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Hydra is located in the Sporades and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, the Peloponnese and other ports in the Sporades.

There are 2 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Hydra. Alpha Lines and Blue Star Ferries both operate ferries to and from Hydra. In the summer season, there are a total of 96 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Piraeus to Hydra with 42 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Hydra is Ermioni with a distance of just 19.6 kilometres - that's 12 miles or 11 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Piraeus at a distance of 68 kilometres - that's about 42 miles or about 37 nautical miles.

Hydra port is located between the Saronic Gulf and Argolic Gulf, separated from the Peloponnese. The port is a small port and is generally moderately busy but is busiest in the summer.

Ferries to Hydra are normally available throughout the year. To ensure the speediest crossing possible, Hydra is served only by fast ferries.

You can travel to or from Hydra with your vehicle or on foot. And normally you can take a pet with you on the ferry to or from this port.

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Why visit Hydra?

  • Visit the museums: the Historical Archives Museum, the Ecclesiastical Museum & the Kountouriotis Mansion
  • Buy some medicine at Rafalia’s Pharmacy: a piece of functioning history built in 1890
  • Explore the cobbled back streets of Hydra town and stop for a Greek coffee
  • Take a water taxi (boats and schedules can be found in town) to some exquisite beaches. Hydra doesn't have big beaches but has very clear waters. Try Bisti and St. Nikolaos beaches for a slice of paradise
  • Visit Leonard Cohen's old house. He lived on the island from 1960 to 1966

Island hopping around  Hydra

Hydra is in the centre of the Saronic islands and so it’s the ideal base if you want to hop from island to island. You can easily book quick ferries to Spetses, Aegina, Poros and others.

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Hydra port address & GPS

Hydra Port
Port of Hydra, Hydra Town, 21051, Greece.
Telephone: +30 22980 52279
Fax: +30 22980 53912
GPS Co-ordinates
23.4669 ° N, 37.3507 ° E

Hydra port facilities

Hydra port is located in the capital town of the island. You can find covered seating areas and there are many cafes and restaurants nearby.

No parking facilities, long or short term, are available.

For more information about Hydra, you can visit Wikipedia.

Getting to and from the port


By car

There are no cars allowed on Hydra, so near the port you will often find donkeys to assist you.

By Taxi

There are no taxis, but you can use water taxis to go to the different beaches of the island.

By Bus

There are also no busses on the island.
on foot

On Foot

Hydra is a small island so you can go everywhere on foot.

Frequently asked questions for Hydra ferries

Flights to Hydra Hydra doesn't have an airport. The nearest airport to Hydra is Athens International Airport (ATH) and from here you can take a ferry to the island by first travelling to the port of Piraeus. Ferries to Hydra The island is served exclusively by fast ferries which means that the journey time from Athens is 2 hours.
Blue Star Ferries company serves the island of Hydra with Flying Dolphins.
  • Route: Piraeus (Athens) to Hydra: Average one-way cost per person travelling on foot in July: €34
You will find plenty of travel agencies around the port where you can print your tickets. Look for a Blue Star Ferries sign outside.

If you go to a non central agency you may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.

Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries you can travel with an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket or save it to your phone.
To get your ticket printed make sure you have a print out or a copy of your reservation on your phone and a valid form of photographic ID - for example your passport or ID card.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Hydra:

  • Book in advance Prices always go up the closer you book to your departure date.
  • Compare ferry companies side by side using a service like Zas Ferries
  • Travel off peak The weather is good in September and in May and June so why not?
You can travel to Hydra from Athens' most popular port: Piraeus.
  • On foot: Please arrive at least one hour before you travel.
  • By car: Please arrive at least two hours before you travel and in July and August allow for traffic jams on your journey.

Yes, you can take your dog or other pet on the ferry but it isn't possible to book a space in the kennel in advance. All Greek ships by law must have some kennel space.

  • On conventional ferries

    If you are travelling on conventional ferry (not a fast ferry or catamaran) there is normally space available in the kennels and you should also be able to have your dog on all deck areas (but not inside) with you. Strictly speaking, this at the discretion of the ferry company but in general you should have no issues - though please take a muzzle with you just in case and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Small sized dogs and cats can travel in the ship as long as they stay inside a special travel box.

    The other option, for absolute peace of mind, is to book a pet cabin. These are like normal cabins but have linoleum flooring. They are also available for day crossings at reasonable prices. This way you don't have to worry about finding space in the kennels and you and your dog or cat can relax. In July and August ferries can get very busy with people and other dogs.

  • On fast ferries or catamarans

    Fast ferries and catamarans will also have kennels but these will be limited in number. In addition, the majority of fast ferries (though there are exceptions) don't have open deck space accessible throughout the journey, so you will not be able to stay out with your pet during your crossing. However, if your pet is small and inside a travel box you will be able to keep him or her inside.

Yes, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or MasterCard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.
You can take your bike with you for free to or from Hydra, if you travel on large ships such as those of Minoan Lines, Golden Star Ferries and Blue Star Ferries companies. However, on ships without a garage, bicycles are normally not allowed inside. You'll see if the ship has a garage when making your reservation. Hydra can be busy in the summer so it is a good idea to tell a member of the port staff that you have a bike in case you might need extra assistance.
Hydra is most popular in the summer months but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October. There are also plenty of places to visit in the winter.

Latest prices for Hydra ferries

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Fare details
  • Booked: 29th March, 2021
  • Travel: 1st June - 3rd June
  • People: Two foot passengers

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