To get to Andros, you will need to get to the port of Rafina (Ραφήνα) from Athens airport in order to catch a two-hour ferry to Andros. Alternatively you could fly into Mykonos and catch a boat to Andros from here.
BUS connection to Rafina from Athens Airport:
Departure Point: The bus departs from the bus stop between the Exits 2 and 3 of the arrivals hall (opposite Sofitel Hotel).
- Ticket price: There are only one-way tickets and they cost 4,00 €. You buy your tickets from the bus driver when you get on the bus. Children under 6 years can travel free.
- Working hours: The bus is available daily from early morning until about 22:00 in the evening.
- Frequency: Buses depart approximately every hour. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
Departure times as of January 2019 are seen below. Please note that during the low season there may be a reduction in the frequency of these buses.
For latest bus times see: http://ktelattikis.gr/en/en_airport_timetable
TAXI connection to Rafina from Athens Airport:
You may wish to get a taxi to Rafina instead (this normally costs about 35 euro). If you are travelling by taxi, expect the driver to add on several more euros after the meter is stopped on arrival due to city taxes & motorway tolls.
Ferry timetables and how to book tickets in advance:
The best website for checking times from my experience is: https://www.ferryhopper.com/
Other websites for checking ferry times:
There will be ferries running several times a day during the summer months. The port of Rafina has a range of different restaurants. Tickets for the ferries are available from the ticket offices located in the port. Just look for the names of the different shipping company’s e.g Fast Ferries. Alternatively they can be booked in advance using the websites above.
It’s worth pointing out that the ferries which operate these routes can take on average around 1,500 passengers therefore turning up on the day to book tickets is usually a safe option due to their large capacity (for vehicles however, it may be worth pre-booking). Keep in mind that in high season (August) on a busy day there are however occasions in which the boats get fully booked.
‘Escape in Andros’ provide a pick-up service as you arrive at the main ferry port of Gavrio in Andros.
Email: email@example.com (to arrange pick up and receive quotes)
‘Dinos’ rent-a-bike located in Batsi rent out mopeds, quad bikes and even desert buggies.
Mamais rentals based in Gavrio provide boat rentals (and scooters). They can arrange for private tours to sites such as the uninhabited Gavrionisia islands.
They can be contacted through their website, by telephone (see below) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
However from my experience I would generally recommend phoning businesses directly in Greece as email inboxes are often not checked regularly and replies can take some time!
Their brochure is below for your information:
Andros routes is a not-for-profit project aimed at rejuvenating the old paths which criss-cross Andros across some truly stunning terrain. They are developing tourism to the island in a sustainable way and most of the path development has been through the help of kind volunteers.
Trekking Andros provide a range of different holiday activities from off-road adventures to cooking holidays! Check out their website for ideas. Operating since 2011 they aim to promote eco-tourism on the island.
Contact via this email address:
Andros Trail race:
Annual race near Korthi. The event is run in October.
Have a look at ScubAndros – They are based not far from Gavrio at Hotel Perrakis. They offer PADI courses, boat trips and visit some stunning underwater sites such as the Mastropetros shipwreck. Click below for details:
Windsurfing and Standup Paddleboarding (SUP):
Video of stand up paddling (SUP) Andros:
Check out Blu Enigma hotel. Located in an incredible setting, this hotel provides a perfect holiday experience for skateboard/BMX enthusiasts visiting Andros.
Andros Museum of Contemporary Art:
European Ramblers Association:
Andros was awarded a certificate of ‘Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe’ (see above link). They were again re-certified in October 2018.
Useful Phone Numbers:
- Rafina Port: Tel. +30 22940 22300 or +30 22940 22487
- Andros Port: Tel. +30 22820 71213
- KTEL Bus Station Athens: Tel. +30 210 821-0872 or +30 210 823-0007
- KTEL Bus Station Rafina: Tel. +30 22940 23440
- Archeological museum: +30 2282 023664
- Museum of Modern Art: +30 2282 022650
- Kaireios Library +30 2282 022262
- Hora (Andros) +30 2282 022300
- Gavrio +30 2282 071220
- Batsi +30 2282 041204
- Korthi +30 2282 061211
- Hora (Andros) +30 2282 022171
- Gavrio +30 2282 071561
- Batsi +30 2282 041081
- Korthi +30 2282 062171
- Hora +30 2282 022250
- Gavrio +30 2282 071213
- Batsi +30 2282 041981
- Medical Center (Hora) +30 2282 022222
- Gavrio, Doctor’s office +30 2282 071210
- Batsi, Doctor’s office +30 2282 041326
- Korthi, Doctor’s office +30 2282 061217
- Hora (Andros) +30 2282 022260
- Batsi +30 2282 041423
- Gavrio +30 2282 071254
- Korthi+30 2282 061286