Please wait ...
English
English
French
Japanese
Korean
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Portuguese
Brazilian
Russian
Italian
Tuskish
Spanish
German
Greek

See what is available in the place you're visiting

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 Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.

Hotel & Appartment in Milos, Greece Captain Zeppos
Captain Zeppos
Pollonia, 84800 Milos, Greece

Captain Zeppos is located in village of Pollonia, just 30 meters away from the beach. Milos Port is 10 km away and Milos National Airport is 12.5 km away.

Appartment in Agios Nikolaos, Greece The Traditional Homes of Crete
The Traditional Homes of Crete
Mavrikiano, 71202 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Combining rustic and modern features, The Traditional Homes of Crete are situated in the peaceful village of Mavrikiano, just a 5-minute walk from the center of Elounda and from Elounda Beach. Nikos Kazantzakis International airport in Heraklion is at 70 km. The port in Agios Nikolaos town with a ferry connection to Piraeus, Athens is at 10 km.


X