Ikaria is a beautiful island located on the Eastern Aegean Sea. It is famous for its amazing crystal-clear beaches, its local feasts known as ‘’panigiria’’, and its green landscape. Ikaria has 2 ports, Agios Kirikos and Evdilos. There are ferries from Piraeus to Ikaria 3 times a week and the trip lasts approximately 9 hours. Occasionally - but not every year - there are ferries from Ag. Kirikos to Mykonos. In summer, there are almost daily local ferries from Samos to Ikaria and Fourni. In particular, ferries from Ikaria go to: Samos (Karlovassi, Vathy and Pythagorion), Fourni, Syros, Piraeus, Chios, Lesvos and Kavala.
Below, you will find information on how to get to Ikaria by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Ikaria and its port, along with many photos.
Ferries to Ikaria depart from Piraeus port in Athens and from Kavala in mainland Greece. The ferry trip to Ikaria lasts for 6-9 hours. The cost of a ferry ticket to Ikaria is '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros) - '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros). Ikaria island is directly connected by ferry with Syros, Mykonos, Fourni, Samos, and Patmos.
Ferry schedules from Ikaria
There are ferry connections between Piraeus and Ikaria every week throughout the year. In the summer, ferry routes are more frequent and there are also many daily ferries to Ikaria from Kavala, the Dodecanese islands, and the Northern Aegean islands.
Ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Ikaria
During peak season, there are 1-6 ferries from Piraeus to Ikaria every day. More specifically, there are 1-3 ferries from Piraeus to Evdilos port and 1-3 ferries from Piraeus to Agios Kirikos port per day. The ferry trip from Athens to Ikaria lasts for 6-9 hours. The cost of a ferry ticket from Athens to Ikaria is '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros) - '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros).
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Ferry from Mykonos to Ikaria (Evdilos port)
In the summer, there are daily ferry connections between Mykonos and Evdilos port in Ikaria. The journey from Mykonos to Ikaria lasts for 2 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '19' 'EUR' (19 Euros).
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Ferry from Fourni to Ikaria (Agios Kirikos port)
During peak season, there are many daily ferries (at least 4-5) from Fourni to Ikaria. The duration of the ferry trip is 25 minutes to 1.5 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '7' 'EUR' (7 Euros) - '14' 'EUR' (14 Euros).
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What types of ferries travel to/from Ikaria?
Island hopping from Ikaria
During the high season, there are frequent ferry connections between Ikaria and the Dodecanese and the Northeastern Aegean islands. Some of the most popular island-hopping routes from Ikaria are from Ikaria to Fourni, from Ikaria to Mykonos, from Ikaria to Samos, and from Ikaria to Syros.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Ikaria has 2 ports: Evdilos and Agios Kirikos. Make sure you double-check at which port you arrive before your departure.
- The best way to plan your trip to Ikaria is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August.
- Ikaria is connected by ferry with Kavala town in northern Greece. Departing from the port of Kavala may be a better option if you’re planning a road trip in the Greek mainland.
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INFORMATION ABOUT IKARIA
One of the greenest islands of the Aegean, Ikaria receives a lot of tourists every summer that seek quiet beaches and green nature. The island got its name from Icarus, the first man to fly. According to the myth, Icarus and his father, Daedalus, were kept against their will by the king of Crete, Minos, in the palace of Knossos. To arrange their escape, Deadalus thought of a marvelous plan: as they could not escape the palace on foot, they would fly away! Daedalus made wings out of feather and wax and together with his son, they started their flight across the Aegean. However, Icarus was a young boy and he thought the wings were a game. So, he went too close to the Sun, whose heat made the wax melt and the boy fell into the sea, close to the island of Ikaria, which was named after him since then. Today, in the capital of the island, you will see a statue of bronze wings to commemorate this myth.
Ikaria today is a beautiful island that bases most of its income on tourism, fishing and agriculture. All over the island, you will find beautiful beaches and picturesque villages to enjoy. Agios Kyrikos is the capital and one of the two ports of Ikaria, along with Evdilos. On the northern side of the island, there are other lovely resorts, such as Evdilos, Armenistis and Gialiskari, known for their sandy beaches and fresh seafood.
Apart from the beaches, Ikaria is mostly known for its landscape. Many ecotourism programs have developed on Ikaria and many scientists come to study the special flora and fauna of the island. A place of great natural beauty is Halari Gorge, on the northern side of the island, which provides many trekking paths among waterfalls, small lakes, narrow rivers and old, stone bridges. These paths lead to the small beach of Nas, which gives the most romantic sunset on the island.
Why visit Ikaria?
Hop on a ferry to Ikaria for secluded beaches, verdant natural landscapes, traditional feasts, perfect camping spots, and picturesque villages!
- The island got its name from Icarus, the first man to fly according to the myth.
- On the northern side of the island, you’ll find beautiful resorts, such as Evdilos, Armenistis and Gialiskari, which are famous for their sandy beaches and fresh seafood.
- Many ecotourism programs have been developed in Ikaria and many scientists study the flora and fauna of the island.
- Ikaria is famous for the local feasts (panigiria) that take place at several places across the island in the summer.
The best season to visit Ikaria
If you want to take a dip in the mesmerizing waters of Ikaria, explore nature, and join the traditional feasts, the best season to visit Ikaria is the summer.
Is Ikaria for you?
If you’re searching for a paradise destination off the beaten tourist trail for holidays in nature, Ikaria is your best bet!
Sightseeing in Ikaria
Some beautiful places to visit in Ikaria are the Stones houses, the Halari Gorge, the Temple of Artemis, the Ancient Springs, and the Church of Panagia Theoskepasti.
More about Ikaria
Discover more online resources about Ikaria:
- Ikaria by Wikipedia: Ikaria by the most famous online Encyclopedia.
Photos of Ikaria
Available ports in Ikaria
About Ag.kirikos Port
Connected ports to Ag.kirikos
Athens, Piraeus - Ag.eystratios - Chios, Port - Fourni - Inousses - Kalymnos - Kastelorizo - Kavala - Kos, Port - Leros - Lesvos (Mitilini) - Limnos - Lipsi - Mykonos - Nisyros - Patmos - Samos, Karlovassi - Samos, Pythagorio - Samos, Vathi - Syros - Tilos - Tinos
Agios Kirikos is the capital town of Ikaria and one of the two ports on the island (the other port is Evdilos). A small town with traditional architecture, Agios Kirikos has the calm refreshing atmosphere that you need in holidays.
Agios Kirikos is connected by bus to the most popular villages in Ikaria, including Gialiskari, Armenistis and Evdilos. The bus stop is close to the port.
About Evdilos Port
Connected ports to Evdilos
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Ag.eystratios - Andros - Chios, Port - Fourni - Inousses - Kavala - Lesvos (Mitilini) - Limnos - Mykonos - Samos, Karlovassi - Samos, Vathi - Syros - Tinos
Evdilos is the second commercial port of Ikaria, after Agios Kirikos. It is located on the northern side of the island and serves ferries from Piraeus, islands of Cyclades and Eastern Aegean.
The port of Evdilos is connected by bus to Agios Kirikos, the capital of the island, and other popular villages and beaches of Ikaria. Buses from Agios Kirikos leave from the bus station at the port and serve many villages on the way.