Ferry to Paros

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Find out about the schedules and fares of the ferry to Paros as well as how to book your tickets. Connected routes and frequency of departures with on-board accommodation options and real-time availability. Arrange your transfers on Paros in advance and see the fares of the local public transport!

How to get to Paros by ferry?

The island is connected to mainland Greece from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina by high-speed ferries and regular ferries that offer frequent departures scheduled throughout the year.

Ferry from Athens to Paros

There are several ferry companies that operate routes from Athens' ports (Piraeus, Rafina) to the island of Paros. Each one of them offers various ferry types and onboard accommodation alternatives, factors which impact both travel time and cost.

Regardless the port of departure, it is advisable to book your ferry tickets to Paros in advance, especially during peak season.

Most routes occur from the port of Piraeus, followed by Rafina. There are plenty of transportation alternatives so you do not have to worry. Just have in mind to be at the port at least 1.5 hour before your schedules departure.

From Piraeus port

  • Regular ferries: daily dep. at 6,45 a.m., 7,25 a.m., 5,30 p.m. (summer period), and at 7,25 a.m. and 5,30 p.m. (winter season). Duration approx. 4 hours

From Rafina port

  • Modern regular and high-speed ferries: Morning and afternoon frequent departures. The trip to Paros lasts from 3 (high-speed) to 4 hours (regular)

More ferry routes to Paros

  • Ferry Mykonos Paros: Frequent departures throughout the day. The journey takes from half an hour to 1 hour
  • Ferry Naxos Paros: 3 to 7 departures depending on the season. Travel time is about 20 minutes
  • Ferry Santorini (Thira) Paros: 3-4 daily itineraries from April to September. The journey takes from 2 to 3 hours
  • Ferry Syros Paros: 2 daily departures from May to October. Travel time 1.5 hours
  • Milos Paros ferry: 1-2 daily departures in high season. Travel time 1.5 to 7 hours, depending on the ferry type and route chosen
  • Ferry Sifnos Paros: 1-2 daily departures with a travel time of around 1 hour with a high-speed ferry
  • Ferry Antiparos Paros: This is a local ferry connection and tickets can be issued from the respective port offices. The travel time is usually 10 minutes to the port of Pounta in Paros

The most popular ferry companies that operate routes to Paros are Seajets and Blue Star Ferries. Seajets offers more high-speed options while Blue Star and its conventional ferries, offer various amenities on board in order to make your trip more pleasant!

Give a departure port and a date and find all possible timetables for the ferries to Paros!

Notice: Each year and depending on the period, there may be more or fewer connections to Paros. The biggest ferry operators announce the new ferry schedules by the end of December and the rest of them by January-March each year!

Ferry ticket fares to Paros

The picturesque port of Naoussa in Paros

Paros' ticket fares depend on the route, the type of ferry and the accommodation category that you choose.

Cars are allowed (on some ferries) for an additional fee and children usually travel for half fare!

Book your ferry ticket with the operator that suits you best and enjoy your trip!

The "Easy-Way" reservation system of go-ferry.com, allows the most reliable online ferry reservations and offers flexibility and faster services for your ferry tickets to Paros.

With go-ferry.com you can connect online with the reservation systems of most Greek ferry operators, to compare fares, find information on itineraries and ferry types, look for alternative routes and print your ticket immediately.

Schedules and Fares to Paros may change by season, so take a visual search through the engine to get the latest call with real-time availability.

Fill in the fields and find the actual ticket fares for the ferry to Paros island and the available seats!

Your early booking benefits

Tavern near the sea in Paros, Greece, from where you can watch if a ferry to Paros is arriving

During the peak season or if you are going to visit more than 1 island and your time is precious, booking a ferry boat to Paros early will be a real benefit.

Buy early

On popular routes such as Paros, reservations for regular and high-speed ferries are made a few months before departure.

Buy Affordable

Making an online reservation in advance will allow you to find special discounted offers and the pleasure of a wider range of available accommodations.

Buy time

If you do not want to waste your time by waiting in line, then booking the Ferry to Paros online is the best option. Imagine that you arrive in Greece and realize that the ferry to your destination is fully booked! How will you deal with it?

Buy confidence

The most important thing on a trip is to manage the days. We advise you to organize all the details several days before leaving home to avoid any bad surprises and especially if your vacation days are precious.

Accommodation on board

Find out about the available ferry types, choose the ideal accommodation option on the ferry to Paros and get fresh and relaxed at your destination. Comfortable armchairs, business class comfort seats, outside and inside cabins or economy deck chairs. 

Ferry port of Paros

  • The main port of the island is located in Parikia. Visitors can travel to the island by sea 365 days a year from Piraeus and Rafina ports

Public transportation on Paros

  • Paros has one of the best networks of roads and public transportation in the Cyclades.
  • The public buses serve visitors and permanent residents with a variety of routes and vehicles. All villages are linked both to each other and the two large towns of the island, Parikia and Naoussa, all year round

The main directions from Paroikia port:

  • Parikia - Kostos - Lefkes - Prodromos - Marpissa - Piso Livadi – Logaras- Pounta (Beach) - Chryssi Akti - Drios and same way back to Parikia
  • Parikia - Aliki - Parikia
  • Parikia - Naoussa - Parikia
  • Parikia - Naoussa - Prodromos - Marpissa - Piso Livadi - Logaras - Pounta (Beach) - Chryssi Akti - Drios and same way back to Parikia
  • Tickets sold at Parikia and Naousa Terminal Stations and also in selected stores, mini markets and kiosks that have the special sign KTEL
  • Information on routes to smaller settlements (e.g. Kamares, Aspro Chorio, Voutakos, etc.) can be found at the bus stations

Public bus service

  • Tel.: +30 2284021395, +30 2284022273
  • E-mail: info@ktelparou.gr

Taxis on Paros

Taxis are available for immediate and quick transport to anywhere on the island. Most professional taxis operate between Parikia, the Airport and Naoussa and can be hired from local Taxi Stands, at the following telephone numbers:

  • Parikia: +30 2284021500
  • Naoussa: +30 2284053490
  • Marpissa: +30 2284041209, +30 2284041386
  • Prodromos: +30 2284041427, +30 2284041576

Tip: Most of the hotels on Paros have their minibus and will transfer you from the hotel to the port or vice versa. Try ringing them to find out if this service is available!

All the above information for Paros was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.

About Paros

Paros is located at the heart of the island complex of Cyclades and is one of the most popular holiday destinations due to its exceptional natural beauty, vast sandy beaches, crystal-blue waters and impressive landscapes. The island extends over a surface of 195 km2, its coastline is 120 km long and it has 12,800 inhabitants. It is a cosmopolitan resort with a well-developed tourist infrastructure.

Paros was an administrative and trading center of the Aegean Sea and also the apple of discord for many conquerors (Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks) that left their mark on the island. Paros was very prosperous during some periods, as indicated by the ruins of archaeological sites and the remarkable historical monuments, which are scattered on the island. During ancient times Paros was famous for its marble, which decorated remarkable monuments. Some of the most eminent sculptors, painters and ancient Greek poets come from Paros. In 1207 Paros formed part of the Duchy of the Aegean and was passed over to the Turks in 1537.

Paros has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC. It started flourishing around 3000 BC, and all over the Cyclades, the Parian marble can be found from this time. The island was then called Minoa which indicates that the island's civilization was Minoan (Cretan) then. Later on, the Parian marble was to be used in Delphi, Delos and the temple of Poseidon in Sounio.

The earliest people we know of living on the island was a tribe from Peloponnesos, the Arcades. Mixing with the Ionians they became a strong force in the area of the Cyclades. They traded their marble with the Phoenicians, and until the 6th century BC, they had great power in the Aegean Sea, with colonies on Thassos and other places.

Paros was defeated by Naxos at this time and lost its position. It still held a strong cultural foothold though with a school for sculptors. When the Persian wars began, Paros initially fought with the Persians against Athens. After the Persian defeat at Salamis, Paros joined the Athenian League.

Towards the end of the Classical period Paros was ruled by Sparta, then the Macedonians and finally the Romans. Christianity came to Paros around AD300. St Helen (Ag Eleni) then had a church built for the Virgin Mary, Katapolianis. You can still see the first baptismal font there. This church is also called the church of 100 doors and according to an old legend, Greece will conquer Istanbul when the 100th door is found.

During the Byzantine period, Paros continued to be an important place because of its marble, but around 900 the island was deserted when the Arabs invaded. It was repopulated though and came under Venetian rule at the beginning of the 13th century.

During the Turkish rule, the islanders were heavily taxed but allowed much freedom. The islanders built many churches and monasteries during this time. Paros took a strong part in the Greek revolution against the Turks in 1821 and was soon freed.

The two most famous names from Paros are Archilochus, a lyrical poet in the 7th century BC, and Scopas, a sculptor & architect from the 4th century BC.

Website: www.paros.gr

What to see in Paros

A walk through the town will give you the chance to visit its main sights. Do not forget to visit:
The Panaghia Ekatodapiliani or Katopiliani church, one of the most significant monuments of the Paleohristian period in Greece, was named after the imposing dimensions of the church building. The architectural complex dates back to the mid-6th century B.C. The oldest frescos found in the church date back to the 7th - 8th centuries.

The Archeological Museum, with exhibits dating back from the Prehistoric to the Historic years. - The Frankish castle (13th century), is located at the centre of the traditional settlement.- Aghios Konstadinos church, with exceptional architectural features (in the Castle). - The churches of Aghia Marina, Panaghia Stavrou, Aghia Aikaterini, Evangelismos, and Aghia Anna (located at the south end of the coastal road). - The building of the primary school (1901). - The windmill, at the port. - The bust of Mando Mavrogenous.

The exceptional Municipal Library. - The three marble fountains (18th century.), were constructed by the Prince of Wallachia Nikolaos Mavrogenis and mentioned in the poem "Axion Esti" written by Odysseas Elytis.- The ruins of the archaic temple of Athena (525 B.C.)- The outdoor sanctuary dating back to the Archaic period.
The Hellenistic residences date back to the 3rd century B.C. The eastern gate of the ancient wall.

The pottery and sculpture ateliers date back to the Hellenistic period.- The Asclepius sanctuary, (4th century B.C.) is situated on a hill on the route to Alyki. - The Pythios Apollo sanctuary (4th century B.C.) near the one of Asklipios. - The arcade building dates back to the late Ancient years, in Krios. - The Monasteries of Taxiarxes, 3.5 km NE, Loggovardas, 4.5 km NE, and Christos Dasos, 5 km S.

The marble mines (located in Marathi 4.5 km E of Paroikia), were in service from the 3rd millennium B.C. until the 19th century. There you can visit the extraction tunnels and the ruins of industrial 19th century buildings (hard to access nonetheless possible to visit)- Petaloudes (Butterflies), 6 km S, in “Psichopiana”: where butterflies of the species Panaxia Quadripundactaria appear during the summer.

Panayia Ekatontapiliani

For more than 1500 years, the island of Paros commemorates the Assumption (or Dormition) of the Virgin Mary. The sacred temple of Panayia Ekatontapiliani, The Church of Our Lady of One Hundred Gates, celebrates the Dormition of the Virgin with traditional religious ceremonies attracting locals and tourists alike.

The Church is situated northeast of the capital of Paros, Paroikia, near the island’s port. Many stories revolved around the foundation, the name, and the architect of the church. However, research conducted in the 20th century demonstrated that the church’s rightful owners were Saint Constantine and Saint Helen.
The Church of Our Lady of One Hundred Gates is one of the oldest monuments of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture in Greece. Forty years ago, a major renovation revealed the existence of a 4th-century church at this site, namely, two centuries before the Justinian epoch. Throughout the centuries, the temple suffered extensive damage, resulting in the distortion of its imposing style. In 1959, Professor Orlandos started the restoration of the temple in the Justinian style, a diligent work completed in 1966.

Regarding the painting decoration of Panayia Ekatontapiliani, it is worth mentioning the frescoes adorning the church and the surrounding chapels, where a great number of portable icons were found. The icons of Panayia Ekatontapiliani, Christ and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary placed on the iconostasis of the main temple are silver-plated, donated by Nikolaos Mavroyenis, the 18th-century Parian prince of the Danubian Principalities of Moldova and Wallachia.

The festivities for the Dormition of the Virgin Mary are held throughout the day. Inside the Church, vespers and eulogy are chanted, whereas in the evening the Litany of the Holy Icon and the Epitaph fill the streets of Paroikia with warm feelings and religious emotion.

In the night, spectacular fireworks light up the sky, while locals from little fishing boats hold red smoky signal flares coloring the atmosphere with religious mystique. The ferryboats blow their horns in ecstatic joy, and dancers colorfully dressed in their traditional costumes whirl to the tunes of Greek folk music.

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