Cyclades, Greece

Syros is the capital of the Cyclades and is located right in the center of the complex. It is a popular summer destination as it combines beautiful beaches and settlements with many activities and sights. If you want to learn more about Syros and its ferry connections, Ferryhopper can give you all the information to plan the perfect holidays!

How do I get to Syros?

The port of Syros is one of the largest ports in the Cyclades and serves connections to mainland Greece and other Greek islands all year round. 

Ferry from Athens to Syros

The ferry connection between Athens and Syros is regular all year. The capital of the Cyclades is connected with Athens through Piraeus port, while during the summer months, the ferry trip frequency increases and ferries from the port of Lavrion are added. More specifically

  • Piraeus - Syros: There are several daily crossings from Piraeus to Syros. The ferry journey takes 2 hr by high-speed boat or about 3 hr 30 min by conventional ferry.
  • Lavrion - Syros: This ferry line is operated during the summer with weekly crossings. The ferry trip lasts approximately 5 hrs.
  • Rafina - Syros: The port of Rafina is perfect to travel to Syros, especially if you are coming from Northern Greece. There are several weekly crossings and the ferry ride lasts around 2 hrs.

Tip: The ferries that serve the connection of Athens to Syros have garages for the transportation of vehicles. For all the ferry ticket types, check the Ferryhopper pages

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Island Hopping around Syros

Due to its location, Syros is an ideal starting point for an island-hopping around the Aegean, since it is connected with other islands of the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the North Aegean. The most popular ferry connections of Syros are with Mykonos and Tinos, as you can reach the islands in 50 min and 30 min respectively. Other Cycladic destinations which are easily accessible from Syros are Andros, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini. If you are up for an adventure, you can travel to more distant islands from Syros, like Chios, Samos and Rhodes.

Ferries from Syros travel to more than 30 ports of Greece. For that reason, we recommend that you check the Ferryhopper map of ferries, to have a better look at all the connections. 

What to do in Syros?

Syros is a noble place to spend your holidays that combines amazing beaches, impressive architecture and traditional Cycladic beauty. 

Beaches in Syros

Syros has several beaches with golden sand and clear blue waters. The beaches on the south side of the island are organized and easily accessible by land, while on the north side of the island, you will find more secluded beaches, some of which are only accessible by sea. Here is a list of the most beautiful beaches of Syros:

  • Galissas
  • Agkathopes
  • Foinikas
  • Komito
  • Aetos
  • Delfini
  • Clissoura
  • Lotos
  • Lia
  • Gria Spilia
  • Kini
  • Megas Gialos
  • Armeos
  • Vari
  • Varvarousa

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Sightseeing in Syros

Syros is an island of great historical tradition. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times, while numerous monuments scattered around the island and worth a visit! For example, Ferryhopper recommends:

  • Hermoupolis Archaeological Museum
  • Industrial Museum of Ermoupolis
  • Markos Vamvakaris Exhibition
  • Mausoleum
  • Ancient Galissos
  • Kastri Archaeological Site
  • Chalandriani Archaeological Site
  • Miaouli Square
  • Town Hall of Syros
  • Apollo Municipal Theater
  • Transit Warehouses

Settlements of Syros

The capital, as well as the main port of Syros, is Hermoupolis where you can notice the imposing architecture, with the beautiful mansions whose structure is influenced by Italian architecture. However, it is worth visiting other settlements of the island and admire the beautiful buildings and the picturesque alleys! Some of the popular settlements in Syros are:

  • Hermoupolis
  • Ano Syros
  • Galissas
  • Kinny
  • Delagracia (Posidonia)
  • Azolimnos
  • Vari
  • Megas Gialos
  • Foinikas
  • Chroussa

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Food in Syros

During your holidays in Syros, you have the opportunity to taste local products of exceptional quality and special local recipes. Do not miss to try:

  • Aetopita
  • Sissira
  • Chalvadopita
  • Loukoumi 
  • Sausage of Syros

Useful information about Syros

Syros is the administrative center of the Cyclades and the most populous island of the complex. In Syros, you will find everything you need to spend your holidays since the options for accommodation and entertainment are many. Syros has a hospital, supermarkets, ATMs and gas stations. Also, you can get to the port, most of the beaches and villages of the island, through a provincial road. Some useful phones for your vacation in Syros are:

  • Port Authority of Syros: 2281088888
  • Syros Hospital: 2281360500
  • Municipality of Syros: 2281361000
  • Syros Citizens' Service Center: 2281362010
  • Police of Syros: 2281096100

If you are considering visiting the island of Syros in the autumn or winter months take a look at our article “Winter Ferry Getaway in Syros” - because Syros is an ideal destination all year round!

Where to book ferry tickets to Syros

You can easily book your ferry tickets online through the Ferryhopper search engine. On our platform, you can find all available ferry routes to Syros, as well as compare itineraries and ferry ticket prices!

Syros has direct ferry connections with 50 ports:

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