The Greek island of Andros is just a couple of hours away from Athens on the ferry. Here's how to get to Andros Greece on the Rafina Andros ferry services.
Andros Island Greece
If you are looking to visit a Greek island close to Athens, Andros might be the right choice for you. This beautiful Greek island boasts over 170 beaches and coves, great hiking trails, lovely villages and some cool museums.
For local Greeks, it's a popular weekend break destination from Athens. For foreign visitors, it's an island that often gets overlooked in favour of ‘big name' island destinations in Greece such as Santorini or Mykonos.
Whether you want to visit for a short break, or use it as the stepping stone to go Greek island hopping in the Cyclades, you first need to get there.
How to get to Andros from Athens
Like many other Greek islands, Andros doesn’t have an airport. The only way to get from Athens to Andros is by ferry. In fact, Andros is located quite far from Piraeus, the main Athens port, and you can only get there by ferry from Rafina port.
Rafina Andros Ferry Route
If you have ever been to Piraeus port you might have been a little overwhelmed, especially if you used public transport to get there. At Rafina Port, get ready for a much simpler, nicer port experience.
Rafina port is a far smaller and friendlier port compared to Piraeus. Even if there are two or three ferries departing at roughly the same time, it is still very easy to locate your ferry.
There are a fair few ferries departing on a daily basis from Rafina to Andros. While a high-speed ferry can take just over an hour to get to Andros, the larger ferries will take a couple of hours.
If you are pushed for time you can get the high-speed ferry, however our preference are the larger, slower ferries. Since the trip is no more than 2 hours long, you will barely feel it. While most boats depart early in the morning, there are also evening options.
I recommend using Ferryhopper as a way to check for ferry routes and to book tickets online. It's a very simple to use website, and cuts out the ‘It's all Greek to me' problems!
My Experiences on the Rafina to Andros route
We travelled on the Aqua Blue ferry, operated by Seajets. Other companies which make the crossing include Fastferries and Superferry.
All of our trips went very smoothly, although on one occasion, the ferry took around 45 minutes to dock in Andros port, as the winds were very strong. It was strange, because while on the boat, we had barely felt the waves!
There was plenty of seating on the ferry, both inside and outside for people who want to enjoy the views. Whilst coffee and snacks are available on the crossing from Rafina to Andros, these are sold at inflated prices. It's better to bring your own!
Taking a car on the ferry
As we have our own car in Athens, we took it over on the ferry with us. Driving up the ramp and onto the ferry is always a bit of an experience, as the boat staff are always in a rush!
For most tourists though, I would say that it makes sense to travel as foot passengers, and then hire a car in Andros on arrival. This way, you save the cost of a ticket for the car, which if memory serves me correctly, was around 40 Euro one way.
You should also note, that your insurance may not cover you on ferry crossings for cars hired in Athens. In some cases, their terms and conditions may state you can't take the car on a ferry at all.
If you plan to continue on to another island, again I would suggest traveling as foot passengers and hiring another car at the next destination.
How to get to Andros from Mykonos
Andros and Mykonos are very well connected. There are several ferries running a few times per day, taking anywhere from 1 hour 15 minutes to 2.5 hours.
If you want to explore another island after a few days in cosmopolitan Mykonos, you could definitely have a look into Andros. Again, you can check all these out on Ferryhopper.
Getting from Andros to more Greek islands
If you want to continue your Greek island hopping adventure, Andros has connections with several other islands.
Do you have any questions about getting to Andros from Athens? Leave a comment below and I'll do my best to answer!