Athens to Naxos – 2020 Flights and Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 25, 2020

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Note: In 2020, all transportation to and around Greece will be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use ferryhopper and kayak to find the most recently updated routes and schedules.
• Updated: Download and print the Greece Ferry Health Questionnaire for domestic ferry travel to the Greek islands

Greek Ferry Essentials

  • FerryHopper.com is the best way to buy ferry tickets for Athens to Naxos ferries. Also good for researching ferry timetables, costs, and schedules.
  • Most ferries do not sell out. But for peace of mind, book tickets 2 to 3 months in advance.
  • Many tickets (when booked through FerryHopper) are e-tickets which means you do not have to pick up a paper ticket before boarding.
  • If a ticket purchased online doesn’t have a barcode that usually means you’ll need to pick up a real ticket when in Greece. This is most often done at the ferry port 30 to 45 minutes before departure. Don’t worry about pick up – it’s easy and effortless and usually very close to your actual ferry.
  • Ferries will leave on-time from their first departure port in the morning (usually large ports like Piraeus, Heraklion, and Rhodes) but will be late arriving and departing from all onward ports (e.g. Naxos). Usually getting later as the day progresses.
  • Most areas in Greece, including Athens and Naxos, have public transportation strikes throughout the year. These strikes can affect all forms of transit, including, buses, trains, ferries, flights, and taxis. During strikes no buses, no ferries, and only a handful of trains and flights will depart on time (or at all); taxis tend to be the least affected mode of transport. Though strikes can occur any time, there is always a huge strike on May 1. Avoid booking any ferries, flights, or trains that day.

Athens to Naxos 2020 Flights

Note: In 2020, all flight routes and schedules may be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use kayak to find the most recently updated information.

Sky Express may offer flights from Athens to Naxos in 2020, though information about their flight schedule can be difficult to find. Use the website’s search function to see if they have a flight that works with your travel schedule.

Sky Express offers three different fare tiers, differing in luggage and hand baggage allowances, flight change and cancellation fees, and access to airport lounges and expedited security lines. Note that flights will sell out much earlier than ferries – if you find a flight that works for you, book it as soon as possible.

Athens to Naxos 2020 Ferry Schedule

Note: In 2020, all ferry routes and schedules may be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use ferryhopper to find the most recently updated information.
• Updated: Download and print the Greece Ferry Health Questionnaire for domestic ferry travel to the Greek islands

Naxos is a large, centrally-located island that is a hub of ferry travel in the Cyclades. There are daily ferries from Athens to Naxos year-round, with frequency increasing in the summer months. The length of the ride varies depending on what boat you choose. Highspeed catamaran ferries can reach Naxos from Athens in 3 to 4 hours. Larger, Blue Star ferries take 5 to 6 hours. If you can spare the extra hour or two, I recommend taking the Blue Star; its large size makes it more stable in rocky seas, and you’ll be able to walk around on the outside decks to take in the sea view and air. (Highspeed catamarans require all passengers to stay inside.) Ferry tickets from Athens to Naxos cost €20 to €90, depending on the type of ferry and class of ticket.

Athens to Naxos Ferries from Piraeus Port

    Piraeus is the closest port to Athens city center, and is easily reached via Metro. If you will be spending any time in Athens before sailing to Naxos, this is the port you should choose. Piraeus is also the largest and busiest port in Greece, so be sure to allow ample time to collect your tickets and get to your ferry. (See our Guide to Piraeus Ferry Port.) During the 2020 season, there are expected to be at least 3 daily ferries from Piraeus port to Naxos. The following ferries operate every day, with additional ships running during the summer months:

  • 7:00am Seajets highspeed catamaran (3.5 hours)
  • 7:25am Blue Star car/passenger ferry (5 hours)
  • 5:30pm Blue Star car/passenger ferry (6 hours)

Search for Piraeus-Naxos ferries.

Athens to Naxos Ferries from Rafina Port

    Rafina is the closest port to the Athens airport. If you don’t plan to spend any time in Athens, Rafina port would be a good choice. At the height of the summer season, there will be many daily ferries sailing from Rafina port to Naxos. These may include:

  • 7:15am Golden Star SuperExpress (3 hours, 15 minutes)
  • 7:40am Seajets highspeed catamaran (4 hours)
  • 3:00pm Seajets highspeed catamaran (4.5 hours)
  • 4:00pm Hellenic Seaways highspeed catamaran (3.5 hours)

Search for Rafina-Naxos ferries.

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