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Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens

Athina, Greece

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a day on the island of Hydra on an independent trip from Athens. Catch a ferry to this famous island in the Aegean Sea, and enjoy several hours free to relax, explore, and discover the shops, restaurants, bars, and quaint lanes independently. Drink in the slow pace and perhaps finish with time out on a beach before your return ferry. Round-trip ferry tickets, plus pickup and drop-off at select central Athens hotels included.
  • Ferry crossing to Hydra, a pretty Greek island in the Aegean Sea
  • Relax on the town beaches or take a water taxi to secluded bays
  • Return by ferry in the late afternoon after a day’s idyll
  • Includes pickup and drop-off at select central Athens hotels

What's Included

  • Round-trip Piraeus port transfers
  • Athens hotel pick up/drop off service
  • Round-trip ferry tickets
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Escort/guide
  • Local excursions or activities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Athanasiou Diakou 26
    Athanasiou Diakou 26, Athina 117 43, Greece

    Our office is located 3 min walk from Acropolis metro station, beside Royal Olympic hotel. We offer free pick up service from Athens centrally located hotels. Please call +302109233166 at least 24 hours before your travel date in order to confirm your pick up time.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Complimentary pick up/drop off service from/to hotels/apartments/Airbnb, located in Athens center.

What To Expect

After morning pickup from your central Athens hotel (select hotels only), set off by air-conditioned vehicle for Athens’ port at Piraeus. Here, board the ferry for Hydra, one of Greece’s Saronic Islands, located in the Aegean Sea.

Enjoy the scenery and sea air on your journey, admiring the Greek coast and islands along the way. As you approach Hydra Town, take in the natural amphitheater of the harbor, where the quayside is ringed with pastel-colored houses and mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Then, step ashore and enjoy hours to explore and relax as you wish. All your activities on the island, including meals, drinks, boat trips, and sightseeing are at your own expense.

A favorite haunt of artists and musicians in the 1960s and 70s, this picturesque island offers a timeless Greek atmosphere tinged with a cosmopolitan vibe. No motor vehicles are allowed — apart from garbage trucks — with the only transportation provided by bicycle, donkeys, and water taxis — adding to the slow pace.

Perhaps start by watching the boats come and go over coffee, and then delve into Hydra’s quaint, paved lanes. Admire the stone houses and flower-filled gardens, and browse the chic shops and boutiques before enjoying lunch (additional cost) in a taverna or café.

If you wish, seek out some of the pretty beaches. Hydra has many swimming spots and bays, some on the edges of Hydra Town, and some in more remote locations, accessible by boat (additional cost).

As the day draws to a close, perhaps finish at one of Hydra Town’s popular bars. Cocktail lounges and music clubs can be found all around town.

Then, relax on your ferry journey back to Piraeus, where your trip ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Port of Piraeus (Pass By)

After being picked up from your Athens hotel at approximately 8am, you will be taken to Piraeus Port to embark on the ferry for Hydra.


After less than 2 hours by ferry, you will reach the famous island. You will then have seven hours to independently explore Hydra. Hydra was once a destination popular with fashionable artists during the sixties and has kept a highly cosmopolitan character. There are no cars or motorcycles; garbage trucks are the only motor vehicles permitted on the island. Spend your day walking around Hydra Town admiring the stone houses with flowered gardens, lovely gift shops and picturesque paved streets. Donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis provide public transportation. Hydra has a variety of swimming spots and beaches, some close to town and some remote and secluded, accessible only by boat. Lounge cafeterias, port-side bars and loud clubs are found all over the town with options that can satisfy all tastes. Enjoy a day full of experiences on your own and in the afternoon, take the ferry back to Athens at the conclusion of the tour.

7 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This excursion is unescorted and gives you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy your time on the island at your own leisure
  • Exact departure/arrival times depend from the availbaility of the ferry tickets
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise your nationality upon booking. Is required for the issuance of the ferry tickets.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips

Again, the day at Hydra was one of a kind and I do recommend, but find a decent way to reach there.
21 reviews
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Michael_C, Jul 2022
Couple things to point out: we booked a trip to Hydra but wound up on Poros. It was charming and lovely but the challenge is neither my wife nor I speak Greek. The pickup was at 8:00 am. Took 30 minutes…but the ship didn’t leave till 10:00 am. No idea why we were forced to wait for an hour and a half. The ticket was entirely in Greek but I could read the name of the boat. It was the Flying Cat 5. That boat ride was 90 minutes. We got off and enjoyed the day. Here’s the other challenge: our return ticket was at 18:30 or 6:30. However the boat showed up and took off with no one boarding. Turns out the boat makes two stops. So now we have to wait till 7:30 for the boat. Not really sure what happened because we never made it to Hydra. I would not use this operator again, sadly.
Katie_M, Apr 2022
The whole island was amazing especially the red sand beaches. Our driver to and from the port was friendly and helpful.
Too expensive for what...
LuisAntonio_J, Sep 2021
Too expensive for what they offer. I payed 165€ for the boat round trip. If you buy at the harbour costs 57€. They just offered the tranfer to the harbour 1.30h before the departure. Long time. No transfer at the return. Had to pay a táxi. Too expensive.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback and we feel sorry we couldn't meet your expectation during your cruise to Hydra. We remain at your disposal, Best Regards, Marianna Papakosta
Perfect daytrip
Frances_G, Aug 2021
All went perfectly from hotel pickup, to ferry, to great sights in Hydra, to return trip. Thanks for the great day!
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your fabulous comments. We feel more than happy about you enjoyed so much our Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens. Hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Kindest Regards, Marianna Papakosta
MarieTerese_W, Jul 2021
The trip to hydra was nice but our driver that was supposed to meet us at the port upon arrival never showed up we waited half hour after arrival at the port by the ship which departed hydra at 6:30 pm and there was no one there with a sign or with our name…we ended up paying for another taxi to take us back to our hotel…..was disappointed
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Dear Guest, We feel very sorry about your disappointment with our Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens. We always try and succeed in offering high-quality services to our guests. Could you please send us an email at with some extra details (your full name and the booking reference) to let us find out what went wrong in your case regarding the driver and write back to you? Always at your disposal, Marianna Papakosta
Wonderful service!
John_T, Nov 2019
Trip was very well arranged, communication was top-notch, and service was stupendous. The tour company arranged for a taxi to take us from our hotel to the port of Piraeus. Driver was on-time (early even!) and very friendly. What was even better though, was that the same driver was waiting for us at the port when we returned at the end of the day. Because the port area was more than a little rough around the edges, we didn't want to be hanging around there after dark. We certainly appreciated his being there!
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your fabulous comments. We feel more than happy about you enjoyed so much our Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens. Hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Kindest Regards, Marianna Papakosta
Visit to Hydra- service highly over charged
Jose_C, Oct 2019
The visit to the island itself was amazing:) but the price charged was double what it costs in reality… will not use this platform again!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great Day on Hydra
Fadi_A, Sep 2019
We had a great day at Hydra. It is the calmest place where you spend a day in a colorful village on the beach, no cars, wonderful beaches, restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops. We took the water taxi to Four Seasons beach, spent 4 hours there and headed back to the Marina. Googled a little bit and found a wonderful restaurant that no other restaurant can compete with “Techne”. Expensive but worth every penny. After that, we took a walk through the alleys of the village and ended the day by tasting some of the local desserts before hopping on the boat back to Athens. One hiccup, and that’s why I’m taking a star off my rating, was the hotel pickup and drop-off. We confirmed our booking as requested 24 hours before the trip and told to be ready by 7:15am. We were ready at 7:00am but after the hotel receptions made several calls, we were sent a taxi that rushed us to the port and dropped us outside to find our way in and search for the boat, which were many. On our way back, there was nobody waiting for us and we had to get out of the port and find a taxi ourselves. This happened to us last year with the same Keytours. Perhaps we were very lucky with them, but this happened twice to us so far. Again, the day at Hydra was one of a kind and I do recommend, but find a decent way to reach there.
an island not to be missed on the greece trip plan
ZadaBH, Sep 2018
A great island, where the air is so fresh and clean, no cars, we walked like 4 to 5 hours around the Hydra harbor, and had lunch at a restaurant near the shore. Very quiet place, especially when you move from the Hydra downtown main harbour to the Kamini harbour. The food is delicious, and traditional greek, the ice-cream is yummy.We reserved with keytours, the Taxi driver was so punctual, and the ferry too. Plus the ferry is comfortable and relatively stable for those who have seasickness symptoms like me ;)
Beautiful island and getting the...
Anita_B, Jul 2018
Beautiful island and getting the water taxi to and back from the 4 seasons resort was quick and easy. Wonderful day on the beach
2 travelers found this review helpful
Key tours had mistakenly booked us...
Judith_W, Jun 2018
Key tours had mistakenly booked us on two tours without us knowing. The 3 island day tour we were picked up for, confirming with the driver that it was the hydra days tour and he confirmed it was, which was not correct. We ended up being taking to the 'marina' and were told by the tour guide to get on the 3 island day tour as otherwise we would be stranded at the marina. The customer service from key tours we experienced was extremely disappointing and unprofessional. We had to contact the company multiple times, each time the staff at key tours said they would contact us and sort the problem out, but we had to constantly ring them to follow up what was happening. Staff at key tours suggested we stay on the 3 island day tour as it was a more expensive tour and it would be easier. However we didn't want to visit the other islands, we wanted to spend the day on Hydra. On checking the prices the hydra island day tour was more expensive than the 3 island day tour. We felt we were inconveniencing them, when in fact it was their error and we were being inconvenienced. In summary, avoid booking this tour. It is much more reliable to organise it yourself. All you need to do is book your ferry tickets through hellenic seaways and private transfer or taxi to and from the Pireaus Port.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful and easy way to see a...
Allyson_V, Oct 2017
Wonderful and easy way to see a Greek Island if you are pressed for time and don't have time to visit some of the other islands overnight. This tour was a highlight of my trip. The island is a great way to spend the day. If you're there in the summer, be sure to bring a bathing suit and towel and flip flops/sandals as some of the beaches within walking distance to the port can be rocky and harsh on the feet. There's also opportunity to take a quick boat/ferry ride to the better beaches outside of walking distance from the port. The hotel pick-up and drop-off is a fantastic aspect of this tour my taxi driver was wonderfully helpful and friendly. He actually walked me to the ferry to make sure I knew exactly which boat to get on.
It was beautiful from the pick up at...
Stella K P, Aug 2017
It was beautiful from the pick up at Athens Hilton and the return from the port too Athens Hilton on time and friendly driver.
2 travelers found this review helpful


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