North Aegean, Greece

Lesvos is the third biggest island in Greece and the largest of the Northeastern Aegean sea. Home of the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho, Lesvos is also a great holiday destination: an island with a smooth climate, beautiful beaches, traditional villages, and diverse natural beauty. You might often come across Lesvos being referred to as ‘Mytilene’, which is the name of its capital and main port. 

Ferry schedules and tickets to Lesvos

The port of Mytilene in Lesvos is connected to Athens and the port of Piraeus with daily ferry schedules all year round. The ferry schedules become denser during the summer, to facilitate a large number of visitors. Lesvos is also well-connected to neighboring islands of the north Aegean, like Chios, Psara, Oinousses and Lemnos, as well as the nearby ports of Samos, Ikaria, Fournoi or Kavala. 
On ferryhopper, you can find all the available ferry connections and schedules from and to Lesvos and book your ferry tickets, in just a few clicks!  

The port of Mytilene in Lesvos, over sunset - book cheap ferry tickets from Athens

How long is the ferry trip to Lesvos

Lesvos is located in the northeast Aegean, approximately 250 km (157 miles) from the port of Piraeus in Athens. The ferry trip from Athens to Lesvos can last from 10 hours to 18 hours depending on the type of vessel that you choose to travel with. The ferry route to Lesvos is usually operated by conventional type ferries that offer a variety of ticket options. 

Due to the long ferry trip duration, often happening overnight, we recommend that you book a bed cabin. The ferry companies offer many different options, depending on your budget and the number of people travelling with you, from whole cabins as well as beds in shared cabins. You can search for all ferry ticket options on Ferryhopper.

Lesvos Ferry routes 

The island of Lesvos is in close distance to other beautiful islands of the north Aegean like Chios and Lemnos (or Limnos). Lesvos is connected to Chios and Lemnos with regular ferry itineraries during the winter and more frequent ferries during the summer. Apart from Athens (Piraeus), Chios and Lemnos, there are also regular ferries that connect Lesvos to other nearby islands like Samos, Ikaria, Fournoi, Oinousses and Psara throughout the year. The port of Mytilene in Lesvos also serves the ferry route Kavala - Lesvos, usually 3 to 4 days a week in the high season and once or twice per week during low season. 
If you visit Lesvos during the summer, you can also go for a day trip to Ayvalik in Turkey as the ferry trip lasts approximately 1,5 hour. 

You can find out more information about the ferry routes from the Greek islands to the Turkish coast in our blog post. 

Island hopping from Lesvos

While Lesvos is an ideal destination for relaxing and peaceful holidays, the more adventurous of you could definitely combine it with some island-hopping in the Cyclades! During the summer period, in particular, Lesvos has frequent ferry connections with Mykonos, Naxos, Paros or Syros. From there you can take a corresponding ferry and explore the charms of the Aegean sea. 

Castle Lesvos town, traditional architecture, holidays and ferry tickets to the Greek islands

Holidays in Lesvos 

In the words of Matt Barrett the lush, green island of Lesvos is like no other Greek island and perhaps no other place in the world.

Beaches in Lesvos

The beaches in Lesvos are distinguished for their blue and clear waters as well as the green trees surrounding them. Across the island, you can find many beautiful beaches, both organized and unorganized, crowded or secluded. Here are some beach suggestions from us: 

  • Eresos
  • Vatera
  • Molyvos
  • Sigri
  • Agios Isidoros
  • Eftalou
  • Petra
  • Chrousos

The beach of Eresos in Lesvos, blue sea and sky - ferry tickets to Mytilene

Distances in Lesvos

Lesvos is a big island and in order to discover its beautiful beaches, archaeological sites, natural landscapes and rich ecosystems you need to be prepared to travel around with a car or with the local buses. You can find some indicative distances below to get a glimpse of how to plan your trip around Lesvos, primarily from its capital and port of Mytilene: 

  1. Mytilene - Lesvos international airport: 8,2 km (approximately 15 minutes drive)
  2. Mytilene - Eresos: 86 km (approximately 1h and 40 minutes drive)
  3. Mytilene - Agiasos: 25 km (approximately 32 minutes drive)
  4. Mytilene - Molyvos harbor: 60 km (approximately 1h and 9 minutes drive)
  5. Mytilene - Plomari: 40 km (approximately 54 minutes drive)
  6. Molyvos harbor - Eresos: 55 km (approximately 1h and 15 minutes drive)

The local bus network in Lesvos serves diverse routes between the island port, main villages, and beaches. You can find more information and details, here.  

Activities in Lesvos

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Trekking at the ‘Petrified Forest’ 

The village and harbor of Molyvos, in Lesvos. Find cheap ferry tickets to Lesvos

How to book your tickets to Lesvos

Do you want your holidays to combine medieval castles, beautiful quiet beaches, forest walks, tasty food in fish villages, all in a historically-rich island? Then Lesvos is the best summer destination for you and Ferryhopper is the best place to book your tickets from! Search our map of ferries, find all the available ferry schedules to Lesvos and start planning your holidays to the North Aegean! 

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