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All you need to know about the ferries in Greece

Greek islands ● 01 March 2018

Ferries in Greece are essential part of summer vacation on the islands. Especially if you have organised to live the experience of island-hopping and travel between the islands of Greece, you should be careful with the ferries in order to get the best deals, be on time and find the most suitable routes for you. We gathered in this article all the information you need to know about the boats and ferries in Greece. An affordable and well organised trip is something achievable.

From where to start your journey

Boats and ferries to the Greek islands start from Piraeus, the largest port of Athens and Greece. If you choose Piraeus as starting point, be careful because it is a large and crowded port, and especially in the mornings, when all boats depart, the traffic jam can be really heavy. Piraeus is located about an hour (50 km) from Athens airport, but take into consideration that you have to be there at least one hour before departure. If you think you can't make it, you can find in Piraeus budget hotels to spend the night and begin your journey the next day without stress. To Piraeus, you can go also by train from Athens centre (30 minutes for about 15 km), but then you have to walk 5-10 minutes to go from the train station to the gates.


Book online

If you book ferry tickets online, you can find really good ferry deals. You just print or load in your smartphone the ticket, and you are ready to travel exactly like having bought an air-ticket. Without booking fees, buying your ferry ticket online is not only simpler but also cheaper than doing that in a travel agency. Plus, online you can find more routes and have an overview of the schedule you have to take into consideration, especially if you need multiple routes for island-hopping. Online, you can also check whether Piraeus is the most suitable port or you have to choose another port to some Cycladic islands, such as Rafina or Lavrion.

Buy island passes

The key for Greek Island Hopping is to buy island passes for many flexible routes. The distance between the Greek islands is very short, and you can easily travel from one island to another within an hour or even less. However, if you buy separated ferry tickets for each route, the whole island-hopping journey will be expensive and strictly scheduled. Your best chance is to buy a pass, such as Greek Island Pass (learn here more), which allows you to make several routes to many Greek islands whenever you want paying only the one route.

Ferry or boat?

Ferries are more expensive than boats, but boats are slower than ferries. If you have plenty of time and you don't find the time on the boat boring, you can consider boat as transportation mean. Boat is also convenient if you suffer from nausea. However, if you have planned island-hopping vacation, ferries are the ideal solution, because otherwise you will spend much time on the boat. Plus, if you buy Greek Island Pass, ferry tickets won't have the disadvantage of high price anymore!

Check for discounts

Don't forget to check if there are special prices for some group of travellers, such as students or elderly people. Many companies offer discount up to 50%.

Where to sit

If you travel by boat, you can sit on the deck. You will feel the warm sun on your face, see the blue sea, the islands and the sea gulls around you and won't feel nausea. However, the seats on the deck are not numbered, so you have to be early on the boat to find a seat. The airline seats are being offered in boats as well as in ferries, they are numbered, booked on your name and convenient for routes up to 5 hours. For more hours, for example if you travel to Crete, you can book a cabin, which has private showers and offers the option to accommodate 2-4 persons depending on the price you want to pay.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Larissa, Greece Asteras Hotel Larissa
Asteras Hotel Larissa
22, Asklipiou & Kouma Str., 41222 Larissa, Greece

Asteras Hotel is built in a very central location in Larissa, close to shops and many dining and entertaining options. The Railway Station of Larissa is just a 15-minute walk away. Nea Anchialos Airport is 72 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Lipsi, Greece Michalis Studios
Michalis Studios
Lipsi, 85001 Lipsi, Greece

Michalis Studios is centrally located in Lipsi town, just a 3-minute walk away from the port. The nearest beach is a 6-minute walk away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Argo Hotel
Argo Hotel
25, Victor Hugo Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Argo Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 3- minute walk from Metaxourgeio Metro Station and an 8- minute walk from Omonoia Square. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 35- minute drive.