How to arrive


How to arrive

How to arrive to the courses at the

HYDRA Field Station on the Island of Elba - Italy

Please bring along:

Money and food

Prices for food are at a medium to high European level. We recommend that you do your first shopping directly after your arrival in Portoferraio (COOP, CONAD Superstore, Eurospin, DICO) or at Marina di Campo (CONAD).
Mineral water is offered at the field station within refundable bottles in a crate, so please do without plastic bottles.
In Portoferraio, Marina di Campo and in the neighboring village of Pomonte you can use a cash dispenser. 


By train

The train station Piombino Marittima is located directly at the ferry harbor. There are some train connections per day directly to the harbour station, all other connections are via Campiglia Marittima with a connecting shuttle bus (to be used with a train ticket until Piombino Marittima). Information about the train connection can be found at national railway websites and at the Italian railway information site (choose "TUTTI I TRENI")
Please ask your national railway office or a travel agent about special prices for groups etc.

By car

The most important and convenient routes from Germany, Switzerland and Austria can be found in our arrival map. Please consider the possible benefits of cost-, toll-, and fuel-saving carpooling. As soon as the list of participants is completed, we send it to you for contacting (only with your data transmission agreement).

By plane

The best connection airports are Pisa (airberlin, easyJet, Germanwings, Lufthansa, Ryanair) and Florence (airberlin, Lufthansa). You can find good connections to the ferry terminal Piombino Marittima by Bus and by train.

The airline Silver Air offers direct connections from Florence, Pisa, Lugano and Milan to the Island. The airport of the island is located in La Pila, only 10 km away from our field station and has a bus connection (line 116).

Flights to Pisa or Rome and further travel by train to the ferry harbor station Piombino Marittima are an economic option as well.



From the ferry harbor of Piombino there is direct ferry traffic to the main harbor of the Island of Elba, Portoferraio by the ferrylines: TOREMAR, MOBY LINES, BLUENAVY and ELBAFERRIES (time schedules and prices available online). The ships sail more or less regularly between 6 am and 10 pm. The passage takes about an hour. Check whether you can get special all-inclusive packages (car and 2 persons e.g.) and price differences between companies, which vary even daily. Timetables and prices are available in most travel agencies as well as booking.

Here you can find the complete ferry schedule online.

On Elba Island

Our field station, the Centro Marino Elba (CME) is situated in the small village of Fetovaia in the southwestern part of Elba.

By car:

Starting from the ferry harbor Portoferraio you can get to us by car via the villages Procchio, Marina di Campo and Seccheto (see map).
Arriving in Fetovaia please turn right at the first possibility about 100 meters after the Fetovaia place-name sign. The small road (Via del Forno) rises very steep uphill and brings you directly to the building of the station (the first white villa at your right side).

By bus:

Fetovaia can be reached from Portoferraio and Marina di Campo by public service busses as well. The 116 bus serves the route several times a day for a reasonable price. You can check the timetables as for business days and saturdays (Feriale) and sundays (Festivo) here.

Beginning of the course

Your arrival to the courses should be until 6 pm of the arrival day (that is the first date for each course announced on our registration site) since the event starts with a welcome and an introduction in the evening. 


For the case of a possible illness or other unforeseen circumstance before your travel we recommend the signing of a precautionary travel cancelation insurance that will bear all expenses in case of a cancelation.


At TravelSecure you can sign a travel cancelation insurance online. We recommend the certificate without own risk to the price of 25 Euro. Please note the respective insurance conditions.  

Any Questions?

Pleas find the answers at our FAQs - site

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