Greek Ferry Essentials
- FerryHopper.com is the best way to buy ferry tickets for Naxos to Athens 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.
Naxos to Athens 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 Naxos to Athens 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.
Naxos to Athens 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.
Athens and Naxos are two main hubs of hub of ferry travel in the Greek Islands. There are daily ferries from Naxos to Athens year-round, with frequency increasing in the summer months. The length of the ride varies depending on what boat you choose. It takes highspeed catamaran ferries 3-4 hours to reach Athens from Naxos. Blue Star ferries, which are larger and slower, 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.
Naxos to Athens Ferries – Piraeus Port
- 9:30am Blue Star car/passenger ferry (5.5 hours)
- 1:45pm Seajets high speed catamaran (3.5 hours)
- 6:00pm Blue Star car/passenger ferry (5.5 hours)
Piraeus is the closest port to Athens city center, and is easily reached via Metro. If want to spend any time in Athens after arriving from Naxos, this is the port you should choose. (See our Guide to Piraeus Ferry Port.) During the 2020 season, there are expected to be at least 3 daily ferries from Naxos to Piraeus Port. The following ferries operate every day, with additional ships running during the summer months:
Naxos to Athens Ferries – Rafina Port
- 9:30am Seajets catamaran ferry (4.5 hours)
- 10:30am Hellenic Seaways catamaran ferry (4 hours)
- 1:00pm Seajets catamaran ferry (4.5 hours)
- 2:45pm Fast Ferries car/passenger ferry (6.25 hours)
- 3:00pm Golden Star catamaran ferry (4 hours)
Rafina is the closest port to the Athens airport, with direct ferry service from Naxos in the summer months. If you don’t plan to spend any time in Athens, and will be heading straight to the airport, Rafina is the port you should choose. At the height of the high season, there will be many daily ferries sailing from Naxos to Athens Rafina port. These may include:
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