It is easy to get from Athens to Poros. This gorgeous little island is situated in the beating heart of the Saronic Gulf, right besides Agistri and Aegina, and just a stone’s throw away from charming Hydra.
Poros, like the islands that surround it, is a popular weekend getaway destination for Athenians. It combines pristine nature and beaches, with a cosmopolitan town and port area filled with excellent restaurants, coffee shops and bars.
The landscape here is unique. There is just a small body of water that separates Poros from Galatas and the mainland Peloponnese.
For just a few euros you can board a little wooden fishing boat across to the other side and dine at the various tavernas that await you there. The island is also a good jumping-off point for Methana.
- 1 Poros Highlights
- 2 How to Get from Athens to Poros
- 3 The Poros to Athens Ferry
Poros has a little something for everyone. Whether you are hoping to spend your time relaxing on the island’s various beaches, or trekking through olive groves and pine forests, you are sure to be captivated by its charm. Some of the island’s highlights are detailed below.
- Explore the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon
- Sink your toes into the sand at Love Bay, and the island’s other beaches
- Admire the architecture of the town’s ornate 1927 clocktower
- Take a sunset stroll along the marina
- Eat traditional Greek food at charming seafront tavernas
- Hike up to the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi and admire the views from the top
- Browse the exhibits and locally-excavated artefacts at the Archaeological Museum
- Check out the former Russian naval station
- Follow the various footpaths around the island and its various lemon groves
How to Get from Athens to Poros
You have several options available to you for getting to Poros. This on account of the island’s proximity to the mainland and the Peloponnese. The most popular way of reaching little Poros is to board a ferry from Piraeus port.
However, you also have the option to drive. If you are renting a car in Greece, you can travel along the Greek National Road that connects Athens with Corinth. From the Corinth canal, follow the directions for Epidaurus and then, Galatas.
It is not possible to take your car across to Poros on the small boats that connect the island with Galatas. As such, you will need to leave your car on the Galatas side.
The Poros to Athens Ferry
The most popular and arguably the most convenient way to get from Athens to Poros is to take the ferry. There are several ferry ports within the Athens vicinity. However, it is the Piraeus port that you need to use when travelling to the Saronic islands.
Getting to Piraeus Port
Bus and metro links conveniently link Piraeus with downtown Athens and Eleftherios Venizelos airport. The X96 bus runs all the way from the airport to Piraeus via Syntagma Square. You can find the X96 schedule here.
Alternatively, you can consider travelling to Piraeus by metro. You will need to take Line 3 (the Green line) all the way to its final stop (Piraeus). The metro leaves you just a short distance from the port.
Athens to Poros Ferry Options
There are three different ferry options available to you for when you take the ferry from Athens to Poros. Namely, they are the Flying Dolphin, the Flying Cat, and the Car Ferry.
Each boat travels at different speeds and thus, gets you to Poros in varying amounts of time. The Flying Dolphin is the fastest option, travelling at a speed of 35 knots.
The Flying Cat 6 is also fairly speedy, travelling at 28 knots. It isn’t really advisable to travel to Poros by car ferry unless you are travelling with a vehicle. The travel time on this boat is double that of the others.
The Flying Dolphin from Athens to Poros
The speedy Flying Dolphin is operated by Hellenic Seaways and runs several times per day during the peak spring and summer months. This boat is relatively small and seating is airline style.
There are no outdoor seats on the Flying Dolphin. There are toilets on board but there is no snack bar/refreshments service.
The Flying Dolphin is not excessively fast. However, the journey can be a little bumpy and rough on windy days. If you are prone to seasickness, you may prefer travelling aboard the Flying Cat 6 which is only marginally slower.
The Flying Cat 6 from Athens to Poros
The Flying Cat 6 is not quite a ferry. However, it is a notably larger boat with outdoor seating and decking.
This is arguably one of the most comfortable ways to get from Athens to Poros. The boat is large enough that the journey always feels relatively smooth. The onboard snack bar serves an array of coffees, snacks, and beverages.
Purchasing Athens to Poros Ferry Tickets
You can opt to purchase your Athens to Poros ferry tickets online or in-person at the port ticket office. A ticket from Athens to Poros costs €26.50 each way.
You are typically fine to purchase them on your intended day of travel. However, it is prudent to buy them a day or two in advance if you are travelling during July/August and need to board a specific boat.
If you buy your tickets online, you can either get an electronic ticket that will be scanned on your phone or collect a paper ticket from the port before travel. Purchase your tickets through Hellenic Seaways directly rather than via ferry booking sites. Aggregator booking sites tend to add commission to the prices of tickets.
Luggage Storage at Piraeus Port
There is luggage storage available at Piraeus port – both short and medium-term. If you arrive at the port area several hours before your ferry is due to depart, the ticket office staff are usually happy for you to leave your suitcase behind the counter while you explore or grab a coffee.
If you plan on staying in Poros overnight and you don’t want to travel with all of your bags, there are storage lockers available for a fee. Similarly, if you stayed at a Piraeus hotel prior to taking the ferry to Poros, many hotels will store your luggage for a day or so at no extra cost.
Boarding the Ferry at Piraeus
The Flying Dolphin and the Flying Cat both depart from gate E9 for Poros. This is the same gate as for the majority of the Saronic islands (Aegina, Agistri, Spetses, etc).
Gate E9 is clearly marked and hard to miss. That said, if you are unsure of where to go, the majority of the port staff all speak English and can point you in the right direction.
The Poros to Athens Ferry
Tickets from Poros to Athens are also €26.50 each way. Unless you are uncertain of your travel schedule, it may be worth purchasing a return ticket in the first instance. That way you know that you are booked on a particular service and are not likely to get “trapped” on the island.
The port area at Poros is small and it is not difficult to see where you need to go to board the ferry. The Hellenic Seaways ticket office is directly in front of the pier and clearly signposted. You can both purchase and collect tickets here.
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