There are direct flights from almost all major international airports to Athens, from which you reach the islands by ferry via the main port of Priraeus or, for Naxos and Paros, take a domestic flight*.
If your holiday starts on Naxos or Paros, there are also cheap direct flights (i.e. Easyjet, Ryanair) to Mykonos or Santorini, from which it’s a short ferry-hop to Paros, Naxos, or even Tinos. If you want to extend your holiday independently and spend some time on either of these islands, it is worth investigating this option- look on the Internet or ask your travel agent for details.
If your holiday starts on Tinos, there are morning and afternoon departures from the port of Rafina, which is closer to and more accessible from Athens Intl. Airport.
* If you plan to take a domestic flight from Athens to Naxos or Paros, we advise you to book at least a month in advance as the number of flights and aircraft seats available each day is limited. In any case, book early for the best flight deals (Sky Express & Olympic Air ), or even cheaper ferry tickets.
If you are travelling straight to Naxos, on arrival at Athens airport, you can either:
• take a domestic flight* from the airport directly to Naxos (c. 45 minutes flying time), or
• go by airport bus, metro, or taxi to Piraeus for the high-speed ferry to Naxos (sailing time, c. 3 hours) or the slower ferry (c. 5 hours).
If you are travelling straight to Paros, on arrival at Athens airport, you can either:
• take a domestic flight * from the airport directly to Paros (c. 40 minutes flying time), or
• go by airport bus, metro, or taxi to Piraeus for the high-speed ferry to Paros (sailing time c. 3 hours), or the slower ferry (c. 4 hours).
If you are travelling straight to Tinos, on arrival at Athens airport:
• take airport bus or taxi to the port of Rafina for the high-speed ferry to Tinos (sailing time around 1 3/4 hours), or the slower ferry (3 hours) or
• go by airport bus, metro, or taxi to Piraeus for the regular ferry to Tinos (sailing time c. 4 hours).
From Athens airport go by airport bus, metro, or taxi to Piraeus for the direct evening (5.30pm) Blue Star ferry to Amorgos (departures most days, ) and we recommend that you book a cabin. Exception during the 1st week of June: Direct ferry departs 06:45 am.
If you are staying in Athens, on arrival at Athens airport, you can travel by airport bus or metro to the centre of Athens and walk to your hotel, or take a taxi from the airport direct to the hotel.
NB. Ferry and domestic flight schedules can normally be confirmed and tickets booked about two months in advance. Alternatively, as long as you are not travelling on or near a national holiday (particularly the week preceding Greek Orthodox Easter (on and around 18-21 April 2014), you can buy ferry tickets prior to sailing from one of the many travel agents and ticket offices on the quayside at Piraeus or Rafina.