Naxos is one of the biggest islands of the Cyclades and is a top summer destination for both Greek and foreign travelers. The combination of its relaxing character, beautiful beaches and vivid nightlife gives many options for holidays in Naxos. Moreover, getting to the island of Naxos can be quite easy as it is well connected with Athens and other Greek islands both by ferry or plane. Find below information on which is the easiest way to get to Naxos.
Ferry or Flight to Naxos?
The way to travel to Naxos is by plane or ferry. Even though the flight is shorter, traveling by ferry is surely more fun. One point that ferry travel is more comfortable as you can stroll around and breathe fresh air at the deck, viewing the majestic Portara while the ferry is entering the famous Naxos port. Furthermore, you can bring your car to the island and easily explore every corner of Naxos. Keep in mind that the ferry is probably safer during the current COVID-19 era as you can sit on the open-air deck, from a safer distance.
Note: Ferry traveling is also more eco-friendly! You can find more information on sustainable ferry travel in our relevant article.
The famous Portara of Naxos
How to get to Naxos from Athens
Athens is the main getaway to travel to Naxos as all its ports and its airport is well connected to the island. There are multiple ferry routes from the 3 ports of Athens, as well as frequent flights from the Athens International Airport.
Ferry from Athens to Naxos
You can visit Naxos from either Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio. There are daily itineraries to the island, with their number increasing in the summer. Specifically:
Piraeus - Naxos: You can travel from Piraeus to Naxos by ferry all year round. Especially in the summer, you can find at least 3-4 crossings from early in the morning to late afternoon. The ferry companies that usually serve this connection are Blue Star Ferries and Seajets with both conventional and high-speed vessels. The duration of the ferry trip ranges from 3 to 6.5 hours and a standard ferry ticket for deck seat costs from €27 to €55.
Rafina - Naxos: The port of Rafina is closer to Naxos and up to 3 daily ferry crossings serve their connection. The ferry operators that operate on this route are Seajets and Golden Star Ferries with also conventional vessels and speedboats. The ferry from Rafina to Naxos travels for 3.5 to 4.5 hours and the price for a single ferry ticket starts at €29.
Lavrio - Naxos: There is 1 weekly ferry crossing from the port of Lavrio to Naxos, usually on Saturdays. The ferry company that operates this route is Blue Star Ferries with the conventional vessel Artemis. The Lavrio - Naxos ferry trip lasts around 8.5 hours and the ferry ticket price is €25.
Flight from Athens to Naxos
There are frequent flights from Athens International Airport to the island of Naxos all year long. The duration of the flight is around 40 min and the airport in Naxos is located only 4km from the port. Keep in mind that you need to pre-book your plane tickets well in advance in order to find better prices. Furthermore, there is a strict luggage policy as there is a weight limit for your bags.
How to get from Mykonos to Naxos
You can get to Naxos by ferry from neighboring Mykonos all year long. The two islands are well connected with multiple crossings that can reach 5 per day. Conventional ferries and speedboats by Seajets, Minoan Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, and Golden Star Ferries usually serve this route. The Mykonos - Naxos ferries travel for 40 min and the cost for a simple ferry ticket starts at €30.
Note: At the moment, there are no direct flights from Mykonos to Naxos. All flights have Athens as an intermediate stop.
Fancy a glass of "ouzaki" while in Naxos?
How to get from Santorini to Naxos
Santorini and Naxos are 2 of the most popular islands in the Aegean and they are well connected by ferry throughout the year. You can find up to 4 daily sailings by 3 ferry companies Blue Star Ferries, Seajets, and Golden Star Ferries. The best way to get to Naxos from Santorini is by speedboat as the duration of the trip is only 1 hour. On the other hand, if you are thinking of getting from Santorini to Naxos by conventional vessel, you should know that the journey can take up to 4 hours. The cost of a simple Santorini - Naxos ferry ticket ranges from €20 to €80 per passenger.
Note: There are no direct flights from Santorini to Naxos as well. All flights also have Athens as an intermediate stop.
How to get from Crete to Naxos
There are 1-2 daily ferry routes from the port of Heraklion in Crete to Naxos, especially during the summer. The ferry companies that usually operate on this itinerary are Seajets and Minoan Lines with early departures. Traveling by ferry from Heraklion (Crete) to Naxos can last 3.5 to 4 hours and the ferry ticket price for a deck seat can be approximately €70.
Note: There are no direct flights from Heraklion (Crete) to Naxos. All flights have Athens as an intermediate stop.
How to get to Naxos from Paros
Paros is located only 30km from Naxos and is a great way to continue your vacations in the Cyclades. There are 2 to 7 daily crossings between Naxos and Paros, depending on the seasonality. Seajets, Blue Star Ferries and Golden Star Ferries normally operate on this route with conventional and high-speed vessels. The Paros to Naxos ferry journey lasts around 1 hour and the price for a single ferry ticket (deck seat) starts at €5.5 and can be up to €43.
Note: There are no direct flights from Paros to Naxos. You can travel by plane via Athens but the total duration can be more than 2 hours.
Stunning sandy beach of Naxos at sunset
Getting to Naxos from other islands
Naxos is in the center of the Cyclades and is an ideal starting point in case you think of getting around the Greek islands. Furthermore, you can easily island hop to Naxos from the Small Cyclades as Koufonisia, Donoussa and Amorgos are pretty close to it. You can check our Map of Ferries to find more ideas about island hopping in the Aegean and find the best way to travel by ferry to Naxos.
Traveling to Naxos from abroad
Getting to Naxos from abroad by plane is only available with indirect flights via Athens. For example, if you want to get to Naxos from the UK, you should catch a flight to Athens and then choose between ferry or plane to reach the island.
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