|Take the bus (859 – 843 – 826) to the metro station. Ride the metro until Monastiraki station. Walk around Plaka, visit Syndagma Square, and then head up to the Acropolis through the Anafiotika neighborhood. Visit the Acropolis, stop and admire the view on Mars’ Hill and walk back down through the remains of the Roman Agora and back to Monastiraki station. Take the metro all the way back to Piraeus station. If you have time, you can walk back to the ship or simply take the bus.|
|Spend the day at the Votsalakia beach! Take the bus 859-831 & Tram 20: (30 minutes) Take a bus towards Piraeus. Get off at Agios Spiridonas Stop ID: 400299 – From across the street, take the tram 20 at Agias Triada Stop ID: 400003 Get off at Omilos Stop ID: 400411|
|Spend the day at the Alimos beach! Take the bus: (40 minutes) the A1: Get off at 2nd Kalamakiou Stop ID: 080003 or the 217 : Get off at Zavaki Stop ID: 080017|
|Spend the day at the Glyfada beach! Take the bus A1: (1 hour 10 min) Take the A1 and get off at Stop Asteria Stop ID: 160168|
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