Please note that we not not take any responsibility for your travel to and from Greece, and offer this information only in support of your travel to us. It is subject to change as the situation changes and we will do our utmost to keep it updated.
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE ISLAND VIA ATHENS
Location: To find the island on Google maps, use the following text in the URL: Argironiso 34012, Greece
Our retreats run from Sunday to Saturday weekly. There is no season changes, so the first bus leaving Athens is at:
8:45am arriving in Oreoi at 12:20pm
We will coordinate the pick-up time for transfer to the island with this bus. The transfer time from the harbour at Oreoi on Sunday is at 12:30 pm. The journey from Athens to the island is a direct route taking 4 hours.
You will be sent a final “travel safe” email a week before your trip confirming the most up to date travel information.
At the end of the retreat on the Saturday, you will be returned via water taxi to Oreoi at 11:00 am to catch the 1pm bus (arriving at 5 pm) or taxi back to Athens, giving you time to enjoy the local village. When you are booking your return flight, please allow enough time for you to have your PCR test if required as these are only available in ATHENS or major cities, & to catch your outbound flight. We recommend flying out Sunday or flights after 7pm on Saturday if you do not need a PCR test. If you only require rapid test, you are able to get this from the pharmacy in Oreoi.
GETTING TO GREECE
The airport is Athens International Airport, Elefthérios Venizélos. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint, how about a train journey to Greece.
Mask wearing is no longer mandatory, except in pharmacies and on local public transport, taxi's, yachts and ferries.
If you require PCR testing to return to your country - it is only available in major cities. Athens Airport is offering Covid Tests, in conjunction with the Athens Medical Center. The test costs €60 and your results will be available within 6 hours. You can find this service at the arrivals level, between entrances 2 & 3. You can read more here Athens Medial Group. You can also arrange a private test to be done at your hotel.
If you are not staying in Athens, then we recommend that you use the ATM machine at the airport, as there are no ATM machines at the bus stop or in our local village.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE ISLAND:
FROM AIRPORT TO LIOSION BUS TERMINAL OR HOTEL - BY TAXI:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a taxi from the airport to bus terminal or hotel. She will coordinate your pickup and drop off and let you know if there are other passengers, should you wish to share. The taxi cost is €43 to the bus station and €20 to Central Athens. The bus station / Athens is 30/ 40 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic.
AT THE LIOSION BUS TERMINAL:
Bus tickets are NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! Travel is from Athens to Oreoi. **Please note that you can only purchase your ticket online a few days before.
Booking your Bus ticket online:
Here is the link if you would like to book your bus ticket online
The “From Station” choose Athens (first on the dropdown list)
“To” choose Oreoi (last on the dropdown list)
And then put in the date
It will then take you to another page and click buy tickets (Green Button)
New page and then select Timetables in the heading row - next to select route.
Click on the 08:45 choice and continue
And then follow the steps from there!
If you are buying in person –here is the link to find the LIOISION BUS INTERCITY TERMINUS. Once there, go to first window on the right as you enter the ticket hall. Ask them from which platform the bus will be leaving and make your way there as there are no announcements and it leaves on time!
For your convenience - if you are not using Athens taxi transfers, please print the directions to the bus station below and give it to the taxi driver:
ΚΤΕΛ - Αττική Λιοσίων τρεις γέφυρες, σταθμός λεωφορείων που φεύγουν για Εύβοια.
Address: Στρατηγού Δαγκλή 26.
Tel: 210 8311434
If you are arriving the day or two before your retreat and would like to spend a few nights in the village of Oreoi, there are 3 busses to daily, which leave from Athens
From the Bus station to the Airport is €43 and to Central Athens is €20.
The bus brings you directly to Oreoi, via a ferry crossing, which is very scenic and gets you into the holiday mood. The trip will look something like this:
Bus station to ferry crossing– 2hr 15mins.
At ferry crossing, get off the bus and follow the other people to buy your ferry ticket from the small kiosk on
your right as the bus pulls in. It costs about €4
The bus will drive onto the ferry, but you must walk on – have your forms ready.
Ferry crossing – 1hr. You can sit on the top of for inside the ferry.
Once ferry has crossed to Evia, get off the ferry and back onto the same bus.
The bus will arrive in Oreoi - 20mins. You will be able to see the island on your left! You will be met by Lissa or
Corne off the bus & will then have 10 mins to get any last-minute essentials or have a frappe, before boarding the water taxi to the island.
ALTERNATIVE RETREAT TRANSFER
Alternative travel plans are not possible as we have set times for pick up and departure from the island. Should for whatever reason you not be able to make these times then the following options are available
Water taxi - all weather (€200 ) / George - weather dependent (€60)
PRIVATE TRANSPORT TO THE ISLAND – TAXI
If you would prefer to take a taxi directly to Oreoi, please contact Athens Taxi Transfers to arrange a taxi from the airport to our local village of Oreoi or email Frances: Info@athens-taxi-transfers.com. She will require your flight number, arrival time and departing city. All transfer payments to be made in cash directly to the driver. Transfer cost are as follows:
Airport to Oreoi - ferry - €290 including tolls, taxes and ferry boat ticket for 1 person (in case ferry boat increases we may need to add a slight supplement - will try to avoid)
Airport to Arkitsa & continue with local driver Edipso - Oreoi - ferry - €270 including tolls, taxes and ferry boat ticket for 1 person
Airport to Oreoi - mountain - €275 including tolls & taxes
Hotel (central) to Oreoi - ferry - €275 including tolls, taxes and ferry boat ticket for 1 person (in case ferry boat increases we may need to add a slight supplement - will try to avoid)
Hotel (central) to Oreoi - mountain - €260 including tolls, taxes
Above rates are valid for transfers from 06:00 - 23:00
Night supplement will apply for transfers between 23:01 - 05:59. Night fee is as follows
Airport - Athens hotel & Vice versa - €13
Airport - Oreoi - €60
Athens hotel - Oreoi - €60
We can arrange your transfers back to Athens using the local taxi drivers and this costs €300 from Oreoi back to Athens or the Airport. This can be done whilst on the island with us.
A FEW SPECIAL REQUESTS FROM US:
Please don’t bring any self tan or P20 (specific product) to the island, sunblock is absolutely fine.
Please also bring whatever you need with regards to your own safety and well being.
We do not offer chemical insect repellents, so if you are prone to getting bitten, then please do feel free to bring some with you.
If you are wanting to shop at our market day or have therapeutic treatments, please remember to bring enough money with you as we do not have credit card facilities and we do not accept PayPal payments for goods bought on the island. Thank you.
CHECK THE WEATHER:
Here is a link for you to check the weather so you can pack accordingly. You can scroll by month. Please try not to overpack!
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
LISSA +30 698 0442027 / CORNE +30 698 335 2302 / CLAIRE +230 5 7943369
HAPPY AND SAFE TRAVELS!