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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.

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.

Where to Stay

Studio in Zakynthos, Greece Studios Keri
Studios Keri
Limni Keriou (Lake Keri), 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

Being located in a beautiful, quiet area near Lake Keri (Limni Keriou), the family run Keri Studios offer accommodation in fully equipped, bright and comfortable studios at competitive prices. The main road of Lake Keri village with many shops, traditional taverns with sea food and the organised beach can be reached within a 15-minute walk. Zakynthos international airport is at 15 km, while the main port in Zakynthos town (Chora) is at 16 km. The property offers a shuttle service to/from the airport at an additional cost.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and many vibrant areas of the city.

Hostel & Appartment in Kalambaka, Greece Hostel Meteora
Hostel Meteora
51, Tiouson & Papagou str., Trikala, 42100 Kalambaka, Greece

Hostel Meteora is located in the heart of Trikala city, 20 km east from Kalambaka village and famous Meteora monasteries. There is bus and train connection every 1 hour and it takes only 15 minutes to reach the Holy Meteora. Another places of interest in Thessaly region such as Delphi, Mount Olympus and Kissavos Beaches are easily accessible from lively Trikala city. Trikala is 328 km from Athens and can be reached with a bus or a train within 4 hours.


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