On this page you'll find all the information you need to plan and book a ferry to Athens but for the latest prices and sailings please use our booking form above.
Piraeus port has 12 gates from which ships depart. Ferries depart to the Saronic islands, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, Crete and the northern οf Aegean.
Rafina is connected by ferry to the Cyclades (Tinos, Andros, Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Paros and Santorini)
Lavrio is connected by ferry to the North Aegean and islands in the Cyclades (Naxos, Paros, Kythnos, Kea, Syros, Milos, Sikinos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Folegandros, Kimolos, Ios, Chios, Agios Efstratios, Kavala and Lemnos)
Athens is served by the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio.
Piraeus (pronounced 'pea-RAY-us') is the main port of Athens and the biggest and busiest port in Greece. Therefore there are ferry departures to almost all the Aegean islands. The Argosaronic islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese and Crete are served by both conventional ferries and high speed vessels.
Rafina is the second busiest port in the summer and connects the mainland to Andros, Mykonos, Tinos, Ios, Paros, Naxos and Santorini. The port's proximity to Athens International Airport makes Rafina a good alternative to Piraeus.
Lavrio is the third biggest port of Athens and connects the mainland to Kea and Kythnos in the Cyclades, Chios, Lemnos and Agios Efstratios in the North East Aegean, and also Samothraki. Thanks to its location, Lavrio is expected to eventually take over all the passengers traffic from Piraeus in the future.
Yes. If you travel with Aegean Speed Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, Golden Star Ferries or SeaJets from any Athens port, you can travel with an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket off or save it to your phone.
If an e-ticket is not available you can print your ticket at the following locations:
Piraeus: Central agencies for all ferry companies are conveniently located on the main street near the port. Additionally, in the port neat the departure gates, you will find ticket booths where you can have your tickets (boarding passes) printed.
Rafina: There are several travel agencies in Kamares, at the port of Rafina. Look at the signage of each office to easily locate the central agency of the ferry company you are travelling with. They will be open prior to your departure times.
Lavrio: There are two travel agencies at the port of Lavrio. They will be open prior to your departure time.
Rafina is much more close to Mykonos so it is a wise option to travel from there, let alone the proximity to the airport. Of course the main port of Piraeus also offers plenty of options for this popular route.
Crete is connected with the mainland only from the port of Piraeus. There are departures to Heraklio (the capital), Chania and Rethymno.
The routes to the Greek islands become very popular during the touristic season, i.e. from May to September. Therefore we advise you to book your tickets as soon as you plan your holiday.
Yes, you can take your dog or other pet on the ferry but it isn't possible to book a space in the kennel in advance. All Greek ships by law must have some kennel space.
If you are travelling on conventional ferry (not a fast ferry or catamaran) there is normally space available in the kennels and you should also be able to have your dog on all deck areas (but not inside) with you. Strictly speaking, this at the discretion of the ferry company but in general you should have no issues - though please take a muzzle with you just in case and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Small sized dogs and cats can travel in the ship as long as they stay inside a special travel box.
The other option, for absolute peace of mind, is to book a pet cabin. These are like normal cabins but have linoleum flooring. They are also available for day crossings at reasonable prices. This way you don't have to worry about finding space in the kennels and you and your dog or cat can relax. In July and August ferries can get very busy with people and other dogs.
Fast ferries and catamarans will also have kennels but these will be limited in number. In addition, the majority of fast ferries (though there are exceptions) don't have open deck space accessible throughout the journey, so you will not be able to stay out with your pet during your crossing. However, if your pet is small and inside a travel box you will be able to keep him or her inside.
Yes, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or Mastercard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.
You can take your bike with you for free to or from Athens, if you travel on large ships such as those from the companies Golden Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, Minoan Seaways, Zante Ferries and Blue Star Ferries. However, on ships without a garage, bicycles are normally not allowed inside. You'll see if the ship has a garage when making your reservation. Athens can be busy in the summer so it is a good idea to tell a member of the port staff that you have a bike in case you might need extra assistance.
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