Planning a Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens)? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
This is really part 2 of our Guide to planning a football trip to Piraeus (Athens) although Piraeus is a separate municipality and is in fact the 4th largest in Greece. It is hope of Olympiacos the most successful team in Greek football history with 40 league titles and the current champions. The city was largely developed in the early 5th century BC, when it was selected to serve as the port city of ancient Piraeus (Athens) so it has some interesting historical sights and a decent choice of tavernas and restaurants.
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – How to get to Piraeus (Athens) & How to get around
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Fly to Piraeus (Athens)
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Directions from the Airport
Most travellers arriving in Piraeus from Piraeus (Athens) make use of the very convenient Metro Line 1 terminates at the Port, from there it’s a short walk to the Saronic Gulf ferries, hydrofoils and catamarans, or a free shuttle-bus ride to the ships sailing to Crete and the Dodecanses. Central Cyclades ferries conveniently sail from just across the metro station. Metro ticket costs €1.40 and allows unlimited connections on all modes of transport within 90 minutes.
There is also an Airport Express Bus that run 24 hours between the port of Piraeus and Piraeus (Athens) International Airport. Allow 90 minutes for the trip. Bus tickets to the airport, available from the driver, cost €5.00.
Taxis from the Airport
The taxi terminal is located just outside the airport arrivals terminal at Exit 3. It is important to have your hotel name written in Greek and once you board a taxi remember to ask the driver to reset the meter. There is a flat rate of 35 Euro day time and 50 Euro night time for going to the center of Piraeus (Athens). For Piraeus Port there is no flat rate but you will be charged around 47 Euro at day and 63 Euro at night.
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Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Travel Around Piraeus (Athens)
The centre of Piraeus and the Port can be negoatiated easily on foot if you are not carrying luggage. Yellow trolley buses (trolley bus no 20) are useful for the run from the Port to Passalimani and then follow the very scenic route around the hill of Castella, terminating at the Line 1 Metro station of Neon Phaleron (Neo Faliro), near the Peace & Friendship and Karaiskaki Stadiums.
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – The Stadium
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium was built at the same site as the old Karaiskakis stadium. The reconstruction of the new stadium took only 14 months re-opening in 2004 to be used as one of the venues for that year’s Olympic Games.
Outside of the stadium one can find a monument that commemorates the death of 21 Olympiacos fans that got crushed at the exit of the stadium after a match against AEK in 1981. Among the red seats in the stadium 21 are painted black in memory of the deceased. There are still debates regarding the causes that led to the disaster. The main cause for the accident, according to the official police report, seems to have been a partially closed door. While exiting, some fans lost their balance and fell on the last steps. Dozens fell onto each other and were stepped over by a horde of unsuspecting fans who kept coming, making it for most of them extremely difficult to stand up or even defend themselves somehow. 19 supporters lost their lives within the stadium, while another two died of their wounds in hospital. In memory of this event, every year on February 8, there is a memorial service at the stadium in honor of the supporters that died in that incident. The service is attended by thousands of fans every year, who are rhythmically shouting the phrase “Αδέρφια, ζείτε, εσείς μας οδηγείτε.” (Adhélfia, zíte, esís mas odhiyíte, “Brothers, you live, you are the ones who guide us.”).
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Getting to the Stadium
The stadium can be reached with metro line 1 (green), which connects with Athens city centre and the Piraeus port. Metro station Faliro lies right next to the stadium.
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Getting Tickets
Tickets for Olympiacos games can be purchased online, or at the ticket office at Karaiskakis Stadium. Tickets are also available at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day of the match. On the website it says that The Olympiakos FC reminds fans that get a ticket for the games of our team should have the “card fan Olympic” that fans will obtain by paying 10 € per year, which will go entirely to fund the Amateur to our teams continue to star in all sports. However I am not sure if this applies to overseas fans as well.
Ticket prices typically range from €10.00 to €30.00.
Tickets can also be bought by re-sellers such as Viagogo.
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Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Fixtures
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Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Where to stay
Because Athens is so accessible by Metro, you might be best to stay in Athens – Here is our guide to planning a Football in Athens which has numerous hotel guides. If you do want to stay in Piraeus there are a few hotels.
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Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Piraeus (Athens) it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
From World Guides – Although the city’s selection of tourist attractions may not quite match the caliber of those nearby, within the Greek capital of Athens, Piraeus stands on its own two feet when it comes to sightseeing. Tourists wishing to get a feel for the city of Piraeus really must make time to check out the attractions within the wealthy neighbourhood of Castella, where the panoramas are quite likely to take your breath away.
The Great Harbour of Piraeus is perhaps the city’s biggest of the city’s tourist attractions and remains the main port for the neighbouring city of Athens, being the harbour where huge numbers of ferries depart daily, heading for the Greek islands and coastal cities around Italy. You can walk in the Pasalimani/Mikrolimano area and look at many amazing yachts and ships.
Visitors to the Hill of Castella will be able to experience some extraordinary views across the Saronic Gulf and the capital city of Athens, so do make sure that you bring your camera to capture these memories. You will also see large numbers of traditional Greek houses, which are squeezed together on the hill and almost appear as if they will soon be falling into the waters below. The Hill of Castella also offers plenty of restaurants and ice cream shops should you require a little refreshment, and during the summer months, the nightclubs pump out Greek dance music until the early hours of the morning. Open hours: daily – 24 hours, Admission: free
Karaiskakis Stadium houses the Olympiacos Museum. For more information call +30 210 4819440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football Trip to Piraeus (Athens) – Eating & Drinking
Piraeus has a number of bars, with the port being a particularly popular place for drinks. However, for those who want a more traditional pub, there is The Flying Pig, an English pub serving classic food and drink.
As well as this, there is O’Connells (Akti Miaouli 79). a traditional and stylish Irish bar that serves food and drink and shows live sport.
While there are some good restaurants in Piraeus, most of the places to eat along the harbor are mediocre at best. You’ll do better if you walk a few blocks along Demosthenous to Plateia Korai, where the small cafes and restaurants are actually patronized by Greeks. If you decide on one of the seafood restaurants in central Piraeus or Mikrolimano, make sure you know the price before ordering; some of these places prey on the unwary. If the final tab seems out of line, insist on a receipt, phone the tourist police, and sit tight. (Courtesy of Frommers)
Hatzikyriakeio has a number of fish restaurants but there are two that truly stand out. Ilias (Leoforos Chatzikiriakou 104), a family-run fish taverna, is located on a rather busy street that leads straight to the gates of the naval academy. Yperokeianeio (Marias Chatzikiriakou 48) a bit further up the road and closer to the port is also recommended by Culinary Backstreets – http://www.culinarybackstreets.com/athens/2013/piraeus/
Jimmy & The Fish (Akti Koumoundourou 46 El Pireo 185 33) also gets good rankings on Google+. The restaurant is a VIP meeting point of Piraeus. Average price: 35 to 40€ per person. Patrons are invited to inspect the kitchen and encouraged to select their fresh fish from the fridge.
Trexantiria (52 Akti Koumoundourou) is a family run restaurant by the sea named after “trexantiri”, a kind of fishing boat. The food is delicious and visitors can enjoy fresh fish. Average price: 30 to 40€ per person.