It is relatively easy to get from Athens to Spetses. This gorgeous leafy green island is a popular weekend getaway destination for many Athenians. Best of all, it can be reached in less than two hours from the mainland.
- 1 Spetses Island
- 2 Spetses Highlights
- 3 How to Get from Athens to Spetses
- 4 How to Get from Athens to Spetses
- 5 Parting Words
Spetses island is known for its seemingly endless expanse of pristine nature. The main town of Spetses has a population of approximately 4,000 people.
Head away from Spetses town though, and the island is essentially one big national park laden with hidden beaches and secluded coves. Nature lovers will be in their element with all of the hiking trails, and quaint woodland churches.
Most people get around on mopeds and ATVs. The terrain here is mostly flat and the roads are well-built and asphalted. As a tourist, your best way of getting around is to rent an ATV, a scooter or a bicycle.
Spetses makes a great stopping point on a Greek island hopping itinerary. However, if you simply plan on visiting the island for a day or two from Athens, it is best to stay overnight or spend a couple of nights here on account of the distance.
There is plenty to do in Spetses to keep you occupied for a couple of days. Some of the island’s highlights are discussed below.
- Sample sumptuous traditional Greek food at the various seafront tavernas
- Take a stroll along the coast to the old harbour of Balitza
- Visit the Spetses history museum and learn the history of the island through the ages
- Hike through the pine forests to the Cave of Bekiris
- Enjoy island panoramas from the Monastery of Agioi Pantes
- Trek along woodland trails, discovering hidden churches and shrines as you go
- Rent an ATV and zip around the circumference of the island
- Swim, snorkel, and relax on one of the island’s many beaches and hidden coves
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How to Get from Athens to Spetses
There is no airport on Spetses island. The only way to get here is by boat. If you are considering renting a car in Greece, it should be noted that there are no car ferries to Skopelos as vehicles are not permitted on the island.
Taking the Ferry from Piraeus Port
There are several ports scattered around the vicinity of Athens. However, the only one that services the route to Spetses is Piraeus port.
Fortunately, this is the easiest and most convenient one to access. You can reach Piraeus by boarding the X96 bus from Syntagma Square, Athens airport, or other various stops around the city. Alternatively, you can board the green line metro and ride it all the way to its final stop (Piraeus).
Buying Your Athens to Spetses Ferry Ticket
There are a number of ferry companies that operate throughout Greece. Different companies service different island regions. The only one that services Spetses and the Saronic region is Hellenic seaways.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or in person at the ferry port in Piraeus. You will also find some touristic kiosks throughout the city that sell ferry tickets. However, keep in mind that they are likely to charge a commission.
It is usually not necessary to book your tickets a long time in advance unless you are travelling in the peak summer months (July/August), or there is a very specific boat that you need to catch. A one way ticket costs €38.50 per person.
Taking the Athens to Spetses Ferry
Ferries from Athens to Spetses depart from gate E12. This is very clearly marked and would be difficult to miss. That said, if there is any confusion about your departure gate or which boat is yours, there are always plenty of friendly, English-speaking staff on hand at the port.
There are two main boat types available: the Flying Cat 6 high speed catamaran and the Flying Dolphin “fast boat”. The speed varies slightly between the two boats.The Flying Cat 6 has a max speed of 28 knots and the Flying Dolphin a max speed of 35 knots.
If you get seasick, you may prefer to take the Flying Cat 6. This is also better from a services perspective as the boat boasts a bar that serves coffees and a range of beverages and refreshments.
There is no food service on board the Flying Dolphin. Both boats have bathrooms available for use.
Luggage Storage at Piraeus Port
If you arrive early at the port and want to spend a little time exploring the area or people-watching with a strong Greek coffee, it is possible to leave your luggage at the port while you do so. The staff in the main port ticket office are usually happy for you to leave your luggage there.
There are also longer-term luggage storage facilities available at the port. Similarly, if you are staying at a hotel in Piraeus prior to taking the Athens to Spetses ferry, most hotels have a storage room and will be happy to let you leave your luggage there until your return.
How to Get from Athens to Spetses
There is a small Hellenic Seaways office to the left of the port area in Spetses. It is possible to purchase your Athens to Spetses ferry ticket here or online.
The Spetses office usually operates from 8am until 8pm. It closes for siesta for a few hours during the afternoon. If you are not island hopping and are simply going from Athens to Spetses, and vice versa, it may be easier to buy a return ticket in the first instance.
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Safe travels! Geia sou! Melissa xo