Getting to Ermioni

Most of the world's major airlines fly into Athens 'Elefthérios Venizélos' International Airport (AIA).  From the airport you have a wide variety of choices of how to get from Athens to Ermioni. You can travel by bus, hire car, taxi or boat.  If you select to travel by boat you will have to get to the port of Piraeus by taking a bus, taxi or train from Athens Airport to the harbour, sailing with Hellenic Seaways from Gate E8. 

An alternative is to take the OSE train from the airport and travel via Kato Acharnai to Corinth.  This journey gets you half way to Ermioni, the remaining part of the journey would have to be by taxi, bus or someone who would collect you from the train station.

 

CAR RENTAL  From ATHENS AIRPORT to ERMIONI:

Most of the major car rental companies operate from Athens International Airport, with on-line bookings taken in advance.  Prices will vary depending upon your specific requirements, personal driver details, the time of year and public holiday periods.  Check that the rental prices quoted include all insurance.  See the Athens airport to Ermioni driving directions below. Journey time is approximately 2.5 hours. 

POP's CAR 'Rent a Car' should also be considered, as they have an office in Ermioni and an office very close to the airport.  Cars can be hired for weeks, days or single one-way journeys.  Bookings can be made on-line, or if you wish to speak to the manager in Ermioni, the contact details are: Tel: +30 27540 31880 and +30 27540 31514, Fax: +30 27540 31881, Mobile: +30 694 808 4889.  The Ermioni office manager, Gianna, can speak several languages and will be happy to assist in all your requirements.

There are a couple of car rental companies in Porto Heli (18 kms from Ermioni) which could be checked out if POP's CAR rental cannot help you.  Car rentals in Porto Heli can provide a 'delivery/collection' service for customers in Ermioni, by prior arrangement.

  • ALIAS Rent a car -  Tel: +30 27540 51313,  Fax: +30 27540 51703,  Mobile: +30 697 723 3158                                                 
  • HELI CARS Rent a car -  Tel: +30 27540 52140,  Fax: +30 27540 52340,  Mobile: +30 694 228 5755.            


SAILING  From PIRAEUS to ERMIONI:

Travelling from Athens International Airport you will need to get to the port of Piraeus, Gate E8.  This can be done by bus, train or taxi, all available just outside the main airport terminal.  

The X96 bus, which stops outside the airport terminal (arrivals) between exits 3 & 4, leaves for the port of Piraeus every 30 minutes, 24 hours per day.  Ticket price is 6 Euros per person, one way.  Buy your ticket from the ticket kiosk before travel and remember to validate your ticket in one of the machines on the bus.  Depending upon the time of day and traffic, the journey from the airport to Piraeus can take between 1.6 and 2.0 hours, so allow plenty of time.

  • Across the road from the airport terminal is the railway station where you can get the ATTIKI METRO train, which will take you from Athens airport to Monastiraki station, where you change lines onto the ISAP METRO train for Piraeus.  Metro cost is approximately 12 Euros per person, one way.  The total train journey time is approximately 1.2 hours. 
  • Taxis are available outside the Athens airport terminal where you could take a taxi directly from the airport to the port of Piraeus.  Cost is approximately 60 Euros if travelling during daylight hours, confirm price with driver.  Journey time is approximately 1.0 hour.

On arrival at the port of Piraeus, the terminal station is at Karaiskaki Square, which is near Gate E8.  Make your way over to the Hellenic Seaways ticket office as you must buy your ticket(s) prior to boarding.

Check Hellenic Seaways  for sailing times, information and on-line bookings.  The journey to Ermioni by the smaller 'AERO Highspeedtakes approximately 2hr 25m, the larger 'Flying Cat' takes approximately 2hr 35m, with most sailings first calling at Poros, Hydra and then Ermioni.  The ticket prices from Piraeus to Ermioni are 44.50 Euros per person, one way.  Bookings & Customer Service - Tel: +30 210 419 9000.

FEBRUARY 2024 - Sailing times with Hellenic Seaways:  

  • From PIRAEUS to ERMIONI   
  • 09:00 - 17:00  (Monday-Thursday)                                              09:00 - 17:00  (Friday)
  • 09:00 - 17:00  (Saturday)                                                             09:00 - 17:00  (Sunday)
  • From ERMIONI to PIRAEUS 
  • 06:55 - 14:10  (Monday-Thursday)                                              06:55 - 14:10  (Friday)
  • 06:55 - 14:10  (Saturday)                                                             06:55 - 15:55  (Sunday)
  • Check sailing times prior to departure, especially during public holidays, as Hellenic Seaways can change or cancel certain sailing times without notice.

If you are sailing into Ermioni in your own boat, or wish to know information about mooring, you may need to contact the Hellenic Coast Guard (Port Police) in Ermioni.  Tel: +30 27540 31243 or email: ermioni.hcg@gr  English spoken.  The Hellenic Coast Guard office is located at the Western end of the main Limani harbour, near the entrance to the weekly Thursday farmers market. 

BUS  From ATHENS AIRPORT to KRANIDI (near ERMIONI):  

The X93 bus, starts at the airport terminal (arrivals level) between exits 3 & 4, leaves for Athens Kifissos InterCity bus station every 30 minutes, 24 hours per day.  Ticket price is 6 Euros per person, one way. Buy your ticket from the ticket kiosk before travel and remember to validate your ticket in one of the machines on the bus.  Journey time to Athens Kifissos InterCity bus station is approximately 50 minutes.

  • From Athens Kifissos InterCity bus station (departure point 36-37 for Argolida) KTEL InterCity buses travel direct to Kranidi, via Isthmia (Corinth Canal). Ticket price per person is 17.70 Euros.  The KTEL InterCity bus terminates at Taverna Lampis in Kranidi, opposite the Taxi rank in central Kranidi. Journey time from Athens Kifissos InterCity bus station to Kranidi is about 3.10 hours.  Kranidi is 10 kms from Ermioni, approximately 12 minutes by road.  A taxi from Kranidi to Ermioni will cost approximately 15 Euros.
  • Since the Covid-19 restrictions, the normal KTEL timetable has been suspended.  There is a 'temporary' limited service in operation until further notice.  Limited availability due to social distancing control.  Obtain your tickets before you travel.
  • From ATHENS to KRANIDI   Monday to Friday - 09:30 - 16:30    Saturday - 09:30    Sunday - 16:30
  • From KRANIDI to ATHENS   Monday to Friday - 05:30 - 11:10 - 17:30    Saturday - None    Sunday - 11:00 - 17:30  
  • Ticket price is approximately 17.70 Euros per person, one way.  Buy your ticket from the ticket kiosk before travel.  Journey time from Athens to Kranidi is about 3.10 hours.  Further information: Athens: +30 210 513 4588  Nafplio: +30 27520 27323  internet: www.ktelargolida.gr  Taverna Lampis in Kranidi: +30 27540 23016
  • From Taverna Lampis in Kranidi, KTEL Argolida InterCity buses depart to Ligourio (Epidavros), Isthmia (Corinth Canal) on to Athens Kifissos InterCity bus station.  Journey time is approximately 3.10 hours.  From Athens Kifissos InterCity bus station, buses depart to Athens International Airport every 30 minutes.  Journey time is approximately 50 minutes.
  • Local KTEL Argolida buses travel from Kranidi to Ermioni at 08:15 - 11:00 Monday to Friday only
  • Local KTEL Argolida buses travel from Ermioni to Kranidi at 08:30 - 11:40 Monday to Friday only        

TAXI  From ATHENS AIRPORT to ERMIONI:

The cost of a taxi direct from Athens International Airport to Ermioni is approximately 240 Euros.  There are taxis available outside the airport main terminal, but if you wish to book a taxi to collect you from Ermioni, the taxi rank number is: +30 27540 31060.  English spoken.  You would need to leave your name, flight number, date and time of arrival.  Journey time is approximately 2.5 hours.
 

TRAIN  From ATHENS AIRPORT to CORINTH:

Trains run from Athens Airport to Corinth (Korinthos) leaving at 07 minutes past the hour, every hour, starting at 06:07 until 22:07. There is a change of trains at Kato Acharnai, where you have to cross the platform for the connecting train.  Athens Airport railway station is located opposite the central front doors of the main airport terminal. Total cost of railway journey is approximately 12 Euros per person, one way. The actual train times are available on this link Total journey time is approximately 1.5 hours.

  • The return train journey from Corinth (Korinthos) to Athens Airport leaves at 15 minutes past the hour, every hour, starting at 08:15 until 20:15. Total journey time is approximately 1.5 hours.  The Corinth railway station is located approximately 6 kms West of the major Isthmia/Corinth Canal E94 motorway, junction 10.

 

  

DRIVING DIRECTIONS  From ATHENS AIRPORT to ERMIONI:

  • Leave Athens airport and follow the signposts marked for Athens.  Turn right for Athens and Elefsina, joining the ATTIKI ODOS motorway.  This motorway connects with the E94 motorway, once you pass Athens, Piraeus and Elefsina.
  • 1st toll charge  = 2.80 Euros
  • Continue and follow all signs for Elefsina and then Corinth.
  • 2nd toll charge = 2.30 Euros
  • 3rd toll charge  = 1.90 Euros
  • Continue West and follow all signs for Corinth (Korinthos) until you see the motorway exit signs for Corinth/Loutraki and Corinth/Epidavros.  The exit slip roads come up immediately after these signs.
  • 1st sign for Corinth/Loutraki is exit 8.  This exit will give you an opportunity to cross the old road bridge of the Corinth Canal and stop for refreshments.  From the old road bridge, continue to the traffic-lights and turn left for Epidavros and Spetses.
  • 2nd sign for Corinth/Epidavros is exit 10.  This is the exit to take if you do not want to cross the old road bridge of the Corinth Canal, and wish to continue on your journey instead.
  • Coming off the motorway at exit 10, turn left at the bottom of the slip road and follow all signs for Epidavros and Spetses.  (See the Corinth Canal motorway junction layout in the picture gallery below).
  • Upon approaching Ermioni, this road has a right hand turn off, which is for Ermioni only and the one you must take.  The road sign at this junction for Ermioni is in Greek only.
  • The distance from Athens airport is 206 kms and the journey should take approximately 2.5 hours, unless you stop en-route.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS  From PATRAS to ERMIONI:

  • Leave the new South Port of Patras, and head North-East, following the signposts marked for Athens and Corinth.  You will then be travelling East, on the E65 motorway, along the Northern coastline of the Peloponnese.  The existing motorway from Patras to Corinth has been under re-construction for many years, now finally completed.  Historically, this motorway used to be the most dangerous road in the whole of Greece.  
  • Continue East towards Athens, do not cross the Rio suspension bridge, unless you wish to explore Central and Northern Greece. 
  • 1st toll charge  = 2.40 Euros
  • 2nd toll charge = 3.30 Euros
  • 3rd toll charge  = 2.50 Euros
  • After passing the Corinth junction on the E65 motorway, come off at the Epidavros/Isthmia junction exit 10.  
  • At exit 10, turn right at the bottom of the slip road and follow all signs for Epidavros and Spetses.
  • However, if you wish to see the Corinth Canal, take a break, or stop for refreshments, then turn left at the bottom of the slip road and drive up to the traffic-lights at the T-junction.  At the traffic-lights, turn right, and you will see numerous cafes, fast-food tavernas and tourist shops on both sides of the road.  You can park at any one of these places, then head to the far end of this stretch to walk across the road bridge of the Corinth Canal.  To continue your journey to Ermioni, return to the traffic-lights and turn left, and follow all signs for Epidavros and Spetses.  (See the Corinth Canal motorway junction layout in the picture gallery below).
  • Upon approaching Ermioni, this road has a right hand turn off, which is for Ermioni only and the one you must take.  The road sign at this junction for Ermioni is in Greek only.
  • The distance from Patras South Port is 240 kms and the journey should take approximately 3.2 hours, unless you stop en-route. 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • Athens International Airport (AIA) was voted the 'Best Airport in Europe' in 2023, in the 25 to 40 million passengers category, at the annual ACI Europe - Best Airport Awards.  Athens Airport Telephone number: +30 210 353 0000  
  • Greece's Aegean Airlines has been named 'Best Regional Airline in Europe' for 2023 after winning for an 12th consecutive year.  The 24-year-old company also received 4th place for the 'Best Cabin Crew in Europe'.  Olympic Airways is a subsidiary of Aegean Airlines and services most of the domestic routes within Greece and the Greek islands.  Tel. number: +30 210 626 1000

AIRPORT ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

New restrictions and charges came into effect from 2024 for drivers using the 'pick-up' and 'drop off' areas at the Arrivals and Departure levels at Athens International Airport.  Up to 10 minutes parking is Free, valid for two entries per day, with €5 charged from the third entry.  From 10 to 20 minutes parking, the charge is €5.  Over 20 minutes parking, the charge is €1 for each minute.  The maximum stay is 60 minutes.  After 60 minutes, your vehicle will/could be towed away.  No details as to the recovery costs.

Location

Ermioni
Ermionida Argolida Peloponnese
Greece
37° 23' 7.6272" N, 23° 14' 55.6332" E
Picture Gallery
Getting there - By sea: Sailing in the 'FlyingCat' Getting there - By sea: Sailing in the new 'AERO Highspeed'  Getting there - By sea from Piraeus: 1st stop is the island of Poros  Getting there - By sea from Piraeus: 2nd stop is the island of Hydra Getting there - By road: Renting a Hire Car Getting there - By road: You will see some spectacular scenery Getting there - By road: Taxi from Ermioni  Getting there - By road: Taxi from Athens Getting there - By bus: X96 Airport Express departure for Piraeus Getting there - By bus: X93 Airport Express at Kifissos InterCity bus station Getting there - By bus: Departure point 36 & 37 for KTEL bus to Kranidi Getting there - By bus: KTEL bus arrival in centre of Kranidi  Getting there - By train: Athens Airport to Corinth via Kato Acharnai Getting there - By train: Arrival at Corinth railway station Getting there - By train: Corinth railway station  Getting there - By road: Corinth Canal motorway junction layout