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Below, you will find information about how to get to the port of Rafina, what ferries depart from there, information about the area, where to buy your tickets, and many photos.

Rafina is the second busiest port of Athens, after Piraeus. Thousands of holidaymakers prefer its port due to its proximity to the International Airport of Athens. In addition, it is the only port that serves routes to the beautiful island of Andros.
It is a small port that receives both conventional and high-speed/catamaran ferries, heading to or returning from several Cycladic islands. Along the port, visitors will encounter several traditional fish taverns, serving tasty delicacies.


The ferries in the port of Rafina

The International Airport of Athens, which receives thousands of flights from other areas of Greece and abroad throughout summer, is located fairly close to Rafina - around 15 km in particular.
The port is connected with many islands of the Cyclades, including Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Ios.

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There are ferries from Rafina to the islands throughout the year, but routes are more frequent during peak season.

The Super Express of Golden Star Ferries leaving the port of Rafina

Santorini: This is one of the most popular itineraries this 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 is usually a daily high-speed ferry to Santorini. The duration of the trip from Rafina to Santorini is about 6 hours. The ferry company that makes the connection is Golden Star Ferries.
More about the route Athens - Santorini.

Mykonos: There are numerous daily ferries from Rafina to Mykonos throughout the summer. In fact, there are at least 6 itineraries between the two every day. The itinerary is served by both high-speed and conventional ferries. The duration of the trip is 2-3 hours by a high-speed ferry and around 4 hours by a conventional ferry. The ferry companies that serve this itinerary are Fast Ferries, Seajets and Golden Star Ferries.
More about the route Athens - Mykonos.

Andros: Rafina is the only passage from Athens to Andros; for that reason, itineraries to Andros are frequent. In particular, at least 5 crossings are available daily during the summer. The trip duration is around 2 hours for conventional ferries, while it takes around an hour for the high-speed vessel to reach the island. Fast Ferries and Golden Star Ferries are the companies owning conventional ferries. On the other hand, the high-speed craft is a part of the Seajets’ fleet.

Tinos: Reaching Tinos from Rafina is simple and quick. Ferries to Tinos are available throughout the year, yet the frequency of the itineraries increases in summer. In particular, at least 8 ferries (conventional and high-speed/catamarans) heading to Tinos depart from Rafina. Fast Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Seajets and Blue Star/Hellenic Seaways own the vessels that operate routes to Tinos. The duration of the crossing ranges between 2 and 4 hours (approximately).

Paros: During the high season, at least 2 itineraries are available from Rafina to Paros every day. One conventional and two high-speed ferries operate the route, with the duration of the crossing being about 4 hours for high-speed ferries and 6.5 for the conventional one. Vessels reaching Paros belong to Seajets, Fast Ferries and Golden Star Ferries.
More about the route Athens - Paros.

Naxos: Ferries from Rafina to Naxos operate seasonally. One conventional and one high-speed ferry make the connection with the island once a day and the duration of the journey is about 5.5 hours and 3 hours respectively. Fast Ferries owns the conventional ferry that operates the route, while Seajets owns the high-speed one.
More about the route Athens - Naxos.

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Aerial view of the town and port of Rafina

Rafina has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was one of the 100 Municipalities of Athens Cleisthenes established. The municipality was named Arafin, after its first governor, Arafinas, who was one of the 100 heroes of Attica.

A determinant year for its history was 1923 when Greeks from Asia Minor, in particular from the area of Triglia, arrived in Athens on ships after the disastrous burning of Smyrna.

The community of Rafina was established in 1928. In the following decade, it prospered due to the utilization of its port traffic. A pause was made when the Second World War broke out, as during the hard times of the German Occupation, the headlands near the port were filled with artillery, while the hill on the south side of the stream was turned into a fortress. Escape routes for civilian and military individuals were carried out from Rafina.

After the war, the people attempted to upscale their economic and social status; and they managed to do it with great success. The modernization of the port and the construction of buildings, mainly holiday homes, created job opportunities for numerous residents and attributed to the region’s development.

Rafina officially became a municipality in 1994. Today, it is a charming seaside town attracting thousands of visitors due to its serene ambiance and lovely waterfront cafes and restaurants.

Photos of Rafina




Port description

The second busiest port of Athens is the port of Rafina. It is a small charming town to the north of Athens. It has a lovely waterfront, beautiful squares, and many taverns for you to enjoy 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: Rafina is the only port that serves ferries to Andros, as it is closer than Piraeus. There are also ferries to Tinos and Mykonos, among other islands of the Cyclades.

Illustrated map of Rafina Port

Connected ports to Rafina

Andros - Ios - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Tinos


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 getting a taxi from there. A taxi ride from Nomismatokopio to Rafina lasts 35 minutes. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens city center to the port of Rafina is about '50' 'EUR' (50 euros) during the day and '65' 'EUR' (65 euros) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will pick you up 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. The bus ticket costs '2.4' 'EUR' (2.4 euros).

How to get to Rafina port from the Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos)

By taxi: You can find many taxis in front of the airport gates. A taxi ride from Athens Airport to Rafina lasts 20 minutes and costs '35' 'EUR' (35 euros) during the day and '50' 'EUR' (50 euros) 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 euros). Check for bus schedules from Athens Airport to Rafina Port and from Rafina Port to Athens Airport.

Port on Map

Map of port


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