Mykonos is one of the most popular and at the same time most exclusive islands in Greece. The island, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, is among the most visited places you can visit in Greece. A must-visit island for anybody wishing to enjoy the iconic views of the Cyclades, Mykonos can be easily reached by plane or by sea. Whether you’re visiting from Europe with a charter flight or traveling from the capital of Greece, Athens, here you will find the basics on how to get to Mykonos.
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How to travel to Mykonos, Greece
Getting there: Book your ferry tickets in advance at the lowest price.
Where to stay in Mykonos: Check the great views from Maison Blanche. If you prefer a romantic Airbnb, go for this traditional Mykonian House. Wanna stay where I’ve stayed? Acrogiali Beach Hotel is a great option in Platis Gialos.
Top-rated tours in Mykonos
The Original Morning Delos Guided Tour
Yacht Cruise to Rhenia Island & Guided Tour of Delos
Discover Authentic Mykonos Tour
Evening Visit to a Traditional Mykonian Farm
Touring Mykonos on wheels? I suggest Discover Cars. Wanna have more fun? Check prices for bikes and quad rental here.
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Getting to Mykonos
General information about Mykonos
Iconic, whitewashed, and typically Greek are some of the ways you might use when trying to describe Mykonos. The utmost expression of thoughtless holiday life, summer entertainment, and decadent parties, Mykonos is a controversial island that, each season, attracts an eclectic kind fo audience.
On Mykonos, elite travelers from the European jet set share the island with young travelers with a more restricted budget.
Mykonos is also a popular destination for gay tourism due to its open-minded and friendly atmosphere. All these reasons, make it a super popular destination, with easy connections not just from Athens, but from all over Europe.
However, Mykonos is not just about wild parties, dance floors, and yachts. There are plenty of things you can do on the island, including visiting museums, discovering some amazing churches, or even swimming in quite remote and tranquil beaches. Some of the shores on the island are truly shallow and safe, making them a great destination for children even when Mykonos is better known for its nightlife.
>>Check here for the best things to do in Mykonos with kids<<
Can you fly to Mykonos? Get to Mykonos by plane
Only 20 minutes from Mykonos Town, Mykonos International Airport is right in the center of the island. It receives daily flights from Athens (Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air) – up to seven daily flights in summer, as well as up to five weekly flights from Thessaloniki. The flying time from Athens is only 35 minutes while a flight from Thessaloniki is about an hour.
In summer, there are direct flights from some of the main European cities, including London, Milan, Rome, and Paris. Both Mykonos and Santorini are also connected by plane with a daily flight.
Once at the airport, there are buses connecting to the city center. You can also hire a taxi (although the taxi fares on the island are quite high if compared to other Greek Islands). If your hotel offers transfer services to or from the port, do consider it.
How to get to Mykonos by ferry
Getting to Mykonos by ferry is the most popular way to reach the island from Athens, especially in the high season. Always remember to book your ticket in advance to secure a seat on the desired dates.
Most ferries arrive to the modern port of Mykonos, as well as the several cruise ships that reach the island from late May well into October.
If you’re reaching the island by sea, do check your ticket to be certain that you arrive and depart from the same port.
Ferries to Mykonos from Athens
There are 3 to 4 daily ferries from the Port of Piraeus. The trip lasts about 5 hours (an hour less if you choose to book a fast ferry). You can also depart from the lesser-known Port of Rafina, that offers up to seven different ferries during the high season with a much shorter sailing time (about three hours).
Traveling to Mykonos from other Greek Islands
Who wouldn’t like to travel to Mykonos for a short day trip if they are spending time on other Greek islands? In fact, many visitors often include Mykonos in their island-hopping itinerary and travel there from other islands.
For this reason, there are several ferry connections between Mykonos and many other Greek Islands, these are some of the most popular routes:
Crete – Mykonos
There’s a daily ferry connecting Mykonos to the Port of Heraklion. During summer, there’s a daily boat from Chania as well as two weekly trips departing from Rethymnon. The trip lasts between 4 and 5 hours.
Santorini – Mykonos
There are two to four daily ferries connecting both islands. The trip can last from 2.30 h to 4 hours, depending on the kind of ferry you choose. Those staying in Santorini can easily visit Mykonos on a day trip if they travel with a high speed ferry.
Paros – Mykonos
Paros is quite close to Mykonos, it can be reached in about an hour (up to two hours on a regular ferry) boarding one of the 2-4 ferries departing daily.
Naxos – Mykonos
From three to five daily ferries connect Mykonos and Naxos with fairly short sailing times (1-2 hours). For this reason, a day trip to Naxos is also a great idea if you’re spending your vacations in Mykonos.
Ferry routes from Mykonos to other Greek Islands
Amorgos: 2-4 weekly ferries. For a more frequent schedule, choose the Port of Katapola.
Andros: 1-2 daily ferries, with a short sailing time (about 2 hours).
Ios: 1-3 daily ferries with a sailing time of a bit more than just an hour. Ios is, in fact, another great island to visit if you’re staying in Mykonos and would like to experience some authentic island-hopping in Greece.
Folegandros: 1 daily ferry.
Samos: There is one daily service and the trip takes a bit less than four hours.
There are also ferries bound to the islands of Kimolos, Folegandros, Sifnos, Serifos, and the Small Cyclades, travel times are often related to connections, so trips can last quite long even when the distances to be covered are fairly short.
Ferries to the nearby island of Delos depart from the old port of Mykonos.
>>First time in Mykonos? Check this guide<<
Moving around in Mykonos
The main bus station is located at the entrance of Mykonos town, not far from the iconic Windmills by the sea. From here, there are buses reaching the most important villages in Mykonos, including Platys Gialos, Ornos, Agios Stefanos, Kalafati, Elia and other popular beaches. Some of these beaches can also be reached by boat.
The buses to the most trendy beaches on the island, including Ornos, Paradise, and Super Paradise are not as frequent and usually super crowded, sometimes the boat looks like a far better option though sailing times are more relaxed. There’s also a regular service that connects the old and the new port.
Rent your own vehicle in Mykonos
Although this is not my favorite island to drive, it’s can be just fine if you avoid the chaos of some coastal villages, the most popular beaches, and Mykonos town. Here you can compare car rental fees.
If you decide to hire a quad or a motorcycle, please be extremely careful with the intense summer traffic. Also keep in mind that in the high season, many areas to access the center of the Old Town are closed to the traffic.
Taxis are not as affordable as on other destinations in Greece, and in peak months the waiting times for a taxi can be very long. At night you’ll probably pay an extra fee as well as for any piece of extra luggage.
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