Thessaly, Greece

Volos is a beautiful city on the Greek northeast coast, and its location in between the sea of the Pagasetic Gulf and Mount Pelion makes it an ideal destination for both summer and winter breaks. The port of Volos is the main getaway to the islands of Sporades: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros. On Ferryhopper, you will find all the available information on the city of Volos and the ferry routes to the Sporades islands to plan your ideal holidays!

How do I get to Volos?

The city and port of Volos, in the region of Thessaly, can be easily reached from the largest Greek cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, by car, bus or train. Here are some indicative distances and useful information to plan your trip from, and to, Volos

  • Athens - Volos: The distance between the two cities is 325km (200 miles) so the trip lasts approximately 3,5 hours by car.
  • Thessaloniki - Volos: The distance between the two cities is 207km (128 miles) so a car ride lasts approximately 2 hours
  • During the summer months, you can also fly to Volos from European destinations. The ‘Nea Anchialos National Airport’, located 45km outside of the city of Volos serves flights from central and northern Europe.
  • The ride from the Anchialos airport to the port of Volos is approximately 30 minutes and there are local bus services that serve the arrivals and departures of the planned flights. 

The ferry routes from the port of Volos to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos are regular throughout the year, which allows you to plan your ferry trip to the Sporades island complex easily and in the best prices

High speed ferry at the port of Volos, blue sky, mountains, sea, ferry tickets to Sporades

How to travel from Volos to the Sporades

From the port of Volos, you can travel by ferry to the islands of the Sporades complex and choose between high speed or conventional ferries. The ferry companies that usually operate on the Volos - Sporades routes are Blue Star Ferries, ANES, and Aegean Flying Dolphins. 

  • Volos - Skiathos: The fastest way to reach Skiathos from mainland Greece is to take a ferry from Volos. In the summer, there are 4 daily crossings and the ferry ride lasts approximately 1,5 to 2,5 hrs
  • Volos - Skopelos: Skopelos has 2 ports, that of Chora and that of Glossa. There are multiple daily crossings from Volos to Skopelos and the ferry trip lasts 2 to 4 hrs depending on the ferry you choose to travel with.
  • Volos - Alonissos: This is also a frequent ferry connection as there are almost 3 daily sailings and the duration of the ferry trip is around 4 hrs.
  • Volos - Skyros:  You can travel from Volos to Skyros indirectly via the islands of Skopelos or Alonissos. The indirect ferry trip can last around 11 hours. 

Tip: Usually the ferry route from Volos to the Sporades includes a stop to every island of the complex, which allows you to easily organize an ideal island-hopping experience!

Check our interactive map of ferries and find all the available ferry routes to the Sporades islands from Volos and mainland Greece.

Cranes and buildings reflection at the port of Volos, ferry routes to Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos

What to do in Volos 

Volos is a unique destination as it perfectly combines the landscapes of the blue sea and green mountains with vibrant city life and great food. The city of Volos is built at the foothills of Mount Pelion, and it oversees the Pagasetic Gulf, so the city port is a getaway to the northwest Aegean sea. If you find yourself for holidays or passing by the city of Volos make sure that you walk across the seafront, from the church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni to the Argonauts Avenue in the port and up to the ‘Palia’ neighborhood. Above all though, Volos is renowned for its tsipouradika, small taverns that serve tsipouro and seafood or meat meze, so make sure you save some time to get the full gastronomic experience of the city!

The port of Volos

The port of Volos is at the center of the city, easily accessible on foot or by car. The city bus station (KTEL Volou) and the train station are both located close to the port, 5 minutes by car or taxi and around 15 - 20 minutes by foot.

In walking distance from the port of Volos, you can find cash machines, supermarkets, mini markets, pharmacies and of course..tsipouradika! 

Where to park in Volos?

If you arrive at the port of Volos with your vehicle and want to spend some time exploring the city, or if you have some spare time before your ferry departs, you can find the most convenient parking spot for you with our partner ParkAround. This easy-to-use online platform helps you find and book parking spaces quick, easy and affordable in the port of Volos.

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Seafront in the city of Volos, architecture and city life, ferry tickets to Sporades islands

Beaches in Volos

Near the city of Volos, you can find beautiful beaches and coves, for a swim as well as to do watersports, diving or sailing. Here are some of the close-by beaches to the port of Volos: 

  • Anchialos
  • Alykes
  • Agios Dimitrios
  • Pigadi
  • Glyfa
  • Kala Nera

Sightseeing in Volos

  • The Athanasakio Archaeological Museum of Volos
  • The Museum of Industrial History in the Tsalapata complex
  • The Neolithic archaeological settlements of Sesklo and Diminio
  • The Entomological Museum of Volos
  • The city's train station
  • The district of ‘Palia’, in the western part of the city

Trip to Pelion

Pelion (or Pilio) is an area of great natural beauty, and we highly recommend that if you visit the city of Volos you arrange a short trip to Pelion too. The diverse landscape of Pelion will charm you straight away: green mountains, forests, small picturesque villages, breath-taking views of the Aegean sea and the Pagasetic Gulf, and some of the most beautiful beaches of the Thessaly region.

Taverna in Pelion, seaside, summer colours, Volos ferry routes to Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos

The Pelion villages are famous for their traditional architecture as well as their surrounding nature and the tasty food. A road trip in the mountain will reveal your hidden gems and we suggest that you make a few stops on your way to have a coffee or a tsipouro in a local kafeneio. Just a few kilometers out of the city of Volos you can find some of the most picturesque mountain villages: 

  1. Milies
  2. Tsagarada
  3. Agios Lavrentios
  4. Vyzitsa
  5. Zagora
  6. Mouresi
  7. Kissos
  8. Portaria
  9. Makrinitsa

After crossing the mountain villages of Pelion, with the amazing views and the delicious food, it is worthy to take the road to the coastal towns and beaches of the area. The beautiful landscape of the Pelion coast combines crystal waters and impressive nature. Some of the best beaches in Pelion are: 

  1. Chorefto
  2. Ovrios
  3. Ai-Giannis
  4. Papa Nero
  5. Mylopotamos
  6. Fakistra
  7. Ntamouchari

Tip for your trip to Pelion: During the weekend you can get the old railway from Volos to Milies and Ano Lechonia and explore the amazing nature of Pelion as the traditional train passes through forests, bridges, and villages. Pelion is also great for hiking-lovers with a lot of paths and hiking routes to discover. 

Sea, waves, rocks, beach in Pelion, Volos holidays, ferry routes to Sporades islands

Where to book ferry tickets from Volos

Are you looking forward to exploring the natural beauty of Thessaly and the landscapes of Pelion? Do you dream of your holidays in the Sporades islands? The party life in Skiathos, the delicious food of Skopelos and the National Marine Park of Alonissos? Then don't think of it any further...Volos is the destination to choose from. On Ferryhopper you will find all the available ferry routes from and to the port of Volos to book ferry tickets online, from Volos to Skiathos, Skopelos or Alonissos fast, easy and in the best prices!

Volos has direct ferry connections with 7 ports:

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