Ferries from Athens to Naxos (and return)

by Cristina on March 11, 2013

by Cristina | March 11th, 2013  


naxosThe Naxos to Athens ferry schedule is available at the bottom of the post.

Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades and one of the most popular travel destinations in the area. There are plenty of ruins within easy reach and the island is proud of its beaches as well. The old walled city offers some of the most picturesque alleys on the entire island.

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 download the map available on the Ministry of Mercantile Marine page and allow plenty of time to get to the gate your ferry departs from (which is printed on the ticket).

All the ferries to Naxos depart from Port Gate Ε7.

>>more information on Getting from Athens to Piraeus

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

It takes between 3 h 30 min and 6 h to get from Athens to Naxos, depending on the type of ferry you are taking.

Is there a high speed ferry between Athens and Naxos?

Yes, and they are run by Hellenic Seaways.

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

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

On the ferries operated by Blue Star Ferries, the singe economy class ticket is €33.50 , while the airplane type of seat ticket is €38.50. The business class ticket is €47.

On the ferries operate by Hellenic Seaways, the single economy non smoking ticket is €51, while the business non smoking ticket is €58.

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

During the low season 2013 (Mar – May), the following ferries connect Athens (Piraeus) to Naxos:

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 7 a.m.,May 10 29
Tue, Thu-Sat 7:25 a.m., until Mar 23
Wed 7:25 a.m., May 1-8
Thu-Sat 7:25 a.m., May 2-4
Mon 7:25 a.m., May 6
Tue 7:25 a.m., May 7
Tue, Thu-Sun 7:25 a.m., Mar 31 – Apr 30, May 9 – Jun 21
Mon, Wed 7:25 a.m., Apr 1-29, May 13 – Jun 19
Sat 7:30 a.m., Apr 27- May 4
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7:30 a.m., Apr 29 – May 7
Mon 5:30 p.m., Apr 25 – Oct 28
Wed 5:30 p.m. Apr 27- Oct 30
Fri 5:30 p.m., Apr 29- Oct 25
Sat 5:30 p.m., Apr 6 – Apr 27, May 11 – Jun 8, May 4
Sun 5:30 p.m., Apr 24 – 28
Tue 5:30 p.m., until Mar 19, Mar 26- Oct 29
Thu 5:30 p.m., Mar 28 – Oct 24

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

The following ferries connect Athens to Naxos during the 2013 high season (Jun – Oct):

Mon 7 a.m., Jun 3
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 7 a.m. ,Sept 30-Oct 20
Daily 7:25 a.m., Jun 22 – Sept 15
Tue, Thu-Sun, 7:25 a.m., May 9 – Jun 21, Sept 17-Oct 31
Mon, Wed 7:25 a.m., May 13 – Jun 19, Sept 16- Oct 30
Mon 5:30 p.m., Mar 25- Oct 28
Wed 5:30 p.m., Mar 27 – Oct 30
Fri 5:30 p.m., Mar 29 – Oct 25
Sat 5:30 p.m., May 11 – Jun 8, Jun 15 – Sept 7, Sept 14
Tue 5:30 p.m., Mar 26 – Oct 29
Thu, 5:30 p.m., Mar 28 – Oct 24, Oct 31
Sun 5:30 p.m., May 12 – Oct 27

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Naxos?

Yes, but the ferry stops running by mid-July.

Where can I buy tickets from?

The tickets can be bought from online here, from the ferry company’s websites , from the travel agents or from the ports.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

Yes, the prices are the same regardless of where you book the ticket or purchase it from.

Hellenic Seaways runs a Bonus Miles program for the loyal passengers and the miles can be redeemed for discounts or upgrades. To use these you should purchase a ticket either from their subsidiaries, website or the travel agents which work with the company.

How about the ferries from Naxos to Athens?

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

Tue 9:30 a.m., Mar 26 – Oct 29
Wed 9:30 a.m., Mar 27 – Oct 30
Thu 9:30 a.m., Mar 28 – Oct 31
Fri 9:30 a.m., Mar 29 – Oct 25
Sat 9:30 a.m., Apr 6 – Sept 14
Sun 9:30 a.m., May 12 – Jun 9, Jun 16- Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22 – Oct 27
Mon 9:30 a.m., May 13 – Oct 28
Mon 3:05 p.m., Jun 3
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 3:05 p.m., Sept 30- Oct 20
Daily 6 p.m., Jun 22 – Sept 15
Tue , Thu-Sun 6 p.m., May 9 – Jun 21
Mon, Wed 6 p.m., May 13 – Jun 19, Sept 16 – Oct 30
Tue, Thu-Sun, 6 p.m., Sept 17 – Oct 31

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

Mon 9:30 a.m., Mar 25- Apr 29, May 6 , May 13 – Oct 28
Tue 9:30 a.m., until Mar 19, Mar 26 – Oct 29
Wed 9:30 a.m., Mar 27 – Oct 30
Fri 9:30 a.m., Mar 29 – Oct 25
Sat 9:30 a.m., Apr 6 –Sept 14
Sun 9:30 a.m., Apr 7-28, May 12 – Jun 9
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 3:05 p.m., May 10 -29
Tue, Thu-Sun, 6 p.m., Mar 31 – Apr 30
Mon, Wed 6 p.m., Apr 1 – 29, May 6, May 13 – Jun 19
Tue 6 p.m., May 7
Wed 6 p.m., May 1-8
Thu – Sat 6 p.m., May 2-4
Tue, Thu-Sun 6 p.m., May 9 – Jun 21
Sun 6:35 p.m., Apr 28 – May 5
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 6:35 p.m., Apr 29 – May 7
Tue, Thu-Sun 10:20 p.m., until Mar 23

Important note:

The ferry companies submit their schedules weekly to the Ministry of Mercantile Marine so there might be times when the online booking schedule doesn’t match the reality. Your best bet is to 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 from Athens to Karpathos
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>> Ferries from Athens to Mykonos
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>> Ferries from Santorini to Crete
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>> Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Naxos
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>> 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
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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; latest schedule and price update was made as of March 2013.

Photo credit: web4camguy on Flickr

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter July 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

Last year I took this route to Naxos and I must say the island folk are very friendly, prices were reasonable, food was delicious, the main town beautiful and the beaches, gorgeous.

Add your Naxos to your list of Greek islands to visit.

laura August 20, 2010 at 10:01 am

Is there no high speed ferry from Naxos to Athens on Sept 30th?

Cristina August 23, 2010 at 2:41 am

@laura: there is a HS ferry at 18:40 departing from Naxos on Sept 30. arrives in Athens (piraeus) at 21:45

Marcus Dzismack September 30, 2010 at 6:14 am

In case you’re booking tickets online, pick up the tickets always at the port of departure. Many Greek ferry booking sites charging extra delivery fees – up to 20 EUR and more.

Caliopi Capkanis May 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

We are traveling from the U. S. with most of our family – nine of us. (It’s like a family reunion in my father’s homeland.) Our flight arrives on Thursday, June 21, 2012 around 12 noon. We would like to catch a ferry the same day for Naxos, preferably high speed and of course departing from Piraeus after about 2:00 pm. I haven’t been able to find anty thing. Please help.

Also, we are returning on Wednesday, June 27. Will the ferriy at 9:30 and the 11:25 high speed still be running on that date?
Thanks for all your help.

Cristina May 15, 2012 at 2:33 am

@Caliopi: Normal Boat – Car ferry, BLUE STAR PAROS, leaves Piraeus at 17:30, arrives in Naxos at: 23:35; cot: 33.5 € / person. Both High Speed ferries leave in the morning. Found this one within the booking engine available from our site (click the banner on top of the article).
For the return trip, the same booking site offers the High Speed ferry at 11:25 (51 €) and the normal one at 18:15 (33.5 €). Hope it helps and happy travels!


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