Tinos is one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades, in Greece. It has some of the most beautiful villages of the Cyclades, the most famous being Pyrgos. It offers also some nice sandy beaches. The island is characterized by its many traditional dovecotes.
You will find below information about how to get to Tinos by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Tinos and its ports, with many photos.
Ferries to Tinos depart from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, in Athens. A ferry ticket from Athens to Tinos costs approximately '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros) for a standard seat, depending of the ferry type. The ferry trip from Athens to Tinos lasts for 3.5-4.5 hours depending on the ferry. Tinos island is directly connected by ferry with Santorini, Andros, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, and other islands of the Cyclades.
Ferry Schedules to Tinos
There are daily ferries to Tinos from Piraeus and Rafina in Athens. In the summer, ferry routes are more frequent and there are also many daily ferries to Tinos from many islands of the Cyclades.
Ferry to Tinos from Athens (Piraeus, Rafina)
Ferry from Piraeus Port: There are daily ferry connections between Athens (Piraeus) and Tinos during the peak season. More specifically, there is a ferry from Piraeus to Tinos every morning throughout the summer.
> Book your ferry tickets to Tinos from Athens Piraeus
Ferry from Rafina Port: Ferries from Rafina to Tinos depart more frequently than ferries from Piraeus. During the peak season, there are at least 4 ferries from Rafina from morning to afternoon.
> Book your ferry tickets to Tinos from Athens Rafina
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Tinos? The ferry trip from Athens to Tinos lasts for 3.5-4.5 hours depending on the ferry type (conventional or high-speed).
The port of Rafina is closer to Tinos and the ride is shorter.
Ferry to Tinos from Mykonos
In the summer, there are at least 5 ferry connections between Mykonos and Tinos every day. The duration of the trip from Mykonos to Tinos is half an hour and the cost of the ferry ticket is '8' 'EUR' (8 Euros)
> Book your ferry tickets to Tinos from Mykonos
Ferry to Tinos from Syros
There are 1-2 ferries from Syros to Tinos every day. The journey from Syros to Tinos lasts for 30-50 minutes and the cost of the ferry ticket is '4' 'EUR' (4 Euros) - '8' 'EUR' (8 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Tinos from Syros
Ferry to Tinos from Paros
There are usually 3 ferries from Paros to Tinos every day in the summer. The ferry trip from Paros to Tinos lasts for 1.5 - 2.5 hours depending on the ferry type and ferry tickets for this itinerary costs '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros) - '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Tinos from Paros
Ferry to Tinos from Naxos
Usually, there are two ferries from Naxos to Tinos every day in the peak season. The duration of the ferry trip from Naxos to Tinos is approximately 2 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Tinos from Naxos
What types of ferries travel to/from Tinos?
The types of ferries that sail to Tinos are conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran ferries. The ferry companies that serve itineraries to Tinos are Blue Star Ferries, Seajets, Golden Star Ferries, and Fast Ferries.
Island hopping from Tinos
Tinos is a very good base for island-hopping in the Cyclades. Some of the most popular island-hopping routes are from Tinos to Mykonos, from Tinos to Paros, from Tinos to Naxos, and from Tinos to Syros.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Keep in mind that some ferry itineraries, like the one from Paros to Tinos and the one from Naxos to Tinos, are seasonal. This means that ferries between these destinations operate only in the summer.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Tinos is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Tinos to Athens.
- For a flexible departure from Athens, choose to depart from Rafina port, as there are more ferries to Tinos from Rafina than from Piraeus and the ride is shorter.
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INFORMATION ABOUT TINOS
The island of Tinos has great religious importance for Greece, due to the church of the Annunciation of the Virgin that is found in the capital. This church is considered as the patron church of all Greece and the icon of the Virgin hosted there is believed to have miraculous properties.
Thousands of pilgrims come every year on Tinos to knee this Holy Icon and pray. Every year, on August 15th, there is a grand festival to honor this church, the greatest religious festival in the country. A Holy Mass is carried with much glory and the miraculous icon is toured around the town and the harbor, over the heads of the pilgrims. To show their faith, many people walk on their knees from the port to the church.
Apart from an island with religious character, Tinos is also a lovely summer destination. The busiest beach on Tinos is Agios Ioannis Porto, with crystal beaches and luxurious hotels close by. Other popular beaches are Agios Sostis and Agios Markos, with long and sandy coasts. Beaches on the northern side of the island are quiet and remote, even in summer.
Villages on Tinos are beautiful, mostly mountainous with few inhabitants. They are known for their rocky surroundings, beautiful churches with tall bell towers and dovecotes that dot the landscape. These dovecots are characteristic of the island. The most famous village is Pyrgos. This village is known for the many talented marble craftmen like Yannoulis Chalepas, who offered the world some masterpieces.
In recent years the island became famous for its surf spot at Kolybithra beach.
Why visit Tinos?
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Tinos for religious tourism, amazing landscapes, tradition, fantastic beaches, and quaint villages!
- The island’s trademark and the main reason why Tinos is popular is the beautiful Panagia Evangelistria monastery.
- Thousands of pilgrims visit Tinos every year to pray at the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. To show their faith, many people walk on their knees from the port to the church.
- The most famous beaches in Tinos are Agios Ioannis Porto, Agios Sostis, and Agios Markos. The most popular beach for surfing is Kolybithra.
- The capital of Tinos is Chora, which is located on the southwestern side of the island. It is not the most beautiful village and many visitors are disapointed while arriving on the island. But all the other villages are extremely beautiful.
- The most famous village is Pyrgos, known for its many marble craftmen.
The best season to visit Tinos
The best season to visit Tinos is the summer. More specifically, if you want to visit Tinos for religious tourism, the best time is around August 15th, on the feast of the Virgin Mary.
Is Tinos for you?
Tinos is a top destination for religious tourism in Greece. Other than that, it stands out for its beautiful beaches, rocky landscapes, and its peaceful atmosphere. We strongly reccommend this island.
Sightseeing in Tinos
Some of the best places to visit in Tinos are Panagia Evangelistria monastery, the Isternia mills, the Archaeological Museum of Tinos, and the Marble Art Museum.
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Connected ports to Tinos
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Andros - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Fourni - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Ikaria, Evdilos - Ios - Kavala - Kea - Kos, Port - Kythnos - Limnos - Mykonos - Naxos - Nisyros - Paros - Rhodes - Samos, Karlovassi - Samos, Vathi - Santorini (Thira) - Serifos - Sifnos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Tilos
A lovely island of Cyclades, Tinos is connected by ferry to Piraeus, Rafina and many islands of Cyclades. The port is located in Tinos Town.
The port of Tinos is connected by bus to most villages and beaches around the island and the frequency depends on where you are going.