Ferries from Athens to Hydra (and return)

by Cristina on June 25, 2014

by Cristina | June 25th, 2014  

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The Hydra to Athens ferry schedule is available at the bottom of the article.

Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands, located close to Athens and is also one of the popular islands to take a day trip from Athens . If you are looking for a picture perfect harbor and great food, then Hydra is the place to visit. Since the ferries represent the only way to get to the island, if you plan to take the trip during the weekend in the middle of the high season, then you need to do some planning in advance.

Port of Piraeus

The port of Piraeus (or Pireas*) is large and can be quite confusing at first. Make sure to download the map available on the Ministry of Mercantile Marine page. Allow some time to get used to the port and find the gate.

All the ferries to Hydra depart from Port Gate Ε8 (the gate always appears printed on your ticket).

>>more information on Getting from Athens to Piraeus

How long does it take to get from Athens to Hydra?

The journey between the port of Piraeus (Athens) and Hydra takes between 1 h 10 min and 2 hours, depending on the ferry you are taking.

Is there a high speed ferry between Athens and Hydra?

Not exactly, but the fastest ferry takes only 1h and 10 min to get to the island (or 1 h 20 min during the high season).

How much does it cost to get from Athens to Hydra by ferry?

The ferries between Athens and Hydra are operated by the Hellenic Seaway. The economy non smoking single fare is €25.50 per adult one way. These are passenger ferries only.

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Hydra during the low season?

For the purpose of this article, we consider the low season March to May; however, September and October (comprised in the section below) also see fewer ferry connections than during the high season.
The low season 2014 has already ended.

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Hydra during the high season?

The ferries connecting Athens to Hydra during the 2014 high season are (late June – October):

Mon-Fri 8 a.m., Jun 27 – Sep 8
Sat 8 a.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sun 8 a.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Mon-Wed 8 a.m., Sep 30 – Oct 29 (not approved yet)
Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m., Jun 27 – Sep 8
Sat 8:30 a.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6, Sep 13 – Sep 27
Sun 10 a.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7, Sep 14 – Sep 28
Fri 10 a.m., Jun 27 – Sep 9, Sep 12 – Sep 26
Sat 10 a.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Mon, Wed, Thu 10 a.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8, Sep 10 – Sep 29
Tue 10 a.m., Jul 1 – Sep 2, Sep 9 – Sep 23
Mon-Wed 10 a.m., Sep 30 – Oct 29 (not approved yet)
Sun 12 p.m. (noon) Jun 29 – Jul 7
Sat 1 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6, Sep 13 – Sep 27
Fri 1 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Tue 1:30 p.m., Jul 1 – Sep 2
Mon, Wed, Thu, 1:30 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8
Mon-Thu , 2 p.m., Sep 9 – Sep 29, Sep 30 – Oct 30 (not approved yet)
Sun 1:30 p.m., Sep 14 – Sep 28
Fri 2 p.m., Sep 12 – Sep 26
Sat 2 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sun 2 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Fri 4 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Mon-Thu 4:40 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8
Fri 5:30 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5, Sep 12 – Sep 26
Sat 5:30 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6, Sep 13 – Sep 29
Sun 6 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Mon- Thu 6:30 p.m., Sep 9 – Sep 25, Sep 29
Sun 6:40 p..m., Sep 14 – Sep 28
Mon-Wed 7:10 p.m., Sep 30 – Oct 29 (not approved yet)
Fri 7:15 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Sat 7:15 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6, Sep 13 – Sep 27
Mon 7:30 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 1, Sep 8
Tue-Thu 7:30 p.m., Jul 1 – Sep 5
Fri 7:30 p.m., Sep 12 – Sep 26
Fri 8:45 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Sun 9:30 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Sun 10 p.m., Sep 14 – Sep 28

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Hydra?

No.

How about the ferries between Hydra and Athens?

During the 2014 high season (late June to October), the following ferries are available between Hydra and

Athens (Piraeus):
Sat 6:55 a.m., Sep 13 – Sep 27
Sun 6:55 a.m., Sep 14- Sep 28
Tue 7:05 a.m. Sep 30
Sat 7:20 a.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sun 7:20 a.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Mon 7:20 a.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8, Sep 15 – Sep 29
Tue 7:20 a.m., Jul 1 – Sep 2, Sep 9
Tue – Fri 7:20 a.m., Sep 10 – Sep 26
Wed-Fri 7:20 a.m., Jul 2 – Sep 5
Mon-Fri 10:40 a.m., Jun 27 – Sep 8
Sat 10:45 a.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sat 10:55 a.m., Sep 13 – Sep 27
Sun 11:30 a.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Fri 11:35 a.m., Sep 12 – Sep 26
Mon-Wed 11:35 a.m., Sep 30 – Oct 29 (not approved yet)
Mon-Fri 11:50 a.m., Jun 27 – Sep 8
Sat 11:50 a.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sun 11:50 a.m., Sep 14 – Sep 28
Mon-Thu 11:55 a.m., Sep 9 – Sep 29
Sun 1:45 p.m., Sep 14 – Sep 28
Sun 2 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Fri 2:05 p.m., Sep 12 – Sep 26
Sat 2:35 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Mon, Wed, Thu 2:35 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8
Tue 2:35 p.m., Jul 1 – Sep 2
Tue 2:55 p.m., Sep 9 – Sep 23
Fri 3:05 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Mon, Wed, Thu 3:05 p.m., Sep 10 – Sep 29
Sun 3:05 p.m., Sep 13 – Sep 27
Mon-Wed 3:05 p.m. Sep 30 – Oct 29 (not approved yet)
Sat 3:45 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sun 3:45 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Sun 4:45 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Sat 4:50 p.m., Sep 13 – Sep 27
Sun 5:10 p.m., Sep 14- Sep 28
Fri 5:10 p.m., Sep 12 – Sep 26
Tue 5:25 p.m., Jul 1 – Sep 2
Mon, Wed, Thu 5:35 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8
Sat 6 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Fri 6:05 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Mon-Thu 7:20 p.m., Sep 9 – Sep 29; Sep 30 – Oct 30 (not approved yet)
Sun 7:30 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Sun 7:40 p.m., Sep 14 – Sep 28
Sun 8:05 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Mon-Thu 8:30 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 8
Sat 8:55 p.m., Jun 28 – Sep 6
Sat 9:15 a.m., Sep 13 – Sep 27
Sun 9:20 p.m., Jun 29 – Sep 7
Fri 9:30 p.m., Jun 27 – Sep 5
Sun 9:40 p.m., Sep 14 – Sep 28
Fri 9:55 p.m., Sep 12 – Sep 26

The low season 2014 has already ended.

Where can I buy tickets from?

You can book your tickets online right here at most 2 months prior to departure if the official schedule is approved. For example, if you try to book a ferry for May at the end of March, you have the unpleasant surprise not to be able to do this for Hydra.

Another option is to book via a travel agent in your country or directly via a Greek travel agency.

You can also buy your tickets direct from the port (Port Gate Ε1). Unless you plan to travel during the weekends right in the middle of the high season (July and August) there isn’t much need to book your tickets in advance.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

According to the web sites the prices you pay via any of the booking systems are the same as you would pay in the port or if you book via a Greek travel agency.

Important note:

In Hydra’s case it turns out to be impossible to find much about the high season schedule before it is officially posted. Also, the schedules might change from week to week as the ferry companies submit their schedules weekly to the Ministry of Mercantile Marine. Hence, your best bet is to get a copy the Athens News (newspaper in English) which prints the ferry schedule each Friday.

Read more about:

>>Ferries in Greece
>>Ferries from Athens: How to deal with the Port of Piraeus
>>Ferries from Athens to Aegina
>>Ferries from Athens to Crete
>>Ferries from Athens to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Rafina to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Athens to Karpathos
>>Ferries from Athens to Patmos
>>Ferries from Athens to Santorini
>>Ferries from Athens to Rhodes
>>Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>> Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Naxos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skopelos
>> Ferries from Corfu to Patras
>> Ferries from Rhodes to Kos
>>Ferries to and from Santorini
>> Ferries from Athens to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Crete
>> Ferries from Santorini to Karpathos
>>Ferries from Thessaloniki to Lesvos
>> Ferries to and from Mykonos
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Paros (and return)
>> Ferries from Crete to Gavdos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Santorini to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Ios
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Tinos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Athens to Naxos
>> Ferries from Athens to Thessaloniki
>> Ferries from Santorini to Syros
>> Ferries from Kavala to Thassos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skiathos
>> Ferries from Athens to Lesvos (Lesbos)
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Kos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Chios

Note:
* Pireas and Piraeus are exactly the same place, but you can find them spelled in both ways. All road signs though point to Pireas.
**The article was first published in 2009; latest schedule and price update was made as of June 2014.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ibrahim April 21, 2009 at 6:50 am
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Are the prices for the tickets for one-way or two ways ?

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Cristina April 21, 2009 at 9:04 am
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@Ibrahim: one way, so if you are looking for RT you should double the price.

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mary ellen June 21, 2010 at 1:12 am
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Can we be assured that a 1-1/2 to 2 hour fast ferry will go Pireaus Port to Hydra in late September? Just so one goes in the morning and another back the next afternoon. Anyone know? Thanks.

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Cristina June 21, 2010 at 4:38 am
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@mary ellen: by late Sept there are a number of limited connections per day.

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bojie July 27, 2010 at 3:09 am
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there’s a trip this afternoon piraeus to hydra?

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Cristina July 27, 2010 at 4:21 am
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@bojie: actually there are a lot of connections today (Jul 27) between the two ports: 8 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. , 1:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m.

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