What to do on a ferry: 12 useful tips

Mastering ferry travel!

Nice experiences usually come with a trade-off. In this case, swimming in the turquoise waters of the Cyclades may take a small sacrifice: spending hours after hours on the ferry. Having traveled a lot around the Greek islands for most of our own summers, we have some tips on what to do on the ferry to make your life easier!

So, if you're wondering what to do on a boat and you want to know what to expect, have a look below!

12 tips for ferry travel in Greece

1. Where to leave your baggage

While on the ferry, especially during a long trip, you would most probably like to move around freely without having to drag your baggage with you everywhere. Most ferries have designated luggage areas, where you can store your belongings. Alternatively, if you're traveling with a vehicle, you can leave your luggage in the car.

Good to know: Most ferry companies do not allow access to the luggage area or the car deck during the crossing, so make sure you pick any useful items before the ferry sails off.

Do you check in your luggage on ferries?

No, there is no check-in procedure for luggage items. However, we recommend that you don’t carry more than 50kg of luggage to avoid delays due to restricted space in the luggage area.

2. What to wear on the ferry

“What do you wear on a ferry ride?": a seemingly simple question that confuses most travelers, as it can get quite chilly during a ferry trip, even during the summer. Make sure to bring something warm to wear on the boat. Alternatively, a blanket is always a good idea, especially if you're traveling with kids. Moreover, some ferry routes to the Greek islands last up to 12 hours, so you should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Red sleeping bag

Bring warm clothes or even a sleeping bag on the ferry

3. WiFi on the ferry

Wi-Fi availability depends on the ferry company and vessel. Usually, you are required to pay for Wi-Fi access per hour of use. You can always try to use your mobile data, but be prepared: there is no guaranteed internet or mobile connection in the middle of the sea! If you have an internet connection, you can also check the location of your ferry live while on board. Retrieve your booking through the Ferryhopper App and you will be able to track your ferry in real time!

4. Electricity on the ferry

220V AC sockets are available on all ferries around Greece. Not all of them work properly, so make sure to find one at the beginning of your trip or bring fully charged power banks with you. Remember that in Greece we use "Euro" standard "Type C" sockets. These are different than those used in the USA and the UK, so don't forget your adaptor!

Using your laptop and mobile on board the ferry

Wi-Fi and electricity are usually available on the ferry

5. Toilets on the ferry

There are toilets on every ferry regardless of size. We recommend that you bring toilet paper with you, in case there is not enough. A very important tip is to avoid visiting the toilets exactly before disembarkation as they get crowded!

6. Island spotting

While on board, get your camera ready for captivating images of the wonderful Greek islands. Especially if you are on one of the longer trips that make multiple stops, you have the chance to gaze upon the picturesque island towns and the golden beaches of Greek islands, such as Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Milos, and more.

Whichever island catches your eye can be your next destination! See the top quiet Greek islands for 2021 for inspiration.

7. Food on board

Are you allowed to bring food with you? Yes, of course! Actually, you are not only allowed, but you are advised to. To be clear, there are canteens or restaurants on the ferries, where you can find snacks and drinks.

Tip: If you don’t want to spend your whole vacation budget on board, then you should probably bring homemade snacks. Granola bars, sandwiches, nuts, smoothies, and fresh fruit are great options!

Greek koulouri on a ferry

Choose a 'koulouri' as snack for your trip

8. Board games on board

If you're traveling with friends, family or your love, playing board games is one of the best ways to enjoy the crossing. Monopoly, Cluedo, Uno, Jungle Speed and so many more are the perfect opportunity to test your relationship, while cards are the best option when it's not windy! By arguing, laughing and playing, one thing is granted: you will arrive in no time!

9. Movies and TV-series during the ferry trip

Usually, there are TVs on board showing Greek programs on mute. That never did the trick for anyone, so a great idea is to download your favorite movies and shows beforehand, as there is no guaranteed internet connection on board. Try to sit somewhere close to a socket and enjoy the rest of the trip! 

Playing card games on the ferry

Cards and board games are ideal for long ferry trips

10. Reading a book on the ferry

Reading a book is one of the must things to do on the ferry. Choose your books wisely as they will accompany you during your vacation. Bear in mind that bringing many books with you will add extra weight to your luggage and some of them may get crinkly during your trip. 

A clever alternative is to download your favorite books, comic books and magazines to your smartphone or tablet!

11. Music on board

Reading a book or watching a movie are great ideas when your trip is smooth. However, if the weather is rough, you will probably get nauseous by doing that. This is where music comes into play!

Make sure that you have downloaded your favorite playlists, albums and podcasts to keep you happy throughout the journey. Audiobooks are also great if you're traveling with kids. Don't forget to bring your headphones and a power bank! 

Tip: Looking for inspiration? See Ferryhopper's ferry trip playlists on Spotify!

Reading on a ferry

Reading is always one of the go-to ferry tips

12. Health tips for ferry rides

Make sure you bring enough face masks and hand sanitizers for your ferry trip. Also, you can bring a first-aid kit with painkillers and other useful items.

If you get seasick, you may ask for a dramamine at the reception desk of the ferry.

Extra tip: Learn how to travel safely to the Greek islands in 2021 and discover all Covid-19 ferry measures.

Where can I book my ferry tickets?

You can use Ferryhopper to find both direct and indirect ferry routes and plan an amazing island-hopping experience. You can book cheap ferry tickets safely, fast and at the best prices! If you want more inspiration to organize your dream trip, you can also check our interactive Map of Ferries for more ideas!

Should I book Greek ferries in advance?

Ferry routes to popular islands, like Santorini or Mykonos, attract many travelers. For this reason, it is recommended that you book your ferry tickets to the Greek destinations well in advance, especially if you consider booking a bed cabin or bringing a car.