Skopelos belongs to the Sporades island complex in the northwest Aegean and it’s a peaceful island, famous for its forested landscape and its great food. You can book your ferry tickets to Skopelos online from Ferryhopper. On our pages you will find useful information for the island of Skopelos, how to get and what to do there as well as best beaches and activities.
How to get to Skopelos
The easiest way to access Skopelos from mainland Greece is by ferry through the port of Volos, in Thessaly. Skopelos is connected by ferry with Volos as well as its neighboring islands of Skiathos and Alonissos with daily ferry routes all-year-round. The ferry trip from Volos to Skopelos lasts approximately 3 hours to the port of Glossa and 4 hours to the port of the town of Skopelos.
Another way to get to Skopelos from mainland Greece is from the ports of Mantoudi or Kymi in Evia, about 150km from the city of Athens.
Ports of Skopelos
Before you book your ferry tickets to Skopelos it might be useful to know that the island has 2 ports.
- Skopelos city port: The port of Skopelos is located in the east of the island and it’s considered the island’s main port.
- Port of Glossa: The port of Glossa is located in the northwest of Skopelos, and is next to the ancient settlement of Glossa.
- Skopelos city port is the largest port in the island yet both the ports of Skopelos serve ferry connections to Volos, Skiathos, Alonissos, and Evia.
We recommend that before your ferry trip to Skopelos you check your port of arrival in order to better organize your time on the island. You can find all the necessary information for your ferry booking on our pages.
Ferry Schedules and ferry tickets to Skopelos
You can travel to the beautiful island of Skopelos by ferry throughout the whole year! On the Ferryhopper search engine, you can find all the available ferry schedules to Skopelos and the Sporades island complex from all departure ports. Here are the most popular ferry connections to Skopelos:
- Ferry Volos - Skopelos: The ferry crossing from the port of Volos to Skopelos is the easiest way to reach the island by ferry anytime in the year. There are both conventional and highspeed ferries serving this line and the ferry trip duration is from 2 to 4 hours depending on the ferry type. The conventional ferries that operate on this route offer the option of vehicle transfer, while some ferry companies also offer an e-ticket option.
- Ferry Mantoudi - Skopelos: This is the fastest way to get to Skopelos from Athens, as the port of Mantoudi is 2,5 hours away from the Greek capital. The ferry trip duration from Mantoudi to Skopelos is then 1,5 hours and the ferries that operate on this line have a garage for the transfer of vehicles.
- Ferry Agios Konstantinos - Skopelos: This is a seasonal ferry route that connects the port of Agios Konstantinos in Fthiotida region with the Sporades islands. Agios Konstantinos is located 168km (2hours) away from Athens and the ferry connection to Skopelos lasts around 2,5-3 hours.
- Ferry Skiathos - Skopelos: The island of Skopelos doesn't have an airport so you can fly to Skiathos and then take the ferry to Skopelos. The Skiathos-Skopelos ferry route is a frequent one all-year-round and the ferry trip from Skiathos takes 30 minutes to the port of Glossa and 1,5 hours to the port of Skopelos.
During the summer months, there is often the option of traveling by ferry from the port of Thessaloniki in the north of Greece to Skopelos and the Sporades islands. The Thessaloniki - Skopelos ferry route is usually served by high-speed ferries and the ferry trip duration is a bit more than 2 hours. This ferry line is however subject to change every year so we recommend that you check in advance the Ferryhopper pages before you organize your ferry trip from northern Greece to the Sporades.
Island hopping around Skopelos
Skopelos is frequently connected to the neighboring Sporades islands of Skiathos and Alonissos throughout the year while its location right in the middle of the three islands makes it ideal for an island-hopping experience. From the port of Glossa in Skopelos, you can reach the port of Skiathos in just 30minutes while from the port of the town of Skopelos you can travel by ferry to Alonissos in 30 minutes as well.
The Sporades islands are destinations of great natural beauty, have great food and offer activities for all ages and types of travelers. On the Ferryhopper map of ferries, you can find all ferry connections from Skopelos to organize the perfect island-hopping in the western Aegean sea.
What to do in Skopelos
Skopelos is a great holiday destination if you are looking for some relaxing time, close to nature. No wonder that the peaceful vibes of the island have turned Skopelos into a popular holiday option amongst families or couples. Few years ago the Hollywood musical film ‘Mamma Mia’ was also filmed in Skopelos and made the island famous across the world.
Skopelos is a relatively large island with many beautiful areas of great natural beauty so we recommend that you bring or rent a car to explore the most interesting areas of the island.
Beaches in Skopelos
The beaches of Skopelos are known for the combination of blue waters and their green background, with trees close to the coastline often even reaching the water. There are many organized beaches, with parasols and sunbeds, or beach bars that sell refreshments or food, while you can also find secluded options and secret coves to discover. The best beaches of Skopelos are:
- Agios Ioannis
Activities in Skopelos
The long coastline, as well as the nature of Skopelos, make it an ideal destination for outdoor activities such as:
- Scuba Diving
- Wine tasting
We recommend that you also take a daily trip to Sporades National Marine Park, a unique natural reserve for sea species like the Monachus Monachus seal.
Food in Skopelos
Skopelos has a long gastronomical tradition and the food on the island is delicious! There are many taverns and restaurants both by the sea or in the mainland where you can taste some of the traditional recipes of Sporades. Here's what you should definitely taste in Skopelos:
- Cheese pie
- Fish stew
- Goat stew
- Fresh fish on the grill
- 'Avgato' spoon sweet
- Olive oil
- Local wine
Useful tips for your trip to Skopelos
The tourist period in Skopelos is long as it starts in May and ends at the end of October which means that both the weather and the island facilities allow for a variety of holiday options. The bus network of Skopelos is good with regular bus lines connecting the two island ports as well as the main settlements and beaches, such as Stafylos, Agnontas, Panormos, Milia or Elios. Here are some useful phone numbers for your days in Skopelos:
- Skopelos Port Authority: +30 2424022180
- Health Center Skopelos: +30 2424022222
- Glossa Health Clinic: +30 2424033504
- Skopelos Police Station: +30 2424022235
- Skopelos Citizen Services: +30 2424029064
- Municipality of Skopelos: +30 2424022205
- Skiathos airport information: +30 2427023300
In the main town of Skopelos, you will find all tourist amenities including supermarkets, petrol stations, banks, and ATMs. There is also one ATM at the port of Glossa while you will find smaller markets and gas stations across the island's villages and main roads.
Where to book ferry tickets to Skopelos
If you liked the surroundings and the beaches in the Mamma Mia musical or if you just imagine yourself lying under a pine tree overlooking the clear blue seas of the Sporades, then Skopelos is definitely the ideal option for you! On Ferryhopper you will find all the available ferry schedules to Skopelos and all the ferry ticket options in order for you to start planning your holidays in the Sporades straight away! Book your ferry tickets to Skopelos online in just 4 clicks!