Best way to get from Athens to Mykonos
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Best way to get from Athens to Mykonos

Athens ● Mykonos ● 16 January 2018
 

Going from Athens to Mykonos is quick and easy. If you have booked vacation in the Greek capital, maybe you should think about combining these days with a visit to one (or more) of the Greek islands. The Saronic islands and the Cyclades are located close to Athens, and you have many ways to get there. Thus, you have the possibility to explore the unique universe of the islands in Greece and spend some days by the sea, swimming, sunbathing and having fun. These are the ways to get to Mykonos, the most popular Cycladic island, and we will reveal you the best and most affordable way to make this journey!


From Piraeus to Mykonos

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 numerous 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 gate of the boats to Mykonos.

By boat, from Piraeus to Mykonos, you need about 5 hours because the boat is slow (but ideal for those suffering from nausea). By ferry, you need only 2,5 hours, but the greatest disadvantage is that ferries are expensive and sometimes it is difficult to find a ferry ticket if you book it the last minute. However, there is a solution to these problems: Greek Island Pass. With Greek Island Pass, you pay the price of only one ticket, but you can travel to more Greek islands and make several routes. Plus, you can make these routes whenever you want with great flexibility (learn here more).

From Rafina to Mykonos

Rafina is the other port of Athens, from which depart boats and ferries only to Andros, Tinos and Mykonos. The advantages of Rafina are that it is located close to Athens airport as well as to Mykonos. Thus, by boat you need 4 hours and by ferry 2 hours, while the price of the tickets is a little bit lower than from Piraeus due to the shorter distance. However, Rafina has the disadvantage is that it is a small port and it has no public transport, so you have to pay a taxi to get there. Although it is located closer to airport than Piraeus, the distance of Rafina to Athens centre is much larger (35 km).


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