Hi Tom and Kathy I am afraid that is probably your most efficient way to do this hop. Sky Express does not fly to Naxos but you could fly back to Athens and then catch a flight to Naxos. That however is going to be pretty expensive as only Olympic flys to Naxos and the flight is about 80 euro each The nice thing though you will get to see Santorini from the water.
Yes I could see that again....
Any ideas for an interesting way to get from Naxos back to Athens NOT through Piraeus? Perhaps a ferry to another place on the mainland and then work back to Athens overland?
Nothing has changed since you asked the same question two weeks ago. 50 euros is the normal price you pay for a high speed catamaran on this route. In fact, the Megajet is 55 euros this year.
You can go to Rafina or Lavrio on the mainland but not directly from Naxos, so if 'interesting' involves multiple changes and overnight stays on some islands, it is of course possible. You can check connections here:
gtp.gr seems to show many of these direct ferries Naxos to Rafina and Lavrio.
Am I reading it wrong?
Seems only 30 min by bus to Athens airport from RafinaEdited: 29 January 2013, 04:15
I do not see many direct ferries - I can only see one direct to Lavrio (Nel Lines, only on Wednesdays 15:10-23:30) and no ferries to Rafina. Blue star ferries to Piraeus take half that time. Remember we are talking about travelling in May, you are probably searching the whole year.
Rafina is indeed easier if you go to/from airport, but not if you go Athens city centre. Lavrio is about the same- easier and faster from the airport than Athens but there are fewer buses than to Rafina.Edited: 29 January 2013, 05:56
I did the same search as you, and all the ferries from Naxos to Rafina started in June. Furthermore, if you were planning to go directly to the airport from Rafina for a flight home, that would be a bad idea. As I learned the hard way, never depend upon Sea Jets Consortium for a same day flight home. ;-)
at the moment only sea jet has a ferry from Heraklio to Santorini
then for economical reasons you can use blue star ferries
there is only NEL which has a ferry from Naxos to Lavrio on Wednesdays
and no ferries to Rafina as already Ozzlem has mention
all the ports Rafina, Lavrio and Piraeus have bus connection with the airport
but f your final destination is the city center of Athens it is better to go at Piraeus, as you can use the metro or buses
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