Traveling to Hydra from Athens

Ferries for Hydra depart from the Piraeus Port. The schedules become more frequent closer to the Summer months.

Monastriaki is a popular metro station in the city center

Booking ferry rides is easy to do online and also gives you the option of comparing times and prices.

You can book a ferry ticket for Hydra online through various websites that specialize in ferry bookings, such as Ferry hopper, Ferry Scanner or the official website of the ferry company operating the route.


Ferry Scanner

Just search for your desired travel date and route, select your preferred ferry, and follow the booking instructions.

There will be options for speed ferries, direct route or stops along the way.

Beautiful churches surround the port

Piraeus is easily accessible on the Metro line or if you prefer, by taxi.

To get to Piraeus Port from Athens city center, you can take the metro. Line 1 (the green line) connects Athens to Piraeus. Just hop on at any station in the city center and ride it to the end of the line at Piraeus.

Depending which station you hop on at it can take 30 – 45min and a similar time in a taxi. Athens city center is notorious for road closures and traffic congestion.

If you arrive by metro it can be a 10 – 15min walk to find usually gate E. The port is well sign posted and there are information desks if you need help.

Rather download or print your boarding pass, this saves a little bit of time not having to collect your ticket at the Port.

There are several coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants in close proximity to the Port. Once on the ferry drinks and snacks are available to purchase but at inflated prices. You are welcome to take your own food onto the ferry.

The ferry ride from Athens (Piraeus Port) to Hydra typically takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of ferry and sea conditions.

Typical scenes from the port

The seas can sometimes be a little bit choppy, if you do suffer from motion sickness rather be prepared just in case. As some of the speed ferries do not allow the option to go out onto the deck for fresh air.

Please note that there are currently no ferries available on the 1st May – it is a national holiday.

When arriving in Hydra, you can expect a charming and picturesque island with no cars or motorbikes, as they are banned to preserve the island’s traditional atmosphere.

The port of Hydra

Instead, you’ll find donkeys and boats as the main modes of transportation.

The port area is lively with cafes, restaurants, and shops lining the waterfront. As you explore further, you’ll discover narrow cobblestone streets, stunning architecture, and beautiful views of the Aegean Sea.

Hydra is known for its relaxed atmosphere, rich history, and artistic community, so expect to encounter a blend of culture, natural beauty, and laid-back island vibes.

Mandraki Beach Resort will transport you via water taxi to the hotel.

Your final destination Mandraki Beach Resort