There is also a connection between Kavala and Thassos Island. I wasn't tempted by it because it incurred a higher loss of time when I arrived in Kavala. Crossing time is 3 times longer from Kavala than from Keramoti, schedule is less frequent and costs are high.
The ferry from Kavala, if you ask me is worth taking only if you arrive in Kavala somewhere 30-40 minutes before departure time. Otherwise it is worth continuing by car to Keramoti.
If you take the ferry between Keramoti and Limenas you will be accompanied all the way by beautiful seagulls. You can see their behaviour in detail as they race with the ferry. Wonderful photo opportunities as well.
By far the best ferry to reach Thassos is the ferry from Keramoti. Very short trip (about 30 minutes) and obviously very cheap. The ferry will take you to the capital city of the island, Thassos Town or Limenas (not to be mistaken with Limenaria!)
In summer 2010, we have paid for 3 persons and a whole car 25 Euros/crossing.
The ferry leaves from the remote port of Keramoti which is situated at 39 km from Kavala. 16 km of this distance is covered by the amazing Egnatia Odos newly built motorway.
DISTANCES IN KILOMETRES:
Travelling within Greece
From Thessaloniki to Kavala: 172 Km.
From Alexandroupolis to Kavala: 166 Km.
From Athens through Thessaloniki to Kavala: 673 Km.
Travelling from Bulgaria
From Sofia directly to Kavala: 343 Km.
From Plovdiv through Sofia to Kavala: 486 Km.
From Plovdiv through Edirne, Alexandroupolis to Kavala: 473 Km.
From Varna through Edirne, Alexandroupolis to Kavala: 674 Km.
Traveling from Romania
From Bucharest through Sofia (Bulgaria) to Kavala: 745 Km.
From Timisoara through Belgrade (Serbia), Skopje (Macedonia), Thessaloniki to Kavala: 939 Km.
From Galati through Edirne (Bulgaria), Alexandroupolis to Kavala: 1001 Km.
If you wish to go to Thasos another alternative is to take the local buses.
The telephone from Athens is +30210-5129407 +30210-5129407
The telephone at Kavala is: +30 2510-222294 +30 2510-222294
The time the bus leaves from Athens to Kavala is early in the morning at 07:30,
In the afternoon at 14:15,
and the last one is at 17:30
The airport of Kavala is called "Alexander the Great" or "Megas Alexandros".
The airport (27 km from Kavala) is connected with Athens by regularly scheduled flights and with many European cities by scheduled and charter flights.
The airport of Kavala is 18 km from Keramoti. From Keramoti you will take th ferryboats that will get you to the capital of the island, in approximately (30-min).
Take the Ferry from Keramoti to Prinos.
The ferries from Keramoti sail every 30 minutes, and the cost is 3 euros per person, and 16 euros for the car.
By Ferry-boats daily connection by ferry boat between Kavala – Thassos (17 m). Kavala – Primos (13 m.) Keramoti - Thassos (6 m.
Prinos (Thassos) - Kavala 06.00, 07.15, 10.30, 12.15, 14.00, 16.00, 17.30, 18.00
Kavala - Prinos 08.00, 10.30, 11.45, 14.00, 16.00, 17.45, 19.45
Keramoti-Thassos (Limenas) 07.15, 09.30, 11.15, 13.30, 15.15, 16.45, 19.00, 21.00
Thassos - Keramoti 06.00, 08.30, 10.00, 12.15, 14.00, 15.30, 18.00, 20.00
There are different ways to reach this beautiful gem island.
Transportation to Thassos
By plane: The island has no airport, but is served by the International Airport of Kavala. Athens-Kavala: Several scheduled flights daily (50-min flight). The airport 'Alexander the Great' at Chrissoupoli is 30 km east of Kavala. There also are flights and charters to and from important European cities, several times a week. The airport is 18 km from Keramoti, which has ferryboats that will get you to the capital of the island (30-min).
By car: There are excellent road connections with all the large towns in the region. It takes about 2 hours (165kms) to reach Kavala by car from Thessaloniki. It also takes about the same amount of time from here to the last European City to the east, Alexandroupolis (174kms). From Kavala and Keramoti, you are able to take the Ferry.
Ferryboat: Ferryboats connect the island with Kavala (1 hr) and with Keramoti (30 min). There is daily connection by ferryboat between Kavala – Thassos (17 m). Kavala – Prinos (13 m.) Keramoti - Thassos (6 m.). Hydrofoils connect the island with Kavala (30 min).
By bus (Coach): You can reach Kavala from Athens and Thessaloniki by Kavala Bus (Coach) Services (KTEL).
By train: You can see the Hellenic railways to travel to Drama. The trip takes 9.5 hours from Athens. You can also use the train to come from Thessaloniki, but it costs more than the bus and takes almost 1.5 hours longer. For more information call +3015240647 (Athens office), and +3031517517 (Thessaloniki office)
You arrive in Drama and take the bus (Coach) to Kavala, which departures every half hour.
By ship: Coastal lines connect Kavala and the North Aegean islands throughout the year while in the summer months Kavala is connected with all the islands in the Aegean Sea.
On the Island: There are Daily buses via Panagia and Prinos that serve all the coastal villages. The 100-kilometer long road network is in good condition. Cars and motorbikes are available for hire on the island.
Thassos, like so many other places in Greece is a place you must see and experience for at least a few days of your summer vacation. It is one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, combining sea and mountains.
Since Thasos is an island it is completely logical that you'll need some sort of boat to get there. Ferry if you go by car. It leaves from Kavala for Skala Prinos and Keramoti to Limenas. It costs 7 euros return ticker for one person. You can also take some fast boats form Kavala to Limenas (Thasos Town) that costs 16 euros per person. The ride takes around 30 minutes. They go quite frequent so I think you wont wait more than 30 minutes to one hour.
As this was only our second Greek Holiday, we weren't used to hiring cars but had decided it was the best way to see the island in our own time.
We shared the cost with a couple we met and had 1 day's car hire. I don't think you would get a Beetle these days!!!! The one and only time I've ever seen a VW Beetle as a hire car.
I remember it was very expensive in those early days of tourism. Today we pay less than we did then!!
You can take the bus and explore, but they dont go after 6 pm or something, so you better rent a car. I think the cheapest is Potos rent a car. They give you full kasko insurance, with 50 euro participation if they car gets damaged while parked or the other car hit and run.
It costs form 30 euros and more depending on the car or lenght of renting.
To get from Kavala airport, you have to go to Kavala harbour and jump onto a ferry, which will take you across the Mediterranean Sea to Thassos Island. It is the northern-most island in the Mediterranean Sea, and the greenest.
This is a lovely trip.. about an hour all in all, and the seagulls followed us all the way! This might have been because some kids were feeding them.. they were pretty tame though.
The best way to see the whole island is by local bus. Since there is a road that goes around whole island, one can buy a ticket for the circle around island for 7€. You can get in and out as many times as you want.
It's possible to buy a ticket onboard, but i preferred buying them at bus stations (old habits die last). It's cheaper if you buy a return ticket (me epistrofi), instead of buying one in each direction.
To get to Thasos, you best fly into Kavala airport. Kavala is still on the mainland - it's a pretty small airport.
From there you go to the harbour in Keramoti, where the ferry to Thasos leaves about ten to fifteen times a day. The ferry ride is cheap, only 2-4 Euros a person and 15 or so for a car if you're taking one.
The ferry ride only takes about 50 minutes.
On Thasos, you arrive in the capital Limenas. There, you get a bus or taxi to wherever on the island you are staying.
Public Transportation can be a problem on Thasos island. If you want to be somewhere where you have shops, restaurants, bars, discoes etc. then you should not stay in e.g. Kinira, but in one of the more touristy places. For me it was fine because all I wanted was peace and quiet and have a lovely time with my two friends and a lot of books.
Buses run not too frequently and not at night either.
We rented a car for a few days which really was the best and most flexible way. It wasn't even expensive (we just had a Fiat). You can easily circle the island in one day.