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 vacation smooth and care free. 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 vacation itinerary in more detail.

Cruising Requirements

GREECE SAILING REQUIREMENTS:

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

Address & Map

Address
The Moorings
Freatida 185 36 - Piraeus
Tel.: +30 210 4530911    Fax: +30 210 4559031
Email:  athensyachtbase@thlmarine.com
37° 55’ 56’’N23° 39’ 01’’ E – VHF 69

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am-8:30pm
Sunday: 9am-2:30pm
Season: This charter destination is closed from mid November  to end of March.

Base Facilities

  • Marina Berth Capacity: 670 yachts up to 120m
  • 24 Hour Dock Assistance, CCTV, 24 Hour Security Guard
  • Electricity and Water
  • Fuel Station
  • Shower and W.C facilities
  • Laundry and Drying Facilities
  • ATM
  • Shops
  • Swimming Pool – Restaurants - Bars and Coffee Shops
  • Walking Distance from Piraeus City Centre
  • Greek Naval Museum within the Marina
  • 45Km for Athens International Airport
  • 15Km for Athens City Center

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 approximately 60 minutes.

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 which we organize, The Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Vacation Planning Specialist before you book your flights.

Customs & Immigration -
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Airport
"Eleftherios Venizelos" Airport

Airport Transfers
By Taxi:
The easiest way to reach to Marina Zeas is to take a taxi from the airport (plenty of taxis waiting just outside) and reach in about 60 minutes (depending on the traffic) Our base staff are more than happy organize this for you. Please contact them at athensyachtbase@thlmarine.com

By Bus:
the line X-96 from Airport to the port of Piraeus and then by taxi that costs no more than 5 euros to the marina or the 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 then by taxi from the port to the marina is about 5 minutes or by bus about 20 minutes.

By Metro:
the blue line from the airport change to the green line towards Piraeus to station Monastiraki after arrival to the port of Piraeus the easiest choice is to take a taxi to the marina that it costs about 5 euros or take from the port the bus 904 to station Freatida. The metro route takes about 70 minutes and costs 10 euros per person and the bus from the port to the marina take about 20 minutes and costs 1.20 euros 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 of local knowledge.
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 traveler's checks, 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
People: population:
Greek, other (foreign citizens)
Language:
Greek (official), other (includes English and French)
Religion:
Greek Orthodox,  Muslim, other
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 1400 (2:00pm) so you will need to arrive prior to that in order to purchase short term 3G service. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is offering Wi-Fi access. Wi-Fi in Greece is available in many coffee shops.

Cellular 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 Center
www.gnto.gr
Tourist Information Center, Athens - 210-8707 000
Tourist Information Center, International Airport - 210-353 04 45

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
Banks are open Monday to Thursday, 08:00am to 2:30pm except Friday which closed at 2:00pm. There are 3 different ATM machines in a distance of 5 minutes from the office.   

Currencies/Money Exchange
Currency exchange can be done at the local banks.

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Activities & Sports

Snorkeling or Diving
The base has snorkeling equipment (fins, masks and snorkels) for your use. You will find the equipment is on board. 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 reservation 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 request the boat's papers and your charter contract. Do not forget to retrieve your documents before leaving. The average price for a night for a 40 footer: 7€, in small harbors and in private marina’s 40-50€.

Greece does levy mooring fees in some harbors, 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 Euro 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 220 or 380 V electricity is provided at each berth. If you travel to Greece with a device that does not accept 220 Volts, 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 & 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 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 large.  
      
        Walking distance from the marina:

  • Hellenic maritime museum (inside the marina 3 minutes from the office).
  • Archaeological museum of Piraeus (10 minutes)
  • Municipal Gallery of Piraeus (20 minutes)
  • Make a walk in Pasalimani area and visit one of the many restaurants, coffee shops and bars right next to the base.

Driving distance between 15-25 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 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 a 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 supermarket in the nearby vicinity should you want to provision on arrival.
Supermarkets are open Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 9:00pm.

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Health & Safety

Travel Insurance
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 of your vacation with The Moorings. Click for more details

Vaccination and Immunization Information - Disclaimer
Greece is generally risk-free 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/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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