Updated: January 4, 2017
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- Flights from Athens to Mykonos
- Ferry Schedule: Athens to Mykonos
- What is the best ferry to get from Athens to Mykonos?
- Should I book my ferry ticket from Athens to Mykonos in advance?
- What is the difference between economy, business, VIP, and Cabin classes on the ferry?
- Athens Airport to the Ferry Port
- Downtown Athens to Ferry Port
- Map of Piraeus Ferry Port
- Essentials to know about Greek Ferries
- Recommended Hotels for Catching a Ferry
Athens to Mykonos – Summary
- The best way to get from Athens to Mykonos for most visitors is to take the ferry. Flying time to Santorini is 35 minutes (but requires airport transportation and security) while ferry takes between 2 and 5 hours. Ferry is the cheapest way to get to Mykonos but if air tickets are bought far in advance the difference in price is not large.
- 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
There are more than 15 flights per day from Athens to Mykonos in the summer months. Airfare for Athens to Mykonos flights cost between $33 and $170 and flying time from is 35 minutes. Flights depart from the Athens International airport 30 minutes outside of central Athens, and arrive at Mykonos International Airport located 10 minutes from Mykonos Town.
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.
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.
Ferry Schedule: Athens to Mykonos for Summer 2017
- There are more than 4 ferries per day from Athens to Mykonos in the summer months. Fares for Athens to Mykonos ferries cost from 20€ to 40€ and the journey takes between 2 and 5 hours. The cheapest ferry from Athens to Mykonos is the Blue Star. The fastest ferry is the SeaJet.
- Blue Star Ferry: Departs Athens at 7:30 every morning (365 days a year) with stops in Tinos and Syros. It takes about 5 hours from Athens to Mykonos and the ferry arrives at Mykonos at 12:10 or 12:45 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.
- Hellenic Seaways (Nissos Mykonos): From June 12 to October 1, 2017 this Highspeed car ferry leaves Piraeus at 7:35am and arrives in Mykonos at 12:00. From April 7 to October 29, 2017 there is a Highspeed Ferry that departs Rafina port around 7:20am and arrives in Mykonos at 10am.
- SeaJet: From March 24 to October 31, 2017 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. In July and August a larger ship runs that has a bit more room and is a more stable ride. There are also SeaJet ferries that depart from Rafina (closer to the Athens airport) and arrive in Mykonos 3 hours later.
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.
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 Mykonos 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 Mykonos. 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 a few minutes longer than a flight.
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 Star, Hellenic 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.
- 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.
- 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.
On the Hellenic Highspeed ferries there isn’t a huge difference between the classes:
- Economy is at the rear half of the ferry.
- 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.
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.
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.
Map of Piraeus Ferry Port
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 info • Map 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 Mykonos 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.
- 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.)
- 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).
- 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
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 Mykonos 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 Mykonos ferries.