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Aegina Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE
Aegina is the second largest island of the Saronic Gulf after Salamina and is located just 16 nautical miles south east from the port of Piraeus. Nearly the two thirds of the island have volcanic terrain. It has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and cool summers. Almonds, olives, figs and some vines are cultivated in the northern and western side plains, but Aegina is famous for the crop of pistachio  (“Aeginitika Fistikia”).

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).

The Area Code for Aegina is: +30 22970.

If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.


Getting there
BY BOAT
Aegina is connected with the port of Piraeus every day with frequent routes. You can travel either by ferry boats (the trip lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes) or by flying dolphins (the trip lasts about 35 minutes).
There is also a boat connecting the port of Piraeus directly with the port of Souvala (a secondary port of Aegina) and, during the summer period, with the port of Agia Marina.
The port of Aegina is also connected with the port of Agistri Island.

Nova Ferries
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: http://www.novaferries.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4126181

Hellenic Seaways
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: http://www.hellenicseaways.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4117341

Aegean Flying Dolphins
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: http://www.aegeanflyingdolphins.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4199000

Euro Seas Ferries
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: http://www.ferries.gr/euroseas/default.htm
Tel.: +30 210 4132105, +30 210 4132106

Aegina Port Authority: +30 22970 22328
Piraeus Port Authority Tel.: +030 210 4226000, 210 4147800

Routes Aegina-Piraeus
Hellenic Flying Dolphins Tel.: +30 22970 27462
Aegean Flying Dolphins Tel.: +30 22970 25800
Ferry Boats Tel.: +30 22970 25951

Local Transportation
LOCAL BUSES
Local buses (KTEL) connect the port of Aegina with all the major villages and settlements of the island (Marathonas, Perdika, Kypseli, Vathi, Souvala, Agioi, Vagia, Agios Nektarios, Mesagros, Agia Marina).
The main bus station is located right opposite Aegina’s port.

KTEL Aegina Tel.: +30 22970 22787

TAXI SERVICE:
Taxi Aegina Tel.: +30 22970 22635
Taxi Mesagros Tel.: +30 22970 71313
Taxi Souvala Tel.: +30 6944343606
Taxi Kypseli Tel.: +30 6932328873
Taxi Agia Marina Tel.: +30 22970 32107

RENT A CAR/MOTORBIKE
Renting a car or a motorbike is, as usually, the best way to discover the beauties that Aegina has to offer. The roads, though, are mostly narrow, winding and not well maintained, so extra attention is required.

Local Services

BANKS & ATMs
In the town of Aegina you can find branches of the major Greek banks.

MONEY EXCHANGE
Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will probably have to pay in cash.                                                                               

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Aegina Post Office Tel.: +30 22970 22398, Town of Aegina

POLICE STATION
Aegina Police Station Tel.: +30 22970 22100
Mesagros - Agia Marina Police Station Tel.: +30 22970 71201

MUNICIPALITY OF AEGINA
Tel.: +30 22973-20000, 22970-24444


Useful Numbers
  • Tourist Police: 171, +30 22970 27777
  • Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 210 9699101-3
  • Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
  • Aegina Port Authority: +30 22970 22328
  • Agia Marina Port Authority: +30 22970 32358
  • Souvala Port Authority: +30 22970 52188
  • Piraeus Port Authority: +30 210 4226000, 210 4147800

INTERNATIONAL PRESS
International Press can be found mostly in Aegina Town.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Police: 100
Fire Department: 199
Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
Aegina General Hospital “Agios Dionysios” Tel.: +30 22970 24489, 29128
Aegina Health Centre M.Tzika Tel.: +30 22970 22222, 22886
Mesagros Health Centre Tel.: +30 22970 71390
Agia Marina Health Centre Tel.: +30 22970 32175


PHARMACY
You can find a pharmacy in almost every big settlement on the island. Pharmacists are well-qualified to deal with the majority of minor medical complaints or to prepare prescriptions. The opening hours are listed at the front doors or in the windows of each Pharmacy. For your convenience find below an indicative list with pharmacies:

Aegina Pharmacies Tel.: +30 22970 25594, 22970 23515, 22970 23703, 22970 52846
Souvala Pharmacy Tel.: +30 22970 52846
Kypseli Pharmacy Tel.: +30 22970 27538



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