Greece: Flying Dolphins

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Photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis

Greek ferry company Hellenic Seaways offers one-way, round-trip, and multi-leg ferry trips between the main ports of mainland Greece (Piraeus, Rafina, Agios Constantinos, and Volos) and 32 Greek islands.

The company’s Web site is very easy to use, and permits online ticket purchase and multiple ticket pick-up options.

While you can almost always find ferry tickets at the last minute, advance purchase expands fare and schedule choices. As we head into the “high season” of tourism in Greece, you would do well to book your ferry tickets in advance.

We checked a fare to Spetses at the end of April and found we could take the two-hour Flying Dolphin, a high-speed boat, from Piraeus to Spetses for €58.30 round trip—not bad for travel to the weekend getaway destination of choice for wealthy Athenians.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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2 thoughts on “Greece: Flying Dolphins”

  1. Why not just consult a map? Piraeus is probably the port you are looking for. But that assumes you are heading to the Cyclades, the north-east Aegean islands or the Saronikos islands. Were you bound for the North Sporades then Volos would be the port to head for. Volos is about 300 km from Athens Airport. Piraeus is much closer to the airport. Bus X96 runs directly from the airport to the main port at Piraeus. The bus service takes between 85 and 110 minutes depending on the traffic.

  2. Great news if only I could find the website, written in English, naming the closest port to Athens airport, which does not give me a list of topics that it refuses to answer and assures me if I hear nothing within 2 weeks the answer is NO.
    Is it any wonder Greece is Bankrupt?


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