Getting around the beautiful Greek islands by ferry, whether you are single, family with children or group of friends, is simple and fun! So if you want to hop from one gorgeous island to another, chances are you’ll find the ferry the easiest way to get there.
The main thing to keep in mind is that from Athens you can reach any island in the Aegean by ferry, because although most of the larger islands have airports, the smaller ones do not. not.
Not only that, but traveling by ferry means you don’t have to worry about checking in and out of airports, and most importantly, it gives you the chance to take in the stunning views of the islands from the water, as you approach your destination – it really is a highlight!
There are three ports near Athens: Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion. Piraeus is, of course, the biggest port and most people depart from here, and it is very easy to get there by public transport.
Rafina and Lavrion are further from the city center, so getting there may require additional travel time. However, they may be closer to the islands you are heading to, so departing from one of these ports may reduce your time on the ferry or get you a cheaper fare. Be sure to do some research beforehand to find out which port best suits your needs.
Ferries to the Ionian Islands depart from a mainland port in Western Greece, usually Killini or Igoumenitsa.
And if you’re on a budget, you’ll find that in most cases it’s cheaper to travel by ferry to the Greek islands than by plane.
Most ferries in Greece these days have good seats and you can sit inside or stroll around the deck while taking great seaside photos.
There are also cafes and snack bars so you don’t have to worry about packing food and if you book a cabin you can sleep or shower.
Another convenience of traveling by ferry is that you can bring your car or motorbike, which means as soon as you arrive on the island, you can get in your car and go!
Feeling the fresh air against your face, seeing the beautiful water around you, and enjoying the sun and air as you make your way to your destination is truly a great Greek vacation experience and we think it should be tried , at least once in your life!