So my wife is freaking out, saying when we dock at Piraeus on our cruise and we have 6 hours in Athens, we have to take an excursion to make sure we get to the Acropolis and back in time. I say we can take the subway for much less cost, and see it and maybe have time for the Agorra as well. Any help from experienced folks out there?
The metro from Piraeus takes 20 minutes and the trains run very frequently. At least every 10 minutes during the day.
I'd get off at Thisseo and you can then walk along a semi pedestrianised road by the side of the railway to the Agora entrance which is about 5 minutes wander away.
Enter the Agora at this lower gate, have a wander round the site, and then exit at the upper gate which heads you towards the Acropolis.
Coming back you can retrace your steps or, if you still have time, drop down onto Apostolos Pavlos, a pedestrianised walkway which circles the back of the Acropolis.
You pass the new Acropolis museum and there is a metro station on the corner. You can get on here but will need to go to Omonia to change to the Piraeus line. Better, if you have the time, is to continue your walk round the Acropolis by walking down through Plaka until you get to Monastiraki station. The new museum to Monastiraki is about 15 minutes if you walk more or less straight down Adrianou.
Have a good day.
Really pretty simple - Walk around the port in Piraeus to the single line train station. Go up to La Plaka - spend a bit of time in Monesteraki flea market and then walk 10 minutes up to The Acropolis!
Do be careful of pickpockets - Athens is famous for them and they arer everywhere.
Keep in mind that to get from the cruise ship dock area to the Metro Station means a 20-minute walk in each direction of around 1/2 mile along the waterfront.
Lee is correct. Ferry docks are much closed to metro station than cruise.