By Ferry, Mykonos
the ferries to Delos run half hourly til about 3pm taking about 45 minutes to get to the island where the ancient ruins of the community of 20,000 or so worshipped Dionysus.
You can time your visit with a ferry going over and coming back so you have an hour and a half to 2 hours to armed with a map that can be purchased at the entrance where you arrive off the ferry and buy your ticket - follow the trails with the map to explain along the way what you are looking at are.
The site is now Unesco heritage so you can tick another off your tick list but there are some significant sites there such as ancient Mindanoan pool.
The famous lions are only copies and the real ones are in the museum that was closed!
I ran around taking lots of photos - also so many spring flowers everywhere to distract me - that I took longer than I planned and didnt get up to the top of the hill which gives a great view over the island and over to Mykonos and the blue waters surrounding.
I panicked a bit when the ferry was arriving and ran down from where i was half way up the hill on the island where the nobles mansion houses were but found that the ferry did sit for at least 15 minutes before heading back to Mykonos.
Had time to see more of Mykonos town centre before heading back to the baggage storage and then to the ferry docked a few minutes walk away for my next onwards journey to Santorini.
The ferry arriving from Athens/Piraeus arrives at a terminal a few kms from the main centre of Mykonos - I shared a taxi and cost me only 5 euro but those waiting for ferries in the queue behind me would have had a bit of a wait and quite a walk - reckon it would take about half an hour.
The fast boats and cats that leave for the nearby islands and the one I took to get to Santorini, are only about 8 to 10 mins walk from the main centre.
The left luggage office, which is at the main ferries ticket office, is only a few minutes from this terminal but about 10 mins from the main centre. doesnt open until 8 or 9 am so arriving off the first boat from Piraeus just before 6 am I had to find somewhere in the main centre - kindly a cafe owner let me leave my case there for a couple of hours while I did some early morning walking to see the sights and sunrise over Mykonos until the baggage storage place opened and before the boats to Delos started their trips.
...and then take my case from the main centre to the baggage storage the 10-15 minutes walk - which almost is located directly across the water from the Delos ferry departure jetty - and then walk back to the main centre and on further to the jetty where the boats to Delos depart from.
Blue Star Ferries travels from Piraeus (Athens) to Mykonos daily during the high season. The ferry departs at 07:35 am and takes approxamately 5 1/2 hours. Ticket prices are 30, 34.50 euros for economy, and economy plus tickets respectively and 42.50 euros for buisness class.
The return journey departs from Mykonos at 14:35 and arrives at 19.45.
We chose to catch a ferry back to Rafina, mainly because timewise, it fitted in better with our plans. I can't remember exactly which ferry or ferry company we used but it left from the new port at about 7.30am and arrived in Rafina before noon. It was a very comfortable vessel with several very nice eateries and I found that the time passed quite quickly. Fare was 23 euros and we bought our tickets in a little ferry booking office just off the main square in Hora.
The seajet2 leaves from Rafina to Tinos and Mykonos twice a day. The trip to Mykonos is a little over two hours in duration. Cost is 46 euro (2009) and tickets can be purchased at the booking office across the street from the harbour. There is no need except maybe in high season to book in advance.
You can travel around the island by "flying cat". From 10 April to 31 October 2009 the ferries leave Santorini daily (except for every second Wednesday) at 11:50 am and arrive in Mykonos at 14:25.
Ticket prices are 57 and 38 euro for buisness and economy class respectively for a one-way journey.
It isn't necessary to book way ahead of time - especially from where you are - your ticket to the ferry to Mykonos from Santorini. Travel agents do this all the time because this is how commissions pile up in their purse. And they do it with a sense of urgency for you and even a little injection of fear that you'd miss the ferry to your destination. Relax. There are plenty of ferry services plying regularly between the Cyclides islands and the rest of Greece. The service between Santorini-Mykonos-Santorini and the other islands are very much on a daily schedule due to these islands' popularity. What you need to do is obtain your ticket - from the ferry company itself with an office very likely in town or by going down to the docks - once you arrive in Santorini or whichever island you'd happen to be. And make sure you allow yourself a couple of hours ahead at least to be down at the pier to double check and secure your boarding. Good luck and happy trails.
Regular ferry services connect Mykonos to Pireaeus. The Blue Star Ferry departs Piraeus regularly and the journey takes about 4 hours, stopping at Syros and Tinos enroute. Cost of a one way ticket is around 28 euros.
After our stay in Santorini, my boyfriend and I opted to get to our next destination, Mykonos, via ferry. We debated between taking the ferry, which was about $40 per ticket, or taking a small plane, which was a little more than double the price....though in the end...taking a small plane might be worth the extra money. In order to get to the ferry, we took a cab ride down a steep mountain to the dock...then had to wait for about an hour for the Ferry....once the boat arrived...it was a circus to get to our seats...everything was very unorganized and hectic...and the inside is by no means luxurious...but then again...it was only $40. The total time it took to get to Mykonos was about 3 hours. When I look back...the extra money might of been worth it...as it would have saved a lot of time, and we could have avoided the hassle...plus the boat rocking...definitely steer clear of this route if you get sea-sick!
It's easy to get to some of the nieghboring islands by speed boat or catamaran.
Mykonos-Tinos, 15 minutes, 8 Euros
Mykonos - Rafina, 2 hours, 32 Euros
Mykonos - Piraeus, 3 hours, 40 Euros (3 daily)
Mykonos - Syros, 30 minutes, 12 Euros
Mykonos -Paros, 1 hour, 15 Euros. From Paros there are connecting services to Naxos, Santorini, and Crete.
There are also many ferries, but be sure you know that there are two ferry terminals on Mykonos. The "new quay" is about 2 km north of Mykonos town and mostly bigger fast feries dock here. The other ferry terminal is the Town Quay at Tourlos. Be sure you go to the right dock for your ferry--it says on your tickets!
By ferry to Santorini it takes about 6 hours and is only about 15 Euros. They don;t run every day so always be sure to check the current schedule. There are other ferries to Samos (5 hours) and even Thessaloniki (12 hours). The seas can be rough sometimes!
Lavrio is the future main port of Athens,though is still not so well orginized. Is in the SE edge of Athens coast,a few km. away from cape Sounio and with easy access from airport through Athens ring-road,AttikiOdos.
Is good to organize a tour to Sounio and then ship from Lavrio. I still dont have infos to upload about schedules or sites, but for sure i'll have update this page till summer period.
Maybe you also ask your travel agent, of google for it.
Rafina is the second port of Athens.It is 30km NE of city center and has easy access from airport.(less that 20min.)
You can either use a "normal" ship,or a catamaran type.
Bluestarferries use the normals and the duration is about 4 hours.They also have catamarans which make the incredible 2 hours! Imagine that the very first row of seats,must use a seatbelt!!!
HellenicSeaways also use catamaran type ships and they get to Mykonos in 2,5 hours.
Rafina is my preference cos takes you less time in the sea and usually is less crowded.
First option to those who travel right after flight to Athens int.airport, cos it's very close to it.
Bluestarferries is a very reliable company,if you are going to choose the long way with the 'normal' ships,they should be your first choise. They get to Mykonos daily and the ships have 2 classes of seats. Economy and First. If you travel in peak season i definetely recomment you to choose First class. More space and less crowded.
You can book online.
the first option to get the island from Greece first port,Pireus,is the company of Hellenic Seaways. They have 2 kind of ships.
The "slow" as we call them,ships, that pass through lot of other islands and get to Mykonos after 5-7 hours depenting the route.Iis more low budget so if you dont really care about a few more hours,is fine.
The Highspeeds are hidrofloids that usually make Syros-Tinos-Mykonos and get you to the island,after 4 hours.The point is,since there are newer ships,you have numbered seat,so nothing to worry about where to seat.Also they are more luxurius with 3 different classes, normal,first and vip. Vip is on the top floor and has leather seats,ofcourse quite bigger, playstations and prive bar.
Prices are from 30-35 euros economy, till 80-90 vip, if i remember well...
Mykonos has regular ferry and hydrofoil connections with the other islands in the Cyclades as well as with Piraeus.
As with other Greek islands, the general rule is that hydrofoils are twice as quick and twice as expensive as ferries. Timetables change frequently and I would advise you to check www.ferries.gr for up-to-date information. On the island itself, you can see up-to-date timetables displayed on boards outside the numerous travel agencies selling tickets.
I first visited Mykonos as a daytrip (which also included a visit to the uninhabited neighbouring island of Delos) from Paros in September 2005. The crossing from Naoussa in Paros to Mykonos is around 30 minutes by hydrofoil and an hour by ferry.
More recently, I visited Mykonos briefly during a Greek island hopping trip in May 2006. The following information was correct as of that date:
- I arrived at Mykonos on the Blue Star Ithaka ferry from Syros (via a short stop at Tinos). The journey time was 1 hour and 30 minutes and the ticket cost me 7.30 Euros.
- I left Mykonos on a Superjet hydrofoil to Naxos. After Naxos, the hydrofoil was continuing eastwards and southwards to Ios, Santorini and finally Heraklion on Crete. The journey from Mykonos to Naxos was just 45 minutes and the ticket cost me 15.70 Euros.