Karpathos is a remote island of the Dodecanese with marvelous beaches, picturesque villages, and great landscapes. Some good reasons for visiting this Greek island are the various water sports that you can practice in the local beaches, the enchanting green ambience, and the cave of Poseidon. Karpathos has two commercial ports, Pigadia and Diafani. The trip from Piraeus is very long, from 18 to 20 hours. This route also connects Karpathos with other islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
Below, you will find information on how to get to Karpathos by ferry, where to buy your tickets, and information about Karpathos, and its ports, along with many photos.
Ferries to Karpathos depart from Piraeus port in Athens. The ferry trip to Karpathos (from Piraeus) lasts for about 20.5 hours. Karpathos is also connected with many islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, like Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Kasos, Chalki, and Santorini.
Ferry schedules to Karpathos
Ferries to Karpathos from Athens and the islands run almost daily in peak season.
Ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Karpathos
In the summer, there are ferries to Karpathos about 3 times per week. The ferry trip from Piraeus to Karpathos lasts for 20.5 hours-a day and the cost of a ferry ticket for a standard seat is '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros) - '60' 'EUR' (60 Euros).
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Ferry from Rhodes to Karpathos
In the high season, there are 2 ferries from Rhodes to Karpathos 3 times per week. The ferry trip from Rhodes to Karpathos lasts for about 6 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros).
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Ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Karpathos
In peak season, there are ferries from Heraklion to Karpathos 2-3 times per week. The duration of the trip from Heraklion to Karpathos is 8 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is about '17' 'EUR' (17 Euros).
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The types of ferries that travel to/from Karpathos?
Island hopping from Karpathos
Karpathos is a good base for island-hopping to the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands. Some of the most popular island-hopping itineraries from Karpathos are from Karpathos to Rhodes, from Karpathos to Crete, and from Karpathos to Santorini.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Since the ferry trip from Athens to Karpathos is very long, we highly recommend booking a cabin, for a more comfortable trip.
- The best way to plan your trip to Karpathos is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August.
- Keep in mind that Karpathos has two ports: Pigadia and Diafani, so make sure to double-check at which port you arrive.
HOW TO BOOK FERRY TICKETS TO KARPATHOS?
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INFORMATION ABOUT KARPATHOS
If you want to describe Karpathos in one phrase, you could characterize it is a "calm power". Although it is quiet unknown to foreigners and the Greeks believe it is a pretty remote island, in fact this island combines everything: calm beaches and water sports, traditional villages, archaeological sites and modern structures, excursions to remote islets and hidden caves all over the island.
Karpathos belongs to the Dodecanese complex and it is situated close to Crete. The capital and main port is Pigadia, built around a bay on the southern part of the island. The landscape around Pigadia is rocky and barren, while you can find some interesting caves, like the cave of Poseidon. Close to Pigadia, you can also see the archaeological site of ancient Potideon. The most beautiful village of Karpathos is Olympos, built on the slopes of a hill and with intense traditional character.
Apart from villages, Karpathos also has amazing beaches. The most famous are Kyra Panagia and Apela, due to the picturesque and lush green ambience. This beach is actually a small, relaxing bay with crystal water. Other beautiful beaches are Achata, Megali Amopi and Arkassa. The most tourist developed spots on Karpathos are Lefkos and Finiki, on the western side of the island, which also have organized beaches.
In Karpathos, you can also practice windsurfing on the beach of Makrigialos. The winds are blowing strong there, especially in the afternoon.
Why visit Karpathos?
Hop on a ferry to Karpathos for quiet holidays away from the hustle and bustle, calm beaches, water sports, traditional villages, and archaeological sites.
- Karpathos belongs to the Dodecanese island complex and it is situated close to Crete.
- The capital and main port of the island is Pigadia, which stretches around a bay on the southern part of the island.
- The most beautiful village of Karpathos is Olympos, a village with an intense traditional character built on the slopes of a hill.
The best season to visit Karpathos
The best season to visit Karpathos is the summer. The good thing about Karpathos is that it doesn’t overflow with tourists, even in peak season, so it’s perfect for those who want to enjoy a calm holiday.
Is Karpathos for you?
If you’re searching for a quiet and remote destination to escape the crowds, Karpathos is your best bet!.
Sightseeing in Karpathos
Some nice places to visit in Karpathos are the Acropolis of Arkassa, the Ancient Potideon, Saria Islet, Othos Folklore Museum, and the Cave of Poseidon.
More about Karpathos
Discover more online resources about Karpathos:
- Karpathos by Wikipedia: Karpathos by the most famous online Encyclopedia.
Photos of Karpathos
Available ports in Karpathos
About Diafani Port
Connected ports to Diafani
Athens, Piraeus - Chalki - Anafi - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Sitia - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Milos - Rhodes - Santorini (Thira)
Diafani is a small port town on the northern side of Karpathos. This is the second port of the island (after Pigadia) and serves ferries that run schedules between the Dodecanese islands. The ferries from Piraeus arrive in Pigadia.
In summer, there are daily boats that connect Pigadia with Diafani. The distance from Pigadia to Diafani by car is long and the road is not good all the way long.
About Karpathos Port
Connected ports to Karpathos
Athens, Piraeus - Chalki - Anafi - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Sitia - Karpathos, Diafani - Kasos - Kos, Port - Milos - Nisyros - Rhodes - Samos, Karlovassi - Santorini (Thira) - Syros - Tilos
The main port of Karpathos is Pigadia, located on the southern side of the island. This port receives ferries from Piraeus in Athens, Sitia in Crete (Lassithi), and all the islands of the Dodecanese.
The port of Pigadia is connected by bus with all the tourist villages and beaches around the island. It is also connected by boat with Diafani, the other port of Karpathos, located on the northern side of the island.