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Greek Island Hopping: how to get to the islands

Cyclades ● 09 January 2018
 

Are you planning your vacation on the Greek islands? Greek Island Hopping is a beautiful and very interesting way to discover the Aegean Sea, but you may wonder how to get to the Greek islands from Athens or other large ports of Greece. Actually, there are three ways to go there, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Learn here about them and decide which means of transportation is ideal for you.


Boat

The safest and cheapest way to go to the Greek islands is by boat. You won't feel nausea, you can sit on the deck and enjoy the sea view and the sea gulls following you. Its disadvantage is that you need many hours to reach even the closest island. For example, from Athens to Mykonos, you need 5 hours, while by ferry you need only 2 hours. If calmness, relaxation and cheap ferry tickets are the most important things you take into consideration, boat is exactly what you are looking for.

Boat in Greece

Ferry

From Piraeus in Athens, numerous ferries travel to the Cyclades, Crete, the Dodecanese and the islands of Northern Aegean. By ferry, you can go to your destination quickly, and during your Greek Island Hopping, you can jump from one island to another in less than one hour. However, ferry is not the best option for those, who suffer from nausea. Plus, you should sit inside during the whole trip because sitting on the deck may be dangerous. If you travel in the off-season, consider the strong winds and be prepared that a route by ferry in autumn or spring may be cancelled. The greatest disadvantage of ferry is the high price of the tickets. The good news is that you can travel on a budget even by ferry if you choose the Cyclades for your island hopping. Greek Island Pass is a ferry pass when travelling to Cyclades. With Greek Island Pass, you pay the price of only one ticket, but you can do more routes and visit more islands with great flexibility whenever you want. So, if you are the type of traveller, who wants to reach the destination conveniently and quickly, but you wonder about the budget, this ferry pass is your thing (click here)!

Sailing

Sailing is an excellent way to discover the Greek islands, if you want to explore inaccessible beaches and caves as well as off-the-beaten-path islands. Moreover, sailing is a great summer sport to have unforgettable moments with your friends. Renting a boat may be expensive, but taking into consideration that you don't have to book a hotel and ferry tickets, it can be a great option, if you want top flexibility and adventure.

Sailing

Where to Stay

Hotel in Syros, Greece Brazzera Hotel
9.9 10
Brazzera Hotel
Finikas Beach, Finikas, 84100 Syros, Greece

Brazzera Hotel is located in the village of Finikas, just a minute's walk from the beach. Ermoupoli, the capital of Syros and the Port of Syros are approximately a 20-minute drive away. Syros National Airport is 10.3 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Kyllini, Greece Fournia Village
Fournia Village
Kastro, 27050 Kyllini, Greece

Fournia Village is located in Kastro, approximately a 12-minute drive away from Kyllini. The Archaeological Site of Olympia is 64 km away.

Hotel in Zacharo, Greece Kaiafas Lake
Kaiafas Lake
Kaiafas , 27054 Zacharo, Greece

Kaiafas Lake is built just 3 km away from the center of Zacharo and 5 km away from Zacharo beach. The Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia is a 30-minute drive away.


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