Ferry boat to Aegina Nova Ferries
The Ferry boat - or flying dolphin to Aegina leaves every 30 hour aprrox. from the port of Peiraius .
So the best way to do that is simply go there and take the next one. But remember it is up to 6-7 pm , so be there before that time. If youwant to reserve a ticket do taht from any travel agenvy in athens or online with one company (www.hsw.gr) .The others dont have an online system yet.
But the best ferry , comfortable and cheap is Foivos from nova Ferries...
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A stone away from Piraeus
The best thing about Aegina is that it’s easy and fast to reach from Piraeus(30min-1h). I remember having paid about 7 euros for a one way trip but I understand prices vary according to the company you use (Hellenic Seaways, Nova Ferries, ferry of Agios Nektarios). You could also use Aegina Flying Dolphins.
Check the sites of the companies before departing but usually, ferries head to Aegina every hour.
Aegina Ferry: Fast and Affordable
The ferry from Athens to Aegina runs a on a daily basis and takes about an hour to reach Aegina. Its a reliable, clean, and affordable way to get to Aegina. There are enough ferries coming and going to easily make visiting Aegina a day trip. The ferry leaves from Piraeus which one can easily reach from anywhere in Athens by using the metro as it terminates at Piraeus. The fares range from 9.80 euro to 15.00 euro depending on the time and type of class you choose. The best way to check departure times, prices, and even reserve your seat is through this website:
How to get the Temple of Aphaia
A Guided Bus Tour of the island includes a visit to the Temple of Aphaia and then a short visit to the Church of Saint Nectarios. The Temple of Aphaia is situated 13 km east by road from the main port. Bus Tour cost 20 euro with Russian speaking guide (sure English, French and German as well).
The Temple of Aphaia is considered the best preserved temple in Greece and one of the three temples forming the famous “Sacred Triangle” of Greek antiquity.
After that you can enjoy quiet moments contemplation and admiration of its beautiful Byzantine architecture in the Church of Saint Nectarios.
The road between the port and the temple passes through the mountainous interior of the island, dotted with the many pistachio plantations that yield Aegina's most important agricultural product.
The Temple of Aphaia can be also reached by local bus, leaving regularly from Aegina Town.
How to get Aegina
There are several ferries to Aegina from Piraeus (10 times a day: an hour and a half in a way). There are ferries of Hellenic Seaways (used to be Saronic) and the ferry Agios. There are two Hydrofoil companies: Hellenic Seaways and Vasilopoulos (every hour: half of an hour in a way).
Prices of tickets vary depending on the ferry you take. They say that Agios Nektarios is the cheapest (single ticket 4 euro) and Hellenic Seaways is the most expensive (single ticket around 9 euro).
You can find the exact timetables at the ticket offices at the quay, the entrance door of the ferry also displays the time the ferry will leave.
Call: (+30) 210 4147800 for information concerning the ferries in Piraeus (automatic machine)
Call: (+30) 22970 22328 for information concerning the ferries in Aegina (automatic machine)
We got to Aegina by ship Giorgis after visiting Poros and Hydra Islands (one day cruise cost about 80 euro).
Hop on a Ferry
Ferries leave quite regularly from Pireaus for Aegina - The journey takes about 1.15 hours.
I can't remember how much I paid, but I remember buying my ticket from one of the kiosks lined along the port front. I had about an hour to wait for the next ferry. As it was March, there weren't too many travellers, so only a few kiosks were open.
I'm sure that during the Summer months it's chaotic, with competition to sell tickets.
Drinks and snacks available on board, with seating inside and out.
There are cafes nearby, but for a solo female traveller, the clientele are quite intimidating. (I'm used to travelling by myself, but I was asked 3 times in that hour if I wanted to go to a hotel, 1 man blatantly asked if I wanted sex with him! - I'm glad I wasn't there at night!)
It's also a good idea to keep a close eye on your bags, especially if you've become used to the relaxed atmosphere of the islands and villages.
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Boats to and from Aegina
Aegina is one of the easiest Greek islands to reach from Athens. Hydrofoils ply the waters between Piraeus and Aegina Town every hour throughout the day, with a crossing time of just 30 minutes. Ferries are almost as frequent, and cover the journey in 1 hour.
There are also frequent links with other islands in the Argosaronic Gulf (Poros, Spetses and Hydra) as well as ports on the Peloponnese mainland. Fast boats make the 9 minute crossing from Aegina to the tiny neighbouring island of Agistri.
The following information relates to my boat travel experiences in October 2005:
I arrived in Aegina Town on a hydrofoil ("Flying Dolphin X") directly from Piraeus. The journey time was just 30 minutes and the cost was 9.50 Euros. Alternatively, I could have caught a ferry (cost 5 Euros, journey time 1 hour). Hydrofoils leave Piraeus hourly during the day and ferries are only slightly less frequent.
I left Aegina on a ferry ("Artemis") to Poros (via the mainland port of Methana). The journey time was 1 hour and the cost was 5.50 Euros. I could have halved the journey time (and doubled the cost) by catching a Flying Dolphin instead. I purchased the ticket from one of the many kiosks close to the port.
Whilst in Aegina, I caught a boat (the "Agistri Express") to the tiny neighbouring island of Agistri. This is just a 9 minute journey and boats run frequently during the day. Tickets cost 2.50 Euros one way or 4.50 Euros return.
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TAXIS FROM AEGINA FERRY PORT
If you need a taxi to take you from Aegina ferry port to your acommodation, remember to take the address written in Greek cyrillic script aswell as in English. Some of the drivers cannot recognise written addresses in English.
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Ferries from Piraeus are frequent. The trip takes about 90 minutes. Travel between nearby islands of Poros, Hydra and Spetses is also possible on a ferry.
The hydrofoil from Piraeus is the fastest way to get to Aegina, taking just over a half hour.
Hydrofoil Piraeus --> Aegina Town
The fast way to get to Aegina Town from Piraeus and vice versa! Taking only 40 minutes, versus 90 minutes with the normal ferry, the hydrofoil boat was very handy to get to Athens fast for a day trip and when we left for the airport. Speeding just above the waves is a great ride too, although if you want a really relaxing ride you should take the normal ferry, on which you can sniff the sea breeze and enjoy the sun on the upper deck. The hydrofoil boats have closed cabins and you feel like you are inside an airplane.
Ticket prices are 8.90 Euro for a one way ticket and 14.90 Euro for a return ticket.
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Aegina Island can be reached by ferry boat & flying dolphins. The trip from Piraeus to Aegina takes 1hour and 35 minutes by ferry boat and 35 minutes by flying dolphing. The prices are about 5.10€ and 8.90€. There are three Ports on the island : Port of Aegina , Port of Souvala and Port of Agia Marina.
Ferry to Aigina
Although the distance between Piraeus and Aigina is quite short, the ferry that makes this route is smaller and slower than the ones that make the long trips between the islands farther out to sea. As a result the trip was quite a bit longer than I had anticipated (about two hours). For our return trip we decided to spend the extra money and take the hydrofoil, and it was worth every Euro because it took less than half that time.
The quickest way to reach the island is by "flying dolphins", highspeed hydrofoil boats. The duration of the trip is 40 minutes from the port of Pireas.
The price for an adult ticket (one way) is 8.50 Euros.
Around The Island
Bus main routes:
1. AEGINA TOWN - MARATHON - PERDIKA
2. AEGINA TOWN - AG. NECTARIOS - AGIA MARINA
3. AEGINA TOWN - KYPSELI - VATHY - SOUVALA - AGIOI - VAYIA
Taxis are piked right in front of the entrance to the harbor.
Renting a motorbike, bicycle or car
By ferry from Piraeus to the city of Aigina - about 50 minutes
By flying dolphin - about 35 minutes.
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