Ferries to Greek Islands
WHEN AND HOW TO BUY FERRY TICKETS TO GREEK ISLANDS
The ferries to and from the Greek islands are the most frequent from May to mid-September. From the end of September until the end of October and from April to mid-May, itineraries are limited but still are enough to serve the massive needs of travelers. From November to March, sailings are rare and usually serve the large islands or islands that are popular to the locals! Minor and distant or tourist islands are not served at all or only if there is a great need. There are no ferries running between Crete and Santorini as well as between Mykonos and Santorini from November to March! To get to one of these islands you must move first to Athens and from there to your destination!
For buying tickets to the Greek Islands, follow the suggestions:
- Check for available routes
- Compare the trip duration
- Choose an accommodation depending on the trip duration and your needs
- Compare the prices of each ferry shipping company
- Buy the tickets 3-4 months in advance
- Get the confirmation and feel great
-Avoid peak times - If you can, avoid booking at times of peak demand, such as during public holidays.
-Avoid prices with extra costs by the booking process. When you buy ferry tickets, fees and charges (except Amex and PayPal) must be included and appeared in the total price from the beginning of the booking process.
-Avoid extra delivery costs. You don't need to have them posted.
MULTI-STOP-PASS TO GREEK ISLANDS
In Greece, there is no possibility of a multi-stop-pass to the Greek Islands!
Ferry tickets are individual ferry tickets purchased for a specific route and for personal use. If you are going to travel to more than one Greek island then you will need to buy a ticket for each route. Every destination is an individual ticket!
POPULAR ROUTES TO THE GREEK ISLANDS
We put in the spotlight some of our favorite customer searches, combining desires with the availability of popular routes to the Greek Islands.
- Athens to Mykonos, Tinos, Paros, Naxos: daily departures with regular ferries, throughout the year. High-speed ferries from May to September.
- Athens to Santorini: 3-4 weekly departures in the winter time and daily regular and high-speed ferries from April to October.
- Santorini to Mykonos: Multi daily departures with fast ferries from April to October. No ferries the rest of the months!
- Crete to Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos: 3 daily high-speed and 1 regular ferry sailing from the port of Heraklion from April to October.
- Athens to Zante, Kefalonia: There isn't any ferry connection from Athens. Take the daily ferry from Kyllini (Killini) in the northwest of Peloponnese, throughout the year. From June to September there is a daily ferry from Patras to Kefalonia and Ithaca.
- Corfu to Mykonos or Santorini or Crete: There are no ferry connections from Corfu to the islands in the Aegean.
- Rhodes to Cyclades islands: There are ferries (year round) only to Amorgos and Syros. From there you can catch the catamaran-speed ferries to Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and Naxos (from June to September).
- Athens to Crete: There are daily year-round multi departures to Heraklion and Chania.
Complete the under bellow fields and click on SHOW to find timetables and to compare the prices of all ferry companies that run to the Greek Islands!
HOW TO GET FROM ATHENS TO THE DEPARTURE PORTS
There are 3 ferry ports in Athens
- The Port of Piraeus is the biggest and busiest one and serves ferries to Saronic islands, to Crete, to the Cyclades, to the Dodecanese and to North Aegean Islands.
There are 10 gates in the port of Piraeus and each gate serves a different destination.
- The Port of Rafina is located on the northeastern side of the Attica peninsula. It's the closest port to Athens International Airport and serves ferries to Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos, while from May to September there are ferries to Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Syros, and Crete.
- The Port of Lavrion is located on the southern side of Attica, close to Cape Sounion. All year round there are frequent departures from Lavrion to Kea and to Kythnos and infrequent ferry dep. to Chios, Lemnos, and Kavala, while in summer there are occasional ferries to Syros, Tinos, Andros, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Serifos, and Sifnos.