Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, 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.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

It is important that you refer to our main COVID-19 page for Athens to see detailed guidelines and information sources before you go on vacation.

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Before You Travel

The Moorings
Freatida 185 36 - Piraeus
Tel.: +30 210 4530911    Fax: +30 210 4559031

The Moorings Athens Base Map

Base Hours 
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.

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

Tourist Information Center
Tourist Information Center, Athens - 210-8707 000
Tourist Information Center, International Airport - 210-353 04 45

General Information
Area: 81,994 sq. mi
Capital city:  Athens
People: population: 
Greek, other (foreign citizens)
Greek (official), other (includes English and French)
Greek Orthodox,  Muslim, other
Parliamentary Republic
Major industries: T
ourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products, mining, petroleum
 Tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc. is generally not expected in Greece, but if you round up the bill it will be appreciated.
230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard
Local time is UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

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How to Get There

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH).

The distance from the “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport to the Marina Zeas base is 31 miles. The transfer takes approximately 60 minutes.

Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Olympic Airways
Air France
American Airlines
British Airways
Delta Airlines
Lufthansa Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines

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 Athanasia at [email protected].

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.


Please note the base cannot accept cash or personal checks.

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: 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.

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

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 Arrivals 
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

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 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. 

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

There are numerous supermarket in the nearby vicinity for all your provisioning needs. Supermarkets are open Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 9:00pm.

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.

While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

All the moorings yacht (exclusive plus and Exclusive) Have 50 GB/week.
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is offering Wi-Fi access. Wi-Fi in Greece is available in many coffee shops.

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.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel.

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.

Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
A formal sailing license is mandatory to charter here. Review the sailing and power requirements for Greece while planning your charter vacation.

The Greek Maritime Authorities have recently changed their sailing license requirements for 2022 and 2023 and have confirmed that they will no longer accept the RYA Day Skipper qualification for Yacht Chartering in Greek waters.

All RYA Day Skipper Qualification holders are able to convert their current qualification to the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) qualification. This can be done online through the RYA website or via a paper form which can be downloaded from the website and printed. If you are a RYA member, an ICC can be issued free of charge, please visit the website and complete the application form.

The conversion period may take several weeks, therefore please plan ahead to ensure you receive the ICC certificate in time. The skipper must bring a physical copy of their sailing qualification - a photocopy or picture on a phone will not be accepted by the marine authorities.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit  https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-greece/

Euro.  Currency exchange can be done at the local banks.

Tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc. is generally not expected in Greece, but if you round up the bill it will be appreciated.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Guide for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
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. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.

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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