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Is your starting point Athens? From Athens you have many options. Check out how to get from Athens to some of the most popular destinations:
Athens -> Hydra
Ferry: One of the closest destinations to Athens, Hydra is a great day trip or a lovely place to spend a few nights. The ferry takes about an hour and a half to two hours and leaves about four times a day from Athens to Hydra and four times a day on the reverse trip, leaving Athens as early as 8AM and returning from Hydra as late as 7PM.
Athens -> Crete
Fly: You can fly to Chania for as cheap as 30 euros through Olympic Air or Ryanair in just 50 minutes. There are at least five flights leaving Athens everyday from 8AM to 10PM.
Ferry: A favorite option is the overnight ferry to (Heraklion or Chania) leaving at 11PM and arriving at 6AM the next morning and the same return trip is offered (leaving Crete at 11PM). An economy seat is as cheap as 39 euros and a variety of cabins are offered from classic to luxury from 64 to 148 euros.
Athens -> Santorini
Fly: You can fly to Santorini in just 45 minutes for as little as 40 euros on Aegean Air, Ryanair and other airlines. There are at least seven flights everyday from 5AM to 11PM.
Ferry: Depending on the speed of the ferry, the trip from Athens to Santorini can take from five to eight hours. They leave around 7AM and arrive between noon and 3PM for between 39 and 55 euros. A POPULAR option is to take the night ferry, which leaves around 10PM and arrives around 7AM the next day for about 40 euros.
Athens -> Paros
Fly: Flying to Paros is not recommended, as you can see Paros as part of your trip to Mykonos or Santorini via ferry. If you did want to fly there are four flights per day, that take forty minutes for at least 108 euros via Olympic Air.
Ferry: Again, depending on the speed this ferry takes from three to five hours depending on the ferry speed, with two morning ferries and one in the evening. Rule of thumb: faster ferry= higher prices, so the prices range from 20 euros (5 hours) to 45 euros (3 hours).
Athens -> Kefalonia
Fly: This trip is a bit harder. There is one flight (sometimes more) per day and the average cost is about 90 euros. Thankfully, direct flights fly to Kefalonia from other parts of Europe, including London for as cheap as 100 euros.
Ferry: Ferries don’t leave directly from Athens to Kefalonia and the only way is to get to Patras or Kyllini by car or bus and taking a ferry from there. Good news! There are ports in Italy (Bari, Ancona, Brindisi and Venice) and other parts of Greece (Lefkada, Corfu and Zakynthos) that connect to the Kefalonia port.
Athens -> Zakynthos
Fly: There are about two flights a day via Olympic Air for about 90 euros or more, making it from Athens to Zakynthos in under an hour.
Ferry: Our recommendation? Check out Zakynthos with your trip to Kefalonia as that is the easiest ferry route in about one hour. More info here.
Athens -> Rhodes
Fly: Flights to Rhodes from Athens start at 8AM and fly through 10PM with at least five flights daily for as cheap as 30 euros each way.
Ferry: Overnight ferry available as cheap as 20 euros with Blue Star ferries. Warning: these take over twelve hours.
Athens -> Thessaloniki
Fly: Plenty of flights per day (at least 15) that are less than an hour long and start as early as 6AM. As cheap as 60 euros each way.