One of the best places to visit on a day trip from Athens is the island of Poros. This gorgeous island is situated in the heart of the Saronic Gulf, right besides Aegina and just a stone’s throw away from Hydra. You have several options available to you for getting to Poros. The most popular way is to board a ferry from Piraeus. There are two different ferry options available to you when you take the ferry from Piraeus to Poros. Namely, they are the car ferries and the highspeed boats (Flying Dolphins). The Flying Dolphin is the fastest option. You can get from Piraeus to Poros with a flying dolphin or catamaran in just an hour or catch a car ferry but the travel time on this boat is about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Flying Dolphins run several times per day year-round. The boat is relatively small and the seating is airline style. Note, that the journey can be a little bumpy and rough on windy days, so, if you are prone to seasickness, you may prefer travelling aboard the car ferry which is slower. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you travel with a highspeed or conventional ferry. It is prudent to buy them a day or two in advance if you are travelling during July and August and need to board a specific boat. The Flying Dolphins and the Catamarans depart from gate E9 for Poros. Gate E9 is close to the metro and to suburban railway and is hard to miss. It is well marked and the port staff can point you in the right direction.
However, you can travel to Poros by car. To do so, you have to drive to Galatas on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese and take one of the small boats that connect the island with Galatas. You can either leave your car on the Galatas side where there is a free parking lot or board the car on the small car ferry that will transport you between the two ports in just 5 minutes. From Athens to Galatas is approximately 162 km which can be covered in 2.3 hours, by taking the national road Athens- Corinth..
Connection with other islands
There are direct ferries from Poros to the islands of Aegina, Hydra and Spetses as well as to the ports of Galatas, Ermioni, Methana and Porto Heli in mainland Greece.