An easy guide for how to get to Hydra by Ferry, schedules and prices for the Ferry to Hydra and recommendations for public transportation and services. Explore the website and find all necessary details for the Ferry to Hydra; Connected Routes with departures and frequency, Accommodation options with real-time Availability and helpful tips for transfer opportunities in Hydra!
We have prepared a small user guide that will help passengers to get to Hydra as easily and pleasantly as possible.
Find useful information on how to get to Hydra, local public transportation options to reach your overnight hotel in Hydra, port addresses and embarkation offices, ferry schedules and prices and real-time departures and arrivals.
All year round there are ferries running to Hydra from Athens/ Piraeus.
Getting by ferry is the best option you have and it can be a very nice and exciting experience and especially if you are doing some island-hopping too. Greek islanders are seasoned ferry experts and they prefer to travel by ferry because of the convenience and flexibility it affords!
- There is a choice of High-speed catamaran ferries running frequently with stops along the way.
Give a departure port and a date and find all possible ferry to Hydra destinations!
Notice: Each year and depending on the period, there may be more or fewer connections to Hydra. The biggest shipping companies (ferry operators) announce the new ferry schedules by the end of December and the rest of them by January-March each year!
Public transportation services in Hydra
All year round there are high-speed ferries running to Hydra from Athens / Piraeus.
Motorized and/or wheeled vehicles are banned throughout the island - so you will not find cars, mopeds and bicycles as they are not allowed in Hydra.
Transportation to Hotel
Most of the hotels and some of the hostels on Hydra, have agreed with handcarts or Mules operators to pick up guest’s luggage and show them the way to stay. You will see them holding up signs for each hotel when you disembark the ferry. Try ringing them to find out if this service is available!
If however you are not being met and you need to get your bags to a hotel, you will have to walk to the corner of the harbour and hire a mule.
Prices for mule hire vary depending upon the zone you want to go to.
- Basically, you will pay between €10 (Zone A) and €20 per mule (Zone B) for most places but please note that even though the sign says 4 pieces of luggage, what it actually means is 2 suitcases and 2 pieces of hand luggage. So if there are four of you, most likely you will need 2 mules.
Water Taxis on Hydra
Those who wish to travel between Hydra’s villages without walking can hire a water taxi. The water taxi rank is located in Hydra Harbor in front of the Alpha Bank. You’ll probably see lots of donkeys standing around as this is also the area where muleteers wait for customers.
- The number for the water taxi rank is +30 2298053690. Many water taxi drivers will give you their private mobile numbers so that you can call them directly if you need their services.
Note: All above information for Hydra was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.
Schedules, prices and availability
Book your ferry ticket to Hydra with any ferry company that suits you better and enjoy your journey in Greece! The “Easy-Way” booking system of go-ferry.com, allows the most reliable online ferry reservations and offers cheaper, faster and better services for your ferry ticket to or from Hydra.
With go-ferry.com you are able to connect online with the reservation systems of the most Greek shipping companies, to compare prices, to find information about routes and vessels, to look for alternative routes and to print instantly your Hydra ferry confirmation.
Ferry timetables may change by season, so take an optical canvassing via our search engine to receive the latest cull of dates, schedules, prices and availability to Hydra. With so many accommodation options to cull from, you can be sure to find the best deal for the ferry to or from Hydra at a price that fits your budget.
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Book in advance your ferry ticket
Arrange your ferry journey in advance
It is very important that you have organized your ferry in advance, having arranged all the details. You don't want something to go wrong, and you can achieve perfect holidays with a great organization. In addition to hotel accommodation and air-tickets, when you book the boat tickets to Hydra you know that everything is under control even before leaving home.
There are many reasons why you should arrange to book in advance your ferry tickets. Here are some of the most important:
Pay for Hotel without using it!
During the high season in Greece, and especially in July and August, it is likely that you won't find ferry tickets to popular destinations, such as Hydra, if you don't book them in advance. So, don't make the mistake to book your hotel on Hydra without having booked the ferry pas. The last thing you want is to get to the port and not find an available ferry to your destination!
Save time in Hydra!
Although we charge a commission for acquiring ferry bookings, this allows you not only to secure your ferry tickets but also to save time in Hydra; besides receiving a service and attention of first.
Have a bigger choice of Ferry Tickets!
Buying in advance gives you a better chance of getting the ferry tickets, on the ferry you prefer and at the schedule you want. It does not make sense that your trip is interrupted by not finding available ferry departures, but it is possible.
Find more Ferry routes!
If you want to organize your vacations to or from Hydra, it is wise to check all the possible routes and timelines in order to make the right combinations between Hydra and other destinations as well as between the air and the ferry tickets. Online, you can have an overview of all the routes to or from Hydra.
Get the best deal!
Ferry tickets to Hydra can be expensive, so it’s natural to want to get the best deal on them. It has become a regular practice for ferries to announce special rates and deep discounts for booking ferry tickets up to 3-6 months in advance.
Feeling Great having the ferry ticket in your pocket!
You will feel a great feeling when having the ferry confirmation to or from Hydra in your hands. The reservation with us will allow you to secure your ferry ticket, you will be relieved to have the confirmation in your hands or on your smartphone!
Available accommodation options
Choose the ideal accommodation option on the ferry to Hydra and get fresh and relaxed at your destination. Comfortable armchairs, business class comfort seats, outside and inside cabins or economy deck chairs. There is a range of accommodation options to choose for a day or night ferry to or from Hydra.
According to the findings in the “Kolokotroni cave”, Hydra has been inhabited since the Neolithic Era. During the Mycenaean period, the basic colonies of the island were Choriza and Episkopi. During the ancient times, Hydra was under the occupation of Ermioni and Trizina. The island began to develop naval and commercial activities from the 17th century, while at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century it ensured its regime of self-government an action which led to obtaining wealth and a strong fleet. The contribution of Hydra’s fleet to the War of Independence in 1821 was enormous, as it helped the Greek forces to dominate in the Aegean Sea. Hydra is located 38 nm away from Piraeus.
What to see in Hydra
- The Town of Hydra
- The entrance of the port, where the cannons are.
- The old stone gun powder warehouse, which today is housing the port authority.
- The monastery of Kimiseos tis Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin), a three-naved domed basilica with two marbled bell towers (middle of 17th century). Part of the monastery houses the Town Hall, while in the old cells functions a small Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum.
- The Tsamados Manor, housing the National Merchant Marine Academy.
- The Tobazi mansion, property of the School of Fine Arts since 1936.
- The Georgios Kountouriotis’ manor, which is rising among the pine trees. Built in the end of 18th century, this manor provides an exceptional example of the first period of Neoclassicism.
- The Pavlos Kountouriotis’ Square, where you will see the bust of the Greek politician.
- Periptero: the western gun settlement of the port and one of the most beautiful places in Hydra.
- Kala Pigadia (Good Wells), a district that was named after the two wells that supplied with water the houses of the city for more than 200 years.
- The hill of Kiafa, where the oldest district of the city is built, with stone houses, high walls and narrow lanes.
- The church of Aghios Konstantinos Hydraios.
- The church of Ypapanti, with its wood carved chancel and the popular religious icons.
- The old church of Aghios Giannis Nisteutis, with amazing frescos of the 18th century.
- The female monastery of Aghia Eupraxia and the monastery of Prophet Ilias, where Th. Kolokotronis was imprisoned for some period. Visitors can enjoy the view of the Hydra port and the coasts of Peloponnese.
Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum: The Museum is housed on the premises of the monastery of Koimisi tis Theotokou, in the old cells. It is a small museum which exhibits vestments, relics, offerings and icons mainly from the 18th century.
Historical Archive: Here the visitor has the opportunity to see some important relics dating back to the Balkan Wars and the First and Second World Wars, as well as manuscripts and codes dating back to the 18th and 19th century. In the same area functions a library with valuable editions and a gallery exposing paintings created by major artists.
Lazarou Kountourioti House: It operates as an outhouse of the National History Museum. The visitor of this historic manor will have the opportunity to see heirlooms of the Kountouriotis family, paintings of Pericles and Konstantinos Byzantios, as well as exhibits that belong to the historical and folklore collections of the National History Museum.
Museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History of Hydra: It operates in Georgios Kountouriotis house. The collection includes personal items and belongings of the Kountouriotis family as well as exhibits associated with the modern history of Hydra.
Exhibition and Concert Municipal Hall "Melina Merkouri", where works of famous artists are exposed throughout the year.
- Swimming at the organized beach of Mandraki, Vlicho, Spilia, Hydroneta, Avlaki, Kaoumithi, Bisti, Mikro Limani, Molo, Agio Nikolao and Limioniza.
- Spear fishing
- Island tour by boat or caique, departing from the town port.
- Trip to Dokos, an islet (covering 12 km2) where ruins of a medieval castle and relics of settlements dating back to the Early Helladic, Late Helladic, Hellenistic and Byzantine periods have been discovered.
- Epitaf procession in Kaminia, on Holy Friday, which is finalized by a boat in the sea.
- The famous carnival of Hydra.
- "Miaouleia”: a three-day festival organized every year in honor of admiral Andreas Miaoulis. It includes folklore dances, torchlight races, boat-races and athletic competition. The end of the festival specified with impressive fireworks and the imitation of Turkish flagship conflagration.
- International Festival of Marionettes every July.
- Celebration of the patron saint of Hydra, Neo-martyr Aghios Konstantinos Hydraios, on November 14th.
- Feast in honor of the eight saints protecting the island, on June 24th. There is also is a feast in honor of Panaghia (Holy Mother) of Faneromeni or Navmachon (naval fighters), on August 15th.
Police station: 22980-52.205
Hospital: 22980-53.150, 53.151
Local medical center: 22980-52.420
Pharmacies: 22980-52.584, 53.260
Sea taxi: 22980-53.690
Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum: 22980- 54.071
Historical Archive 22980-54.142