A Visual Journey Through Greek Ferry Routes

Blue Horizons A Visual Journey through Greek Ferry Routes

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Island-hopping by ferry seems like a right of passage for many Greek travelers. But how exactly do you go about booking your trip?

1. Piraeus to Syros

Getting from Athens to Syros by ferry is an easy and convenient way to travel to the Cyclades Islands. There are several ferry routes that run daily throughout the year between Piraeus, Athens, and Syros. In high season, there are often five or more direct ferries that make the journey in just under four hours.

Passengers can board their ferry most commonly at the Port of Piraeus in Athens, which is around a 30-minute drive or metro ride from downtown. There are a few different ferry companies that operate on this route, including Blue Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, and Seajets. Each of these operators offers both economy and business class tickets, and some also have onboard amenities such as seating areas and cafes.

There are a few ways to get from Piraeus to Syros, with the fastest being by a direct high-speed ferry. These ferries are typically operated by Fast Ferries, and can be quite popular over the summer months, so booking in advance is recommended.

In addition to fast ferries, there are also regular passenger boats that depart Piraeus for Syros on a daily basis. These ferries offer both economy and business class tickets, and some even have onboard amenities such as seating areas and a restaurant. For those looking to save time, there are also flights that can be booked from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to Syros on a daily basis throughout the summer months.

2. Piraeus to Kos

The ferry from Piraeus to Kos departs on an average of every 12 hr and travels 213 miles (343 km). It is recommended that you book your tickets well in advance as prices tend to rise on holidays and weekends.

This route is managed by the ferry company Blue Star Ferries and runs throughout the year with up to 11 sailings per week. During the peak summer season, ferries can fill up quickly. It is therefore recommended to book your ticket in advance to guarantee your space on board.

During the journey to Kos, you will be able to enjoy onboard amenities such as restaurants, cafeterias, duty free shops, children’s playground and Wi-Fi services. The ferry also offers a range of cabin accommodation options, including shared rooms and private showers. For your comfort, the cabins have a bed and electricity.

In addition to the main ports of call, you can find ferries from Piraeus to other islands and destinations as well. These include the routes to Samos, Chios, Lesbos, Ikaria and Lemnos.

It is possible to purchase your ferry tickets online (recommended), at local travel agencies, or directly at the port. The cheapest option is to buy your tickets online, as the fares can be quite competitive. Bear in mind that Greek ferries’ schedules are subject to change at any time, so it is always advisable to check real-time ferry schedules before your trip.

3. Piraeus to Crete

The ferry from Piraeus to Crete is available throughout the year, with several ferries per day in peak summer season. Several ferry companies provide services on this route, including Blue Star Ferries, ANEK Lines, and Minoan Lines. Schedules and prices vary depending on the season, so it’s best to book tickets in advance. The majority of ferries on this route arrive in the port city of Heraklion, though some depart for Chania and other northern ports like Kissamos. Make sure to arrive at the Piraeus terminal 1 hour before departure time to avoid the crowds. Summer ferry rides can be bumpy, so it’s a good idea to bring aspirin or anti-nausea medication with you.

Once you’re on board, enjoy the stunning scenery of the Aegean Sea as you relax in your seat or cabin (depending on ticket type). Most ferries offer restaurants, cafes, and other amenities to help make the journey more comfortable.

If you’re traveling with children, be sure to bring a baby seat for your little one, as most ferries don’t have them onboard. After arriving in Heraklion, explore the city’s historical sites and beaches. Some of the most popular include Vai Beach, Preveli Beach, and Elafoniss. If you have the time, you can also book a tour from Heraklion to visit other nearby Greek islands.

4. Piraeus to Rhodes

Ferries to Rhodes from Piraeus operate all year round and usually there are up to 2 crossings a day during summer. The trip takes around 12 hours and the service is operated by Blue Star Ferries with standard ferries. Check updated ferry schedules, compare companies, prices and book tickets online on Ferryhopper without hidden fees!

Piraeus is Greece’s main port and one of the largest in Europe, so there are a lot of options for ferry routes departing from here. It’s also a hub of the country’s maritime industries and the base of its merchant navy, so it’s packed with shops, restaurants and cafes for you to grab something to eat or drink while waiting for your ferry to Rhodes.

Once you’re in the port of Piraeus (or Pireas* as it’s sometimes spelled) you can take public transport to get to your ferry departure gate. It’s best to book your ticket well in advance though as ferries do fill up, especially during peak season.

Island hopping on the Greek ferry network is an affordable, easy and scenic way to see the Dodecanese islands! The best part is that you can just hop off the boat and explore a new beach, island or city whenever you want. And it’s always better than flying!