Cyclades, Greece

Ferry schedules and ferry tickets to Naxos

Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades and it is located just in the center of the Aegean! Naxos is well connected with several other islands with frequent ferry schedules, making the island an ideal hub for your island-hopping adventure. Wondering how can you get to Naxos by ferry? Just use our search engine and get the best routes and prices possible for your dates. Popular routes include Athens (Piraeus) to Naxos, Mykonos to Naxos and Santorini to Naxos.

Ferry from Athens to Naxos

There are year-round ferry connections from Naxos to Athens through the ports of Piraeus and Lavrion. During the winter, there are at least two ferries per day from Piraeus to Naxos, while in the summer the timetables get denser. The average trip time from Piraeus to Naxos is 5:30 hours for a conventional ferry while with a high-speed ferry it is only 3:30 hours. During summer there is also a ferry connection from Rafina to Naxos, which is worth using as Rafina is quite close to the Athens International Airport.

Ferry from Naxos to Paros, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete

Apart from Athens, Naxos is well connected to Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete (Heraklion). There are ferry itineraries from Naxos to Paros throughout the whole year. During summer they get really dense (more than 10 ferries per day) and the trip lasts less than an hour. The ferries from Naxos to Mykonos, Santorini, and Heraklion are usually seasonal and operated by high-speed ferries. However, conventional ones may be also serving this route.

Ferry from Naxos to Amorgos and the Small Cyclades

Concerning ferry routes, a special mention should be made for the connections between Naxos and the islands of the Small Cyclades (Mikres Kyklades) i.e. Koufonisia, Donousa, Irakleia, Schinoussa, and Amorgos. This route is served on a daily basis by the most legendary ferry of the Aegean, "Express Skopelitis". The ferry tickets for these routes are usually quite cheap, making these destinations ideal for island-hopping. And traveling with Express Skopelitis is a must for every island-hopper!

Ferry from Naxos to other Greek Islands

From Naxos, you can also get the ferry to the islands of the North-eastern Aegean, and more specifically with Ikaria, Samos, Chios, and Lesvos (Mytilene). This is one of the main advantages of Naxos, as it can serve as a basis for reaching out most of the islands of the Aegean for island-hopping.  Moreover, if you want to combine the Cyclades with the Dodekanese, then Naxos is your connecting island as there are ferries to Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos, Kalymnos, Nisyros etc.

What to do in Naxos?

The beautiful beaches of Naxos

Naxos is one of the biggest Greek Islands and gives the chance to try quite different beaches! You may find several different flavors of a beach landscape i.e. crowded, isolated, family or even nudist. For sure one of these will fit your expectations! Let's mention five of them:

  1. Agios Prokopios
  2. Maragkas beach
  3. Plaka
  4. Mikri Vigla
  5. Moutsouna

Food in Naxos

Naxos is quite renowned for its food! The Naxian cuisine combines Cretan with Cycladic flavors in an excellent balance. Some really nice taverns give you the opportunity to try the exceptional local vegetables along with the deep tradition of cheese production that the island holds. At the same time, the island offers quality fast food! Eating a nice souvlaki or tasting a nice omelet in a beach bar-cafe, while enjoying the sea breeze, could be quite rewarding!

Nightlife of Naxos

No need to worry about how to spend your night in Naxos... Nightlife in Naxos is combining clubs, jazz bars, beach bars or even just romantic strolls around the lively Chora. You may start with a freshly made ice-cream at around 10 p.m. and end-up watching the sunrise in the early morning. It's all up to you where and when to join :)

The mountain villages of Naxos

Apart from nice beaches, Naxos has some of the most unique mountain villages in the Cyclades. Due to the quite tall mountain of Zas (999m - the name of the mountain originates from the name of the Olympian god Zeus), the villages of Naxos combine island and mainland culture. At the same time, they resemble the mountainous Cretan villages in terms of architecture and culture. When in Naxos, you should definitely visit Apirathos, Filoti, and Apollonas to get a genuine taste of the life that mountain Naxians have.

How to book my ferry tickets to Naxos?

Getting your ferry ticket to Naxos is now more than easy! Just search in Ferryhopper's ferry booking engine, and let our algorithms show you all the available routes, even the indirect ones!

Naxos has direct ferry connections with 50 ports:

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