How to travel to the Greek Islands by ferry

22 October, 2014 0 Comments

Crete Ferries

The fastest way to travel from Athens to the Greek islands is by plane, but the option more chosen by tourists travel by boat, especially to have to opportunity to contemplate the beauty of the landscapes.

Before the trip, we recommend you to decide which islands you want to visit and search online for schedules and itineraries of the different ferries. The routes operate especially between the months of April and October (in winter some routes are deleted or are less frequent). There are islands that do not have direct links so it is necessary to make scales, so it is important to calculate the time that it will be necessary.

Most ferries that connect with the islands depart from Piraeus, the great tourist and commercial port of Greece. There you will find numerous offices of ferries, that offer both high-speed ferries (that are more expensive) as other more affordable. Tickets can be purchased at the cashier window or can be reserved in advance online.

Greek islands map

– The Cyclades –

The Cyclades can be reached by boat to Kea and Kithnos from Piraeus. From the port of Rafina (35 km, east of the Piraeus) you can visit Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini and Argos.

– The Dodecanese Islands –

You can reach the Dodecanese Islands by ferry from the Cyclades, Crete, Turkey or Greece. From Greece, the majority of ferries depart from Piraeus and make different routes to get to Rhodes. In summer there are services of catamaran that unite all the islands of the archipelago, although it is more expensive than the ferries.

– The Ionian Islands –

Ionian Islands can be reached directly by ferry from Italy, from the ports of Brindisi and Bari, daily. The main island is Corfu, and to get to Corfu there are ferries available direct from the Greek ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa. From Igoumenitsa there are several ferries that operate from 05.00 until 22.00 hours. However, there is no line that link Corfu with the port of Piraeus.

– Crete –

There is a ferry service every night from Piraeus. This ferry departs at 20:00 or 20:30 and arrives to the island between 5:00 or 6:00 hours (it is recommended that you book in advance, especially on weekends and high season). There are also ferries that depart from the southern Peloponnese. From April to October you can travel to Crete from Santorini.

– Saronic Islands –

There are daily ferries to the islands of Aegina, Agistri, Hydra, Poros and Spetses from the port of Piraeus. The company that makes these trips is Hellenic Seaways.

– Sporades Islands –

You can travel to the archipelago of the Sporades both from Piraeus as from the island of Skopelos. These ferries arrive to the islands of Alonissos and Skiathos. There are 29 voyages distributed in ten daily routes.

– Euboea –

The island of Euboea is connected by ferry mainly with the port of Piraeus.

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