This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your holiday itinerary in more detail.

Cruising Requirements

Greece sailing requirements
Click here to review the sailing and power requirements for Greece while planning your charter holiday.

Address & Map

Address
The Moorings
Freatida 185 36 – Piraeus
Tel.: +30 210 4530911 – Fax: +30 210 4559031
Email:  [email protected]
37° 55’ 56’’N 23° 39’ 01’’ E – VHF 69

Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Friday and Saturday, 9.00 am to 8:30 pm 
Sunday, 9.00 am to 2:30 pm

Season: This charter destination is closed from mid November till end of March.

Base facilities

  • Marina berth capacity: 670 yachts up to 120 m
  • 24-hour dock assistance, CCTV, 24-hour security guard
  • Electricity and water
  • Fuel station
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • ATM
  • Shops
  • Swimming pool, restaurants, bars and cafes
  • Walking distance from Piraeus city centre
  • Greek Naval Museum within the Marina
  • 45 km from Athens International Airport
  • 15 km from Athens City Centre

Base map

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Arrival and Departure

How to get there
The distance from the “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport to the Marina Zeas base is 31 miles. The transfer takes about 60 an hour.

Servicing airlines
Olympic Airways
Air France
American Airlines
British Airways
Delta Airlines
Lufthansa Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Alitalia
Iberia
Aegean

Due to the number of flights that we organise The Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Be sure to contact your Holiday Planner before you book your flights.

Customs and immigration 
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Passport expiry date must be no earlier than six months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Airport
“Eleftherios Venizelos” Airport

Airport transfers
Taxi – The easiest way to reach to Marina Zeas is to take a taxi from the airport (plenty of taxis waiting just outside). Depending on traffic the taxi ride to the base takes about an hour. Our base staff are more than happy organise this for you. Please contact them at [email protected]

Bus –  Take the X-96 from the airport to the port of Piraeus and then take a taxi (max. € 5) to the marina, or take bus 904 from the port of Piraeus to Freatida station where our base is. The X-96 bus takes about 70 minutes from the airport to the port and the taxi ride from the port to the marina takes about 5 minutes, or if you go by bus from the port it's about 20 minutes to the base.

Metro – Take the blue line from the airport, change to the green line towards Piraeus to station Monastiraki. On arrival at the port of Piraeus the easiest option is to take a taxi to the marina (about € 5) or take bus 904 from the port to Freatida station. The metro journey takes about 70 minutes and costs € 10 per person. The bus from the port to the marina take about 20 minutes and costs € 1.20 per person.

Arrival / departure procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 3:00 pm.
Briefing times: A chart briefing will be provided on arrival day and then again the following day after arrival. This will cover the sailing area and provide some handy tips about the local area.
Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning. 

Yacht orientation:
The yacht briefings will be carried out on a one to one basis on each individual yacht.  This will entail all the technical aspects of the vessel and the team will answer any operational questions the customer may have.

Late arrival procedure
The base personnel will wait for you until 9.00 pm. After 9.00 pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be available the next day at 9.00 am

Security excess
If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by traveller's cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

Taxes / departure tax
There is no departure tax for Athens.

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General Information

Area: 81,994 sq. mi.
Population:
10,737,428
Capital city:
Athens
Nationalities: 
Greek and other nationalities
Language: 
Greek (official), other languages include English and French
Religion: 
Greek Orthodox,  Muslim and others
Government: 
Parliamentary republic
Major industries:
Tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products, mining, petroleum
Tipping: 
Tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc. is generally not expected in Greece, but if you round up the bill it will be appreciated.
Currency:
Euro
Electricity: 
230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard
Time: 
Local time is UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

Hotels
Details coming soon!

Restaurants
In the area around the marina there are many restaurants, from fast food to very expensive restaurants and from Greek cuisine to Chinese and Mexican food.

Internet connectivity
A 3G Key is available to purchase for your cruise. Short-term contracts can be made with Wind Vodaphone or Cosmote in Piraeus town. Please note: shops close around 14.00 (2:00 pm) so you will need to arrive prior to that in order to purchase short term 3G service. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport offers Wi-Fi access. Wi-Fi in Greece is available in many coffee shops.

Mobile phones
The mobile network is well developed throughout Greece. You can generally use your own mobile after checking with your supplier to see if Greece is included in your contract.

Tourist information 
Tourist information centre, Athens – 210-8707 000
Tourist information centre, International Airport – 210-353 04 45

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00 am to 2:30 pm; Friday, 08.00 am to 2:00pm.
There are three different ATM machines within five minutes walking distance from The Moorings office.   

Currencies / money exchange
Currency can be exchanged at the local banks.

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Activities & Sports

Snorkelling or diving
The base has snorkelling equipment (fins, masks and snorkels) for your use. You will find the equipment on board your yacht. If you wish to exchange fins, the Customer Service Team will be happy to assist, subject to availability.

Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Greece. You can find Scuba Diving clubs in Hydra and on other islands.

Rental cars
Car rental is available at “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport. There are car and motorbike rental operators close to the marina. 

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Cruising Information

Marina information
It is not possible to make reservations at Greek ports. A passing through berth is generally available for the night. Your passage is not always recorded when passing through small ports. Port authorities will sometimes ask for your boat's papers and your charter contract. Remember to retrieve your documents before leaving. The average price per night for a 40-footer is € 7.00 in small harbours and € 40 to € 50 in private marinas.

Greece does levy mooring fees in some harbours, and these are not included in the price of the charter.

Most overnight stops in this area will be ‘stern to’ Mediterranean mooring on town quays. This will cost approximately € 10 per night, to be paid at each town locally. Marina prices are considerably higher, depending on the size of your yacht.

If you stop free of charge at a private jetty it is expected that you will eat at that tavern. Shower facilities are available at most restaurants for a small charge.

Electricity information
Electricity in Greece is 220V or 380V and electricity is provided at each berth. If you travel to Greece with a device that does not accept 220V, you will need a voltage converter. There is a 12V cigarette lighter outlet by the chart table on all of our yachts.

Sailing area restrictions
Albania: Navigation is only permitted in Greek territorial waters. Under no circumstances should you approach the Albanian coast.

Cruising permit and taxes
In Greece it is essential that we have all of the following details in advance: Full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport number for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared. You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base.

Interesting sites
As the marina is located in Athens, a city that is 3,000 years old and with a population of more than 4,500,000 people, the list of things to see and do is quite extensive.  
      
        Walking distance from the marina:

  • Hellenic maritime museum (inside the marina, three minutes from the office).
  • Archaeological museum of Piraeus (10 minutes)
  • Municipal Gallery of Piraeus (20 minutes)
  • Take a walk in the Pasalimani district and visit one of the many restaurants, coffee shops and bars right next to the base.

Driving distance between 15 to 25 minutes depending on the traffic.

  • Acropolis and Acropolis museum
  • Temple of Hephaestus
  • Theatre of Herodes Atticus
  • The Partheno
  • The Panathenean Stadium (the ancient stadium of Athens where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896)
  • The Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Kerameikos
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum
  • For information contact the Tourist Police: Tel: 171

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Provisioning services
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service. Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht by supplying you with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive à la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Supermarkets
There are numerous supermarkets in the vicinity of the base if you want to purchase provisions on arrival.
Supermarkets are open Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 9:00pm.

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities on your holiday with The Moorings. Click for more details

Vaccination and immunisation information – Disclaimer
Greece is generally free from risk of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Emergency Information
Tzaneio General Hospital in Piraeus: 0030 213 2081000
Athens Metropolitan Hospital: 0030 210 4809000

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*Please note: country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise you to visit your destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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