Paros to Athens – 2020 Flights and Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 1, 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 Paros 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. Paros). Usually getting later as the day progresses.
  • Most areas in Greece, including Athens and Paros, 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.

Paros 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 Paros 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.

Paros 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.
• Updated: Download and print the Greece Ferry Health Questionnaire for domestic ferry travel to the Greek islands

Athens and Paros are two popular hubs of hub of ferry travel in the Greek Islands. There are daily ferries from Paros to Athens year-round, with frequency increasing in the summer months. The length of the ride varies depending on what type of boat you choose and how many stops it makes along the way. It can take highspeed catamaran ferries just over 3 hours to reach Athens from Paros. Blue Star ferries, which are larger and slower, take 4 to 5 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. (Catamarans require all passengers to stay inside.) Ferry tickets from Athens to Paros cost about €20 to €90, depending on the type of ferry and class of ticket.

Paros to Athens Ferries – Piraeus Port

    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 Paros, this is the port you should choose. (See our Guide to Piraeus Ferry Port.) There are daily ferries year-round from Paros to Piraeus Port, with additional ships running during the summer months. In 2020, these ferries may include:

  • 9:50am Golden Star catamaran ferry (8 hours, 20 minutes)
  • 10:45am Blue Star car passenger ferry (4 hours)
  • 1:50pm Hellenic Seaways catamaran car ferry (3 hours, 10 minutes)
  • 2:40pm Seajets catamaran car ferry (2.75 hours)
  • 6:15pm Blue Star car passenger ferry (4.25 hours)
  • 7:15pm Blue Star car passenger ferry (4 hours)
  • 11:45pm Blue Star car passenger ferry (5.25 hours)

Search for Paros-Piraeus ferries.

Paros to Athens Ferries Arriving at Rafina Port

    Rafina is the closest port to the Athens airport, with direct ferry service from Paros year round. 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 Paros to Athens Rafina port. These may include:

  • 8:30am Golden Star car passenger ferry (6 hours)
  • 10:20am Seajets catamaran car ferry (3 hours, 50 minutes)
  • 1:30pm Fast Ferries catamaran car ferry (7.5 hours)
  • 1:40pm Seajets catamaran car ferry (4 hours)

Search for Paros-Rafina ferries.

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