Ferries from Athens to Lesvos (and return)


The Lesvos to Athens ferry schedule is available at the bottom of the post.

Many have been intrigued when the residents of Lesvos (Lesbos) didn’t want to be associated with the word “lesbian” and its well known definition and , as it often happens, such a controversy is quite enough to make you want to visit the island of Lesvos . But if you are also interested in spending time on the beautiful beaches, visiting the museums, checking out the traditional villages and monasteries or just hanging out in tavernas, then you should definitely plan to visit Lesvos.

Port of Piraeus

The port of Piraeus (or Pireas*) is large and can be a little confusing when you first have to deal with it.Make sure to check this interactive map and allow plenty of time to get to the gate your ferry departs from.

All the ferries to Lesvos depart from Port Gate Ε2 (the gate always appears printed on your ticket). This gate is served by a free bus within the port.

>>more information on Getting from Athens to Piraeus

Lesvos or Mytilini?

The island of Lesvos is served by two ports: Mytilini and Sigri. Mytilini (or Mytilene) is located on the southeast coast and is the capital city of the island. All ferries to/from Piraeus use the port of Mytilini.

How long does it take to get from Athens to Lesvos?

The ferry journey between Athens and Lesvos taken between 10 h and 12 h 30 min, depending on the ferry and company.

Is there a high speed ferry between Athens and Lesvos?


How much does it cost to get from Athens to Lesvos by ferry?

The price depends on the company, type of ferry and the seat you choose.

On the ferries operated by Blue Star Ferries, the economy class ticket is €42, while a luxury 2 berths cabin (shower/wc) costs €150 per person / one way

On the ferries operated by Hellenic Seaways, the economy or deck single fare is €41 , the VIP numbered seat is €47, the regular numbered seats are €44 , while the 2 bed cabin is €82 per person one way.

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Lesvos during the low season?

During the low season 2013 (Mar – May), there are the following ferries available between Athens (Piraeus) and Lesvos (Mytilini):

Sat 9 a.m., Apr 27
Fri 12:30 p.m., May 3
Tue, Thu, Sun 9 p..m., Apr 2 – 25, May 5 – Oct 29
Thu 9 p.m., May 2
Tue 9 p.m., Apr 30
Fri 9 p.m., until Apr 26, May 10 – Jun 21
Wed 9 p.m., until Jun 19
Mon 9 p.m., until Apr 29, Mon 13 – Jun 17
Sat 9 p.m., Apr 27

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Lesvos during the high season?

The following ferries run between Athens and Lesvos during the 2013 high season (June Oct):

Sat 9 a.m., Jun 29 – Aug 31
Tue, Thu, Sun 9 p.m., May 7 – Oct 29
Mon, wed, Sat 9 p.m., Jun 24 – Aug 31
Fri 9 p.m., Jun 28- Aug 30
Wed 9 p.m., until Jun 19
Fri 9 p.m., May 10 – Jun 21
Mon 9 p.m., May 13 – Jun 17
Thu 9 p.m., Oct 31

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Lesvos?

Yes, most connections are overnight.

Where can I buy tickets from?

125x125Tickets can be bought online here, from the ferry companies’ websites, from the travel agents or from the port. If you prefer to buy them from the port and travel during the high season (July & August), make sure to get the tickets couple of days in advance.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

The prices should be the same, regardless of where you buy them from.

How about the ferries from Lesvos to Athens?

The following ferries run between Lesvos and Athens during the 2013 high season:

Sun 9 a.m., Jun 30 – Sept 1
Sat 9 a.m., Jun 29 – Aug 31
Mon 9 a.m.,Jun 24
Tue, Thu, Sun 8 p.m., Jun 25 – Sept 1
Mon, Wed, Fri 8 p.m. Jun 26 – Aug 30, May 8 – Jun 24, Sept 2 – oct 30
Thu 8 p.m., Mar 14 – Jun 30
Sun 8 p.m., May 12 – Jun 16
Tue 8 p.m., May 14 – Jun 18

During the low season 2013, the following ferries connect Lesvos to Athens (Piraeus):

Sun 9 a.m., Apr 28
Sat 9 a.m., Apr 27
Mon 1 p.m., May 6
Mon, Wed, Fri 8 p.m., until Apr 26
Sun 8 p.m., until Apr 21
Tue 8 p.m., until Apr 30, May 14 – Jun 18
Thu 8 p.m., Mar 14 – Jun 20
Sun 8 p.m., Apr 28
Wed 8 p.m., May 1

Important note:

All websites do their best to have the schedules updated it’s hard to do so since the ferry companies submit their schedules weekly to the Ministry of Mercantile Marine. Once you arrive in Athens, get a copy of the Athens News (newspaper in English) which prints the ferry schedule each Friday and double check the schedule couple of days before departing.

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>> Ferries in Greece
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>> Ferries from Athens to Karpathos
>> Ferries from Athens to Hydra
>> Ferries from Athens to Mykonos
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>> Ferries from Athens to Patmos
>> Ferries from Athens to Santorini
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>> Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>> Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Naxos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skopelos
>> Ferries from Corfu to Patras
>> Ferries from Rhodes to Kos
>> Ferries to and from Santorini
>> Ferries from Athens to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Crete
>> Ferries from Santorini to Karpathos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Lesvos
>> Ferries to and from Mykonos
>> Ferries from Crete to Gavdos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Santorini to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Ios
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Tinos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Athens to Naxos
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>> Ferries from Santorini to Syros
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* Pireas and Piraeus are exactly the same place, but you can find them spelled in both ways. All road signs though point to Pireas.
** The article was first published in 2009. The latest schedule and price update was made as of March 2013.

Photo credit: kvournaz on Flickr

2 thoughts on “Ferries from Athens to Lesvos (and return)

  1. please inform if there is a ferry or train I can take from Istanbul to thesaloniki on 6th or 7th of Nov.
    we need a ticket for three.

  2. @Salim: On Nov 6th there are 2 trains from Istanbul Haydarpasa to Thessaloniki (acc to Bahn.de). 1 of them is a direct train (at 7:05 p.m. on Nov 6 ). travel time: 14 h 28 min

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