On Monday, Greece opened three new metro stations, which include Piraeus, that will link the busy port with the Athens airport.
The stations Maniatika, Piraeus, and Dimotiko Theatro on the extension of Metro Line 3 (the blue line) are expected to greatly relieve traffic congestion around Greece’s largest port.
Additional stations are forecast to increase passenger traffic on the metro by 132,000 a day while easing congestion on roads by twenty-three thousand vehicles a day and lowering carbon emissions by 120 tons daily.
Total travel time from Piraeus Port to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens is estimated to be just fifty-five minutes.
In addition to the three new stations, which increase the total number of stations on the line to twenty-seven, the project also included 7.6 kilometers of tunnels and associated infrastructure.
Piraeus metro station will be an important transport hub
The new Piraeus station will also be an important transport hub, as it connects metro lines 1 (overground former ISAP line to Kifissia) and 3, the port, the suburban Proastiakos Railway and the tram network. This allows passengers to transfer from one mode to the other.
Trains will run from Dimotiko Theatro to Doukissis Plakentias station in northeast Athens every four minutes at peak hours (7:30 am to 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm) and every nine minutes (down from ten minutes) late at night between 10 pm to 12:20 am. Trains to the airport will run every thirty-six minutes.
The earliest trains will start running from Dimotiko Theatro and Doukissis Plakentias at 5:30 am in addition to the stations Egaleo and Monastiraki toward Doukissis Plakentias and from Ethniki Amyna toward Dimotiko Theatro.
The last trains of the day from Sunday to Thursday will leave Dimotiko Theatro at 11:59 pm and Doukissis Plakentias at 12:03 am.
On Friday and Saturday, when train schedules are extended until after midnight, the last trains will depart at 1:06 am from Dimotiko Theatro and at 1:10 am from Doukissis Plakentias.
The last trains from Syntagma Square depart at 12:23 am on all days from Sunday to Thursday and at 1:30 am on Friday and Saturday nights.