Ferries to and from Tinos
Tinos is connected with a number of other Greek islands (especially nearby Mykonos and Syros) and also with Athens (Piraeus and Rafina) thanks to the network of ferries and hydrofoils.
There are 2 ports in Tinos Town; the old port in front of the town and the modern port a 10 minute walk around the corner. It is advisable to check on the morning of your departure which port your ship will be leaving from (the ticket sellers themselves don't know until the day of departure. The choice of port may depend on the sea conditions).
For an idea of prices (as at October 2005) and journey times, the following information relates to my travel to and from the island:
I arrived at the old port of Tinos on a hydrofoil (the "Seajet 2"), which called at Tinos (and Mykonos) en route between Paros and Rafina. The journey from Paros was a little over one hour (including a brief stop at Mykonos) and cost 19 Euros. Ferries make the same journey at half this price, but take twice as long.
I left Tinos from the modern port on a ferry (the "Blue Star Ithaki") to Piraeus. The journey took 4.5 hours, via a short stop at Syros (1 hour from Tinos) and cost 23.20 Euros.
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how to move around
If you just stay at Tinos Town you can walk around easily.
By Taxis and buses
There are some taxis that can take you a bit further but also numerous buses that connect Tinos Town with near by beaches (Ag.Fokas, Konia etc) or any small or big village all over the island.
At the bus station (just opposite the port) you can ask for a leaflet that has the timetable of all the routes because some of them aren’t frequent. You pay your ticket at the bus.
There is also a bus that does a daily tour departing from Tinos Town at 10.00am and returning back at 16.45 but we didn’t use it so cant be sure if it’s worth it or not.
The best way to explore the island is to rent a car though, its much more convenient, you can stop anywhere you want, spend as time as you need at a remote beach before you continue to the next village etc
There are many rental companies opposite the port, check some of them for different prices, in early july we managed to get a small car for 20 euros, great deal for exploring the island for 24 hours. Watch out for the relaxing or aggressive (or both!) greek drivers :)
As for parking inside Tinos town it was a nightmare near the port when it is forbidden in the afternoon (some locals do it back don’t except not to get fines as a tourist) but we could park on the back alleys.
Blue Star Ferries: from Pireus to Tinos
I have missed the afternoon boat a day before due to a flight delay so I had to take an early one at 7:35 am BLUE STAR FERRIES boat “Ithaca” going from the Peraeus to somewhere, while stopping in Syros and Tinos (The total travel time to Tinos was around 4.5 hours). The economy class ticket was 26 euros.
With most of the ferry companies servicing the Islands having English names such as Blue Star, Superfast, Flying Cat and etc. it was good to see Tinos being served by a proper Greek-named ferry: the Penelope A, run by Agoudimos Lines. This ferry must be nearing the end of her working life (given that Greek ferries are only allowed to operate Greek waters for a maximum of 25 years) and really is the "Grande Dame" of the fleet with her rickety woodwork and multiple coats of paint - I was tempted to upgrade to priveledged passenger class on my journey from Tinos to Rafina but decided against it as there was no-one else in it!
When they get rid of her I hope I'll find her again somewhere on my travels.
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how to go there
There is no airport at Tinos island so the ferry is the only way.
There are regular and fast ferries with Pireaus or Rafina if you’re coming from Athens.
From Pireaus the slow ferry takes 4 hours (31,50 euros) while the fast one takes 3 hours but costs 50 euros
From Rafina the slow ferry takes about 3 to 3,5 hours (21,50 euros) while the fast ones take about 1,5 hours but costs 49 euros (2012 routes prices)
Also you can visit Tinos from Mykonos and Syros islands that are near by or any other island on the route (Paros, Andros etc)
The port is located in Tinos Town (also known as Chora), actually there are 2 ports, the Old Port that faces Megalocharis avenue serves smaller in size boats while the new one (500 meters to the west) serves the bigger ones (the car ferries)
We had heard that the bus service is not the best on the island so we opted to hire a car for the day. It gave us freedom and flexibility for the day which we really enjoyed.
We used Vidalis Car Hire Company - can't miss them as they have 4 offices in town! We waked from the ferry port to the office in town, just around the corner from the smaller old port. They were really helpful and in just 30 mins of getting off from the ferry we were on our way armed with maps and itineraries and info for the day. On our return they were really interested to hear how we had got on and whic places we had enjoyed. The roads were really quiet in May and it was a pleasure to drive around and enjoy the views en route to our stopping places, it wasn't difficult finding places to park either!
We travelled to Tinos from Mykonos, by ferry, just a short ride of about 35 minutes.
A 7.30 am connection and an evening return ride gave us a whole day to explore the island.
Ferry cost was about 10 euros return - less than the taxi ride from our base in Mykonos to the new port to catch the ferry! We used Fast Ferries companies but various others service the island including faster sea jets.
You absolutely need a car or you should rent a car, if you want to go around and get to know the beautiful villages of the island of Tinos.
Of course, you can travel by bus, but the local "KTEL" Buses, will not take you everywhere and they are not so frequent!
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"Get to know the island on a DAILY TOUR"
Get to know the island of TINOs on a DAILY TOUR, organized daily by KTEL TOURS.
The bus leaves every day at 10:00 a.m. and returns back to Tinos Town at 16:45.
The tour includes visits and stops to:
The old picturesque Monastery of the "Lady of Angels" (30 min. stop)
Volax, the most impressive village of Tinos (30 min. stop)
Tarambados, the village of the "dovecotes" (10 mon. stop)
Pyrgos, the village of the artists and the marble (50 min. stop)
Panormos for lunch and swimming (60 min. stop)
Of course, you should not expect to get to know Tinos and its secrets on a day excursion, but, certainly, it is the first and most important step!
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