Rafina is the second busiest port of Attica, after Piraeus. All year round, there are ferries from Rafina to Andros, Tinos and Mykonos. In summer, Rafina port is connected by ferry to Naxos, Paros, Santorini, and more islands.
Below, you will find information about ferries from Rafina, their schedules, directions on how you can get to Rafina, along with various photos and description of the port.
Rafina port is located at the northeastern part of Attica and serves itineraries to the Cyclades islands and Crete. There are ferries from the Rafina port to Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Tinos, Andros, and other islands of the Aegean Sea.
Ferry schedules from Rafina
There are daily ferries from Rafina to the islands throughout the year, but routes are more frequent during peak season.
Ferries from Rafina to Santorini, Paros, and Naxos
This is one of the most popular itineraries from the Rafina port. However, keep in mind that the ferries that serve this route operate seasonally from May to October. During this time of the year, there are usually 2 ferries to Santorini, Paros, and Naxos per day. The duration of the trip from Rafina to Santorini is approximately 5-6 hours by a high-speed ferry. The ferry companies that connect Rafina with Santorini, Paros, and Naxos are Golden Star Ferries, Seajets, and Hellenic Seaways.
Ferries from Rafina to Mykonos, Andros, and Tinos
There are daily ferries from Rafina to Mykonos, Andros, and Tinos all year round. In the summer, there are at least 9 ferry connections per week between Rafina and these islands. The itinerary is served by high-speed and conventional ferries. The duration of the trip to Mykonos is 2.5 hours by a high-speed ferry and at least 4.5 hours by a conventional ferry. The ferry companies that serve this itinerary are Blue Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, Seajets, and Golden Star Ferries.
Ferries from Rafina to Crete
Ferries from Rafina to Heraklion in Crete operate seasonally, usually 7 times per week. Only conventional ferries connect Rafina with Crete and the duration of the journey is about 13 hours. The main ferry company that connects Rafina with Crete is Golden Star Ferries.
Travel tip to organize your travel:
- To avoid last-minute delays and inconveniences regarding your transfer to/ from the ports of Athens, the best option is to pre-book your transfers online
INFORMATION ABOUT RAFINA
Rafina is a lovely town on the eastern side of Attica. It has the closest port to the International Airport of Athens, as it is only 10 km from the airport and there are frequent buses for this connection. Rafina was first inhabited in the prehistoric times and it was one of the 100 municipalities of ancient Athens.
Rafina owes its name to its first governor and local hero, Arafina. The region was developed mostly after 1922, when refugees from Asia Minor settled there. Over the last years, the port of Rafina has grown into the second busiest port of Attica, after Piraeus, serving ferries to Cyclades.
About Rafina Port
Connected ports to Rafina
Athens, Rafina - Amorgos, Katapola - Andros - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Folegandros - Ios - Koufonissi - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Sifnos - Sikinos - Syros - Thirassia - Tinos
The second busiest port of Athens is Rafina. It is actually a small and lovely town to the north of Athens. It has a lovely waterfront, beautiful squares, and many taverns to have a meal. It is located about 30 km from the center of Athens, 40 km from the port of Piraeus, and 10 km from Athens International Airport.
Destinations: The port of Rafina is the only port that serves ferries to Andros, as it is closer than Piraeus. There are also ferries to Tinos and Mykonos.
How to get to Rafina from Athens city center
By taxi: The duration of a taxi ride from Athens city center (Omonoia/ Syntagma) to Rafina is 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you want to be closer to Rafina, we suggest taking the metro (blue line) up to the Nomismatokopio Station and get a taxi from there. A taxi ride from Nomismatokopio to Rafina lasts for 35 minutes. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens city center to the port of Rafina is about '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) during the day and '65' 'EUR' (65 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will pick you up you from your hotel or Airbnb host.
By bus: Suburban (KTEL) buses to Rafina leave from Pedion Areos, in Athens city center. Buses usually depart every hour and the ride lasts for about 70 minutes. To get to Pedion Areos by public means of transportation, take the green metro line up to the Victoria station and then walk up Heiden street. A bus ticket from Athens to Rafina costs '2.4' 'EUR' (2.4 Euro).
How to get to Rafina port from the Athens International Airport (El. Venizelos)
By taxi: You can find many taxis in front of the airport gates. A taxi ride from Athens Airport to Rafina lasts for 20 minutes and costs '35' 'EUR' (35 Euro) during the day and '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will be waiting for you with a panel and your name on it at the airport’s arrival gate.
By bus: Suburban (KTEL) buses connect Athens airport with Rafina in about 30 minutes. The price of a bus ticket from the airport to Rafina is '3' 'EUR' (3 Euro). Check for bus schedules from Athens Airport to Rafina Port and from Rafina Port to Athens Airport.