Paros is a very popular Greek island and many visitors from all over the world choose it for their summer vacations. It is located in the Cyclades group and it’s famous for its vivid character.
Holidays in Paros are ideal for travelers of all ages, but it is mostly preferred by students and large groups. Getting to Paros is very easy and you can find many flights and ferry routes from either the ports of Athens or other Greek islands. Keep reading to find which is the easiest way to get to Paros.
Ferry or Flight to Paros?
The best way to get to Paros is the one that suits you most. There is the option to fly to Paros and, of course, to reach Paros by ferry. Even though the flight is shorter, traveling by ferry is surely more fun. First and foremost, it is more comfortable as you can stroll around and breathe fresh air at the deck, overlooking the blue sea. Furthermore, you can bring your car on the ferry and easily explore the island and its beautiful beaches. Don’t forget that the ferry is probably safer during the current COVID-19 situation 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 picturesque Naoussa settlement of Paros
How to get to Paros from Athens
You can find frequent ferry routes and flights from Athens to Paros from all of its ports and from its international airport. You can find below more information on how to get to Paros from Athens either by ferry or by airplane.
Ferry from Athens to Paros
As mentioned, all 3 ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrion) are connected to Paros. Due to its popularity, this ferry connection is served very frequently, mostly in the summer. More specifically:
Piraeus - Paros: The ferry route from Piraeus to Paros runs daily, all throughout the year. During the summer, there are over 3-4 ferry departures per day, usually operated by Blue Star Ferries, Seajets and Golden Star Ferries. The duration of the ferry ride is between 3.5 and 5 hours, depending on the company and the type of vessel. Finally, the average ferry ticket price for the Piraeus - Paros trip is around €30 and €40.
Rafina - Paros: The ferry route from Rafina to Paros runs in the summer with up to 4 daily departures. The ferry companies that usually serve this crossing are Seajets, Blue Star Ferries, Fast Ferries and Golden Star Ferries. The duration of the ferry trip ranges from 2.5 to 6.5 hours, as there are both high-speed and conventional ferries. The standard ferry ticket costs approximately €30 - €45.
Lavrion - Paros: There is 1 weekly ferry crossing from the port of Lavrion to Paros, mainly during the summer. The ferry company that operates this route is Blue Star Ferries with the conventional vessel Artemis. The ferry trip lasts around 7 hours and the ferry ticket price is €20.
Flight from Athens to Paros
There are frequent flights from Athens International Airport to the island of Paros all year long. The duration of the flight is around 40 min and the airport in Paros is located 10km from its capital, Parikia. 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.
Stroll around the traditional alleys of Paros
How to get to Paros from Mykonos
Mykonos is well connected to Paros with many ferry routes that run daily. The ferry companies that operate on this crossing are usually Seajets, Minoan Lines, Fast Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, and Blue Star Ferries. The trip from Mykonos to Paros by ferry lasts from 30 min to 1.5 hours, depending on whether you choose a conventional ferry or a speedboat. The price of a standard ferry ticket starts at €20 and can be up to €70.
Note: At the moment, there are no direct flights from Mykonos to Paros. All flights have Athens as an intermediate stop.
How to get to Paros from Santorini
You can easily travel by ferry from Santorini to Paros all year long. In the summer, you can find up to 3 daily crossings to Paros, operated by Seajets, Blue Star Ferries, Minoan Lines, and Golden Star Ferries. The ferry ride between the two islands lasts from 2 to 4 hours depending on the type of vessel. Finally, the average cost for a single ferry ticket is around €30.
Note: There are no direct flights from Santorini to Paros as well. All flights also have Athens as an intermediate stop.
Fishing boats at the old harbour of Paros
Getting to Paros from other islands
Some extra very popular islands near Paros which are located in the Cyclades are Naxos, Syros, Ios and of course, Antiparos. These destinations are ideal to easily island hop to Paros with a low budget as there are multiple ferry crossings with cheap ferry tickets. You can find more island hopping ideas on the best way to get to Paros by checking our interactive Map of Ferries.
Traveling to Paros from abroad
Reaching Paros from abroad by plane is only available with indirect flights via Athens. For example, if you want to get to Paros from the UK, you should catch a flight to Athens and then choose between ferry or plane to reach Paros.
Book ferry tickets to Paros for 2021
Ferryhopper has all available information on how to travel to Paros by ferry. Check our fare search engine and find all ferry routes, schedules and companies that serve crossings to the island. Compare prices and book ferry tickets to Paros online, without any hidden fees.