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The best way to travel around the Greek islands is by a Greek Ferry Line. They are cheap, fast, and they depart frequently.
The traditional Greek ferries, large ones with open decks and great views, are quite cheap. For just 10 Euro (€) you can reach Andros island!
The high-speed ferries cost significantly more for the distance covered, but they are still reasonable.
Popular inter-island connections have frequent departures. But some out of the way islands have infrequent ferry service even in high season, and many inter-island connections of interest to tourists just don't exist as a one-ferry hop. Santorini-Samos, anyone? There is no such ferry — you have to make connections on two or three ferries to go between those islands. Why not? stop off along the way and see some more islands!
Book in advance
Ferry travel with Greek Ferry Lines is much like any other form of travel when it comes to finding the cheaper deals. The further you book in advance, the more likely it is that you will find a better choice of cheaper fares. Leave booking until closer to the time and those cheap tickets will have already been sold. Not only that, but chances are there may not be the full choice of tickets available for the times or crossings you require. So get organized and book early the Greek ferry lines.
There are a many reasons why you should book your Greek ferry lines in advance.
Here's some of the most important:
Greek ferry lines are verry popular and they sell out well!
Lock in your price on Greek ferry lines!
- Don't waste time haggling with the local agencies.
Save vacation time!
- Currency dips & price hikes won't affect you.
Balance your vacation budget!
- Plan & book now, not later.
Select your accommodation
- Charge ferry coasts on this month's credit card bill.
Conventional Greek ferry lines:
Highspeed and Catamaran Greek ferry lines:
- Restaurants, cafes, bars, WCs, decks are available for any class of accommodation.
- Economy deck seats are spread all over the ship and you can seat wherever you want – the ones inside the ship, near the bar or cafeteria are better since they are more comfortable to sit, like armchairs. The ones outside are like swimming pool plastic chairs and tables – not comfortable for long trips, but fun to stay during the day, watching the beautiful blue sea and having a drink. The economy class stores the luggage in racks spread all over the ship, and sometimes not close to the place where you are sitting.
- Air seats are numbered seats so each passenger is assigned a specific seat. They are large and comfortable and if you intend to take a nap, that’s good enough. The seats are in separate private rooms on the ship. The numbers refer to the location of these “rooms” and that doesn’t make any difference. They are all the same. You enter through a private door to the lounge and at the back you have racks to store your luggage. It’s like a first class wagon on a train.
- Business class or/and VIP is a separate section with larger seats with the most comfortable seating. Both Business and VIP have their own bars, and are restricted to passengers holding tickets for those sections.
If you want to sail in more comfort to the Greek islands, for a little higher fee you can purchase a cabin. Greek ferry first and standard class cabins are very similar between ferry companies and offer clean sheets and towels, private bathrooms and ample space to stretch out. They can fit from 2 to 4 passengers in bunk beds.
An outside cabin is one that will have a window facing out towards the sea. Basically the cabins ring the inside of the exterior casing of the ship.
An inside cabin will have no window, as it's in the middle of the ship (from a lateral, not vertical, point of view). Generally, if you suffer from seasickness, an inside cabin is better as there's slightly less sway.
If you have a pet, you can purchase a "pet cabin" in some domestic ferries. These are cabins without a carpeted floor. They are just as clean as the other cabins and there is usually a small fee to book them. If you purchased a ticket not knowing that there was a pet cabin option, ask at the reception to be switched to a pet cabin once you embark. If you don't have a cabin, keep your pet on a leash on the open decks or you can opt to put it in one of the pet kennels available.
- Economy or/and Air seats are all that most people need. They are reserved/ numbered seats and roomier than economy on a jet airliner.
- Business class or/and VIP is a separate section with larger seats on the upper deck with the most comfortable seating. Both Business and VIP have their own bars, and are restricted to passengers holding tickets for those sections.
Here some of the modern Greek Ferry Lines: