How to get to Ios?

It is easy to travel to Ios, as the island is one of the most preferred destinations in the Cyclades.

Below, you will find all the needed information to travel to Ios with ease!
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In brief, the only way to reach Ios is via ferry.
Crossings to Ios are frequent during the summertime. The island is connected with all three ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion) as well as many other islands of the Cyclades.

Getting informed about the local transportation options before visiting the island is recommended. That will help you organize your transportation during your stay.


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You can reach Ios by ferry from Athens and from many other islands, especially of the Cyclades.
All three ports of Athens are connected with the port of Ios. However, most visitors prefer to take a ferry from Piraeus or Rafina. Ferries from the port of Piraeus in Athens depart daily throughout summer; the same applies to the port of Rafina. After the end of the tourist season, though, itineraries are limited, while ferries depart exclusively from Piraeus. The port of Rafina is smaller, but it is located closer to the International Airport of Athens.
The island is well-connected with numerous islands of the Cyclades and Crete.
The number of routes during summer allows travelers to combine their holiday in Ios with a visit to other islands.
Most visitors come from Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Heraklion (Crete).
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The island does not have an airport; therefore, it is impossible to fly there directly.
However, the cosmopolitan islands of the Cyclades that boast an airport are located in proximity to Ios. Hence, visitors who don't want to spend that much time on a ferry can reach Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, or Paros via plane and then take a ferry to Ios.
Bear in mind that Santorini and Mykonos have an international airport each and receive numerous flights from abroad during the tourist season. On the other hand, Naxos and Paros only receive domestic flights that take off from the International Airport of Athens.

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How can I travel there from abroad?

Even though Ios does not boast an airport, it is possible to reach the island after landing on one of the two international airports of the Cyclades (Santorini's and Mykonos') and then take a ferry. Both islands are cosmopolitan ones and receive thousands of flights throughout summer, while crossings to Ios are frequent at that time as well.

How can I travel there from Athens?

There are two options when it comes to reaching Ios from Athens. The first option is to embark on a ferry from one of the three ports of Athens - Piraeus, Rafina, or Lavrion. Travel time depends on the type of vessel (conventional or high-speed) and port of departure. The second way to get to the island is to fly to one of the Cycladic islands that have an airport (Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, or Paros) and then take a ferry to Ios from there. Ferries are frequent from both Athens and the aforementioned islands during the high season.

How can I travel there from Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, and other islands?

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