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.

The view from Aegialis Hotel & Spa is spectacular.

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.

***Be aware that tickets for the suburban trains (white tickets) are sold just next to the tickets for the Metro (blue tickets), so make sure you get the correct ones. And make sure you board the Metro train and not the suburban train!

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.

 

Amorgos is an excellent destination for hikers. The highest point on the island reaches 800 meters.

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 the 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.

Elegant Aegiali glowing in the late afternoon sun.

 

Ferry boats to Amorgos

There are a few different ferry companies that make the trip to Amorgos, most of which depart Piraeus at 17:30. However, this option arrives in Amorgos very late at night (01:10). We recommend sailing early with Blue Star Ferries and arriving after lunch. There may be additional options to sail to Naxos first and then catch another boat to Amorgos. There are two ports on Amorgos.

For more details and other options use these resources:

Amorgos Wikitravel

How to get to Amorgos Aegialis

 

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 07:25. However, this ferry only sails to Naxos, where it arrives at 12:40. Ticket prices start at 36 Euros for economy seating. Tickets can be booked online. If you need assistance, please let us know.

At Naxos, an Express Skopelitus ferry leaves to Amorgos Aegiali at 14:00 and arrives at 19:20. Tickets cost 12.30 Euro ( https://tickets.ferries.gr ). Keep in mind there are two ports on Amorgos. Aegiali is the one closest to our destination, Aegialis Hotel & Spa.

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.

To return to Piraeus on May 14th we’ll depart at 06:55 am on the Blue Star Ferry which arrives in Piraeus at 15:00. Economy tickets start at 36.00 Euro. ***Please note that Blue Star Ferries does not run a return to Piraeus on some days.

For those days, consider using the Blue Star ferry from nearby Katapola (Amorgos) for the return to Piraeus.

 

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