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Athens to Port Piraeus

We will be visiting Athens this May. My plan was to take the Metro from Monastiraki station (we will be staying at Hotel Plaka) to Port Piraeus. I recently read that there is also an electric rail train that goes to the port from Athens. Are they one and the same? Or, two different options? If two options, which one would be preferred? We will be leaving the hotel at 6:00am. We'll be catching a ferry to Mykonos.

Also, since we will be leaving Athens early Sunday morning, I assume the ticket office will not be open in the Metro station and I will need to use the ticket machine. There are 6 of us in our party. Will I have to buy 6 individual tickets going through the process 6 times? Or, can I buy 6 tickets and the machine delivers six individual tickets?

Thanks for your help.


Posted by
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Are you trying to get to a ferry for the islands? Or to a cruise ship? Those would be two different areas of the port and different routes to get there.

Posted by
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We are catching a ferry to Mykonos

Posted by
7505 posts

For the ferry port, the Metro would be best. Not sure about the electric train, but the regular train (which may be what you are referring to) does not run from central Athens, you would need to get out to one of the stations. The metro starts running at 5, rather than waiting until that morning for tickets, get them the day before. They are not timed, it is a reloadable paper card, you each will need one. I can't speak to the details of using the machines, but usually for transit systems you can specify the number of tickets you need.

Posted by
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There is an electric suburban train line in Athens (Proastiakos) but it does not have a station in Monastiraki.

To go to Piraeus from Monastiraki you have the choice between 2 metro lines. Line 1 (green) or Line 3 (Blue). They both arrive at the same place in Piraeus. Line 1 arrives at ground level and line 3 is underground. At 6am there are trains every 5 to 8 minutes, the journey to Piraeus takes around 17 minutes.

It's easy to use the touch screen ticket machine, select your language then:

  • Buy travel Product

  • Athens Area

  • 90 minutes

And select how many tickets you want. The ticket costs €1.20 and is valid for 90 minutes from the first validation.
You can pay in cash or by credit card (contactless accepted)

Please note that the metro station is located near Gate E6 of the Piraeus port, but Seajets ferries depart from Gate E9 which is about 15-20 minutes walk from the metro station .It's best to be at the Gate at least 30 minutes before the ferry departure time.

So, if you take the 7:00 a.m. World Champion Jet, be at Monastiraki station before 6 a.m.

In Monastiraki The first train is at 5:41 a.m. on line 3 (blue). and at 5:20 a.m. on line 1 (green)