How to get to Aegina island
Piraeus port (the main port of Athens) is the closest port to Aegina island and the airport of Athens is the closest airport to Piraeus. The trip from the airport to Piraeus will take between 60 and 90 minutes and from Piraeus to Aegina it will take another 40 minutes by Flying Dolphin or 75 minutes by regular ferry. So within 3 hours after collecting your bags at the airport, you could be on Aegina. A detailed description on how to get to Aegina is set out below.
Athens International Airport
Closest airport to the island
Athens International Airport, called Eleftherios Venizelos, is the closest commercial airport to Aegina, located 25 km outside the centre of Athens. It is a modern airport and has a lot of facilities, such as free Internet access from several computers installed in the departure hall.
Important information concerning booking your airplane ticket
When you book your airplane ticket, take care that you are not arriving much later than 15:00 and leaving, on the way back, earlier than 12:00. Otherwise you will not be able to make it to the island the same day, or are able to reach the airport in time. Have in mind that the boat timetables can varry according to the season.
From the Airport to Piraeus
- By shuttle bus
The most economical way to reach the Port of Piraeus is to take shuttle bus. You will find the shuttle bus when you leave the arrivals hall. Take shuttle bus X96, which takes you straight to the Port of Piraeus. During the day, there is a bus leaving during the day and abouevery 20 minutes, during the night, they run every half hourt. The bus stops several times on the way, the Port of Piraeus is about the last stop. Tell the bus driver you are going to Aegina. You get off when you see the Port on your left side, enter Gate E8, this is where the Ferries and Flying Dolphins are departing to Aegina and the other Saronic islands (Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra & Spetses). The price of the ticket is € 5.00 and is valid for 24 hours. You may use the same ticket on the bus, trolley bus or the metro. Depending on the amount of traffic, the trip from the airport to Piraeus may take between 60 and 90 minutes. At the airport you must buy your ticket at the small ticket office located next to the shuttle bus stop. In Piraeus you also buy your ticket at the ticket office next to the busstop. Have small change ready when buying your ticket, they don’t always have enough change available! Inside the bus you must validate your ticket in the orange machine.
- By taxi
When you are looking for a bit more comfort you can also take a taxi from the airport to Piraeus (to Gate E8). When leaving the airport, please make use of the taxi queue next to Door 3 of the Arrivals Level. Taking a taxi is usually quicker than the bus (of course dependent on the traffic). Some drivers do the ride in 30/45 minutes, so put your seatbelt on! The charge will be about € 47,00 (day rate).
- By rental car
You may also rent a car at the airport and drive to Piraeus yourself. The main suppliers are all based at Athens Airport where you can book direct. The earlier you book the better the prices. To rent a car at the airport is a good option if you also plan to visit the Peloponnese after or before you visit Aegina. The quality of the cars is better than the available rental cars on Aegina. There is a ferry connection between Methana (on the Peloponnese) and Aegina.
How to get from the port of Piraeus to Aegina island
The Piraeus port is divided in various gates. The ferries and Flying Dolphins travelling to the Saronic islands Aegina, Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra & Spetses are leaving from Gate E8. There are large signs in the port area so you will easily notice where you need to go. E8 is located at the east side of the port. The Ferries are lined up at one end of the quay and the Flying Dolphins & other high Speed vessels at the other end. There are connections from Pireaus to Aegina town, Agia Marina and Souvala on Aegina island. From those villages it is easy to get yourself to other villages on the island, either by car, taxi, bus, motor bike or bicycle.
To Aegina Town
- By Ferry
To go to Aegina you can take the Hellenic Seaways Ferries (blue, white & red), Nova Ferries (red) or take the Agios Nektarios Ferry (light yellow). The Nova Ferries are the most luxurious ferriy. Prices of tickets vary depending between € 8,50 – € 9,50 for a one-way ticket. The trip with a ferry will take between 60-90 minutes). You will find the timetables at the ticket offices on the quay, the entrance door of the ferry also displays the departure time. You have to buy your ticket at the ticket offices, but if you are late they will also let you buy your ticket on the ferry.
- By Flying Dolphin
There are 2 Hydrofoil companies: Hellenic Seaways (blue, white & red) and Aegean Flying Dolphins (blue & yellow). Tickets for the Flying Dolphins are more expensive than tickets for ferry boats. The prices for a single ticket with the Aegean Flying Dolphin is €13 while Hellenic Seaways charges €13,50. while the trip with a Flying Dolphin will take only 40 minutes. You can find the timetables at the ticketoffices at the quay and on the Internet. You have to buy your ticket at the ticket offices, you are NOT able to buy a ticket on board theFlying Dolphin.
Click here: for the timetables of the Hellenic Seaways (ferries & Flying Dolphins), Nova Ferries, Aegean Flying Dolphins & Agios Nektarios.
By Water Taxi to Aegina island
In case of emergency or strike it is also possible to arrange a water taxi. The water taxis have a fixed price for the trip, if you are with more people you can divide the price by the amount of people. Price indication for the trip Piraeus – Aegina will be around € 30* per person on a day that the ferries are on strike. The Taxi can carry around 20 passengers. (* prices can vary – this is just an indication)