Travelling to your holiday villa in the Greek islands gets easier all the time, with many direct flights offered to international airports on several of the islands we feature, as well as to Athens. Cephalonia, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and Zakynthos are all a few hours’ non-stop flight from several UK cities, including Greek carriers Aegean Air and Olympic. Other Greek islands can be reached by internal flights via Athens, or you can choose a sea crossing, either by normal ferry or high-speed hydrofoil, to your holiday island. From Athens airport travel by taxi to Pireaus harbour, a 40-minute trip, to Rafina (also 40 minutes), or to Lavrio (about one hour). Blue Star Ferries offer both normal ferry crossings and the faster hydrofoil from Piraeus and Rafina to Syros, Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini among many other island ports. We recommend the slower but more peaceful crossing, if you have the time to spare. You will have the most beautiful island vistas gliding by, and the chance to take in some glorious sea breezes, luxuries not forthcoming on the high-speed crossing, and anyone who ever crossed the Channel in the Jetfoil knows it is not always a comfortable ride.
Antiparos Fly to Athens, then fly to Paros or take a taxi to Piraeus then the high speed hydrofoil (2.5hr), or fly to Mykonos or Santorini then take the ferry (40min from Mykonos). From Paros there are boats and ferries – this is a short crossing.
Cephalonia Fly to its international airport, served by many airlines. Or fly to Athens and take an internal flight. Ferry from mainland at Patras and Killini to Argostoli, Sami, and Poros.
Evia Accessible by car from Athens airport, via either bridge connecting the island to the mainland at Halkida, the capital. From the airport at Sparta, the northern end of the island can be reached by a two-hour drive to the port of Arkitsa and then a ferry to Edipsos on Evia. Ferries from the mainland port of Rafina travel to the southern end of Evia at Marmari or Karistos.
Kea There are frequent ferry connections from Lavrio (half-hour drive from Athens); the trip takes one hour. Ferries from Athens Piraeus also stop at Vourkari, taking slightly longer.
Mykonos This Island has the benefit of an international airport so you can fly directly from the UK with various charter airlines. Alternatively you can fly to Athens, and take a short internal flight on to Mykonos. Another option is to fly to Athens and then make your way to Rafina Port. There are several high speed hydrofoils each day connecting to Mykonos and the scenic trip takes about 2.5 hours. Direct flights to Mykonos with Easyjet, BA and Olympic Air.
Paros There is a domestic airport on Paros, so it is possible to fly to Athens and then take a short flight over to the island. However, it is sometimes difficult to get tickets, especially in high season. We recommend that our clients fly to Athens and then a taxi or bus to the port of Piraeus. There is a high speed hydrofoil to Paros, which is a lovely scenic trip and takes about 2.5 hours.
Patmos Patmos does not have an airport, so it is best reached via the high-speed ferry from either Kos or Samos, the nearest islands served by international flights; it is around a 90-minute journey from either. Patmos is also served by normal ferry service from Athens, Mykonos, Syros, and other islands.
Santorini There are direct flights from the UK to Santorini, or via Athens international airport followed by an internal 40-minute flight to Santorini. Another route from Athens airport is via the high-speed ferry from the port of Piraeus to Santorini, a voyage of about four hours. Direct flights to Santorini with Easyjet, Norwegian, Ryanair and Olympic Air.
Serifos There is no airport on Serifos. From Athens you can take an internal flight to nearby Milos followed by a 90-minute or so ferry to Serifos. From Athens Piraeus Harbour you can also travel 2.5hrs by high speed hydrofoil, or 4hrs by boat. There are also ferry connections with Sifnos and Kythnos for a bit of island-hopping.
Sifnos There is no airport on Sifnos, so take the ferry from Athens Piraeus; it takes 5hrs, or 2.5hrs with the catamaran, or you can fly from Athens to Milos or Paros and take the ferry from there. Buses from the port of Kamares travel to the villages inland and to other parts of the island.
Spetses From Athens Piraeus harbour, there are ferries and the hydrofoil; the ferry journey takes 1hr45min to 3hr15min, depending on the route. You could also fly to Kalamata and travel by coach, or hire a car to Kosta on the Peloponnese coast, and take the 15-minute boat crossing to Spetses. There are also boat connections from Hydra, Aegina, and Poros.
Syros There is a domestic airport on Syros, so it is possible to fly to Athens and then take an internal flight over to the island. Alternatively, from Athens you can take the ferry from Rafina or Pireus Port. A high speed hydrofoil takes about 2 hours; during the peak season there are normally a couple of these a day. The regular ferry service is slower, taking about 4.5 hours. EasyJet fly direct from the UK to Mykonos and Santorini and ferries run regularly to Syros from both these islands.
Zakinthos There is a wide range of flights from the UK to Zakynthos airport (Thomas Cook, EasyJet, Monarch), which is near Laganas, with flight times around three hours. Domestic flights from Athens are operated by Olympia Airlines, and there is a ferry service from Zakynthos town to Kyllini on the Greek mainland.
Arriving at Santorini
The doors open
Antiparos - Paros ferry
Antiparos - Paros ferry
Arriving at Delos from Mykonos
Enjoying the wake
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