Prepared by Kelsey Edwards
Copyright HydraDirect 2006 - 2015
Athens International Airport (AIA) is a really comfortable and user-friendly airport. Definitely up there with the best. If you land in the early hours, it's much more comfortable to stay put for a few hours, rather than hanging about in the dark at Piraeus waiting for the first dolphin.
It is not possible to fly direct to Hydra because there isn't an airport!
The closest airport to the island on the mainland is Athens International Airport (AIA). By bus you need to allow about one and a half hours travelling time to Piraeus, the main sea port that is used for transfers with Hellenic Seaways flying dolphins and cats for the onward sea-journey to Hydra. A taxi from the airport can manage the trip in about 1 hour.
You will need to allow approximately 3 hours between landing at AIA, to departing from Piraeus. Bring Euro coins with you if you want to use a trolley, there's no change machine before customs.
If you land very early in the morning, it is more comfortable to wait in the airport lounges or cafes until about 2.5 hours before your departure time from Piraeus. Sitting around on the metal benches, at 2 in the morning, next to the Hellenic ticket office waiting for the first dolphin to depart, can be indimidating and a little scary!
AIA Call Center operates 24hours on a daily basis and provides the following information:
Please visit the main airport website at: www.AIA.gr for full details.
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT S.A. "ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS"
Airport call center: (+30) 210 3530000
Airport company call center: (+30) 210 3531000
Airport company facsimile: (+30) 210 3530001
The Sofitel Hotel is right next to the airport and is a convenient place to stay if you want a good nights sleep before travelling on to the island. You can't really miss it, it's directly across the road when you come out of the airport building through Exit Door 4.
You can take a trolley for your luggage, but you need to make sure you have a 1 euro coin on you. The porters at the hotel are very helpful and will handle everything for you while you check in.
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If you want to make the most of being so close to the centre of Athens and all it's ancient momuments and places to visit, then there are a couple of express buses that will take you to the central areas or you can use the Metro which is very well operated and is a good way of travelling around the city.