Andros is the northeast island of the Cyclades islands, in Greece, and very close to Athens, only two hours by ferry from the port of Rafina, on the northeastern side of Attica. Due to its closeness to Athens, Andros has become a favourite weekend destination for Athenians.
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Ferries to Andros depart from the port of Rafina in Athens. A ferry ticket to Andros costs '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) for a standard seat. The ferry trip from Athens to Andros lasts for about 2 hours. Andros island is directly connected by ferry with Mykonos, Tinos, Syros, and Kythnos.
Ferry Schedules to Andros
Ferries to Andros operate all year round. However, in the peak season, there are both morning and evening ferries to Andros.
Ferry to Andros from Athens (Rafina)
Ferries from Athens to Andros depart daily from Rafina port in Athens. Off-season, there are usually 3 daily ferry connections between Athens and Andros. However, in the peak season, there are at least 4 ferry departures from Athens every day both in the morning and in the afternoon.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Andros? The duration of the trip from Athens to Andros is 1 and a half to 2 hours, depending on the ferry type.
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Ferry to Andros from Mykonos
There are at least 3 daily ferries from Mykonos to Andros in the peak season. The ferry trip from Mykonos to Andros lasts for 2 - 2 and a half hours and costs '16' 'EUR' (16 Euros).
Ferry to Andros from Tinos
There are at least 4 ferry connections from Tinos to Andros every day, from morning till night. The ferry trip from Tinos to Andros lasts for 1 and a half to 2 hours and the ferry ticket costs '7' 'EUR' (7 Euros) - '14' 'EUR' (14 Euros).
What types of ferries travel to/from Andros?
The types of ferries that sail to Andros are conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran ferries. Conventional ferries are slower, while high-speed ferries are faster. The ferry companies that travel to Andros are Fast Ferries, Seajets, and Golden Star Ferries.
Island hopping from Andros
Andros belongs to the Cyclades island chain along with other popular islands, like Santorini, Mykonos, and Paros. Popular island-.hopping routes from Andros are from Andros to Paros, from Andros to Naxos, and from Andros to Mykonos.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Most ferries that sail to Andros give the option of vehicle transportation in the ferry's garage, so you can easily travel with your car.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Andros is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Andros to Athens.
- There are many ferries to Andros during the peak season, so you have plenty of flexibility regarding your ferry ticket bookings.
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INFORMATION ABOUT ANDROS
Andros an island of Cyclades and very close to Athens, only two hours by ferry from the port of Rafina, on the northeastern side of Attica. Due to its closeness to Athens, Andros has become a favourite weekend destination. The port of Andros is Gavrio and the capital is Chora. These two villages, along with Batsi, constitute the main tourist resorts of the island.
Chora is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill and has nice views to the sea. It distinguishes for its white houses, the preserved mansions and the narrow paths, while the landscape around it is pretty barren. The most picturesque corner of Chora is the Square of the Unknown Sailor, a beautiful paved square with nice views to the Aegean and a statue dedicated to the unknown sailor, paying honor to the long nautical tradition of the island.
Apart from maritime tradition, Chora also has a rich cultural heritage. As a continuation of this heritage, many museums and galleries have opened in this village, frequently presenting painting and other exhibitions. Such a museum is the Museum of Modern Art, enriched with the contribution of the Vasilios and Eliza Goulandris Foundation, as well as Kydonieos Institute, which organizes the Ploes Cultural Festival every summer.
Not only the villages but also the beaches of Andros are very beautiful. The most popular beach on the island is Agios Petros and Batsi, however there are many other well organized beaches, like Kipri and Ormos. Many tourist amenities surround these beaches that provide high quality services to their customers. Due to the strong winds that blow over the island, the beaches of Andros are also excellent for windsurfing. All over the landscape of the island, you will find some very special features. There are the remains of ancient towers, old windmills and abandoned houses, some chapels and water springs. Green fields turn to barren, valleys turn to mountainsides and mountainsides go down to beaches. This alternation of landscapes makes Andros a special island and attracts a lot of nature lovers.
Why visit Andros?
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Andros for amazing nature, breathtaking views, culture, picturesque villages, and fantastic beaches!
- The island is among the most beautiful ones in the Cyclades. It is also one of the few to have water and as a consquence, many areas are verdant.
- The port of Andros is Gavrio.
- Chora and Batsi are the main resorts of the island.
- The most picturesque corner of Chora is the Square of the Unknown Sailor.
- The most popular beaches on the island are Agios Petros and Batsi.
- Some beaches in Andros are ideal for windsurfing.
The best season to visit Andros
The best season to visit Andros is the summer, when you’ll get to enjoy the fantastic beaches of the island and take advantage of the good weather. However, what most people don’t know is that Andros is also a great winter destination, thanks to its mountainous landscape and verdant nature.
Is Andros for you?
Andros is an ideal destination for nature lovers and for those who seek a quiet destination off the beaten tourist trail. What’s more, Andros is a popular weekend destination thanks to its proximity to Athens.
Sightseeing in Andros
The highlight of the island is its capital, Chora. Chora is the cultural hub of Andros, with many museums, like the Goulandris Museum of Modern Art and cultural centers, like the Kydonieus Institute. Other places worth visiting in Andros are Tourlitis Lighthouse, Katakilos Waterfalls, Kairis Library, and Panagia Theoskepasti church.
More about Andros
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Connected ports to Andros
Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Ikaria, Evdilos - Kea - Kimolos - Kythnos - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Samos, Karlovassi - Skiathos - Syros - Thessaloniki - Tinos
A typical Cycladic island, Andros distinguishes for the traditional architecture, the relaxing beaches and the calm atmosphere. The port of Andros is Gavrio, which is about 30 km from Chora, the capital of the island.
The port of Gavrio is connected by bus to Chora, the tourist village of Batsi and many beaches along the way. Routes might change depending on the day of week. There are also many taxis available on the island.