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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 Kalambaka, Greece Hotel Kaikis
Hotel Kaikis
146, Trikalon str., 42200 Kalambaka, Greece

Hotel Kaikis is located in the centre of Kalabaka. The town of Trikala is a 20-minute drive away.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Anastassiou Hotel
Anastassiou Hotel
1st km Nat. Road Kastoria-Athens, 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Anastassiou Hotel is built in the entrance of Kastoria town, within a short driving distance from shops, restaurants and monuments. Vitsi Ski center is a 40-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki International Airport which is 214 km away.

Hotel in Rethymno, Greece Ammoudi
Lefkogia, Ammoudi, 74060 Rethymno, Greece

The family-run Ammoudi Hotel is located in a quiet area, only a 3-minute walk from beautiful, secluded Ammoudi Beach. The lively center of Rethymno town is at 30 km, while Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is 95 km away.