Ferries from Athens to Mykonos (and return)

by Cristina on February 20, 2013

by Cristina | February 20th, 2013  

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The Mykonos to Athens ferry schedule is available at the bottom of the article.

One of the best ways to save some money when getting from Athens to an island is by catching a ferry rather than flying. And Mykonos makes no exception. It is the perfect opportunity to see the beauty of the sea and enjoy making some friends along the way.

Port of Piraeus

The port of Piraeus (or Pireas*) is large and can be a little confusing at first. There’s a map available on the Ministry of Mercantile Marine page . Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to find the terminal and your ferry.

All the ferries to Mykonos depart from Port Gate Ε7 (at Karaiskaki square ,Akti Tzelepi). The gate is both for passengers and vehicles.

>>more information on Getting from Athens to Piraeus

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

The journey between the port of Piraeus (Athens) and Mykonos takes between 4 h 30 min and 5 h 15 min , depending on the type of ferry you are taking.

Is there a high speed ferry between Athens and Mykonos?

No.

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

The price depends on the type of ferry, the company and the class of your seat.

On a slow ferry operated by Blue Star Ferries, a seat in the economy class costs €34 one way while if you choose the air seat in any of the lounges , the ticket costs €39 one way. The business class seat costs €47.50 one way.

On the high speed ferry operated by Sea Jets, economy seats cost €47.80 one way, while on the high speed ferry operated by Hellenic Seaways , the economy seat costs €52.50 one way and the business seat is €67 one way.

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

In 2013, during the low season, you can get from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos :

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 7 a.m., May 10-29
Mon- Fri 7:35 a.m., Mar 18 – Mar 29
Sat 7:35 a.m., until Mar 30, May 4
Mon- Fri 7:35 a.m. Feb 21 – Mar 15
Mon-Thu , Sat-Sun 7:35 a.m., Apr 27 – May 2
Daily 7:35 a.m., Apr 1 – Apr 26 , May 6- May 13, May 14 – Jun 21
Fri 9 a.m., May 3

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

The following ferries are available during the high season 2013 between Athens (Piraeus) and Mykonos :

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 7 a.m., Sept 30 – Oct 20
Mon 7 a.m., Jun 3
Daily 7:35 a.m., Jun 22 – Jun 30, May 14- Jun 21, Jul 1 – Sept 15
Mon-Fri 7:35 a.m., Sept 16-Oct 31
Sat 7:35 a.m., Sept 21 – Oct 26


Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Mykonos?

No.

Where can I buy tickets from?

You can book your tickets online from here at most two months before departure. You can also book your tickets via a travel agent but the same restrictions apply. However, your local agent will have to book via a Greek Travel Agent so might as well do it yourself.

There’s always the possibility to buy the tickets directly from the port of Piraeus (Port Gate E1), whether you do it several days before departure or on the same day. During the busy time of the year (July and August) it’s advisable to buy your ticket 4-7 days prior to departure especially if you want to use a cabin. The deck seats are usually easily available even during the high season.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

If you buy the ticket directly from Athens it might cost little less than if you choose to book it online. But the difference is not significant.

How about the ferries between Mykonos and Athens?

During the high season 2013, there are the following ferries between Mykonos and Athens:

Daily 2:15 p.m., Jun 22 – Jun 30, May 14- Jun 21, Jul 1 – Sept 15
Mon-Fri 2:15 p.m., Sept 16 – Oct 31
Mon 4 p.m., Jun 3
Sun 2:15 p.m., Sept 22 – Oct 27
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 4 p.m., Sept 30 – Oct 20

During the low season in 2013, you can travel from Mykonos to Athens (Piraeus):

Mon-Fri 2:15 p.m., Mar 18 – Mar 29, Feb 21 – Mar 15
Sun 2:15 p.m., until Mar 31
Sat 2:15 p.m., May 4
Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun, 2:15 p.m., Apr 27- May 2
Daily 2:15 p.m., Apr 1- Apr 26, May 6-13, May 14 – Jun 21
Fri 1:55 p.m., May 3
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 4 p.m., May 10-29


Important note:

The ferry schedules available on line are not very accurate. It’s not the websites’ fault at all. But the ferry companies submit their schedule to the Ministry of Merchant Marine weekly so the info you see today online might not be accurate next month.

The weekly ferry schedule comes out each Friday in the Athens News (in English) so make sure to get your hands on a copy as soon as you get to Athens.

Read more information about:

>>Ferries in Greece
>>Ferries from Athens: Dealing with the Port of Piraeus
>>Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>>Ferries from Athens to Aegina
>>Ferries from Athens to Santorini
>>Ferries from Athens to Rhodes
>>Ferries from Athens to Crete
>>Ferries from Rafina to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Athens to Hydra
>>Ferries from Athens to Patmos
>>Ferries from Athens to Karpathos
>>Ferries from Santorini to Crete
>> 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 Mykonos to Paros (and return)
>> 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
>> Ferries from Athens to Thessaloniki
>> Ferries from Santorini to Syros
>> Ferries from Kavala to Thassos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skiathos
>> Ferries from Athens to Lesvos (Lesbos)
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Kos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Chios

Note:
* 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; latest schedule and price update was made as of February 2013.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Janica May 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm
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Hi, I am planning to visit Greece with some of my friends and wanted to know how reliable is the information posted above about the destinations between the islands. We’re planning to visit 10/17-10/27 to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, but I’ve read on information websites that ferries tend to stop running in October due to the weather and high winds. Is this true? I don’t want to be stranded!

Also, the 9:30pm departure from Santorini to Athens, is that 5hr ride or 8hr ride? How much would a cabin for 4 be? is that the biggest cabin?

Lastly, when prices quoted for seats in “lounge” how is that different than economy class? are the seats just located in a different part of the ship or is the seat better (like reclining seat,etc.)?

Thanks for your help!

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Cristina May 18, 2009 at 2:18 am
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@Janica:
As I mentioned in the article as well, ferries DO stop working by the end of Sept/early-Oct (and sometimes even earlier) so chances to be able to depart on that period are very slim.

Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos: ferries depart until end of Oct so for this route your are lucky. [more connections are available b/c the new schedule was published - the 7:35 a.m. is daily and runs until Oct 31]

Mykonos to Santorini (Thira): the ferries STOP working on Oct 11. So it’s impossible to fit this route in your schedule.

Santorini to Athens: the ferries from the Santorini to Athens stop working by Oct 31 (but there are few connections in Oct). The 9:30 pm ferry to Athens takes 7 h 20 min to get to Athens. Runs on Thu and Sun only!

The “lounges” seat are reserved seats (so you get a place to stay). The deck seats and economy ones are not reserved (you need to get on the ship early to catch a seat). The quality of the seat depends on the company though (the aircraft type ones are reclining).

The 4 bed cabin on the 9:30 pm ferry from Santorini to Athens costs: €50,00 per person.

Just remember that it’s impossible to get from Mykonos to Santorini by ferry in Oct. You can fly though.

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Ann Duc August 10, 2009 at 4:12 am
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Hi,

We have purchase our ferry tickets with 2 different ferry companies Blue Stars & Hellenic Seaways through their online booking system. Any idea if we need to change our print out into physical tickets? If yes, where should we go? Do they have offices on all the islands? Because for us, Athens will be our last stop.

Thanks

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Cristina August 10, 2009 at 7:30 am
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@Ann Duc: all the information required to use your ticket should be emailed by the ferry company when they confirm the reservation. For the questions you ask me, you are better off emailing them or looking on their websites to see where they’ve got offices.

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Ann Duc August 11, 2009 at 7:56 am
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ok thanks. I will.

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William Saliba November 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm
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Hi,
Me and my friends are planning to visit Athens and Mykonos island next year and I would like to know if the ticket price of the ferry from Athens to Mykonos island is on a return or one way basis?
Thanks

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Cristina November 9, 2009 at 6:05 am
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@william: the ticket prices, valid for 2008, are on one-way basis. they might change next year though.

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Hannah January 16, 2010 at 8:32 am
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Hi there,

We’re looking at returning from Mykonos to Athens on Friday May 14th 2010.
What are the ferry times for us on this day?

Thanks.

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Marelize van Zyl March 21, 2010 at 7:46 am
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We’re looking at returning from Mykonos to Athens on Saturday April 17th 2010.
What are the ferry times for us on this day?

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Cristina March 21, 2010 at 8:40 am
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@Marelize van Zyl: the April 2010 schedule is not available yet but the ferry lines might offer the possibility to book around that period.

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Mia Jones March 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm
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Hi! We are going to use the ferry to go from Athens to Mykonos…but for the return, is there a better port to return to rather than Piraeus? Thanks. Our trip is in late June/July.

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Cristina March 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm
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@Mia: the only port serving Athens is Piraeus.

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Samara March 26, 2010 at 9:25 am
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Hi, I am travelling with 3 friends on Sun 27th June and we are catching the ferry to Mykonos from Piraeus. I am looking at booking the tickets online, but can’t find a description of each seating category for the ferry’s, so i don’t know which category to book?????
The cheapest tickets is for ‘Deck Space’ do you know what this is?

Thanks

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Cristina March 27, 2010 at 8:44 am
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@Samara: deck ticket is without a seat reserved; there is also the option to book airline type of seat (as the name says, just like a seat in the airplane) or cabins (for 2 or 4). If you’ve got the budget for it, then go for a 4-bed cabin (outside or inside). Hope it helps.

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Elle April 27, 2010 at 8:45 am
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Hi,

I’m looking to get a ferry from Athens to Mykonos on 13th July 2010. When I search for the available ferry times the only ones that come up are around 7am. Since this is high season shouldn’t there be other times in the afternoon?

Thanks

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Cristina April 28, 2010 at 5:06 am
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@Elle: “should” but the time-table is not yet available. try searching a month b4 departure and you’ll find more connections.

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Mia Jones May 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm
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Sorry, I hadn’t checked back, saw your reply to my earlier question. So there isn’t another port closer to the Athens airport? That’s where we are headed upon return from Mykonos.

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Cristina May 9, 2010 at 3:35 am
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@Mia: no, the only port serving Athens in Piraeus. And you can read about how to get from the airport to the port here: http://www.greecelogue.com/getting-from-athens-to-piraeus.html

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Mar June 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm
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I’m trying to book a ferry from Athens to Mykonos for August 5th but am confused about something. The ferries I am trying to book don’t give an option for whole cabin and only “berth/seat” but that states that “Passengers requesting berth in the selected cabin category, will be sharing the cabin with other passengers of the same gender.” So that means that I can’t sit with my husband?!?

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Cristina June 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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@Mar: there’s always the possibility to book a 2 berth cabin. and that’s a simple way to ensure intimacy. I only used the sleeper in trains and both me & hubby ended up in the same cabin (although it was 2nd class; we set wt another couple).

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