Travel plan 1 (the longest but less expensive trip)
1) fly to Athens International Airport (AIA).
2) go by bus (1 1/2-2 hrs), metro (1 hr 20 min) or taxi (1 hr 20 min) to Athens harbour (Piraeus).
3) take a hydrofoil/catamaran (2 1/2 hrs) to the Island of Spetses.
4) take a water taxi (3 min), a taxi (5 min), a horse buggy (5 min) or walk (15 min) from Spetses Harbour to Spetses Hotel.
Travel plan 2 (the easiest, fastest but most expensive trip)
1) fly to Athens International Airport.
2) take a taxi from Athens Airport to Kosta (ca. 3 hrs).
4) take a water taxi from Kosta to Spetses Hotel (5 min).
Please note that if four people or more are travelling together, the cost is pretty much the same as for Travel plan 1.
TRAVEL PLAN 1
ATHENS AIRPORT TO PIRAEUS
Suburban railway – Euro 10 – 1 hr
The suburban railway line connects Athens International Airport directly with Piraeus port every hour. It leaves on the hour at :09 (from 6:09 am to 22:09) and the trip takes about one hour. The railway station is right next to the metro station and in front of the port. Get off at the train terminal at Piraeus, and to your left you see the sea after you exit the terminal. Tickets – online or at a boothBus.
metro – Euro 10 – 1 1/2 hrs
Take the metro line 3 (“blue line”) towards Aghia Marina. There is only one metro line from Athens International Airport. At the Monastiraki/ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΑΚΙ station, you must change trains to line 1 (the “green line”) to Piraeus/ΠΕΙΡΑΙΑΣ.
The Metro from the Airport runs every 30 min., and a ticket costs Euro 10 (single) or Euro 18 (return). Tickets are available at the airport’s train terminal station. Stamp your ticket in the machine at the gate to the train platform before boarding the train.
From the train terminal at Piraeus, you have to walk for a couple of hundred meters (to your left, as you see the sea upfront after you exit the terminal).
bus – Euro 6 – 1 1/2-2 hrs, depending on the traffic
There is a direct bus, X96 Airport Express bus leaves directly outside the arrivals area of the airport (between doors 4 and 5). Take this bus nearly to the end of the line, at Piraeus harbour. Get off at the bus stop “ΠΛ.ΚΑΡΑΙΣΚΑΚΗ” (Karaiskaki Square). Walk towards the sea, enter through a large iron gate to get to the harbour area.
The Airport-to-Piraeus bus departs every 20 or 30 minutes. Tickets from the the Bus-Ticket kiosk next to the bus just outside the Arrivals area of the airport
taxi – Euro 50-55 – 1-1 1/2 hrs, depending on the traffic
There are taxis outside the arrivals hall of the airport. The taxi queue starts from Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level.
Price Airport-Piraeus: Euro 50-55, depending on travelling time and the amount of luggage. You normally pay extra for the luggage.
PIRAEUS (ATHENS) TO SPETSES
Price: ca. Euro 40. Travelling time: 2-3 hours (depending on the number of stops on the way).
The official hydrofoil/catamaran schedules for “Hellenic Seaways Maritime S.A.” (select Piraeus-Spetses). It is a good idea to buy your ticket in advance online. Tickets can also be bought at various places at Piraeus.
There are normally 4-5 hydrofoils/catamarans a day from Piraeus to Spetses.
Normally the hydrofoils/catamarans leave gate “E8” – ARGOSARONIC (or sometimes between gate E8 and E9).
SPETSES HARBOUR TO SPETSES HOTEL
From the Spetses harbour (“Dapia”) to the Spetses Hotel (1.1 km)
By foot:it takes about 15-20 min. to walk the distance along the water (see map above). This is a beautiful walk and can be recommended if you do not have too much luggage. Sometimes the hotel picks up the luggage of their guests at the harbour. Look out for a mini-van with “Spetses Hotel”.
By bus: the bus stop is by the harbour in front of the Poseidonion Hotel (to the right when you get off the boat). Stops at Spetses Hotel. Very cheap. Does not run very often. See timetable by the bus stop.
By water taxi:the water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and ask them to sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel. Fairly expensive (20-25 euro), but if several people share, it is not too expensive. A water taxi takes up to 8 people. Make sure you confirm the fare in advance.
By horse buggy: takes up to four people – but only two-three people with luggage. The buggies are parked by the harbour in front of the Poseidonion Hotel. (10-15 euro total). Make sure you confirm the fare in advance.
By taxi:there are a couple of taxis by the harbour. They go around the town to take you to the hotel, as cars are not allowed in the centre of the town (8-10 euro). Make sure you confirm the fare in advance.
TRAVEL PLAN 2
The easiest way to get to Spetses is to take a taxi directly from the airport to the town of Kosta just opposite the Island of Spetses. It is a very scenic drive. Remember to fix the price before starting the trip. Tell the taxi driver that you are going to Spetses and he’ll take you straight to the pier of the water taxis from where you can take a water taxi directly to the Spetses Hotel.
Price: about Euro 250 (taxi) Travelling time: 3 hours (about 210 km)
You can take a taxi from Athens Airport to Kosta (Costa). Kosta is the closest point on the mainland to the Spetses island. You can book a taxi in advance (or mini bus if you are more than four people travelling together) from Michael Nakis Taxi (www.spetsesdirect.com/travel-info/travelling-to-spetses/by-car-taxi). Please do not forget to mention the number of your flight and the exact arrival time.
We recommend that you arrange with the driver to make a short stop half way during the trip for a refreshment to see the Corinth Canal.
WATER TAXI: KOSTA-SPETSES HOTEL
Price: about Euro 30 (per taxi); Travelling time: 10 min
Take a water taxi from Kosta directly to the pier of Spetses Hotel. There are water taxis waiting at the pier at Kosta. They have fixed prices per taxi (not per person).
*Please do not forget to mention the number of your flight and the exact arrival time.