How to Get to Amorgos Island in Greece
So you want to know how to get to Amorgos Island? Amorgos is a remote island of dramatic peaks rising above the southeastern arc of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. It’s just 30 km end to end but rises to over 800 meters at its highest point. The island is known for archeology, walking, scuba diving, and rock climbing.
Others come to get away from it all. That’s why we’re holding a belly dancing and yoga retreat in Greece here.
How to Get to Amorgos Island in Greece
Arriving in Athens
Most people will arrive in Athens by plane. Here’s how to get into the city from Athens Airport.
By Metro – Cheap, Green, and Quick
You can access the airport via Metro Line 3, “Agia Marina – Douk. Plakentias – Athens International Airport”. The ticket costs 10€ from/to the airport and 1.40€ is the general admission. The metro runs every 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and the trip lasts about 40 minutes.
By Taxi – Expensive and Risk Traffic
Taxis queue outside exit #3. According to a new law, taxis to the city cent cost € 38 during the day (5:00-24:00) and € 54 during the night (0:00-5:00). Be sure to ask if the flat fare includes toll costs and all fees.
Getting to the Port in Piraeus
There is no airport on Amorgos. You must get there by ferry boat. Athens’ port is called Pireaus. Metro Line 1 terminates at the Port and from there it’s a short walk to the Saronic Gulf ferries, hydrofoils, and catamarans, or a free shuttle-bus ride to the ships sailing to Crete and the Dodecanese. Central Cyclades ferries conveniently sail from just across the metro station. Metro ticket costs €1.40 and allows unlimited connections on all modes of transport within 90 minutes.
To go directly from the Airport to Piraeus you can take the Metro and change to Line 1. This will take about 1 hour total. There is also a bus that makes the trip. Express Bus X96 leaves every 20 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes during night from the airport arrivals level (between Entrance 4 and 5) to ‘Karaiskaki Square in Piraeus, right outside the ferry port. Tickets cost 5 Euro and it usually takes less than 1:30 for the trip.
Ferry boats to Amorgos
There are a few different ferry companies that make the trip, most of which depart at 17:30. However, this option arrives in Amorgos very late at night. We recommend sailing early with Blue Star Ferries and arriving after lunch.
For more details and other options use these resources:
Blue Star Ferries
Specific details for travelers attending the Yoga and Bellydance Retreat from May 8-14 are as follows.
A Blue Star Naxos ferry leaves Piraeus on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:45 am. This makes three stops and arrives at Amorgos (Aegiali) at 2:30 pm. Ticket prices start at 36 Euros for economy seating. Tickets can be booked online. If you need assistance, please let us know.
If we know which ferry boat you’ll be on we can coordinate with Aegialis Hotel & Spa to pick you up upon arrival at Aegiali Port. Perhaps we can arrange to meet together in Athens informally before the retreat begins. Let us know your plans.
***Please note that Blue Star Ferries does not run a return on some days. If it does run on May 14th we expect it to depart at 6:55 am and arrive in Piraeus at 3 pm. Also, consider using Hellenic Seaways for the return to Piraeus. Details below.
Hellenic Seaways also runs between Pireus and Amorgos. It’s a faster, more expensive boat. Departure in Piraeus is 7:15 am and arrival in Amorgos (Katapola) at 1:10 pm and costs 59 Euros. Keep in mind Katapola port is on the other end of the island and you’ll need to catch a bus for the 30 minute trip to Aegiali.
For the return to Athens, Hellenic Seaways offers a high-speed ferry departing Amorgos (Katapola) most days at 3 pm and arrives in Piraeus (Athens) at 8:55 pm. We’ll help you with getting to Katapola after checkout to catch the ferry.
***IMPORTANT: Ferry schedules after March 2019 are not published yet. We are going off last year’s schedule.