Getting to Hydra
You will arrive at Athens International airport Eleftherios Venizelos, and from here you will travel to Hydra Island by taking a boat from the city’s main Port Piraeus. Make sure that when you book your flight and boat tickets, that you leave plenty of time (about 3 hours) for the journey from the airport to the port, as well as clearing immigration, baggage claim, and customs.
You have a choice of transport from the airport to Piraeus port:
Pre-booked: You can pre-book a taxi from our local driver for you or organise a carpool group . Please call Lambros at: +306973746467 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Airport taxi: The taxi rank is to the left as you exit the arrivals area (between Exits 2 and 3). Taxis are available around the clock. There may be a bit of a queue, but it typically moves quickly. The fare from the airport to Piraeus runs around 47€ during the day (5 a.m. to midnight) and 65€ at night (midnight to 5a.m.). Be sure that the taxi driver starts the meter and sets it to tariff 1 during daytime hours and tariff 2 during night-time hours. Depending on traffic, the journey generally takes around 45 minutes.
Bus: The X96 bus stop is located outside exit 5 (turn right as you exit customs and enter the arrivals area. Tickets must be bought in advance at the small kiosk just in front of the bus stop. The bus leaves every half hour, 23 hours per day, and stops several times on the way. Piraeus is the last stop and should take around 1.5 hours (less during off-peak hours). Upon arrival at Piraeus, cross the busy street and go to Gate E8.
Metro: The metro leaves from the Athens airport metro station every 30 minutes between 06:30 a.m. and 23:30 p.m. You have to take the metro from the airport to Monastiraki station in the centre of Athens (~40 minutes), then at Monastiraki you switch to the Piraeus line (green), which terminates at the Piraeus metro station ( ~30 minutes). The metro station is located a few blocks from the Hellenic Seaways departure gate E8 on the port. For more information and any updates on the metro’s schedule, visit the Athens Airport Metro page: athenstransport.com
To Hydra Island:
The fastest way to get to the island( 145-2 hrs aprox) is by booking a Hellenic Seaways’s Hydrofoil or Cat, however there are other alternative transportations such as slow ferry, taxi from the mainland then boat and helicopters. Contact us if you would like to use any of these alternative transports.
The boat can be booked via this website: https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/
You can also call them to book (+30 210 419 9000)
Please wait on our instructions to book your boat tickets . Closer to the retreat date we will have a better idea of which boat to take as group and if we can get a group discount.
At our arrival to the port of Hydra, we will be greeted by our own donkey owner, who will load our bags onto his donkeys and take them to the house. You can also ride the donkey if you prefer, or walk with the others up to the house. (Donkey rides and bag loading, not included in retreat price.)
You will take the Hellenic Seaways’s Hydrofoil or Cat to the port of Piraeus and form there you can catch a bus or metro and/or taxi to the airport Eleftherios Venizelos. Tickets can be bought at the office on Hydra port or if you buy them online you can pick them up a few hours before your boat departure time.