Train to Andros in 48 hours or less
Relax and take the train
We would encourage everyone to travel to Andros by train. Faster than you might think, a better environmental option than flying and surprisingly affordable if booked ahead, the train adds another dimension to your trip. All the information you could ever want about routes and how to book tickets by train to Athens can be found on Mark Smith’s excellent and encyclopaedic website The Man In Seat 61. Although The Man in Seat 61 gives advice on travelling by train from London, using his core routes and some of the resources on the site, you can plan travel to Andros by train from other European cities.
Please use The Man in Seat 61 to plan your trip to Patras or Athens and use our guide below to get to Andros.
Patras to Andros
The fastest train route to Andros is via the ferry from Bari in Italy to Patras on the western coast of Greece. It is possible to get from Patras Ferry Terminal to Andros by public transport or by a combination of taxi and public transport. However, if arriving at 13:00 in Patras on the ferry from Bari there isn’t enough time to make the 17:30 ferry from Rafina to Andros. If taking this route and you want to make it to Andros on the same day you need to plan to travel on a day with a late ferry from Rafina to Andros, usually Fridays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and in the peak summer season. Use www.openseas.gr to search for late ferries to Andros. On days without a late ferry plan to stay overnight in Rafina (see Flying section below for Rafina accommodation information) and take the early ferry in the morning. Alternatively, travel Patras to Athens and stay overnight in Athens.
The Patras to Andros route is as follows:
- Take the bus or a taxi from the Ferry Terminal to Patras station
- As the railway line is being rebuilt you will have to take a Greek Railways replacement bus service form Patras station to the Kiato station further down the line. The timetable is HERE
- From Kiato station take a train towards Athens airport. The timetable is HERE
- Get off the train at Palini station
- Outside the station there is a KTEL bus stop wait here for the bus to Rafina. The bus will display Ραφινα on its destination board at the front. Buses are every 30 minute and every 15 minutes at peak times. Buses to Rafina run between 6am and 10pm.
- Take the bus to Rafina
Alternative Patras to Andros Route via airport
If leaving a train on the outskirts of Athens and waiting at a bus stop on a main road isn’t for you, take the train all the way to the airport. From step 3…..
3. From Kiato station take a train towards Athens airport. The timetable is HERE
4. Get off the train at Athens airport
5. Take a taxi or the direct Airport/Rafina bus to Rafina (see instructions on tab below for details of how to get to Rafina from the airport).
There is no airport on Andros but there are easy connections by ferry from both Athens airport (ATH) and Mykonos airport (JMK). For travellers from the UK, British Airways, Aegean, Easyjet and Ryanair all have direct flights to Athens airport from London and regional airports including Manchester and Edinburgh.
Flights to Mykonos vary depending on the season with many more options between May and October.
If you are prepared to make one stopover on route there are many more flight options with European airlines.
Andros via Athens Airport
From Athens airport it is about a 30 to 40 minute ride by taxi or bus to the port of Rafina where the ferry takes 2 hours to Andros. Ferries usually leave in the morning around 7/8am and in the evening around 5.30pm. There are additional ferry services at the weekend and in summer.
Stay overnight before ferry from Athens/Rafina
If you arrive at Athens airport in the evening with the intention of catching the morning ferry there are two hotels in Rafina that offer accommodation. The Avra Hotel (currently being refurbished and due to reopen in March 2017) and the Corelli Hotel. Alternatively there is the more expensive Sofitel at the airport or many options for accommodation near to Rafina on Airbnb.
There is always the option of combining your visit to Andros with a stay in central Athens either at the start or end of your trip.
Andros via Mykonos Airport
From Mykonos airport it is about a 15 minute ride by taxi to Mykonos port where the ferry takes around 2 hours 20 minutes to reach Andros. The ferries usually leave in the morning around 7/8pm and the middle of the day around 1pm although there are often later ferries at the weekend and in summer.
Stay overnight before ferry from Mykonos
Airport to the Ferry port
Athens Airport to the port of Rafina for ferries to Andros
Athens airport is approximately 16km from Rafina where ferries leave for Andros. A taxi from the taxi rank directly outside the Arrivals Hall will get you to Rafina in 20 to 30 minutes. The cost will be around 25€ to 40€.
There is a reliable bus service directly from Athens airport to the ferry port in Rafina. The bus costs 4€ and takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
The bus leaves from the furthest roadway outside the arrivals hall. To get to the bus stop leave Arrivals by Door 3 (between Alpha Bank and Airport Information), cross over over the covered roadways towards the Sofitel Hotel. After passing the escalator to the upper level turn left towards the orange bus stop pole. Buses are clearly marked with an alternating Rafina/Ραφινα electronic sign on the front of the bus. There is a timetable on the bus stop pole.
Mykonos Airport to Mykonos Ferry Port for ferries to Andros
There is no direct bus service from Mykonos airport to the port (however there is a direct bus to Mykonos town if you are stopping over, details here) so a taxi is the best way to get to the new ferry port where ferries for Andros depart. Taxis leave from outside the airport
The ferry times vary according to the season. There are less ferries in winter and more in summer.
Rafina to Andros
Ferries leave in the morning around 7/8 am and in the evening around 5.30pm. At the weekend there are more ferries e.g. an additional later ferry on Friday. The ferry from Rafina to Andros takes 2 hours
Mykonos to Andros
Ferries leave Mykonos in the morning around 7/8am and in the afternoon, usually around 1pm. The ferry from Mykonos to Andros takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Timetable and Tickets
Openseas searchable ferry timetable – Openseas has an up to date searchable timetable for all departure and destination points on the Andros ferry route.
You can book tickets on-line through Openseas but the physical tickets will need to be picked up at one of the ticket agents in the port. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from a ticket agent in the port when you arrive to take the ferry. There are many of these in Rafina. In Mykonos ask your taxi driver to stop at the ticket agent on the way to the port to collect your tickets.
Some of the ferry operators offer reduced prices for return trips but usually only if you return on one of their ferries. Check at the ticket office for these deals. Alternatively you can buy tickets for your return journey on Andros at ticket agencies at the port and in the main towns. Use the Openseas timetable to plan your return journey.
Port Contact Numbers
Gavrio Port, Andros – 22820 71213
Chora, Andros – 22820 22250
Rafina, mainland – 2294 321202
Track Your Ferry
The Marine Traffic website shows the current location of all shipping on a map. Ships marked blue are passenger ferries. Clicking on a a blue marker will reveal the name and other information on the ship.
Travelling around Andros
Travelling around Andros
Car or motorbike hire, Taxis and Buses are all available to help you get around. Walkers taking linear routes where they end up in a difference place from the start of their hike may use all three at some point during their stay. What solution you choose will depend on your own preferences including convenience, cost, the length of your stay and where you plan to go. For example, if you are planning eight or less trips by car during a week’s stay using a taxi may be cheaper the car hire.
Car & Motorcycle Hire
Cars/motorbikes can be hired in the port of Gavrio. There are several companies offering this service.
The bus service is run by KTEL Andros. The bus runs between the Ferry Port of Gavrio and the other main towns on the Island, Batsi, Chora and Ormos Korthi. The bus timetable is set to the arrival/departure of ferries so it will vary to reflect the seasonal increases and decreases in the number of ferries throughout the year. There will always be a bus waiting at the ferry port to pick up passengers leaving the ferry and take them along the Batsi, Chora, Ormos Korthi route.
Click here for the current KTEL Androsbus timetable (scroll down to the middle of the page to see the timetable).
In the summer there are additional bus services to some of the smaller villages. It is best to check locally at the bus station for timetable information.
If you need a taxi when you arrive on the ferry in Gavrio there is a taxi stand outside the port gates. Taxis operate all over the island and can be called by phone to pick you up. Not all the taxi drivers speak English so it may be worth asking locally for some help with translation. Having a paper with useful phrases in Greek may be helpful.
Taxi Telephone Numbers
Gavrio: +30 2282 0 71561
Batsi : +30 2282 0 4108
Chora : +30 2282 0 22171
Ormos Korthi : +30 2282 0 62171
There are a number of UK based companies who organise trips to Andros. As of January 2017 we are aware of the following companies offering holidays in Andros.
We try to keep this list as comprehensive and as up to date as possible. If you are a UK travel company organising trips to Andros and we haven’t listed you, please get in touch and we will add you to the list.
Food and drink
Food and Drink
There are far too many good places to eat on Andros to make specific recommendations
Try tripadvisor.co.uk as a guide
Go to our Events Calendar to see up and coming events including maintenance hikes.