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Boat and Ferry Travel
The island of Spetses is so close to the Peloponnese mainland that you can drive there, park, and ferry across the channel in any of a number of water taxis or caïques (price negotiable) at the ports, but to get to them directly from Athens or to visit the other Saronic Ggulf islands, you must take to the sea in a ferry.
Hellenic Seaways Ferries, ANES Ferries, and Nova Ferries carry you and your car from the main port in Piraeus (Gate E8, which is about 1,312 feet from the train station, beyond Karaiskaki Square, to Aegina (1 hour) or you alone—no cars allowed—to Hydra (3 hours, 15 minutes) and Spetses (4 hours, 25 minutes).
You can get a weekly boat schedule from the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO or EOT www.gnto.gr). There are approximately a half dozen departures per day; fares are €9.50 for Aegina. Car rates (to Aegina only) are usually three to four times the passenger rate.
Ferries are the leisurely and least-expensive way to travel; however, most people prefer the speedier Hellenic Seaways and the Nova Ferries (for Aegina) hydrofoils (faster than the catamarans; no cars allowed) that also depart from Piraeus, at Gate E8 or E9.
You can get to Aegina in 40 minutes (€14), to Hydra in 90 minutes (€21.50), and to Spetses (€35) in just under two hours.
There are about a half dozen departures daily to each island, but make reservations ahead of time—boats fill quickly. You can get detailed info about ferries' departures on the Web site www.ferries.gr.
You can also reserve through a travel agent.
Nova Ferries (L. Dimokratias 1, Aegina town, 18010. 22970/24200 in Aegina; 210/4126528 in Piraeus. www.novaferries.gr.)
ANES Ferries (Ioulias Katsa 6, Aegina town, 18010. 210/422–5625 in Piraeus; 22970/25625 in Aegina. www.anes.gr.)
Hellenic Seaways (6 Astiggos, Karaiskaki Sq., Piraeus. 210/419-9000 Ticket information; 210/419-9100 Central office. www.hellenicseaways.gr.)
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