Athens To Mykonos – The 2016 Guide

Updated January, 2016

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Essentials

  • GTP.gr is the best place to search for ferry routes and times.
  • But when you want to book a ferry go directly to the ferry company’s website: Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, or SeaJets.
  • Blue Star is usually the best ferry for most travelers. I highly recommend upgrading to “Reserved Seating” which only costs a few euros.
  • The fastest way from Athens to Mykonos is to fly. There are up to 18 flights a day in July and August. Search for flights on Kayak.com.
  • If you book ferries in advance you’ll pick them up at the port just before sailing. The ticket booths are easy to find and pickup is fairly painless. Arrive about an hour before departure to pickup tickets.
  • Most ferries do not sell out and you can usually buy an economy class ticket the day of sailing. But there is never a guarantee. If you absolutely must be on a specific ferry then buy in advance online.

Flights from Athens to Mykonos

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air have 7 flights per day (in high season) from Athens to Mykonos. They are essentially the same airline (Olympic recently bought Aegean) and you can book flights for either airline on both websites (and at the same price). Flights with an Aegean flight code use a Airbus 320 (168 passengers). Flights with an Olympic code use a Dash 8 prop plane (70 passengers). Ryanair and Volotea also have direct flights from Athens to Mykonos.

Tickets between Athens and Mykonos cost between €25 and €150 depending on what’s available, how early you book, and what airline you fly with. Ryanair has the cheapest flights between Athens and Mykonos.

The flight from Athens to Mykonos takes 35 minutes. The first flight of the day departs Athens at 5:35am and the last flight at 10:05pm. Flights leave about every 3 hours throughout the day. For every flight to Santorini there is a return flight to Athens that takes off from Mykonos about 40 minutes after it lands.

The flight from Mykonos to Athens is the same duration and costs about the same. The first flight of the day departs Mykonos at 6:40am and the last flight at 11:10pm.

If you don’t have any interest in staying in Athens remember that there are direct flights to Mykonos from Paris, London, Rome, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, and many other European capitals. Search Kayak.com for available flights. EasyJet and Ryan Air – they have the cheapest flights to Mykonos.

A320 Airbus from Athens to Mykonos.

Flights with an Aegean flight code use an A320 airplane.

Dash 8 flight from Athens to Mykonos

Flights with an Olympic air flight code use the Dash-8 airplane.

Ferry Schedule: Athens to Mykonos for Summer 2016

These are the 3 most popular ferry routes from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos. The Blue Star ferry is my favorite way to get from Athens to Mykonos and the best choice by far if you’re prone to seasickness as it’s the largest ferry with the least bumpy ride.

  • Blue Star Ferry: Departs Athens at 7:30 every morning (365 days a year) with stops in Tinos and Syros. It takes about 6 hours from Athens to Mykonos and the ferry arrives at Mykonos at 12:45 or 13:15 depending on the route. The return trip from Mykonos to Athens departs at 15:30 and arrives in Athens between 18:30 and 19:45. In the summer months there are Blue Star ferries that depart from Rafina (outside Athens) at 7:40am and arrive in Mykonos at 10:55am. Rafina is the best choice if you’re coming from the airport. If you’re already in central Athens then Piraeus is easier to get to. There is an evening ferry with FastFerries from Rafina to Mykonos that departs at 17:30 and arrives in Mykonos at 22:10.
    Blue Star ferry from Athens arriving in Mykonos.
  • Hellenic Seaways (Nissos Mykonos): From June 13 to September 11, 2016 this Highspeed car ferry leaves Piraeus at 7:55am and arrives in Mykonos at 12:30. From June 26 to September 4, 2016 there is a Highspeed Ferry that departs Rafina port around 7:30am and arrives in Mykonos at 9:45am.
    Highspeed ferry from Athens to Santorini arriving in Santorini port.
  • SeaJet2: From March 25 to October 31, 2016 this catamaran departs at 7:00am (or sometimes 7:30am) and arrives in Mykonos at 9:30am (or 10:00am). It continues to make stops in Naxos and Santorini. This is the smallest of the ferries and will have the roughest ride but it is the fastest ferry from Athens to Mykonos. The seating inside is cramped. It’s also the most likely to be cancelled due to rough seas. Though the trip to Mykonos is fairly short and should be fine for most travelers I would still recommend taking the Blue Star or a Hellenic Seaways ferry. There is also an afternoon SeaJet that departs from Rafina around 3:30pm and arrives in Mykonos 3 hours later.
    Seajet2 from Athens to Santorini.

What is the best ferry to get from Athens to Mykonos?

The best way to get from Athens to Mykonos is by the Blue Star ferry. It departs the Athens’ ferry port every day at 7:30am. This is obviously early. To get the ferry you need to be on the metro train from downtown Athens to Piraeus by 6:30am. During summer there is also a later Blue Star ferry that departs Rafina port at 7:40am and arrives in Mykonos 3 hours later. This is a great option if you’re coming directly from the airport as it’s a shorter drive from the airport to Rafina than it is to Piraeus. And the ferry time from Rafina to Mykonos is shorter than from Santorini.

Getting reserved seats in Economy Class (which costs a few extra euros) is highly recommended for traveling on a Blue Star ferry.

On the Blue Star ferry you are able to walk around on the deck and enjoy the scenery and the sea air. It does take 3 to 6 hours on the Blue Star from Athens to Mykonos which is a bit longer than the Highspeed ferries.

The Highspeed ferries and SeaJets that go from Athens to Mykonos do not have open-air decks so you’re not able to see the scenery in the same way. You sit inside in airplane style seats and are unable to go outside except when a stop is made at a port. The windows are usually covered with salt and sea spray and don’t allow for much in the way of views. The Highspeed ferries and catamarans do get you to Mykonos a few hours faster than the larger conventional ferries (like the Blue Star) but I much prefer riding on the larger sturdier ferries and think it’s worth the few extra hours onboard.

Pre-booking for the Blue Star is usually not necessary but if you do book directly with Blue Star. Highspeed ferries do sell out (especially in July and August) so pre-booking those tickets is usually a good idea if you’re on a set schedule.

Blue Star ferry that runs from Athens to Santorini and back.

The Blue Star car ferry that runs from Athens to Mykonos. Large open air decks allow you to walk around and enjoy the views.

If you’re already in Greece or planning to spend time in Athens then buying ferry tickets is very easy. Walk into any travel agent a few days before your intended ferry trip and ask about ferry times and tickets. You can buy the tickets right there. Ferry prices are set by the government so there’s no need to shop around or compare prices: they’re all the same. Ferries rarely sell out so booking far in advance is not usually necessary (though there are times when you should buy Greek ferry tickets in advance). Since the Highspeed Ferries are smaller and have assigned seating they are more likely to sell out in high season. The Blue Star ferry very rarely sells out.

The cheapest way of getting from Athens to Mykonos

The cheapest way of getting to Santorini from Athens is the conventional car ferries (like Blue Star) followed by high speed ferries. Flights will be the most expensive but if you book early a cheap flight might be close in cost to a high speed ferry.

The fastest way from Athens to Mykonos

Of course, flying is the fastest way from Athens to Santorini. But … if you’re already in central Athens and would need to get all the way back out to the airport and make your way through security then a high speed ferry might only take 1 or 2 hours longer than a flight.

Both Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air have flights from Athens to Mykonos.

If you’ll be flying into Athens but do not intend to spend any time in the city then it’s easiest to hop on a flight directly to Mykonos and save yourself the trouble of getting from the Athens airport to Piraeus for a ferry.

Should I book my ferry ticket from Athens to Mykonos in advance?

Most of the time buying tickets in advance is not necessary and you can purchase tickets at any travel agency after you arrive in Greece.

In July and August it’s certainly not a bad a idea to buy Blue Star tickets 2 or 3 days in advance (but after you arrive in Greece as it’s much easier buying at a travel agency in Athens than pre-buying over the internet). Highspeed ferries sell out more often and for July and August I would recommend pre-booking tickets at least a week in advance.

If you do book in advance go through the websites for the individual ferry companies Blue StarHellenic Seaways, or SeaJets as opposed to purchasing through a travel agent which will charge an extra fee.

When booking in advance over the internet you’ll need to pickup the physical tickets somewhere in Greece. Different pickup points are available depending on the ferry company. It can be at the ferry port in Piraeus or (if it involves a ferry not originating in Athens) then at a travel agency on one of the islands. You’ll be able to choose your pickup point when you buy the tickets.

There are 4 situations when you definitely should book ferry tickets in advance:

  • If you’re traveling on the week of August 15th. This is a huge holiday in Greece when Greeks return to their hometowns and islands. Ferries are packed so buy tickets at least a few days in advance. (Full disclosure: I’ve traveled during this week and never booked tickets in advance and got on every ferry that I needed to.) Easter is also a very busy time on the ferries.
  • If you have a car and need to take it on the ferry. Automobile spots are few and sell out in advance.
  • If you want a sleeping cabin then you’ll (often) need to book tickets in advance.
  • The ferries are busiest on Friday night and Saturday morning in July and August.

What is the difference between economy, business, VIP, and Cabin classes on the ferry?

On Blue Star Ferries (and other large car ferries):

  • Economy or deck class gives you access to inside and outside seatting as well as all restaurants and cafes. For €4 or €5 you can upgrade to reservable airplane-style seats (which I highly recommend). If you don’t get a reserved seat you can be left searching for a seat throughout the trip or anytime you want to stand up. In July and August I would definitely get the reserved airplane-style seats.
    Blue Star ferry in Athens heading to Santorini

    The deck of the Blue Star ferry to Santorini. There are lounge areas inside as well.

    Economy class on ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Economy class lounge on a large conventional ferry (similar to the Blue Star).

    Reserved seating on Greek ferry.

    Reserved (airplane-style) seating. on the Blue Star. This costs €4 extra and is worth it – especially if you plan to sleep or read for most of your trip. Even if you have these seats you can still use the unreserved areas outside and near the restaurants if you need a change of scenery.

  • Business Class gives you access to a lounge with comfortable seats and sofas, waiter service, and a less noisy and crowded environment. Some people enjoy the added comfort, but I prefer the airplane-style seating found in economy.

    Business class on Greek ferry.

    The lounge in business class on a conventional ferry (like the Blue Star). You can usually find enough space to stretch out on the sofa style seats – but there are no guarantees.

  • Cabins have beds and usually come in 2-berth and 4-berth arrangements. Inside cabins are inside the ship with no window. Outside cabins are on the exterior and have a window. If you want more room you can book a 4-berth cabin even if you’re only 2 or 3 people.
    Beds in cabin from Athens to Santorini.

    Cabin on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Mykonos.

    Cabins on Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    The cabin area and hallways of a Blue Star ferry.

On the Hellenic Highspeed ferries there isn’t a huge difference between the classes:

  • Economy is at the rear half of the ferry.
    Highspeed ferry seating from Athens to Santorini.

    Airplane style seating on a Highspeed ferry from Athens to Mykonos. On the highspeed ferries you’re unable to roam the decks and the views through the windows are not great (even when you have a window) – but it is the fastest ferry from Athens to Mykonos.

  • Business is in front of that with a bit more room to each seat.
  • VIP is either at the front of the ferry and has windows looking straight forward or is on the floor above (depending on the ferry). It will usually have leather seats.

Athens Airport to the Ferry Port

If you’re going directly from the airport to a ferry then bus X96 is the best and fastest way to get to the port. It runs 24 hours a day, costs €5, and the trip takes between 50 and 90 minutes depending on traffic.

Taxis are 5 to 10 minutes faster and cost between €50 and €60.

Airport buses to Piraeus.

The bus stop at Athens airport. It’s located immediately outside the Arrivals level exit doors (follow the signs). Buy tickets at the kiosk visible to the right of the buses. You can not buy tickets on board the bus.

Athens airport X96 bus to Piraeus.

The X96 (for the Piraeus ferry port) bus stop outside the Athens airport. Buses to Piraeus run 24 hours and leave about every 30 minutes. The trip from the airport to the ferry port takes between 50 and 90 minutes.

X96 bus stop in Piraeus.

X96 is the bus from the airport to Piraeus. It stops beside gate E7 (the gate for the Blue Star ferry to Santorini) and very close to the Piraeus metro station.

Bus schedule from Athens airport to Downtown and Ferry Port.

Bus schedule from Athens airport to Downtown and Ferry Port. This is displayed both inside and outside the terminal.

Luggage storage onboard the X96 bus from the Athens airport to the port of Piraeus. (The X95 bus to downtown Athens has the same layout.)

Luggage storage onboard the X96 bus from the Athens airport to the port of Piraeus. (The X95 bus to downtown Athens has the same layout.)

Bus tickets for Airport buses.

Bus tickets for Airport buses. The blue one is a reduced fare for children and seniors. These tickets need to validated once you board the bus.

The taxi queue at the Athens airport. Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus cost about €50.

The taxi queue at the Athens airport. Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus cost between €50 and €60 and take about an hour.

Downtown Athens to Ferry Port

If you’re already in central Athens then the metro that departs from Monastiraki or Omonia stations will get you to Piraeus in 20 to 30 minutes. Metro tickets cost €1.20. Metro runs from 5:30am until about midnight. If your ferry leaves at 7:30am (like many do) leaving downtown Athens at 6:30am should give you plenty of time.

Taxis take 20 to 30 minutes from Syntagma, Plaka, or Monastiraki area and cost €25 to €30.

The Monastiraki metro station that has direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port. Omonia metro station also has direct trains.

The Monastiraki metro station that has direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port. Omonia metro station is on the same line (Line 1) and also has direct trains to Piraeus. If you start from Syntagma station you’ll need to take Line 3 to Monastiraki and change to Line 1. This adds an extra 5 minutes to the trip.

Buying metro tickets at the metro station.

Buying metro tickets at the metro station. To get from Athens to Piraeus click the button on the top left of the screen for 1.20€.

Remember to Validate Tickets

If you buy a ticket but fail to validate (with the machines below) you can be fined up to 60 times the price of the fare.

Validate bus ticket with this machine.

Validate bus tickets with this machine (onboard the bus).

Ticket validation machine at metro station.

Validate metro tickets with this machine (just after you enter the station but before you go down to the tracks).

Map of Piraeus Ferry Port

Map of Piraeus Ferry Port

Map of Ferry Port at Piraeus. The metro station is between E5 and E6 and called the Electric Railway Line 1. E1: Ferries to the Dodecanese (e.g. Rhodes). E2: Ferries to Crete, Chios, Lesvos, Ikaria, Samos. E6 and E7: Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Ios, Naxos, Paros, etc) and Retymno (Crete). E8: Argosaronic Islands (Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros). E9:

Essentials to know about Greek Ferries

  • Ferry time from Athens to Mykonos: 3 to 6 hours depending on the ferry and route.
  • Tickets can NOT be bought on board the ferry. Buy your tickets before boarding the ferry preferably a few days before at a travel agent in downtown Athens. Ticket agents are found beside gates E7 which is a short walk from the Athens metro station and the bus stop for the X96 bus from the Athens airport.
  • Ferry tickets can be bought at the Aktina Travel Agency on the arrivals level of the Athens International Airport when you arrive in Greece. This is a good compromise between pre-booking and buying the day-of-travel. If you’ll be in Athens a few days and buy the tickets immediately upon arrival then you’ll get to reserve tickets a few days in advance but not have the burden of booking online and arranging where to pickup the tickets.
  • Ferry tickets are one-way and point-to-point. You can not purchase a return ticket (you buy them as 2 one-way tickets) and you can not purchase a multi-stop ticket (e.g. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini) you buy them as individual one-way tickets.
  • The cost of a ferry from Athens to Mykonos: On the Blue Star ferry it costs €34 for economy, €48 for Business class, and €65 for a cabin berth. On the Highspeed ferry it’s €55 for economy, €58 for business, and €71 for VIP. And about 10% more for Piraeus departures on Friday and Saturday and Piraeus arrivals on Sunday and Monday.
  • Best website for Greek ferry schedules: GTP.GR – but booking is usually easiest through individual companies (e.g. Blue Star or Hellenic Seaways).
  • Piraeus – The Athens ferry port. Connected by metro to central Athens. It takes 30 minutes to get from central Athens to the ferry port by metro. The ferries to Mykonos and the rest of the Cyclades are directly across the street from the metro station at gates E6 and E7 (ahead and slightly to your left). Don’t stress – it’s obvious, easy to find, and everyone is heading in the same direction. Just follow the crowd. Metro timetable and ticket infoMap of Piraeus ferry port.
  • Rafina – A second ferry port outside of Athens. It does not have as many ferries as Piraeus. There’s little reason to use it if you’re already in central Athens. But if you plan to go directly from the airport to the ferry then Rafina can save you the hassle of going into Athens. Mykonos, in particular, has good connections from Rafina. There is a direct bus from the Athens airport to the Rafina port. The bus from the airport to Rafina takes 30 minutes. It departs from just opposite the Sofitel Hotel not from the marked bus area where the X93, X95, and X96 depart from. You do not buy tickets from the kiosk booth adjacent to the X buses but instead pay the €3 fare on the bus.
  • Car Ferries – Also called Conventional Ferries or Slow Ferries. The most regular route to Santorini is run by Blue Star Ferries. It runs every day, all year, leaving Athens at 7:25am. There can also be a later ferry by Blue Star and other similar sized ferries run by Anek Ferries. They take automobiles and have large decks that are fun to walk about – especially as you pull into an island. The Blue Star ferry is large and the most stable in rough seas.
  • Highspeed Ferries – Also called by different ferry types: Highspeed4, Highspeed5, Highspeed6 by Hellenic Seaways and the NEL Highspeed. These are huge double-hulled catamarans that are faster than the car ferries but cost twice as much. They are fully enclosed with airplane-style seating and large windows but there is no deck to walk about and observe the surroundings like the car ferries. The windows get covered in salt and seawater and don’t provide much visibility either. More bumpy than the Blue Star ferry in rough seas.
  • Flying Cat – Also called Cat4, Cat5, Cat6. The Cat4 goes between Santorini and Mykonos but does not run between Athens and Mykonos. More bumpy in rough seas than the Highspeed Ferries.
  • SuperJets and SeaJets – Smaller than the highspeed ferries, more bumpy during rough seas, and also less reliable. Stick with the Car Ferries and Highspeed Ferries.
  • Sea Sickness – If you’re prone to seasickness then only ride the large Blue Star car ferry. The Highspeed and SeaJets ferries can be very bumpy during rough seas.
  • Rough Seas and Cancellations – August is the windiest month and ferries can be canceled for 1 or 2 days in a row. The Blue Star ferries are the least likely to be canceled due to rough seas.
  • Food on Board the Athens-Mykonos Ferry – All ferries have lounges, snack bars, and restaurants to buy food. There are several fast food/cafe/deli shops across from gate E7 that are open 24 hours and sell some pretty tasty sandwiches and pastries.
  • Boarding the Ferry in Athens (Piraeus port)
    The Blue Star ferry to Mykonos departs from gate E6. The Highspeed 6 leaves from Gate E7. Both gates are directly across the street from the Piraeus metro station. (More pictures of the Blue Star ferry and the port in Piraeus.)

    The boarding gate for the Athens to Santorini ferry.

    The boarding area of the Blue Star ferry to Mykonos. The Blue Star departs from gate E6. You can see the old walkway stairs that pass from the metro station on the opposite side of the street. These stairs are no longer in use (the road has been diverted around them) but they’re still there and stand as a marker for finding the ferries for Santorini and Mykonos.

    Piraeus metro station at ferry port.

    This is the metro station at Piraeus (the Athens ferry port). After you exit the train walk to the end of the train station (the far end of this picture) out the doors, and turn left. The ferries to the Cyclades (both Blue Star and Highspeed) are just across the street at gates E6 and E7. Follow the crowds and you can’t miss it.

    View of Piraeus ferry port, metro station, and airport bus.

    A view from the back of a Blue Star ferry as cars and foot passengers board the ferry. You can see the metro station slightly to the left of center, the walkway (not currently in use) that crosses to the port, and the X96 bus stopped at the bus stop (almost dead-center of the picture).

    The entrance to the highspeed ferry to Santorini.

    The entrance to a Hellenic Seaways highspeed 6 ferry. The highspeed ferries to Mykonos depart from gate E7.

  • Arriving in Mykonos – It’s very busy when a ferry arrives in Mykonos. There is a bus that meets every ferry arrival so you’ll never be without a way into Mykonos Town. There are usually taxis too but these can be snatched up quickly. Ferries do not stay in port long – sometimes just a few minutes, so don’t slowly make your way down the stairs to the exit deck. Have your bags ready to go and be in line as the ferry approaches the island. The Old Port where the SeaJet arrives is walking distance from Mykonos Town but the New Port where the Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star ferries arrive is a long way from town (too far to walk).

    Santorini bus from the ferry port to Fira. Lots of storage for luggage (under the bus) and the bus rarely fills up.

    Buses from the New Port to Mykonos Town have lots of room and storage.

  • On booking sites you might see the follow abbreviations:
    IJ=SeaJets (SuperJet and MegaJet)
    ST=BlueStar Ferry Company (Large Car Ferries)
    MF=Hellenic Seaways (Large Car Ferries and Highspeed Catamarans)

More Photos About Ferries to Mykonos

The Aktina Travel Agency on the arrivals level of the Athens airport. It's an easy way to book ferry tickets to and between the islands. Get it done here and don't worry about it again. Though, it's also easy to book in Athens.

The Aktina Travel Agency on the arrivals level of the Athens airport. It’s an easy way to book ferry tickets to and between the islands. Get it done here and don’t worry about it again.

The ticket booths where you buy ferry tickets in Piraeus.

The ticket booths where you buy ferry tickets in Piraeus. These are located at Gate E7. There can be long lines early in the morning when many ferries depart. Get here early if you don’t already have a ticket.

There are 2 or 3 cafes/delis/breakfast shops directly across from the ferry port. They're open 24 hours a day.

There are 2 or 3 cafes/delis/breakfast shops directly across from the ferry port. They’re open 24 hours a day.

Boarding a Blue Star ferry.

Boarding a Blue Star ferry.

A SeaJet ferry in Mykonos.

A SeaJet ferry in Mykonos.

The view from a SeaJet window approaching Santorini.

The view from a SeaJet window. Not much to see. If the view is important to you then take the Blue Star ferry.

First class seating on a Blue Star ferry. This is a lounge area. Some people lie down on the sofa benches. There's waiter service here but I prefer the reserved seating in economy.

First class seating on a Blue Star ferry. This is a lounge area. Some people lie down on the sofa benches. There’s waiter service here but I prefer the reserved seating in economy.

VIP Business class on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry. It's not much different from economy seating and not worth the added cost.

VIP Business class on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry. It’s not much different from economy seating and not worth the added cost.

Economy lounge area on a Blue Star ferry.

Economy lounge area on a Blue Star ferry.

Economy seating on a Highspeed ferry. All seats on a Highspeed are "reserved" – there is no open seating like on a Blue Star.

Economy seating on a Highspeed ferry. All seats on a Highspeed are “reserved” – there is no open seating like on a Blue Star.

Reserved airplane-style seating on the Blue Star ferry to Mykonos. Highly recommended. and it only costs €4 extra.

Reserved airplane-style seating on the Blue Star ferry to Mykonos. Highly recommended. and it only costs €4 extra than economy.

Seating onboard a SeaJet ferry.

Seating onboard a SeaJet ferry.The SeaJet can be a rough ride during even moderately wavy seas. Not a lot of room inside and no where to walk about.

Food aboard a ferry to Mykonos (in this case the Highspeed 5).

Food aboard a ferry to Mykonos. All ferries have at least a snack bar.

Luggage storage on a Blue Star ferry to Mykonos. You leave your luggage here as you board and you're not allowed to return until it's time to get off.

Luggage storage on a Blue Star ferry to Mykonos. This is on the car deck as you enter the ship. You leave your luggage here as you board and you’re not allowed to return until it’s time to get off.

Luggage storage on a Highspeed ferry to Mykonos. This is on the bottom level of the ferry. No one is allowed on this deck during the ferry ride.

Luggage storage on a Highspeed ferry to Mykonos. This is on the bottom level of the ferry. No one is allowed on this deck during the ferry ride.

Luggage storage on a SeaJet ferry to Mykonos.

Luggage storage on a SeaJet ferry to Mykonos.

There's also internal luggage storage on most ferries but you need to haul it all the way up the stairs to get it here (except on the SeaJets and Flying Cats which only have one deck).

There’s also internal luggage storage on most ferries but you need to haul your bags all the way up the stairs to get it here (except on the SeaJets and Flying Cats which only have one deck).

The Blue Star has bank machines. Other ferries usually don't.

The Blue Star has bank machines. Other ferries usually don’t.

Recommended Hotels for Catching a Ferry

The ferry port is in Piraeus about 20 minutes by metro from central Athens. Many ferries leave early in the morning (between 7am and 8am) so it’s tempting to want to stay the night in Piraeus. But it’s not necessary. The metro starts running at 5:30am which gives travelers plenty of time to get to Piraeus. The Monastiraki station in central Athens has direct trains to the Piraeus port so staying close to it is recommended. (It’s also a fun neighborhood and close to the Plaka and Acropolis. Outdoor dining floods the small alleys around the Monastiraki Square late into the evening so you’ll be happy you stayed here for the night.) Piraeus on the other hand is not a place you want to spend a lot of time. The only way I’d recommend staying in Piraeus is if you arrived by plane so late that you wanted to go straight to bed and had an early ferry in the morning. In that case take the X96 bus straight to Piraeus and don’t bother going into central Athens.

  • A for Athens Hotel (Central Athens • moderate) – Great hotel directly across from the Monastiraki Square. 1 minute to Monastiraki metro station.
  • Plaka Hotel (Central Athens • moderate) – Very similar to A for Athens. Inside they’re very close in quality. Plaka has a nicer appearance from the outside and is on a quieter street. A for Athens is closer to the metro. Plaka Hotel is 3 minutes from Monastiraki metro station.
  • Triton Hotel Piraeus (Piraeus • budget) – There are some cheaper hotels directly across from the ferry but I prefer going a block or 2 away from the port and getting a little better hotel (though rooms and bathrooms are still very small). The Triton is a 3 minute walk to the Santorini ferries.
  • Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel (Piraeus • moderate) – A block farther from the port than the Triton and the nicest hotel in Piraeus. 5 minutes to the Santorini ferries.

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61 Questions and Comments

  1. New Years in Greece

    Hi Dave and thank you for the post, very helpful! Any recommendations for spending New Year Eve in Athens vs Mykonos vs Santorini? Planning to spend 6 days total with a group of friends exploring Athens or one of the islands. Thank you!

    Roy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Over New Years Mykonos will be dead and Santorini will be very quiet but still a little life. Athens is where you want to be for New Years. And then 3 or 4 days in Santorini.

  2. Ferry in November to Mykonos

    One site says the Blue Star ferries operate 365 days of the year. However when I went on their website to book for Nov 4th, the only date they give me is October 31st. Is there some way to book ahead for November or do they only allow one month at a time?
    Debra

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There’ll be a ferry, schedule just hasn’t been released yet. No need to buy in advance anyways.

  3. Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos in May

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you so so much for your helpful posts. Your posts are helping me a lot in planning out my trip to Greece and I cannot wait. However, I was wondering if you can help me out a bit more in planning out my days out there. I am coming from New York and planning to visit Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos in May. Staying possibly 7 days. How would you recommend me planning out my days there?

    Leslie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Start your trip by flying directly to Santorini (even if you are flying to Athens first just get on the next plane to Santorini – save Athens to the end, no need to go through central Athens twice). Stay in Santorini for 3 full days, then ferry to Mykonos and stay there for 2/3 nights (Mykonos in May can still be a little slow and depending if it’s early or late May it might not be swimming weather yet). Then ferry from Mykonos and finish with at least one full day in Athens.

  4. Connection Time in Athens Airport

    Hi Dave,

    Do you have any sense of how long of a layover you need in Athens? We will be flying from Mykonos to Athens, and then Athens to JFK (departs Athens at 2:10 PM) and wondering how early of a flight we need from Mykonos (would a flight that arrives Athens at 12:25PM be cutting it too close?

    Thanks for the help!

    Leigh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A 12:25 arrival is fine if you arrive at 12:25 but Mykonos airport is not very efficient. It would be very easy for your flight to be an hour or more late getting into Athens. I would not be comfortable booking that flight. That said, it would probably work out “most of the time”.

  5. Buying Blue Star Ferry Tickets

    Hi Dave – Is the Blue Star Ferry ticket booth open on Sundays? I plan on taking the ferry from Piraeus to Mykonos on Monday, May 23 and want to buy the ticket a day before (Sunday 5/22). Is this possible?

    Thank you for your help!

    Ting

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, the Blue Star ticket booth is open every day. But there is no need to go out to Piraeus to buy tickets. You can easily purchase at any travel agency in downtown Athens. Price will be the same at all.

  6. Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hello Dave,

    My husband and I will be traveling to Greece in April. I wanted to get your input on the amount to time we should stay in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini and how we should go about traveling between the places. We will be flying into Athens from Turkey. We are thinking 2 nights in Athens, 2 nights in Mykonos and 3 nights in Santorini. What do you think about it? Both my husband and I are not too big on museums, although we do love to see different culture. Would you even recommend 1 night in Athens and perhaps do an extra one in Mykonos, or do you think we can squeeze in another island experience? Also, in terms of transportation what do you think will be our best bet? There are still cheap flights available and we are open to a mix of flights/ferry options or even exclusively flying options as we would like to make the most of our time. Would truly appreciate your feedback and love all the detailed information on this page.

    Hani

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, I would probably cut Athens to 1 night (the attractions of Athens are close together and it’s reasonable to do a good tour of the sights in one full, busy day), 3 nights in Mykonos, and 3 nights in Santorini. (Or 2 nights in Mykonos, 4 in Santorini). You have to ferry from Mykonos to Santorini (no flights scheduled for 2016 yet) and Santorini to Athens I would fly. So it’s just Athens to Mykonos that you have decide upon. I would probably ferry – it’s funner, more interesting, and more relaxed than flying.

  7. Do I Need a Passport for Ferry to Mykonos

    Great website Dave, really useful information, thank you!

    I was wondering if you could assist..

    I am planning to go to Santorini in July 2016 for a wedding. I am an Australian Citizen but I have a visa to work in the US.
    I need to renew my visa in Greece, which means I will have to give the Embassy my passport.
    I was wondering, if I am staying in Santorini, is it possible to visit Mykonos for 2-3 days without my Passport? Could I go on the ferry from Santorini to Mykonos with just another form of I.D?

    Thank you!!
    Christine Viros

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ferries do not check i.d. or passports. Hotels do sometimes ask for your passport but I doubt it would be a problem. Be sure you have a copy of your passport and also take a picture of it.

  8. Flights from Paris to Mykonos

    Hi Dave
    Fabulous website – thank you! I am searching Kayak for direct flights from Paris to Mykonos on 4/7/16 but can only see flights via Athens. Is this because direct flights have not yet been released or are all flights going to be via Athens?
    Thanks
    Mary

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If you’re referring to April 7th then there won’t be any direct flights from Paris to Mykonos that early in the season. If you’re referring to July 4th then it’s possible (but unlikely) that more flights will be added soon.

  9. Helpful Guide

    This was SO, SO HELPFUL! Thanks a million for being super detailed and thorough (pics).

    Keisha

  10. Athens and Islands with 3 Kids

    Hi Dave

    We stumbled upon your site and we’re so glad we did! Love how detailed it is. Puts us at ease. Thank you!

    We’re a family of 3 (one 12 yr old child) planning a trip to Athens and hopefully 2 of the islands for one week. Can you recommend a favorite place to eat in Athens where we can genuinely experience the local food and people? As far as the islands, we’re considering Mykonos as a choice but have not decided on the other. We don’t mind crowds or walking. Would love to lounge on a beautiful beach.

    Any help is appreciated!
    Manny

  11. Athen to Mykonos and Santorini in March

    Hi Dave,

    We are planning a holiday to Greece by the end of March this year for 4 days. Planning to spend a day in Athens then take a ferry to Mykonos the next day and will stay there for a day or two days and then Santorini. Can we take a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini in March? If not would it be worth it to take a ferry to Santorini from Athens as we would be travelling a baby as well. And how many days should we stay on these two islands (we can actually do one in case we are visiting both as we are going only for 4 days). What would be the weather in Greece in March will it be warm or cold and would it be ok to travel with a one year old?

    Thanks in advance & and lots of appreciations for an excellent article.

    Qoora

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Four days is not much to do Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. I would choose one island (and I would recommend Santorini as Mykonos is very quiet in March). In any case, ferries between Mykonos and Santorini do not begin until March 25 so if you’re traveling before that you wouldn’t be able to get between the two without going via Athens (and you definitely don’t have time for that).

  12. Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete by Ferry

    Hi Dave,

    My boyfriend are I are planning a trip to Europe in September. We are spending 8 days in Greece and we want to see Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, and maybe Crete if time allows for it. What would be the best way to do this? i have spent hours researching ferries but have no luck as it’s far in advance.

    Any advice will help.

    Thanks!
    Christina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      That is too much for only 8 days so I would cut Crete. Spend one full day in Athens then take a morning ferry to Mykonos. Spend 2 or 3 days there then ferry to Santorini. From Santorini fly directly back to a city in Western Europe (this will save you the time and expense of going via Athens). Use kayak.com to search for flights – possible destinations include Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Paris, and London. For the ferry tickets there is no need to buy far in advance for September. Buy all of them the first chance you get after arriving in Athens.

  13. Cabin Tickets for Mykonos to Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Your site is a wealth of information! I am planning on visiting Mykonos from Athens via Blue Star Ferry. If I buy a 4-berth cabin does the person I am travelling with have to buy into the cabin as well or can I just buy a special economy ticket for them and they just stay in the cabin with me? Are there rules about having people who did not buy a cabin ticket in the cabin?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      They could get into the cabin but if you don’t reserve/buy each berth individually they would likely be occupied by someone else (if you didn’t reserve the whole cabin). And, in any case, if you don’t buy all 4 berths then the ones you do buy need to be the same sex. You can’t have people of different sex sharing a 4 berth cabin with travelers not part of your group.

  14. Are Greek Ferries Usually On Time

    How accurate are these ferries? We are planning to spend 4 days in Athens and 4 days in Mykonos, and we’ll need to be at airport at 18.30, and I see there is ferry from Mykonos to Rafina arriving 17.30 … Is it enough window, or better not to risk?
    Roman

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      That is much too close. Ferries can be an hour late – even when everything goes pretty smoothly. 2 or 3 hours late or the ferry is canceled completely are not unusual events.

  15. Early Morning Ferry from Mykonos to Athens

    Great Info and well laid out website.
    I am flying into Mykonos on 13 August 2016 and will take the ferry to Tinos for a week. I wanted to leave on a Sunday morning by ferry to Athens for a 4 PM flight But it seems there are no Sunday Morning ferries which is a pain as I didn’t want to have to leave on the saturday and spend the night in Athens. The Flights from Mykonos to Athens are very expensive X 4 people. Have all the ferry times been published now for next August? Is it risky to try to take the ferry on the same day as the flight?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      For that route it does look like most/all ferry routes have been announced. In any case, there is a real risk of a delayed/cancelled ferry so I would travel on the previous day even if there was a morning ferry.

  16. Mykonos in December

    Hi Dave,
    Great article, Very helpful!!!
    Any advice for first week of December 2015 going to Athens for 5 days?
    First and second day in Athens then to Mykonos for 2 day or so, come back to Athens next day go home :-(.
    What do you recommend us, plane or ferry to Mykonos?
    Regards,
    Pat

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Plane is faster and easier, ferry is more interesting, you feel like you’re in Greece. Could do plane one-way, ferry the other way.

  17. Athens to Mykonos to Naxos to Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    We already bought our flight ticket from Malaysia to Athens on 07/04/2016.
    Problem is we still can’t get the domestic Ferries Timetable for year 2016, do you know about when they will release their timetable for year 2016?
    Our trip would be:
    Athens – Mykonos
    Mykonos – Naxos
    Naxos – Santorini
    Santorini – Athens

    From Athens to Mykonos we still can’t decide we wanna go by Speedboat or Blur Star Ferries (depend on their timetable and prices).
    But I read from you blog you highly recommend Blur Star, but I wish to know Blur Star timetable is fixxed for every year? Price as well?

    From Naxos to Santorini we will get the Ferries Ticket from Naxos Local Ferries Agency, and it’s not necessary to pre-booking right?

    Please let me know your thoughts. Again, great site and Thanks…
    Michell Seow

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The ferry schedule is not out yet for … November, 2015 … so you should be very patient for 2016. Should be no problem to buy Naxos to Santorini tickets when you get to Greece – but don’t wait until the day before, buy them the first day or two after you arrive in Greece.

  18. Is it Worth Flying to Zakynthos from Mykonos

    Hi Dave! Best post ever! We’ll be going on our honeymoon next June … here’s what we have in mind: Athens 1 night/ Mykonos 3 nights/ Santorini 4 nights/ fly to Zakynthos 3 nights and back to Athens. Is it worth flying all the way to Zakynthos? thank you!
    Giselle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No, it’s not worth flying all the way to Zakynthos. There are better beaches on Naxos, Ios, and Antiparos – and those islands are more interesting. It’s a much better use of time to hop on a ferry and explore those islands than losing a day to fly to the other side of Greece.

  19. Greece in January

    Greetings from India,

    What an excellent piece of information above . You are doing a great work there :).

    I’m getting married in the last week of December 2015 & planning a honeymoon trip (2nd week of January 2016) and very much interested in Greece. My queries are as follows:
    1. Is it feasible to visit Greece in the month of January as we know it would mild winter but sort of mentally prepared?
    2. Is there accessibility to Mykonos & Santorini during this period ? (Read Blue Star ferries run 365 days.)
    3. If everything goes well Should this itinerary suffice ?
    A. Day 1> Arrive in Athens
    B. Day 2.>Next morning ferry to Mykonos
    C. Day 2 & 3> Mykonos
    D. Day 4> morning leave for Santorini via ferry (kindly confirm if ferry would be the right option & if Blue Star would take us from Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Athens or if there is any other ferry option in January )
    E. Day 4 & 5 Santorini
    F. Day 6. Leave for Athens
    G. Day 7 Leave for Istanbul and Cyprus
    4. Guessing Athens would be open in January, but the main question would be the islands Mykonos & Santorini, will the hotels & other tourist attractions be open for tourists like us on these islands? If not which Greek islands are tourist friendly in this January?

    Thank you so much in advance.

    Regards,
    Nikhil V

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A few thoughts:

      – January can be good but yes, be prepared for any type of weather and you’ll be one of the few tourists on any island you visit. Some people like this, some people don’t.
      – You’ll need to choose between Mykonos and Santorini. There are no direct ferries between the two islands in winter, so to do both you’d have to return to Athens and then take another ferry.
      – Santorini will have more shops, restaurants, hotels open and have more to offer than Mykonos in January.
      – The same Blue Star ferry that goes to Santorini stops at Naxos, Paros, and Ios so you could visit any of those islands easily. Naxos is probably the best in the off season.

  20. Milos or Naxos

    We are arriving in Athens Monday morning Sept. 14, 2015. I wanted to at least see the Acropolis and Plaka. We want to go to Mykonos and Santorini for sure and possibly Milos or Naxos. We will have 6 days for the islands (approx. 2 days in Mykonos, 2 days Santorini and 2 days either Milos or Naxos) and 1 day for Athens. We have a 4 1/2 year old as well. Which do you recommend Milos or Naxos? Which order to you recommend seeing the islands in for travel purposes? Can we get from island to island then back to Athens? Should we see Athens first or at the end of the trip? Thank you.
    Meredith

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      With a 4.5 year old I’d do Naxos but both are great. To really appreciate Milos you need to do a boat tour which might be a hassle with young one (or not). On Naxos, renting a car and jumping from one beach to the next is more likely. Typically, I recommend doing Athens at the end of your trip, as that gives you a buffer-day should your ferry be canceled when you try to get back to Athens. But since you’re arriving in the morning and most ferries leave in the morning I would do your sightseeing as soon as you arrive. Then catch the early morning ferry the next day to one of the islands.

  21. Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, and One More Island

    Hey! this is great information,

    We (4 of us) are landing in Athens then we are trying to book three days in Mykanos and three in Santorini and 1 more in some other island (suggestions would be great), what do you think is the best way to go around the islands and then make it back to Athens for our flight back? Flights seem to be very expensive if we flew everwhere so what’s the best Ferry/Flight combo?
    Aakash

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would visit the “other island” somewhere between Mykonos and Santorini – and the 3 easiest islands to fit in there (for just one night) are Paros, Naxos, and Ios. All 3 islands are great. Fly from Santorini back to Athens. Fly or ferry from Athens to Mykonos (there’s not a huge difference). And ferry all the other legs of your trip.

  22. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini to Athens in April

    hi Dave, we are arriving in Athens on October 13th at noon, and would like to go to Mykonos on the blue star ferry on the 15th at 7:30. Do you think we will get available tickets if we buy them the day before heading to Mykonos? and another question, we would like to go from mykonos to Santorini on the 18th and return to Athens on the 20th to get the plane to Istanbul, do you think this is a good idea, or it would be better to fly from Santorini to Athens instead, or not going to Santorini at all? in this case, where else could we go from Mykonos for two days before returnig to Athens?
    this would be the schedule:
    October 13th: Arrive in Athens at noon
    October 14th: Athens
    October 15th: Athens to Mykonos
    October 16th and 17th: Mykonos
    October 18th: Mykonos to Santorini
    October 19th: Santorini
    October 20th: Santorini to Athens. Athens to Istanbul.

    Karina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Looks good. I would fly back to Athens from Santorini – long ferry ride and you don’t have a lot of time. Don’t miss Santorini, it’s the highlight of the Greek Islands. Buying ferry tickets the day before will be fine in October. Buy all your ferry tickets at the same time (that first day).

  23. Piraeus or Rafina

    Hi Dave,

    We are going to be in Athens for a night before heading onto Mykonos, staying at the Hilton in Athens. I see that there are 2 ports, is Piraeus the port to take? Also, Is Champoin Jet 2 reliable and should we expect rough waters in September?
    Thanks so much!!

    Clair

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Piraeus is closer to central Athens, easier to get to, and has more ferry choices than Rafina, so go with Piraeus. The Champion Jet 2 is reliable but if you have a choice go with a Hellenic instead. But should be fine either way. September is not known for its high winds so should not be too bumpy – but anything can happen with the weather.

  24. Athens to Santorini and Mykonos

    I am traveling from 1st November to 10th November, 2015. At the moment no ferry schedule is out and cannot finalise my booking for hotels.

    In the past, does Blue Star operate daily from Athens to Sanotrini and from Athens to Mykonos?

    Thanks again

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, there will be a Blue Star every day from Athens to Santorini and from Athens to Mykonos. But getting from Mykonos to Santorini is difficult in November and can even require a flight or ferry via Athens.

  25. Ferry Tickets for Children

    Hi Dave,

    I am buying tickets online Athens to Mykonos for my family with Blue Star Ferries, I can see that there is not cost for infants. I have two little daughters, a 20 months old and 3.5 years old. What is the infant age range ?

    Thank you so much,
    Lizeth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ages 0 to 5 are free on Blue Star for economy and business, 50% for cabins.

  26. Sea Jets Champion Jet 1

    Hi Dave…a few more questions.

    Since I am traveling on Sea Jets Champion Jet 1…do you know if that is a bumpy ride too?

    Also, how safe is it to leave your luggage on the deck? The picture you posted of the Sea Jets looks quite sketchy. Do I need to be worried about theft or lost luggage?

    Victoria

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Champion is quite a bit larger than the small Seajet2 and will be a much nicer ride. Luggage is usually fine but I wouldn’t leave valuables, passports, or cameras in them.

  27. Athens and Greek Islands with a 2 Year Old

    I am traveling to Athens in late August with my husband and 2 year old daughter. We will only be there for 3 or 4 days as we head to Izmir and Istanbul afterwards. Which island would you recommend for families? We are interested in beautiful scenery and beaches. Do you have any recommendations for family friendly (and wallet friendly) hotels in Mykonos or Santorini (we wanted to spend 1 night and then head back to Athens to see the sites before we leave)? Last question, would you recommend we go straight to the island by plane and then tour Athens or do the island towards the end and take the ferry? We would like to see the sights on the ferry ride over but I am more interested in feasibility, cost, and comfort. I tend to get seasick and I am a little concerned about how my daughter will fare with all of the traveling. Thanks so much for your help!
    Mickaela

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Naxos is my favorite islands for families – especially if you’re looking for beaches. (Santorini, of course, wins hands-down for scenery.) Since you have a limited amount of time and are prone to seasickness I would fly instead of ferry. If you’re ferrying to and from Athens it’s a good idea to visit the islands first then spend your days in Athens at the end of your trip to ensure you’re back in time and don’t miss ongoing flight due to late or canceled ferries. But if you’re flying that is much less of a factor so do it either way. In Santorini a good budget hotel with large rooms is the San Giorgio in Fira. In Mykonos, there’s the Carbonaki in Mykonos Town.

  28. Day Trip from Athens to Mykonos

    What is the ferry schedule from Mykonos back to Athens? Can you leave Athens in the morning, and return from Mykonos that same evening?

    Bonnie E

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It is possible to do a day trip to Mykonos from Athens in June, July, August, and September. You could catch the SeaJet leaving from Athens at 7am and get to Mykonos at 9:35. The latest ferries back to Athens leave Mykonos at 8pm or a little later. So it’s doable but requires almost 6 hours on the ferry in one day. And the high speed ferries can be bumpy. If at all possible I would recommend spending at least one night on Mykonos.

  29. Travel Costs in Greece in March

    Dave
    Are costs in late March reasonable on islands?
    We found flight from Calgary with stopover in Tor to Athens that is ok, but will a week in Santorini or Mykonos be expensive then?
    Thanks in advance, very useful site.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In March you can get great deals on hotels in Greece. Food is surprisingly good value if you eat where the locals do. Eat breakfast in your hotel room, have souvlaki or gyro for lunch (very cheap), and eat a good local restaurant for dinner.

  30. Blue Star over SeaJet

    Thanks so much for a very comprehensive explanation of all the different ferry options and their pros and cons. This has been very helpful in planning our trip to Greece this coming July. I initially thought the SeaJet from Pireaus to Mykonos would be the best option, but it sounds like the summer winds might make this unreliable or uncomfortable at best. So it looks like we’ll be taking the Blue Star, which is also less expensive than the SeaJet.

    Joe

  31. Athens to Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave!
    Your website has been very valuable in preparing my daughters and I to vacation in Greece 6/5/2015-6/13/2015 (flight departs 6/13 at 14:15). We planned, and your site confirmed, that visiting both Mykonos and Santorini is a good idea. The question is, in what order?
    The Ferry issue is very confusing. We plan to arrive in Athens Friday afternoon, June 5, sightsee Saturday, and stay and depart Sunday morning, June 7, taking an early morning Blue Star to the islands. It appears we should go to Santorini first, Santorini to Mykonos, and return Mykonos to Athens, since I cannot find a way to do a convenient return from Santorini if we visited the islands in reverse.

    Please let me know your thoughts. Again, great site and thank you!

    mari

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The way you have it planned is fine but I don’t think it makes much difference either way. You won’t make the connection on the 13th so you’ll need to leave the islands on the 12th. There are many ferries from both Santorini and Mykonos to Athens on the 12th so not sure why you think there’s not a convenient return from Santorini. Both are fine, do what’s easiest.

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