How to get to Hydra from Athens
By boat from Piraeus Port
From the "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport, you can take a taxi or a bus (X96, much cheaper than the taxi) to Piraeus port, it takes approximately 1hour.
Then go to gate E9 for the Argo-Saronic gulf to the Hellenic Seaways ticketing office (www.hsw.gr, Tel +30 210 41 99 000).
You can also reserve online in advance with credit card. There are usually many departures per day for Poros, Hydra and Spetses.
The journey lasts from 1h 30minutes to 1h45minutes, depending on a stopover in Poros.
By Car, starting from Athens, take the National road to Corinth and turn after the Isthmus towards Epidavros, and follow the signs to Spetses. After approximately 1h 45minutes you will reach Galatas in front of Poros.
After Galatas it will be another 30minutes of a winding road to get to Metochi. There is a big parking lot where you can leave your car and take a speed boat to Hydra which is just in front.
The cross over to Hydra takes 12minutes with Freedom I & II (6,50€ per person) or with a Hydriot taxi boat (about 40 € for the boat) that you can call at +30 22980-53690.
Transportation on Hydra
Hydra is the only Greek island where cars are prohibited. Mules, donkeys and water taxi boats (22980-53690) are the most usual way of transportation.
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