For most people, traveling in Greece means island-hopping.
Every island has a ferry service of some kind, although in winter services are not very regular. Daily services to all islands start from April onwards, and by July and August there are countless services criss-crossing the Greek waters. There are boats in all shapes and sizes, from the giant car ferries that work the major routes to the hydrofoils, catamarans and small local boats that link an island in one group with an island in another.

Piraeus Port
The ferries for the Cyclades, Dodecanese, the North-Eastern Aegean, Saronic Gulf islands and Crete leave from Piraeus, the main port of Athens.
Athens' second port is Rafina, approximately 60 km from the city center, 10 km from Athens International Airport and easily reachable by bus. There are boats from Rafina to Evia and some of the Cyclades, such as Andros, Tinos and Mykonos. The port of Lavrio, in southern Attica, offers the only ferry link from the mainland to the Cycladic island of Kea. There are plenty of buses from Athens to Lavrio.
Ferries to the Ionian islands leave from the ports of Patras and Killini on the Peloponnese, at about 3 hours from Athens by train or bus.
Ferries for the Sporades leave from Volos and Aghios Konstantinos. The ride to the ports takes approx. 3 hours to Aghios Konstantinos and 5 hours to Volos by bus; consider this bus trip as an opportunity to discover the beauties of the Greek mainland.

Ferry timetables change from year to year and season to season and are sometimes subject to delays and cancellations at short notice due to bad weather. No timetable is infallible, but the comprehensive weekly lists of departures from Piraeus put out by the EOT (National Tourist Information) in Athens, are as accurate as possible. Usually the local port police are considered to have the most up-to-date information.

Traveling time can vary considerably from one ferry to another, depending on how many islands are called in on the way to your destination. For example, the Piraeus Crete trip can take between 9 and 14 hours, depending on the kind of boat you take. As most of the islands are rather far away from the mainland, you save a lot of time traveling on the hydrofoils and catamarans (Santorini: ferry 12 hours, hydrofoil 7 hours; Mykonos: ferry 6 hours, catamaran 3 hours). This means, of course, that the fast boats are double price. So, if the regular ferry to Paros costs 16 Euro on a Deck seat - which is always the cheapest - the fast one would cost 34 Euro per person. You see, half sailing time - double the price!!!

We recommend taking the regular ferry boat for destinations like Rhodes (14 to 18 hours), because they travel overnight and you can sleep in a comfortable single, double or 4-bed cabin

For you convenience, PACIFIC TRAVEL manages all the necessary bookings and the ticketing for you (ferry, hydrofoil, catamaran)
PACIFIC TRAVEL: Athens International Airport, tel. 0030 210 3530 160, City Centre: tel. 0030 210 3241 007,