You can get from Athens to Mykonos by ferry or plane and below you will find some additional information to help you choose the way of traveling that suits you the most.
Being unarguably one of the most visited island destinations in Greece, Mykonos is one of the best places to visit after seeing the Greek capital. It is quite easy to get from Athens to Mykonos and vice versa during any time of the year, even if you have decided to visit during the off-season months.
The ferry route from Athens to Mykonos is among the most popular in Greece, along with the Athens Santorini route.
Daily ferry crossings from Athens ports (Piraeus & Rafina) to Mykonos Port are available at any time of the year, connecting the two destinations. There are more ferry crossings per day during the high season and high-speed vessels are available from spring to autumn as well.
The companies which operate this route are Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, and SeaJets and the travel is between 2h 30m and 5h 30m.
The ferry ticket prices are fixed, although they may vary from €30 to €90, depending on the vessel type and which class you choose (i.e. economy, business, and VIP). Most ferries depart from Piraeus Port but a more convenient option for those who have just landed at the airport would be Rafina Port. This route is operated by Fast Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, and SeaJets.
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Pros of getting to Mykonos by ferry:
Being the cheapest option, ferries are the most popular way to get to Mykonos from Athens. Although ferry tickets can sell out during the high season, they are not as likely to do so as flight tickets.
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• How long is the duration of the trip?
The duration of the ferry trip from Athens to Mykonos varies from a minimum of 2h30m to a maximum of 5h30m, whereas the average time is 4 hours. That depends on the type of vessel (conventional or high-speed), the port of departure (Piraeus or Rafina), the in-between stops to other islands, and the winds that blow in the Aegean sea.
• How much do the tickets cost?
Prices depend on the ferry type (conventional or high-speed) and the port of departure (Piraeus or Rafina). Some indicative prices are:
- €52 for the conventional Blue Star Ferries from Piraeus with a trip duration of around 5 hours and 15 minutes.
- €38 for the conventional ferry with Fast Ferries from Rafina and a trip duration of 4 hours and 20 minutes.
- €76.70 for the high-speed ferries with Seajets from Rafina with a trip duration of around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
• What types of vessels are operating?
There are two types of vessels operating the route from Athens to Mykonos - conventional ferries and high-speed ferries.
Conventional ferries are mainly run by the companies Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, and Fast Ferries.
High-speed ferries are run by Seajets, Fast Ferries, and Golden Star Ferries companies.
The conventional type of ferry is a big vessel with many indoor and outdoor spaces and a garage. If you are traveling with a dog, there is an organized kennel, but depending on the vessel you may keep your dog on the deck supervised. You will find restaurants, fast food corners, cafes, and small shops with magazines and more, while all the interior spaces are air-conditioned. The trip with a conventional Blue Star Ferry is the most popular. Bad weather conditions, such as strong winds, do not affect that type of vessel, so the ships are always punctual. Also, the trip is much more pleasant due to its size and space, as you can enjoy the beautiful sea views and have lunch or coffee.
Last but not least, a note regarding this ferry type is that you can take your car to Mykonos at an extra cost. The ticket price is relatively low.
Types of seats: Deck/Economy, Airline-type seats/Economy, Airline-type seat/Business, and cabins with/without a view.
Price range: €38-€124
Vehicle: From €32.50 (Moto) and from €74 (Car)
Timetable: During the summer season, there are at least four operating routes per day for this type of vessel to/from Rafina/Mykonos and two from Piraeus.
The high-speed ferries are smaller in size ferries that travel faster. There are no outdoor spaces and passengers remain in the air-conditioned indoor area. Only a limited number of airline-type seats are available, and just one or two coffee shops are on deck for passengers.
Some SeaJets ferries boast a garage allowing you to carry your car from Athens to Mykonos, but this is not always the case with high-speed ferries. The advantage of choosing high-speed ferries is that they sail faster and the price is not much higher than the conventional ferry one.
Unfortunately, because they are small vessels, bad weather conditions affect them and it has been noticed that delays occur often. In case you are traveling with strong winds, you might feel a bit seasick.
Types of seats: Airline-type seat / Economy, Airline-type seat / Business, and Airplane seat / VIP.
Price range: €76.70 - €145.70
Vehicle price range: From €33 for a Moto, from €74 for a Car
Timetable: During the summer season, there are two ferry crossings per day for that type of vessel to/from Rafina/Mykonos and four to/from Piraeus/Mykonos.
• Indicative Timetables
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- From Rafina to Mykonos
- 07:15 Golden Star Ferries (2h25m)
- 07:30 Fast Ferries (4h20m)
- 07:50 Golden Star Ferries (4h30m)
- 08:05 Fast Ferries (4h)
- 14:50 Seajets (2h10m)
- 17:30 Fast Ferries (4h40m)
- 18:45 Fast Ferries (4h35m)
- From Mykonos to Rafina
- 07:35 Fast Ferries (4h35m)
- 11:35 Seajets (2h25m)
- 13:15 Fast Ferries (4h45m)
- 13:45 Golden Star Ferries (3h15m)
- 16:00 Fast Ferries (4h20m)
- 18:00 Golden Star Ferries (2h25m)
- 22:30 Fast Ferries (4h)
- 23:35 Fast Ferries (4h)
- From Piraeus to Mykonos
- 07:00 Seajets (2h35m)
- 07:00 Seajets (4h25m)
- 07:30 Blue Star Ferries (5h15m)
- 08:45 Seajets (2h50m)
- 09:00 Fast Ferries (3h30m)
- From Mykonos to Piraeus
- 14:15 Minoan Lines (3h15m)
- 14:15 Blue Star Ferries (5h30m)
- 14:25 Seajets (2h35m)
- 17:15 Seajets (4h45m)
Note: Ferry companies announce their official timetables in February or March.
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Multiple flights per day and more specifically, every few hours, will allow you to easily travel from Athens to Mykonos and vice versa during the summer.
You can also expect to find several flight connections per week during the off-season months, although they are less frequent then.
A flight from Athens International Airport to Mykonos Airport is expected to last approximately half an hour and the companies which operate this route are Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Sky Express, and Volotea.
It is important to book your tickets as many months in advance as possible, not only to get a better price (one-way tickets start from as little as €40 if you book soon enough) but also because flights to Mykonos tend to sell out quite easily, especially during the summer season.
Pros of getting to Mykonos by flight: Traveling by airplane is the fastest way to reach Mykonos and if you book your flight several months in advance, it will not be much more expensive than traveling by ferry. In addition, keep in mind that a flight is usually on time and not subject to delays, unlike ferries, which can also get affected by the weather.
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