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I will be visiting Athens, and I'd love to visit some of the islands. Hydra looks really nice and special and I'd like to spend a day in the village and the nature there.

However, the only transportation I can find from Athens is a 51 Euro round trip ticket, which seems quite expensive.

Does anyone know a cheaper way with the ferry? For example, is there a slower, old school, ferry?

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    Are you willing to swim? If not, what are your requirements, other than 'cheapest'? Are you looking specifically for the cheapest public ferry? – Flimzy Dec 22 '14 at 21:01
  • @Flimzy yes, the cheapest ferry. – CodyBugstein Dec 22 '14 at 22:04
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Hellenic Seaways are using flying dolphins that's why tickets are expensive. I could not find any route with a "traditional" ferry from Piraeus to Hydra.

Your only alternative would be a coach Athens to Galatas (return) costs 25 Euros (175 kilometers - 2 hours and 30 minutes). Galatas to Metochi is 30 minutes away (not sure how you'd get there) and then Metochi to Hydra is either 6.5 Euros or 8 Euros, by boat. Some more timetables here.

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