Ferries to Paros depart from the ports of Athens throughout the year. A ferry ticket to Paros costs 20-60 euros for a standard seat. The ferry trip to Paros lasts for about 3-7.5 hours, depending on the ferry (conventional or high-speed).
Ferry schedules to Paros port
Ferries to Paros depart daily from Athens all year round. However, in the peak season, there are also ferries to Paros from many Cycladic islands.
Athens to Paros ferry
Ferries from Athens to Paros depart from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrion. In the low season, there are usually 2 ferries per day, while in the peak season more than 5. More specifically, in the peak season, there are at least 4 ferry departures from Rafina port and at least 5 from the port of Piraeus, both in the morning and in the afternoon. The ferry companies that connect Athens with Paros are Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, and Seajets.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Paros?
The ferry trip from Athens to Paros lasts for 3-7.5 hours, depending on the type of the ferry (conventional or high-speed/catamaran). More specifically, a conventional ferry will get you to Paros in 4-7.5 hours, while a high-speed/catamaran in about 3 hours.
The types of ferries that travel to/from Paros
The types of ferries that serve itineraries to Paros are conventional ferries (Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Fast Ferries) and high-speed/catamaran ferries (Seajets).
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- If you’re planning to take the ferry to Paros right after your arrival in Greece, then departing from Rafina port is a better option, as it is closer to the airport.
- The best way to plan your trip to Paros is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August.
- If you’re traveling on a budget, book a ticket for a conventional ferry. They might be slower than the high-speed/catamaran ferries, but they are usually cheaper.
Why visit Paros?
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Paros for the vivid nightlife, windsurfing, endless sandy beaches, and idyllic resorts!
- Paros was renowned for its fine white marble from the 6th Century BC. It is believed Venus de Milo statue was made of Parian marble.
- Other names for Paros, used in ancient times were "Pektia", "Dimitrias", and "Iria".
- The port of Naoussa in Paros used to be an infamous pirate hangout.
- Cooked snails, known as "Karavola", is a very popular dish in Paros.
- Paros is the third biggest island of the Cyclades island complex.
What's the best season to visit Paros?
Although Paros is one of those Greek islands that are pretty lively during the shoulder season, the best season to visit is summer. In the summer you’ll have the chance to do watersports, visit the island’s endless sandy beaches, enjoy the island’s nightlife, and explore quaint villages.
Is Paros for you?
Situated in the heart of the Cyclades island complex, Paros is a great alternative to the nearby Mykonos and Santorini. Paros island is a cheaper, but equally cosmopolitan alternative to the superstar Cycladic islands. So, if you love super-long beaches, watersports, and a pinch of glamour, Paros is a one-way destination!
And what about Paros sightseeing?
Apart from the island’s stunning beaches, there are many places to visit in Paros. Some of them are Panagia Ekatontapiliani monastery, the Archaeological Museum of Paros, Lefkes village, and Marpissa village.
Island-hopping from Paros
Paros’ location makes it the perfect base for island-hopping around the Cyclades! Being close to the most famous Cyclades islands, like Mykonos, Santorini, and Naxos, Paros makes a very good place to start your island-hopping itinerary.
Photos of Paros
About Paros Port
Connected ports to Paros
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Amorgos, Aegiali - Amorgos, Katapola - Andros - Astypalea - Anafi - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Donoussa - Folegandros - Ios - Iraklia - Kalymnos - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kastelorizo - Kea - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythnos - Leros - Lipsi - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Nisyros - Patmos - Rhodes - Santorini (Thira) - Schinoussa - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Thessaloniki - Thirassia - Tilos - Tinos
One of the most popular islands in Greece, Paros belongs to the Cyclades and it is located in the centre of the Aegean Sea. The main port and capital of the island is Parikia, located on the western side. Parikia receives ferries from Piraeus and Rafina in Attica as well as ferries from other Cyclades islands.
The port of Paros is connected by bus to the most popular places around the island, including Naoussa, Alyki, Pounta, Golden Beach and many other places along the way. The bus station is right at the port, at the pier where ferries arrive and depart. The bus schedule is frequent and convenient. There are also many taxis on the island.