Getting to Hydra Island Greece - Fly to Athens International Airport (AIA), transfer from AIA to Piraeus sea port by car taxi, express bus or train. Take Hellenic Seaways hydrofoil (dolphin or cat) from Piraeus to Hydra.
HYDRA DOES NOT HAVE AN AIRPORT - NOT EVEN A LITTLE ONE!
Hellenic Seaways tends not to publish it's schedule for the summer and winter until the VERY LAST MOMENT. So please don't panic if you try to book tickets in advance. Just be patient and wait. The new schedule for winter 2017 will be published by about mid September 2017. Keep checking the www.HellenicSeaways.com site. Please also note that other agents will sell you tickets that will cost at least €10 extra so it's always best to book direct though Hellenic for the best price.
Alternatively, you can take a car taxi from AIA or anywhere on mainland Greece and drive cross country to Metochi, which is right on the beach looking out at Hydra. There is a secure car park at Metochi for short or long stay parking. Then call a Hydra water taxi or use the reliable and regular passenger ferries, Hydra Lines (Freedom I, II, III & IV) or Hydra Celebrity (Metoxi Express) to reach the island.
Motorized vehicles are banned on the ENTIRE island - so you WON'T FIND ANY CARS on Hydra. Foot-power is the primary means of getting about on the island!
To get your luggage from the port to your accommodation when you arrive in Hydra:
Bringing Animals - A Cautionary 'Tale'
You are more than welcome to bring your pet dog (or cat) to Hydra. Hellenic Seaways Flying Cats have purpose built cages for them to go in, or on a dolphin you must stay with your dog on the open deck in the middle. Also both the Metoxi Express and Freedom passenger ferries allow dogs onboard. BUT please note that they must be on a lead and held by someone who has the strength to control them. If necessary they should be wearing a mussle especially if they are of a nervous or aggressive nature.
Please note that on Hydra, your pet will be confronted with many mules, horses, resident dogs and many cats all of whom wander around freely. This can be very stressful for dogs not used to this.
Last year visitors brought a large labrador to the island but sadly, even though he was on a lead the owner could not control him and the dog, in fear and panic probably trying to protect his owner, attacked a mule and in the ensuing mayhem, the dog also bit the person who went to help the owner up. The bite was to the bone and left a permanent scar.
Since this incident, all visitors are asked to ensure they have complete control at all times especially as there are so many local animals, (mules, horses, dogs and cats) that non-island animals find stressful.