athens airport to Piraeus "port"

Mar 11th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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athens airport to Piraeus "port"

Anyone know the safest way to get from Athens airport, to a hotel near the port of Piraeus at 10:30 p.m.? it will be April 30.
thanks so much
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Mar 11th, 2007, 01:14 PM
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take the metro-about 30 minutes, easy hop-ask your hotel for directions from the port metro and how safe it is to walk the distance and, if not, get a cab from the metro.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 11:02 AM
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Does it really take only 30 minutes from the airport to Piraeus by metro? I have seen other posts saying the metro takes 45 minutes from the airport into the center of Athens. I'm trying to decide between taking the metro or the bus from the airport to Piraeus. The bus supposedly takes 60 to 90 minutes. Thanks for any advice.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 05:36 AM
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I'm still fretting about getting from Athens airport to Piraeus port.

I will be coming from Paris on a flight that's due to arrive in Athens at 17.40. We're booked on a ferry to Crete departing at 21.00.

I thought 3 hours and 20 minutes would be ample time to get from the airport to Piraeus, but ...

I've learned that Paris-Athens flights routinely run 30 mins to an hour late....

Plus, the Anek ferry website says check-in is 2 hours before departure. Does anybody know if they're serious about the 2 hours? This would be in mid-April when the ferries are not terribly full.

In any case, would appreciate any thoughts on whether it's quicker to take the bus or the metro from the airport to Piraeus. If the bus, what stop would you get off at for the Crete ferries? Thanks
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Apr 4th, 2007, 06:01 AM
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There isn't really a check-in time for ferries in Greece. Big ships, like the ANEK ferries, have escalators up to the passenger accommodation. You have your ticket checked when you go aboard (a man or woman in uniform glances at it and tears off one portion), then you ascend the escalator and follow the signs to the reception where your ticket is checked and a steward will escort you to your cabin. Passengers continue boarding till a few minutes before departure time.
However, you may need to exchange your ticket if it was not issued in Greece. I don't know about this, but the Greek government has imposed a computer ticketing system on Greek ferries (to avoid overloading) and tickets are issued in a standard format with bar codes. If your ticket is non-standard, you may need to exchange it before boarding but it will presumably have instructions on it.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 03:46 AM
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Thank you -- that's reassuring. In the meantime I've found out that the metro takes about 60 minutes, but trains from the airport run only every 30 minutes, plus you have to change trains in Athens. So I think I'll take my chances on the bus. Even if the plane is an hour late, I should still be able to get onto the ferry in time. Efkharisto poli!
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Apr 5th, 2007, 03:56 AM
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If you are worried now about this, just take a taxi. It will cost more but you will be emotionally far better off than obssessing about making it on time.

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Apr 5th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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you're right, of course. if my flight is late I'll take a deep breath and go for a taxi.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 11:36 AM
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take a cab.
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