Ferries in Greece

by Cristina  

Greek FerryFerries are a great way to explore the Greek islands. Simply put, if you have a lot of time and want to save money, the ferries are the best option. If, however, your time is limited and only plan to spend couple of hours on an island, avoid them at all costs and choose to fly instead.

How reliable are they?

In off season, quite unreliable but not because there’s something wrong with the companies; the Greek weather can be challenging and hence mess with the schedule. Especially during spring and autumn, storms can hinder the normal traffic so don’t be surprised to find canceled or delayed ferries.

Greek source also say that most often if there aren’t enough passengers in a ferry the company cancels it “because of the weather”. These are considered rumors but there were enough cases to at least consider this information as “believable”.

In any case, always have a back up planned, preferably a plane ticket. The domestic airlines usually have pretty good deals for the domestic flights.

>>more information on Flights within Greece

How fast are they?

I’m sorry but this would rather be: how slow are the ferries? Seriously now, they are very slow and even if a company says their ferries are fast, don’t trust them until you check the schedule. However, there are high speed ferries available on some routes.

Names: where is this place?

Islands and cities don’t have standard names in Greece. So be very careful when you choose a ferry. For example, asking to get to “Chora” can get you virtually anywhere as “Chora” (alternative spelling: Hora) is the capital of any island. Also, some islands might have as much as three ports so make sure to know exactly where you want to arrive. And to make it even more complicated, the name of the island in English doesn’t even resemble the name of the port.

Your best bet is to have a map with both English and Greek cities/islands names and ask for a ticket based on the Greek name of the place.

Schedules, booking and more

greekferry-125x125You can now book the ferry ticket right here. Just go to the website and follow the steps. It’s easy and fast. Please do remember that the prices include in our posts are just for reference.

Ferries link pretty much every island and the busiest port is, without a doubt, Piraeus (Athens), which offers ferry links to pretty much any Greek island. There are ferries between Greece and Italy or Turkey as well.

More information

Ferries to & from Athens:

>>Ferries from Athens: Dealing with Port of Piraeus
>>Getting from Athens to Piraeus
>>Ferries from Athens to Aegina
>>Ferries from Athens to Hydra
>>Ferries from Athens to Karpathos
>>Ferries from Athens to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Athens to Rhodes
>>Ferries from Athens to Patmos
>>Ferries from Athens to Santorini
>>Ferries from Athens to Crete
>>Ferries from Athens to Paros
>>Ferries from Athens to Thessaloniki
>>Ferries from Athens to Naxos (and return)
>>Ferries from Athens to Lesvos (and return)

Ferries to & from Thessaloniki:

>>Ferries from Thessaloniki to Lesvos
>>Ferries from Thessaloniki to Rhodes
>>Ferries from Athens to Thessaloniki (and return)
>>Ferries from Thessaloniki to Kos
>>Ferries from Thessaloniki to Chios (and return)

Ferries to & from Rafina:

>>Ferries from Rafina to Mykonos

Ferries to & from Patra (Patras):

>>Ferries from Corfu to Patras

Ferries between the islands:

>>Ferries to and from Santorini
>>Ferries to and from Mykonos
>>Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>>Ferries from Santorini to Crete
>>Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Santorini to Naxos
>>Ferries from Alonissos to Skopelos
>>Ferries from Rhodes to Kos
>>Ferries from Mykonos to Crete
>>Ferries from Santorini to Karpathos
>>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 Santorini to Syros
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skiathos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skopelos (and return)
>> Ferries from Santorini to Ios (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Naxos (and return)
>> Ferries from Santorini to Kos (and return)
>> Ferries from Paros to Sifnos (and return)
>> Ferries from Naxos to Paros
>> Ferries from Naxos to Rhodes (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Samos (and return)
>> Ferries from Santorini to Milos (and return)
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Andros (and return)
>> Ferries from Kos to Kalymnos

Other routes:

>>Ferries from Kavala to Thassos (and return)
>>Ferries from Keramoti to Thassos

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