The ferry High Speed 4  by Hellenic Seaways arriving at the port of Naxos, from Piraeus in Athens

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Discover the best ferries from Athens to Naxos, travel tips, prices and many more. Here we go!

In brief, it is very easy to reach Naxos from Athens via a ferry!
- There are ferry connections between Athens and Naxos every day throughout the year.
- The ports of Athens that serve the route are Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio. Piraeus is the closest to the city’s center, while Rafina is the closest to the International Airport of Athens.
- A one-way ticket costs '22' 'EUR' (22 Euros) - '72.5' 'EUR' (72.5 Euros) for a standard seat.

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Available ferries

World Champion Jet arriving in Naxos

World Champion Jet arriving at the port of Naxos

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Ferries from Athens to Naxos operate daily throughout the year.
In the low season, there are usually 1-2 daily ferries from Piraeus to Naxos, while in the peak season, there are several departures from all ports of Athens. In particular, 6-7 ferries from Piraeus and 2 ferries from Rafina are scheduled to sail to Naxos per day. A vessel of Blue Star Ferries also departs from Lavrio port once a week, but its route is quite time-consuming.
- From Piraeus Port: The first ferry from Piraeus leaves at 07:00, while the last at 17:30.
- From Rafina Port: Routes from Rafina operate solely during the high season (June to September).

Indicative Ferry Routes from Piraeus & Rafina ports*

Schedules frequency Multiple times per day
First ferry 07:00
Last ferry 17:30
Average duration 04h40m
*Based on data from 2022-2023


PRICE €42.00 - €145.00
PRICE €72.30 - €115.70


PRICE €43.00 - €59.00

Types of ferries

Blue Star Naxos arriving in Naxos from Athens

Blue Star Naxos in the port of Naxos

The types of ferries that travel from Athens to Naxos are conventional ferries and high-speed/ catamaran ferries.
Conventional ferries are slower, while high-speed ferries are faster.
Keep in mind that some high-speed vessels have a limited capacity in terms of carrying vehicles due to their small size.

View our video presentation with some of the ferries operating between Athens and Naxos.


Distance & Duration of the trip


The distance between Piraeus Port and Naxos (Chora Town) is 95 nautical miles (109 miles or 176 kilometers).
The duration of the trip from Athens to Naxos is 3.5 to 5 hours, depending on the type of ferry.
Conventional ferries reach Naxos in about 5 hours. High-speed/ catamaran ferries reach Naxos in about 3-4 hours.
The fastest ferry is Tera Jet by Seajets, which departs from Rafina.


Prices & Tickets


Ticket prices range from '22' 'EUR' (22 Euros) to '145' 'EUR' (145 Euros).
Economy (standard) tickets cost up to '72.5' 'EUR' (72.5 Euros). Business/VIP class ticket prices are between '59' 'EUR' (59 Euros) and '115.70' 'EUR' (115.70 Euros) while booking a cabin in a conventional ferry can cost from '83' 'EUR' (83 Euros) to '145' 'EUR' (145 Euros).
Discounts are applicable for certain groups of passengers, such as ISIC cardholders and children up to 10 years old.

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Types of seats

Seats in the High Speed 4 by Hellenic Seaways

Seats in the High Speed 4 by Hellenic Seaways

The type of seat you choose for your trip determines the ticket price.
Economy lounges or deck seats on conventional ships are the most affordable options. Keep in mind that it is not guaranteed that you will find one in a comfortable place, so it is highly recommended to board the ship as early as possible. Leaving your seat unsupervised should be avoided since other passengers are free to take it.
Airplane (numbered) seats can be found in different lounges on board the ships. Those are comfortable and your seat is reserved, which means you can leave any time.
Business and VIP seats are more expensive and usually located in a luxurious lounge that is less crowded and more comfortable compared to the rest of the ship.
Only conventional ferries offer economy lounges/deck seats.


How to find your ferry in the ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina & Lavrio)

Aerial view by night of the port of Piraeus, near Athens

Night view of Piraeus Port, the closest to Athens' center

Athens has three ports serving Naxos. The port of Piraeus is the closest port to Athens' center while Rafina is the closest to Athens' airport.
For the port of Piraeus, Gates E6, E7, E9 and E10 are usually used for ferries that depart to Naxos and other Cycladic islands. Due to the size of the port, the distance between gates is long, so it is better to double-check in advance from which gate your vessel departs. The gate of departure will be written on your ticket.
For the ports of Rafina and Lavrio, there are no gates. You will not have a hard time finding your ship.
Don't get lost! Get our Piraeus Port Map, Rafina Port Map and Lavrio Port Map.

The port of Naxos is located in Chora (Naxos Town) and serves all passenger ferries.

Make sure to arrive at the port at least 1 hour in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season, since you will encounter traffic congestion.
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Luggage storage in the World Champion Jet

Luggage storage area in the World Champion Jet by Seajets

The holder of a full ticket is allowed to carry luggage up to 40 kilos or 0.5 cubic meters free of charge. If you exceed this limit, you might be asked to pay an extra fee.
As soon as you enter the ship, you will find a luggage area where you can leave suitcases or other bulky items. If you do not wish to do so, bringing them on board is also an option.
Taking any personal or valuable items with you on the vessel is recommended.
No check-in is required.


Traveling with a car

Car garage in the World Champion Jet

Garage in the ferry World Champion Jet

If you plan to bring a car, motorbike, or another vehicle to Naxos, you have to book a separate ticket for it.
Also, make sure to arrive at the port at least 1-1.5 hours in advance to be able to board the ferry and park in time.
Note that, for security reasons, you will not be allowed to stay in the garage during the trip.
Note: Many car rental companies do not allow customers to ferry their vehicles. We recommend avoiding purchasing a vehicle ticket before contacting your car rental company.


Alternative ways to reach Naxos


Naxos has a national airport which serves flights to and from Athens, so it is possible to fly directly from one destination to the other.
Another option is to fly from Athens to Paros, Mykonos, Santorini or Milos and then reach Naxos by ferry. Discover more info about the Mykonos to Naxos and the Santorini to Naxos ferry routes.
Note that international flights are also available to Mykonos and Santorini.


About Naxos

The beach of Sahara (or Limanakia or Mikri Vigla) in Naxos

The beach of Sahara (or Limanakia or Mikri Vigla) in Naxos

Naxos is the largest and most multi-faceted island of the Cyclades. We have curated a mini-guide for Naxos, which features the best things to see and do while on the island.

Where to go next?


Naxos lies between the two most renowned Greek islands; Santorini and Mykonos.
Paros is located adjacent to Naxos, with the trip duration being less than an hour in most cases. Other popular destinations include Koufonisia, Amorgos, Ios and Milos.


Illustrated Map


View the different routes on our illustrated map.

Map of the ferry route from Athens to Naxos

Photos of ferry vessels

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