Naxos Island Transportation

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    how to go there

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 22, 2011

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    Some tourists don’t come here because there is no international airport. I guess it’s one of the reasons the island is still pretty!

    There are daily flights with Olympic Airways from Athens but...

    I prefer the boat connection with Piraeus port. Many companies have it on their route. The trip lasts 4-6 hours depending the type of the boat (31,50euro one way with the slow ferry but almost double for the fast one) (2011 prices)

    I use to get sick of the sea (especially when there are a lot of winds) but I like the islands so much I use the boats anyway. I love to see the islands in front of my eyes upon the arrival into their ports.

    From Naxos you can also go to Paros, Ios, Santorini etc One typical route of the boat is Pireaus-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini.

    During high season you better book your tickets in advance online, there is a fix price so you get the same ticket from any travel agent.

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    KTEL buses

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 12, 2011

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    If you don't ride scooters and you don't want to rent a car, bus is the perfect solution in Naxos. They are well organized, they take you almost all over the island and are surprisingly on time and inexpensive.
    I used them a lot for mostly of my days in Naxos and had always good experience.

    They depart from the port and you need to buy the tickets ahead of time at the ticket's office before you board.

    Their site is very informative and lists all the routes and timetables.

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    Blue star ferries

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 12, 2011

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    When I was planning this trip I understood there were two options to go from Athens to Naxos Island by ferry, a fast Hydrofoil boat and the slower traditional ferry. I decided to take the Blue Star ferry, even if slower (7 hours) for many reason:
    - cheaper
    - work with every kind of weather, the hydrofoil does not run with bad sea.
    - you are allowed to stay outside.
    I bough a deck passage and I enjoyed sitting outdoor and looking at the island we went by, the sunset on the sea, the seagull flying around. You cant get outdoor on a Hydrofoil, you are trapped inside. And if, like me, you dont like freezing air conditioning, you don't want to be there.
    I found the boat decently clean and confortable, there are two bar, maybe three, but they are of course expensive and the choices are not many, it is better if you buy some food while at Pireaus.

    The cons is that, unless you buy a airseat kind of ticket, you do not have a reserved seat. You need to get on the deck as fast as you can to try to find the best spot.

    In case you are leaving Pireaus during the afternoon try to get a chair or a bench in the right side of the boat (your back at the door) you will be in the shade until the sunset.

    The ferry at Pireaus port
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    Choose your scooter carefully

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 12, 2011

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    During my stay in Naxos I rented three different kind of scooter.

    QUAD: They will always try to give you a Quad because it is more expensive. Those are fun but, unless you can afford a big one, they are slow and not very practical for paved road, if you get behind a truck or a big car you will hardly be able to pass as the roads are not too wide. Quad are fun to explore the South West of Chora, lots of sandy road there where you will really need it.

    SMALL SCOOTER: we rented for 2 days a 80cc scooter, it was okay but not exactly confortable. Also it tent to use up LOTS of gasoline going uphill and the tank is small, so it is highly propable that you will underestimate the amoung you have and get stuck.

    BIG SCOOTER: For the last day of village hunting we rented a 250cc scooter with the funny name of TRUVIA! Funny name apart, this was the best pick for villages exploration, sturdy enaugh, big tank, confortable and with a big hole under the sadle to put beach equipment.

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    how to move around

    by mindcrime Updated Apr 24, 2009

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    There are several buses that connect Naxos town with the beaches (like Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna) many time each day till midnight.

    There are also buses for the villages up in the mountains (like Filoti, Apiranthos etc) that has 2-4 trips each day. The bus station is next to the port but check out the timetable because otherwise you may get stacked in a village! It’s wise to go in the morning and return in the afternoon. You can call at 2285022291 for the timetable. If you need a taxi call at 2285024331

    Alternative you can use a taxi but Naxos is a big island so I think the best option to enjoy your visit more is to hire a car.

    view by car :)

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    Boat connections between Mykonos and Naxos

    by INSULARIUS Written May 7, 2008

    Why are you surprised?

    May is not yet "high season", there are not so many tourists and consequently, not many boats for the islands!

    Mykonos is a small island and the same applies for the island airport: you do not have to think of Heathrow or Gatwick!Once you arrive there, catch immediately a taxi to the port!I am sure you will arrive on time.If you miss the boat, I can suggest you some "tricks": if you can not find a night boat (certainly exists!), you can catch the boat for Syros.Maybe from Syros could have a boat to Naxos.Or you can catch any boat that travels to Paros or Santorini: they always stop at the port of Naxos.

    The above are only some "suggestions" and before to put them in practice, ask the local Mykonian travel agent for more accurate information.

    More information on Naxos:

    And congratulations for your choice: Naxos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands and not yet discovered (hopefully!) by the "massive tourism"!

    Bon voyage!

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    Moving around Naxos

    by BurgerQueen Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    The best way to explore the beaches between Chora and Pirgaki is by bike.
    You can have a look at the beaches while driving and chose the one that suits you the best. We rent a quad for one day only, but it is less comfortable than a bike.
    If you want to take a trip to Apollon, Filoti, Aphirantos, etc. I would suggest a car, Naxos is quite a big island, it is too hot to make a tour in the north by bike under the Mediterranean sun!
    There are a lot of RENT A CAR in Chora, fares are not so high (at least in June) and they will advise you on the best way to visit the island.

    A car costs 25��� a day + insurance A quad costs 15��� a day + insurance A bike costs 10��� a day + insurance
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    Public Buses on Naxos

    by xuessium Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Every Greek isle has its own unique style of bus service.

    On Naxos, all buses terminate at Naxos Town Bus Terminal, near the Potara.
    Specific bus ply specific routes.

    You are supposed to buy your bus tickets PRIOR to boarding at any grocery or souvenir shops. I realised that when the bus conductor came for the ticket and I was caught off guard that he ain't selling any (unlike on Santorini)! (Good for him though to let me take the trip from Agio Prokopios Beach into Naxos Town for free on my first Naxian bus trip)

    You would be wise to check out any changes to the bus schedules at the Naxos Town Bus Terminal office, just in case, you get stuck at any location longer than you desire. Remember this: Naxos operates on island time. Schedules are liquid. They move and flow in a rhythm of their own. [NOTE: The bus terminal office does not sell tickets though. You are supposed to make your way down to the ticket counters a few blocks down for that]

    Most budget travellers move around the island by transiting through Naxos Town Bus Terminal.

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    Naxos bus network

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 14, 2006

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    Buses (operated by KTEL), provide the island of Naxos with a reliable public transport network.

    The main bus station, in Naxos Town, is located right by the ferry port. Across from here is a Tourist Information office where you can pick up an island-wide bus timetable for 0.20 Euros.

    Tickets are purchased from the driver or from a conductor on board the bus.

    The main route on the island is between Naxos Town and the beach resorts of Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka. However, there are also less frequent connections between Naxos Town and a number of other villages on the island. Some of the smaller villages have just one or two bus connections with Naxos Town each day.....and these are usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

    Buses connect Naxos Town with the following beach resorts and villages as follows (correct at May 2006):

    Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka

    From Naxos Town: Daily at 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00, 20:00 and 22:00.

    To Naxos Town: Daily at 08:30, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 19:30, 20:30 and 22:30.


    5 daily buses each way.


    5 daily buses each way.


    5 daily buses each way.


    5 daily buses each way.


    5 daily buses each way.


    5 daily buses each way.


    4 daily buses each way.


    3 daily buses each way.


    3 daily buses each way.


    3 daily buses each way.

    Agios Arsenios

    3 daily buses each way.

    All other villages have just one or two bus connections daily with Naxos Town.

    Bus in Naxos Town

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    Buses and taxis to/from Agios Prokopios

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Buses (operated by KTEL) and taxis provide Naxos with an efficient public transport network.

    Beach resorts, such as Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna, have several daily bus connections to Naxos Town, while taxis can generally be found parked up near the beach and don't need to be booked in advance.

    Taxis between Agios Prokopios and Naxos Town cost 6 Euros one way (or 8 Euros if you need to put luggage in the boot), and cover the 6km journey in about 5 minutes.

    Bus tickets are purchased from the driver and cost 1 Euro (as at September 2005) and had increased to 1.20 Euros (as at May 2006) for the journey between Agios Prokopios and Naxos Town. The bus covers the journey in 10 - 15 minutes. The main bus station in Naxos Town is a 2 minute walk from the ferry port.

    You can purchase a bus timetable from the tourist office in Naxos Town (opposite the bus station) for 0.20 Euros.

    As at May 2006, buses ran daily between Naxos Town and Agios Prokopios/Agia Anna/Plaka (the "beach resorts") as follows:

    From beach resorts to Naxos Town:


    From Naxos Town to beach resorts:


    Taxi at Agios Prokopios KTEL bus ticket, Naxos Bus in Naxos Town Taxi in Naxos Town
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    Ferries to and from Naxos

    by SWFC_Fan Written Nov 17, 2005

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    Naxos is connected to all the other islands in the Cyclades and, further afield, to Piraeus by regular ferry and hydrofoil services throughout the year (although boats are much less frequent between October and May).

    To give a general idea of prices (as at September 2005) and journey times, the following information represents my experience of travel to and from Naxos:

    I arrived in Naxos on a ferry (the "Blue Star Naxos") from Santorini. The journey time was 2 hours (via a short stop at the island of Ios, which lies about 1 hour from both Santorini and Naxos), and the cost was 14.20 Euros.

    I left Naxos on a ferry (again, the "Blue Star Naxos") to Paros. This time, the journey was about 1 hour (with no stops en-route) and cost 6.60 Euros.

    Hydrofoils generally undertake journeys in half the time of ferries, but at twice the price.

    If going to Piraeus, the ferry will call at Paros and, possibly, Syros en route and will take between 4 and 5 hours.

    All ferries and hydrofoils arrive at and leave from the main port at Naxos Town.

    Arriving at Naxos on the ferry. Blue Star ferry (at Paros) Hydrofoil (at Paros)
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    by ncoutroulis Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Christos owns this car rental place. He's a great guy, and he'll give you a good deal. You don't need anything more than the small Fiat or Hyundai's that he has. If you want something larger, or a 4x4, he can get that as well. He'll also rent you a car without an international license, but it's always easier if you have one.
    Tell him Niko from NY sent you.

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    How to get around Naxos

    by AcornMan Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Getting around Naxos Town by foot is easy, so there's no need to get transportation there. If you want to visit the beaches south of town (and you definitely should), you'll need to take the bus or rent a car. The bus service to the beaches looked like it was easy to use and reliable.

    For touring the interior of the island, however, you'll need to rent a car. It is very much worth it though, because there is a lot to see. Even if you do find a tour bus to the interior, I wouldn't recommend it because it's best to be able to make the trip at your own pace and stop when you want to. I stopped all the time to take pictures of little churches that dot the landscape, as well as dozens of scenic points along the way.

    View from northeast part of Naxos

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    by MITNIC Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    There is a very good bus service covering all beaches and villages. There is also a minibus service (free of charge) which covers all main points of Naxos Town (Hora).

    Cars, bikes and bicycles are available for hire but drive Suspiciously ...

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    Rent a Scooter - cheap, fun and fast!

    by Roardo Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    Best way to get around, except from car, is a scooter or a motorbike. There are at least two dozens of rental companies, so off season it should be easy to get a good deal. When we were there, you could rent a good scooter for 25 EURO for five days.

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