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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 12, 2023
- Best Hotels in Paros
- Best Hotels in Antiparos
- Best Tours & Things to Do in Paros
- Where to Stay in Paros
- Best Hotels in Athens
- Best Tours & Things to Do in Athens
- Where to Stay in Athens
- Athens (Piraeus) Ferry Port Guide
Paros to Athens 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.
- Most 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 Ferry Schedule
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 high speed 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 €110, depending on the type of ferry and class of ticket.
Paros to Athens Ferries – Piraeus Port
Piraeus is the closest port to the 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.
Example Paros to Athens Ferry Schedule
• 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.
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