The high-speed ferry Santorini Palace arriving at the port of Paros from Athens

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

In brief, going from Athens to Paros is very simple!
- Ferries operate daily all year round.
- Ferries to Paros depart from the ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina & Lavrio) but most ferries depart from Piraeus due to the proximity of the port to the Athens' center.
- A ticket costs '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) to '71' 'EUR' (71 Euros) for a standard economy seat.

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The high-speed Super Express of Golden Star Ferries arriving in Paros

Super Express arriving at Parikia Port (Paros)

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There are ferries that operate routes from Athens (Piraeus) to Paros all year round.
In the peak season (May to September), there are more than 5 ferry connections per day. During the low season, (November to April) there are 1 or 2 daily ferries.
From Piraeus Port: The first ferry to Paros departs at 07:00 and the last one at 17:30.
From Rafina Port: Ferries departing from Rafina only operate from 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 04h07m
*Based on data from 2022-2023


PRICE €40.50 - €143.00
PRICE €68.00 - €88.00
PRICE €59.70 - €115.70


PRICE €70.00 - €96.00

Types of ferries

Blue Star Naxos in the bay of Parikia, in Paros

Blue Star Naxos on its way to Paros

The types of ferries that travel from Athens to Paros are conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran ferries.
Conventional ferries are larger and slower, while high-speed ferries are smaller and faster.
A conventional ferry is ideal if you’re not in a hurry or suffer from seasickness, while a high-speed/catamaran ferry is a better option if you want to get to Paros faster (but note that those kinds of ferries can be affected by strong winds and when such weather conditions take place, delays occur).

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


Distance & Duration of the trip


The distance between Piraeus port and Paros (Parikia) is 86 nautical miles (98 miles or 160 kilometers).
The duration of the trip from Athens to Paros is 3-5 hours, depending on the type of ferry you will opt for (conventional or high-speed/catamaran).
A high-speed/catamaran ferry will get you to Paros in approximately 3-4 hours, while a conventional ferry will get you to Paros in approximately 4-5 hours.
The quickest ferry is Tera Jet by Seajets, which departs from the port of Rafina.


Prices & Tickets


The prices for ferry tickets are between '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) and '143' 'EUR' (143 Euros).
A standard ticket costs up to '71' 'EUR' (71 Euros), depending on the company and the vessel type. The price of a business-class ticket ranges from '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros) to '79.7' 'EUR' (79.7 Euros). VIP-class and cabin tickets are the most expensive ones.
Some groups of passengers may also benefit from discounts. Such groups include children up to 10 years old, ISIC cardholders, and others.

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Types of seats

Economy seats in the ferry Thunder of Fast Ferries

Seats in the ferry "Thunder" of Fast Ferries

The type of seat you will choose will determine the price of your ticket. The most popular and affordable option is the standard/economy seat. These types of seats are not numbered and you will have to keep an eye on your seat during the entire journey. Since they cannot be reserved in advance, getting on the ferry as early as possible to find a comfortable one is recommended.
Airplane seats are another option. They are comfortable, numbered seats and the most affordable type of seats which you can book in advance. They are usually located in a separate lounge.
VIP/Business seats are ideal for a lavish trip in the vessel's luxury lounge. Those seats are the most expensive and the most comfortable.
High-speed ferries boast only numbered seats, so the standard ticket corresponds to an airplane seat.


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

Aerial afternoon view of the port of Piraeus, near Athens

Piraeus Port, the closest port to Athens' center

Athens has three ports serving Paros.
For the port of Piraeus, ferries heading to Paros and other Cycladic islands depart from Gates E6, E7, E9 and E10. The gate of departure will be written on your ticket (printed or electronic). Piraeus is a big and busy port, with long distances between the gates. For that reason, it is necessary to arrive 60-90 minutes before the departure time.
On the other hand, Rafina and Lavrio ports are much smaller and don’t have gates, so you will be able to track your ferry easily.
Don't get lost! Get our Piraeus Port Map, Rafina Port Map and Lavrio Port Map.

Paros Port in Parikia is also a small port with no gates, too. However, be mindful of the traffic which increases in summer, especially if you are traveling during the peak season.

In any case, make sure you will arrive at the port at least 1 hour in advance since there will be a lot of traffic. Especially if you are travelling during the high season, keep in mind that both in Athens and in Paros, you will encounter traffic congestion around the port and you have to make sure you will get there on time.
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Luggage storage area in the High Speed 4 of Hellenic Seaways

Luggage storage area in the High Speed 4 of Hellenic Seaways

According to the ticket terms, the holder of a full ticket is allowed to carry luggage up to 40 kilos or 0.5 cubic meters free of charge. If your luggage is over this limit, though, you might be asked to pay for an extra fee.
You can either use the ship's luggage storage area for your suitcases or take them on deck with you. It is advisable to keep your personal belongings close to you.


Traveling with a car

Cars waiting to enter the garage area of the Blue Star Delos

Cars waiting to enter the garage of Blue Star Delos

It is possible to bring your car or motorbike on the ship, after paying a separate ticket for it. Keep in mind that high-speed vessels may have a limited capacity of vehicles so, if you plan on traveling with such a ferry, make sure to book your tickets as early in advance as possible.
In addition, you will not be allowed to get to your car for as long as the trip lasts.
You will also have to arrive at the port 60'-90' earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to get on board and park.
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 Paros


The national airport of Paros connects the island to the city of Athens with direct flights.
Another alternative is to fly to the international airport of Mykonos or Santorini directly and then get to Paros by ferry. Learn more about the Mykonos - Paros ferry route.
You can also fly to Naxos and then take a ferry from there to Paros.


About Paros

The port of the famous village of Naoussa in Paros

Naoussa village

Paros is one of the liveliest islands in Greece, visited by thousands of people annually thanks to its Cycladic beauty, charming beaches and exciting nightlife. We have curated a mini-guide for Paros, detailing the best things to see and do while on the island!

Where to go next?


Paros is located between the romantic Santorini and the thrilling Mykonos, while the multi-faceted Naxos lies next to it, too. View the Paros Naxos ferry route.
Other popular destinations are Heraklio (Crete), Milos, Ios, Sifnos and Syros.


Illustrated Map


View the different routes on our illustrated map.

Map of the ferry route from Athens to Paros

Photos of ferry vessels

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