This guide will go through all the transport options for island hopping between Athens to Naxos Greece including a flight from Athens to Naxos, a ferry from Pireus port to Naxos and a ferry from Rafina to Naxos.
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How to Get from Athens to Naxos – The Best Way
The best way to get from Athens to Naxos is on the Blue Star ferry route from Piraeus to Naxos. I highly recommend that you book a room on the ferry. It still works out cheaper than flying and makes the journey go much faster!
Expect the ferry trip to take around 5.5 hours. View prices, ferry schedules and book ferry tickets below with Ferry Hopper:
Map: Athens to Naxos (Greek Islands)
The distance between Athens and Naxos is 109 miles or 176km, although the distance doesn’t seem like that much of a distance if you know the best route to take.
How to get to Naxos from Athens – Transport Options
|Transport Option||Journey Duration||Information||Tickets|
|Flight (Fastest)||40 minutes||Many small planes make the journey from Athens International Airport to Naxos each day. Naxos airport is only served by flights from Athens. Most flights depart in the morning. During peak season, there is usually an afternoon flight too. The main airlines flying from Athens to Naxos are Aegean Air, Sky Express and Olympic Air||View flight deals and availability here|
|Ferry Athens Piraeus Port to Naxos (Cheapest)||4-6 hours||There are normally at least 2 ferries a day between Athens and Naxos. During peak season there can be up to 6 ferries per day. Blue Star and SeaJets run the majority of routes.||View ferry tickets, timetables and availability here.|
|Ferry Athens Rafina Port to Naxos (Fastest ferry route)||3 hours, 45 minutes||The ferry connection between Rafina port and Naxos runs in the summer only. The route is operated by 3 companies - Fast Ferries, Seajets and Golden star ferries. During peak season there are up to 37 sailings a week from Rafina to Naxos.||View ferry tickets, timetables and availability here|
OPTION 1: Take a Flight from Athens to Naxos – The Fastest Way
The average flight time from Athens to Naxos is 40 minutes.
Many small planes make the journey from Athens International Airport to Naxos each day. Naxos airport is only served by flights from Athens. However, you can fly to almost anywhere from Athens, and there are so many flights from Athens to Naxos per day, you’ll easily make a connection.
Most flights between Athens and Naxos depart in the morning. During peak season, there is usually an afternoon flight too.
The main airlines flying from Athens to Naxos are Aegean Air, Sky Express and Olympic Air. Aegean Air usually has the lowest prices. View cheap flights, prices and availability for your dates here.
OPTION 2: Athens to Naxos Ferry from Pireaus port – The cheapest way
A ferry from Athens to Naxos Greece will have a trip duration of 4 and 6 hours and run at multiple times per day.
Ferry to Naxos from Piraeus
There are normally at least 2 ferries a day between the two ports. During peak season there can be up to 6 ferries per day. Most ferries call at the neighbouring island of Paros as well. You can read our Athens to Paros transport guide here.
If you have an early morning ferry, you may want to consider staying overnight in Piraeus. You can view the best accomodation options in Piareus for your dates here >>>
These are the best ferry companies to travel with from Piraeus to Naxos:
Blue Star: Two Blue star ferries operate from Pireaus to Naxos each day in peak season – one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon. The journey time is between 5 and 6 hours, depending on the ship. The morning boat is often quicker, and both stop at the island of Paros on the way. Find Athens to Naxos routes with Blue Star here >>
Sea Jets: The Worldchampion jet and sea jet 2 both sail from Athens to Naxos Greece. At least one Sea Jets boat makes the journey each day with a journey time of 3.5 hours. Sea Jets provides high-speed ferry services for quick journeys. Find Sea Jets routes from Athens to Naxos here >>
The Seajets boat usually departs from Pireaus in the early morning. Although there are no cabins available, the journey time makes up for it. The boat calls at Syros and Mykonos before arriving in Naxos.
How to get to Piraeus Port
MRT from Athens to Piraeus
From Athens centre, simply catch the metro to Piraeus station. There’s then a free shuttle bus connecting to the different port gates. This takes 30 minutes from Athens centre and 1 hour, 20 minutes from Athens Airport.
Private Transfer from Athens to Piraeus (or taxi)
A taxi from Athens city centre to Piraeus port should cost around €20 or €50 and 45 minutes from Athens Airport. You can also book a private transfer in advance with Get Transfer for a similar price. View and book transfers here.
Walking to Piareus Port
If you’re already staying in Piraeus port, it’s so useful to be able to walk to your ferry departure. There’s also a free shuttle bus connecting the different gates together which runs every 20 minutes from Piraeus metro station. View places to stay near Piraeus port here.
Ports in Athens
There are 3 ports in Athens:
- Piraeus Port (The main ferry port and largest in Athens with ferries to most islands apart from the Ionian islands). Piraeus serves many ferries from Athens to Naxos.
- Lavrio (A small port mainly serving islands near Athens such as Kynthos and Kea)
- Rafina (The second biggest port in Athens with routes mainly covering the northern Aegean and Northern Cyclades islands. During the winter, Rafina still covers Andros, Mykonos and Syros). Rafina also serves many (season dependant) ferries from Athens to Naxos.
OPTION 3: Ferry from Rafina port to Naxos
Journey time between Rafina and Naxos is around 3 hours, 45 minutes
Rafina port is the closest port to Athens Airport. If you’re making the journey to your final destination in one day, consider sailing from Rafina port.
The Rafina Naxos ferry runs in the summer only. The route is operated by 3 companies – Fast Ferries, Seajets and Golden star ferries. During peak season there are up to 37 sailings a week from Rafina to Naxos. View ferry times and prices for your dates here >>.
How to get to Rafina Port
Bus to Rafina Port from Athens Airport or City Centre
Buses leave Athens city centre every hour (€2.40) with a journey time of 70 minutes. Buses from Athens airport take 30 minutes and cost €3.
Taxi to Rafina Port from Athens Airport or City Centre
A Taxi will cost you around €50 by day from Athens city centre and take 1 hour, 15 minutes. From Athens airport, a taxi will take around 20 minutes and cost about €25. Private transfers can be pre-booked online with Get Transfer. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Staying at Rafina Port
If you have an early morning ferry, or you want to have an overnight stopover, the Rafina area is a lovely place to stay. There’s plenty of tavernas and shops and a long sandy beach.
Our Top Place to Stay: Hotel Avra
Set just 200 yards away from Rafina Port, Hotel Avra is the perfect place to stay for a trip to Rafina or an early morning ferry. The hotel is also just 100 yards from Rafina’s long sandy beach.
Rooms vary from a twin room sleeping 2 adults to an interconnecting quadruple room sleeping, 4 adults and 3 kids. Guests also have the option of a sea view or a partial sea view. Cots ARE provided on request. Children over 3 are considered adults.
Related Post: 10 Day Cyclades Itinerary – Athens | Naxos | Ios | Santorini
Driving from Athens to Naxos
If you’ve hired a car in Athens or brought your own vehicle to Greece, you may be wondering if you can take your vehicle to Naxos? Most ferries travelling between the two islands ARE car ferries. On Greek ferries, you pay for each passenger and the car separately. The vehicle is usually more expensive than an average ticket. View car hire prices and availability here >>>
Note: If you’ve hired a car, check with the hire car company that it’s ok to take the car to another island!
Athens to Naxos with Kids
The journey is definitely worth doing with kids. Athens is well worth visiting, and there’s plenty to do for kids, including climbing to the highest point in Athens – Mount Lycabettus.
You will ultimately know which route will work best for you and your family. In my opinion, the best way to get from Athens to Naxos is by travelling from Piraeus port to Naxos with Blue Star Ferries. I highly recommend booking a cabin too.
If you’re travelling to Naxos straight from Athens International Airport, consider sailing from Rafina port. View timetables prices and availability here.
If you’d prefer to reach Naxos more quickly, flying is the best option. View cheap flights and availability here.
You can read about our trip to Mount Lycabettus hill with a baby here or learn more about Naxos here. The best resort in Naxos for families is Agios Prokopios. Naxos is one of the best islands in Greece for families and also has some of the best beaches in Greece for families.