You will also find other useful information including: A few handy travel hints and tips; where to go for medical advice and in case of emergency and some basic information on local authorities and utilities.
Here you will find information on travel from the airport to Spetses via land or sea. You will also find information on local transport, including buses; boats; 'kaiki's'; water taxi's; motorbikes/mopeds, bicycles and horse buggies.
It is not possible to fly direct to Spetses because there isn't an airport - just a helicopter pad, situated beyond Ayia Marina. The closest airport to the island is Athens International Airport which is about one and a half hours travelling time from Piraeus. To find out about the facilities of AIA click here.
Only 2.5 - 3.5 hours from Piraeus by Hellenic Seaways' Flying Dolphin or Flying Cat. Alternatively, approximately 2 hours drive by car from the airport. This drive or taxi down on the new motorway, takes you through the Peloponnese to the tiny port of Kosta. Leave your car at the secure car park for €4 per day and take the 15 minute car ferry trip or Kaiki boat trip to Spetses. Once at Kosta, if you decide that you can't wait another second to get to the island - take a fast water taxi and do Kosta to Spetses in 5 minutes. Cars in Spetses town are banned and those on the island are limited to residents only who can only use them out of town and with a permit.
Travelling to Spetses does entail a bit of planning and organisation. Also, because it has no airport, it means that it is not just a quick hop, skip and a jump! Fortunately, this also means that because it has no airport, it still remains relatively unspoilt. For most - a jewel of the Aegean. Our Greek emerald isle.
In the 1980's, many people travelling via holiday companies for the first time to Spetses, remarked on how exhausted they were and had they known in advance that there was a reasonably long transfer to the island, they would never have booked. This was usually said, when they were seated on a coach in the early hours, after a heavily delayed night flight, winding their way down through the mountains of the Peloponnese in the dark. Just half a day later, having ambled leisurely around the town, eaten a freshly caught fish and tasty Greek salad, enjoyed an exhilarating swim in the warm, crystal-clear blue waters, rounded off with an early evening cocktail or bottle of ouzo, they were most adamant when they declared,
" It was well worth the jouney and we never want to leave! We'll be back again next year. For sure."
Since then, Spetses has seen people come back again and again, year after year and give recommendations to others who then, in turn, come back again and again, year after year. Those who were not lucky enough to be able to return immediately, held on to the dream, that one day, they might see the pine clad island again.