Most of the travelers visiting Paros leave from Athens. Ferries to Paros depart from Piraeus, which is the main and biggest port of the Greek Capital, situated only 12km away from the city center. The port of Rafina is the eastern port of Athens, located near the Airport.
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• How long is the duration of the trip?
The duration varies from a minimum of 2h50m to a maximum of 6h20m, whereas the average time is around 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, on some rare occasions, the weather/wind conditions.
• How much do the tickets cost?
Prices depend on the vessel (conventional or high-speed) and the port of departure (Piraeus or Rafina). Some indicative prices are:
- €40.5 for the conventional Blue Star from Piraeus with a trip duration of around 4 hours.
- €70.9 for the high-speed ferry with Seajets from Piraeus with the trip lasting 2 hours and 50 minutes.
- €68 or the high-speed Golden Star from Rafina with the trip lasting around 4 hours.
• What ferries are operating from Athens to Paros?
There are two types of vessels operating this route: the conventional ones run by the Blue Star company and high-speed ones run by Seajets, Minoan Lines, Golden Star, and Fast Ferries companies.
> Conventional ferries
The conventional type of ferry is a big vessel with several indoor and outdoor spaces and a garage. If you are traveling with a dog, an organized kennel is available. However, depending on the vessel, you may be able to keep your dog with you on the deck. Restaurants, fast food eateries, cafeterias, small shops with magazines, and more run on the ship. All interior spaces are air-conditioned. Crossing with a conventional Blue Star Ferry is the most popular option. Challenging weather conditions like strong winds, do not affect those vessels much, and, in most cases, they arrive and depart on time. Additionally, the trip is much more pleasant because of their size and areas, since you can enjoy the beautiful sea views while having lunch or a coffee. Last but not least, another advantage of this ferry type is that for an extra fee, you can take your car with you to Paros.
Types of seats: Deck/Economy, Airline seat/Economy, Airline seat/Business, Cabins with/without a porthole.
Price range: €40.5 - €71
Vehicle: €32 - €60 (Moto), €116 (Car)
Timetable: During the summer season, there are at least 2 itineraries per day for this type of vessel from Piraeus to Paros and vice versa.
> High-speed ferries
The high-speed ferries are smaller and reach higher velocities. Passengers sit in the air-conditioned indoor area since no outdoor spaces are available. Seats are exclusively numbered airline-type seats. You can buy coffee, refreshments, or snacks from the coffee shop that lies within the ferry. Most vessels have a garage and you can transfer your car or motorbike from Athens to Paros. The big advantage of choosing high-speed ferries is that they go faster and the price is similar to the conventional ferries'. On the other hand, because of the vessels' small size, bad weather conditions affect them and it has been noticed that delays may occur.
Types of seats: Airline seat/Economy, Airline seat/Business, Airline seat/VIP.
Price range: €59 - €70.9
Vehicle: €34.5 - €45 (moto) - €115.9 - €144.7 (Car)
Timetable: During the summer season, there are 4 itineraries per day for this type of vessel from Rafina to Paros and vice versa.
• Indicative Timetables
Check our booking engine for precise timetables.
- From Piraeus
- 07:00 Seajets (2h50m)
- 07:25 Blue Star (4h)
- 08:45 Seajets (3h40m)
- 09:00 Blue Star (3h)
- 09:00 Fast Ferry (4h30m)
- 17:30 Blue Star (4h10m)
- To Piraeus
- 10:45 Blue Star (4h)
- 13:05 Minoan Lines (4h25m)
- 16:25 Seajets (2h55m)
- 17:35 Blue Star (3h)
- 19:10 Seajets (2h50m)
- 19:15 Blue Star Ferry (4h)
- From Rafina
- 07:15 Golden Star (4h5m)
- 14:50 Seajets (3h55m)
- To Rafina
- 10:00 Seajets (4h)
- 14:15 Fast Ferry (6h45m)
- 16:35 Golden Star (3h45m)