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Getting There

There are no international flights (at time of writing) to Naxos the three main routes are Flights to Athens, Mykonos or Santorini and then a ferry journey. There are also domestic flights to the Island from Athens new Eleftherios Venizelos airport

 
 
 
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Naxos is at the heart of the Cyclades ferry system with frequent daily connections to / from Athens and many of the Islands. Various shipping lines operate ferries from Pireaus and also the lesser known Rafina with travel time between 5 – 8 hrs, in addition there is also high speed catamarans which cut the sailing time by half but can cost upto twice as much.

Naxos is connected to the mainland and rest of the Islands by ferry boats, high speed and flying cats running on regular scheduled timetables. During the summer season several ferries depart Pireaus early morning with the afternoon ferries leaving 16.30 – 17.30, there is also evening ferries departing around 20.00. The Blue star range – Blue Star Naxos, Blue Star Paros & Blur Star Ithaca are modern ships and are generally faster than the conventional ferries but these do get busy especially during August & July. As with all ferries for these months it is always advisable to book the tickets in advance to ensure you are not disappointed. First sailings of the high speed catamaran also depart early morning.

Rafina as an high speed link to Naxos which takes around 4 hrs, Rafina is closer to the airport and is far more relaxed than the hustle of Pireaus.

As well as the daily service to / from Athens, Naxos enjoys multiple connections to the Islands in all directions. Paros its near neighbor, visible from the coastline has many connections on a daily basis with ferries often arriving at the same time. In addition to Paros there is a number of daily links to Santorini (3hrs), Mykonos (3 hrs), Ios (1.25hrs), Sikinos (3hrs), Tinos (4hrs). The minor islands of the Cyclades are served daily – Schinoussa (1.75hrs), Folegandros (3hrs), Donoussa (1hr), Koufonissi (2.5hrs), Iraklia (1.25hrs)

Other Islands which have good but not daily connections to Naxos are Syros (3hrs), Anafi (4hrs), Samos (5hrs), Ikaria (3.5hrs), Fourni (4hrs), Astypalea (5.5hrs), Andros (4.5hrs)

The Dodecanese of Rhodes (10hrs), Kos (15hrs), Skiathos (8.5hrs) in the Sporades and Thessaloniki (15hrs) have less frequent connections during the week.

You can purchase tickets from many of the ticket agencies in town and around the port, the price remains the same from whichever agency you purchase from so don’t be afraid of getting charged over the top prices. Be sure to arrive at the port at least 20 mins before departure.

There is several different classes of seats on the ferries along with available cabins If required, its also possible to catch a few sun rays as you sail the seas if you can tolerate the strong breeze ! The ferries offer several cafes, eateries, “Goody” burger bars and can be quite comfortable if you can manage to arrive early and get the correct seats. On boarding your tickets will be checked before climbing the escalators to the passenger floors, any luggage can be taken with you but can be cumbersome and inconvenient or otherwise left in the luggage area just inside the garage section.

Don’t foget that the Greek ferry timetables can easily change so always double check your times nearer the time.

For the most upto date timetables check www.ferries.gr or www.paleologos.gr

When returning to Pireaus its always advisable to ensure you allow plenty of time or possibly a day to travel back to airport as its not uncommon for ferries to be cancelled during summer due to high winds.

Getting to the Athens ports

Airport to Pireaus By Bus:

X96 operates 24 hours, leaves every 20 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes at night from just outside the arrivals doors (between doors 4 & 5 the Schengen exit) the bus stops are clearly signposted inside and out. Before boarding the bus you will need to purchase a ticket from the small manned booth on the pavement, tickets cost ¤3.20. Don’t foget to validate the ticket when on the bus by placing in one of the ticket machines to get stamped.

They take you to Karaiskaki Square in Pireaus right opposite the ferry harbor, beware though you will need to navigate the busy road using either the available zebra crossings or foot bridge. Journeys generally take about 1hr 10 but can take slightly longer depending on traffic and time of day.

Airport to Rafina by Bus:

Buses to Rafina depart from near to door 3 opposite Sofitel hotel and is operated by KTEL Attica (orange busses) which is an intercity service. They leave approximately every 40 minutes and take around 35 mins, tickets on these buses are purchased from the driver not the kiosk. After a few stops on the way, the bus will journey will end at the station near the harbor. Tickets cost around ¤3.

Airport to Pireaus by Metro:

The metro is directly linked to the airport and can get you to Pireaus in 1 hour in a clean, safe and pleasant journey. The suburban train leaves from the airport and connects with the metro line 3 at Plakendias station, it then continues to Monastiraki, this is where you need to change to Line 1 and head for Pireaus. The cost for the journey from the airport to Pireaus is ¤6. Departures are every ½ hour from the airport.

Airport to Pireaus / Rafina by Taxi:

Obviously the easiest and most expensive way to travel from the airport to the port is by taxi which operate throughout the 24 hrs. Higher rates apply between 00:00 & 05:00. The taxi’s depart from outside the arrivals hall, exit 3.

Cost to Pireaus during the day is about ¤32 and to Rafina estimate ¤20 plus a surcharge of ¤3 for travelling from the airport. They can also add ¤0.30 for luggage, but be careful hey don’t try to add to much on for this levy.

Be sure the taxi meter doesnt show “2” whilst running during the day as this is the night tariff. The driver is obliged to carry the luggage from the pavement to the vehicle and vice versa.

By Plane

As there is no international services to Naxos all arrivals come via Athens, Olympic airways operate two flights a day to the Island, one early morning and the other late afternoon., flight times take around 35 mins from the mainland.

The airport is located a short distance from the capital (3km) and takes about 10 mins to get there by taxi. There is no public transport to and from the airport but taxis are always available or alternatively arrange a transfer online

Other available options is to fly to nearby Mykonos or Santorini, both offer international flights and a short ferry trip to Naxos.

From Mykonos

From the Airport take a taxi to the harbor where regular services to Naxos operate by ferry or high speed. Standard ferry times take take around 3 ½ hours

From Santorini

Santorini is served well with both ferries and flights so is very good choice for getting to and from Naxos although not an obvious one. The journey between both islands varies between 1hr 25 mins & 2 hr 30 mins depending on which service you use.


Getting around Naxos

There is many car and bike rental companies so if you require to hire a vehicle you will not be short of choice, the roads are good to explore the islands many beautiful places.

There are plenty of taxis in Naxos the main taxi rank is by the bus station, and drivers charge a fixed rate to all the main stops such as the airport and beaches at Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka. To take a taxi anywhere else on Naxos it is better to negotiate the price first.

Naxos offers a good bus service operating from the central bus station which is located at the town next to the ferries. All main beaches, villages and resorts are serviced by the network offering good cheap fares, tickets are sold directly on the bus.

Bus timetables are posted at the station, the timings differ between summer and winter but there are frequent itineraries to the main areas of the island.

Destination

From Naxos

From Villages

Apollonas

09:30 – 13:30

06:50 – 15:30

Koronida

09:30 – 13:30

07:15 – 15:45

Koronida(coast)

13:30 Tuesday & Thursday

06:15 Tuesday & Thursday

Abram

13:30 Tuesday & Thursday

07:15 Tuesday & Thursday

Egares – Galini

13:30 Tuesday & Thursday

08:00 Tuesday & Thursday

Koronos – Skado

09:30 – 13:30

07:30 – 16:00

Apeiranthos

07:30 – 09:30 – 11.00 – 13:30 – 15:00

07:55 – 08:45 – 13:45 – 16:15

Filoti – Halki – Damarionas – Danalas – Sagri

07:30 – 09:30 – 11.00 – 12:00 - 13:30 – 15:00

06:50 – 08:15 – 09:00 – 14:00 – 16:30

Galanado

07:30 – 09:30 – 11.00 – 12:00 - 13:30 – 15:00

08:30 – 09:10 – 14:20 – 16:45

Melanes – Mili

12:00 – 15:00

07:20 – 12:40 – 15:40

Kinidaros

12:00 – 15:00

07:00 – 12:30 – 15:30

Glinado – Agersani – Tripodes

07:30 – 11.00 – 13:00 – 15:00

07:30 – 08:45 – 12:15 – 14:15 – 16:15

St Prokopios – St Anna – Plaka

Every half hour between 08:00 – 01:00

Every half hour between 08:30 – 01:00

Mikti Vigla

07:30 – 11.00 – 13:00 – 15:00

08:00 – 11:30 – 13:30 – 15:30

Kastraki

07:30 – 11.00 – 13:00 – 15:00

08:15 – 11:45 – 13:45 – 15:45

Pyrgaki

07:30 – 11.00 – 13:00 – 15:00

08:30 – 12:00 – 14:00 – 16:00