As I was planning my trip to the Greek Islands I quickly realized I had a big decision on my hands – should I ferry to the islands or fly? It is important to weigh the many factors that may be important to you, such as time, price, and time limitations, when making your decision. I ultimately decided on a combination of ferries and flights, and I was very impressed with both modes of transportation. I figured it would be a great idea to share my experience with you, so you know exactly what to expect when planning your trip to Greece!
HIGH-SPEED FERRY FROM ATHENS (PIRAEUS) TO NAXOS
I started my trip with an early morning ferry from Piraeus to Naxos. Getting to Piraeus Port from Athens was extremely easy. I took the train from Monastiraki station right to Piraeus. The total trip time was about 30 minutes and so simple. We had purchased our tickets online, which ended up costing us $67 per person for the 4 hour ride to the islands. Once in Piraeus we followed the signs for Hellenic Seaways and made it to our high-speed catamaran with plenty of time to spare!
On board there was ample space for luggage storage. The boat was clean and the staff were very friendly. Overall, the ferry gave off more of a cruise ship vibe, with plenty of seats and amenities.
The ferry was nearly empty and we had a table to ourselves. The seats were huge and reclined like airplane seats. The truth is I feel asleep minutes after we left Athens and slept nearly the entire way to Naxos! Now if that isn’t a sign of comfort, I don’t know what is!
OLYMPIC AIR FLIGHT FROM PAROS TO ATHENS
I ended my trip with a flight from Paros to Athens. I was connecting through Athens back to the Unites States on a late afternoon flight so flying back from the islands was the easiest choice for me. I booked my tickets just a few weeks before my trip and the price was an extremely reasonable, $59 per person.
True, the airport and plane were both tiny, but the seats were comfortable and the trip was fast! For only $59 and less than 40 minutes of flying time, Olympic Air is a great choice when traveling throughout Greece.
It was also a great treat to be able to view the islands for above as we waved farewell!
If you’re planning a trip to Greece, and you aren’t sure if flying or ferrying is the correct choice, I hope this helps! The truth is, you really can’t go wrong!