Aegina Island is a Saronic island located only 15 nautical miles away from the port of Piraues in Athens. It is an excellent destination for short breaks from the hustle and bustle of the city. The port of Piraeus is the main hub for reaching this beautiful island. There are several options for ferries between Athens and Aegina. You can choose between Flying Dolphins able to transport foot passengers only and the larger ferries that are able to transport vehicles. Each boat travels at different speeds and thus, gets you to Aegina in varying amounts of time. The Athens to Aegina ferry time is usually 40 min to 1 hour and 15 min. The Flying Dolphin is the fastest option and the trip with this type of vessel is about 40 mins. There are about 15 daily crossings from the port of Piraeus to Aegina throughout the year. The Flying Dolphin and the car ferries depart from gate E9 for Aegina. This is the same gate as for the majority of the Saronic Islands. The earliest ferry departs from Piraeus around 07:20 a.m., arriving at Aegina port at 08:00 a.m. The latest departure can be from 20:30 p.m. to 21:30 p.m., depending on the season and the ferry itinerary.
Buying tickets to Aegina is simple and stress-free. Tickets can be bought either by heading to the port and purchasing them or purchasing them online. Booking your Athens to Aegina ferry tickets online is really easy and convenient and the process is fairly self-explanatory. If you opt to sail with the Flying Dolphin, you’ll select your time and you will need to choose which area of the boat you desire to sit in. On the other hand, if you opt for the car ferry, there is only one deck option available when purchasing which makes the booking process far simpler. You will, however, need to book a space for your vehicle if you have one, which will inevitably increase the price. The cost ranges from €8.50 to €19.00 but there are discounts for children, students, people with disabilities and permanent island inhabitants. The departure day, you will need to be at the port at least 20 minutes before departure as the boats do not hang around for late passengers. If you are on the Flying Dolphin, we recommend bringing some water with you as there is no café onboard. On the car ferry there is a fully-stocked café to buy water and some snacks.
In addition, you can book a ferry from Piraeus to Souvala, Aegina. Souvala is the second largest port on the island and one of the main tourist resorts. The route is operated by Saronic Ferries and runs all year round. The trip lasts only 1 hour and 5 minutes and is suitable for a daytrip. Furthermore, you can book a ferry from Piraeus to Agia Marina, Aegina. Agia Marina is a small coastal village on the east side of Aegina connected to the port of Piraeus by regular ferry service.
Connection with other islands
Aegina is connected with direct ferries to the neighboring islands of Agistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. Aegina has no airport so if you are travelling by plane you will have to fly to the Athens International Airport which is the closest airport to the island, travel to the port of Piraeus by bus, or metro and then catch the ferry from there.