Amorgos, the easternmost island of the Cyclades has many interesting features to offer. An island with a span of 26.346 km2 and 1.859 inhabitants in 2001, with a rich history dating back to the 5th century B.C., intriguing foot paths throughout the island, breathtaking cliffs for rock climbing and a wonderful underwater world to discover scuba diving. Capital of the island is Chora and the next larger towns are those of Aegiali and Katapola. Of great interest are also the ancient cities of Minoa, which dates back to the Ancient Cretan civilization, and Arkessini.
The island has two ports:
- Katapola, which is situated on the Southwestern side of the island.
Coordinates: 36º49’38,37” N - 25º51’45,16” E
- Aegiali, which is situated on the Northwestern side of the island.
Coordinates: 36º54’05,41” N - 25º58’33,69” E
There are busses regularly that connect both ports with Chora and the rest of the island.
Useful info: Amorgos port authority tel.: +30 22850 71210, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22890 22482 (in Mykonos)
A. Ferry from Piraeus to Amorgos
- Hydrofoils: 4 1/2 hours
- Conventional ferries: min. 7 1/2 hours - max. 9 hours
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Ferry connections and schedules for domestic routes, like Amorgos, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season. There are some exceptions though, like Blue Star ferries, which announces schedules in the beginning of the year.
Athens to Amorgos ferry schedule frequency during summer
- Morning: 4 times a week 1 hydrofoil
- Afternoon: 3 times a week 1 conventional ferry for Katapola. 3 times a week 1 conventional ferry for Aegiali.
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Amorgos can be found further down.
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Catamarans & Hydrofoils
These vessels are smaller and much faster than conventional ones. Only a few of them can carry vehicles. Their main advantage is that they go twice as fast.
Passengers are usually not allowed to sit outside even though there is some space on some of them. The accommodation inside is a little like a very wide airplane. The better the class, the wider the seat. There are no cabins.
Smoking is not allowed in any inside area of any ship.
- Piraeus (Athens main port) - click here for port information
- Cyclades islands: Astypalea, Donoussa, Folegandros, Ios, Koufonissi, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Rodos, Santorini, Schinoussa, Iraklia, Syros
Note: Not all above connections operate throughout the year.
Prices quoted below concern 2012, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Athens - Amorgos ferries||Ferry types|
|Piraeus - Katapola ferry||between 33 and 40 €/adult||approx. 57 €/adult|
|Piraeus - Aegiali ferry||between 33 and 39 €/adult||-|
|Cyclades - Amorgos ferries|
|Santorini - Katapola ferry||between 30 and 33 €/adult||approx. 41 €/adult|
|Mykonos - Aegiali ferry||-||approx. 35 €/adult|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.