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Discovering Ios, Greece: Your Guide to Getting There with Ease

18 January 2024

Dreaming of the sun-drenched beaches and laid-back vibes of the Greek Islands? Well, Ios, located in the heart of the Cyclades, might just be your ideal getaway. But the big question remains – how to get there? Fear not, we’ve got you covered with a guide to reaching this island paradise.

1.  Setting Sail from Athens: The Ferry Adventure

Picture yourself cruising through the sparkling Aegean Sea, wind in your hair, and the promise of Ios on the horizon. The journey begins in Athens, where ferries depart from the bustling ports of Piraeus and Rafina. During the sun-soaked summer months, ferries are your trusty option, travelling back and forth to Ios. Expect a voyage of 3 to 7 hours, depending on your choice of ferry. Pro tip: ferry schedules are a bit like a well-guarded secret, so keep an eye out for updates closer to your departure date.

2.  Island Hopping Magic: Santorini and Mykonos Connections

Touching down on the glamorous runways of Santorini or Mykonos? Extend your adventure by hopping onto a ferry bound for Ios. Daily departures make island-hopping a breeze, and the journey takes a breezy 45 minutes from Santorini. Fancy a bit more time in the air? You can fly into Santorini, Mykonos, or even Heraklion Crete, and then whisk yourself away on a high-speed ferry to Ios.

3.  Navigating Athens to the Ports: Simple and Scenic

So, you’ve landed in Athens, and now it’s time to make your way to Piraeus or Rafina ports. Choose the scenic route with the x96 bus from the airport to Piraeus – only €5, clean, air-conditioned, and oh-so-Greek. Alternatively, the metro is your urban chariot, whisking you from the airport to Piraeus with a change at Monastiraki. And if you’re feeling fancy or jet-lagged, a taxi is always an option, though it might set you back €60 during the day or €85 at night.

4.  Ios Awaits: More Than a Party Island

Ios might have a party reputation, but it’s so much more. Think stunning beaches like Mylopotas and Manganari, plus a dose of mythology at Homer’s Tomb. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a relaxation guru, Ios has something for you. And guess what? You can even sneak in some island-hopping magic with stops at Paros, Naxos, or Milos before arriving in Ios.

5. Fly and Sail: The Air-and-Sea Combo

If time is of the essence, fly! While Ios doesn’t have its own airport, nearby Santorini, Mykonos, and Heraklion Crete are ready to welcome you. Catch a direct flight to these islands and then sail away on a high-speed ferry to Ios. Worth noting that last ferries usually depart mid-afternoon, so for same-day travel it’s worth booking a flight that lands mid-morning to early-afternoon.

In a nutshell, reaching Ios is an adventure waiting to happen. Whether you choose the ferry frolics from Athens, island-hopping delights, or the seamless air-and-sea combo, Ios is ready to welcome you with open arms. Pack your bags, set your sights on the shimmering blue waters, and let the journey to Ios unfold in the most relaxed way possible.

Travel Tips for Smooth Sailing:

  • Book those ferry tickets! Especially during peak season, pre-booking ensures you don’t get left staring wistfully at a departing ship.
  • High-speed or slow and steady? Choose your ferry based on your budget and seasickness tolerance. High-speed gets you there faster, but the slower sail might be gentler on your stomach (and wallet).
  • Flights from afar? Many airlines offer direct flights to Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete from major European cities. Remember, all flights to Greek islands connect through Athens, so think of it as a mini-adventure in itself.


Email us at if you’d like a gold package (including ferries/transfers) quote or an island-hopping experience. VIP customers also have the option of a helicopter or private speed boat transfer from Mykonos or Santorini.


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