The port of Piraeus has been Athens' port of entry since antiquity, and serves as the country's busiest ferry hub connecting mainland Greece with the Greek islands. The bustling metropolis of Athens lies just a few miles away, which showcases an intoxicating mix of the old and new, East and West, where spectacular landmarks share the skyline with high-rise buildings. Head out to Athens from Piraeus ferry port and travel back in time with a visit to the Acropolis, Parthenon and Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Altogether, 12 ferry companies offer services between Piraeus port and the surrounding Greek islands as well as several other ports in mainland Greece. Travelers can book a Piraeus/ Athens ferry to and from the Cyclades Islands on one of the 21 available routes. Ferry crossings to and from the Dodecanese Islands are offered via 15 routes, whereas the Saronic Islands are served with 5 routes. In addition, 11 routes are available between the Piraeus ferry port and the North Aegean Islands. Trips to Crete are operated through 4 routes, whereas the Ionian Islands are served with 2 routes. Furthermore, 6 ferry routes are available between Piraeus port and other ports in mainland Greece. Most of the above mentioned Piraeus ferry routes are served on a year-round basis.