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ferry question/island hopping suggestions

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ferry question/island hopping suggestions

Hello, a group of 5 of us are on a 2 week backpacking trip and will be visiting Greece the first weekend in September. We arrive in Athens on Thursday and are planning on taking a ferry later that day to (possibly) Mykonos for Thurs/Fri and then taking a ferry to Santorini on Saturday. A friend recommended using Hellenic Seaways. Is this a good/reliable option? Should we book these ferries in advance/online or is it safe to just book when we get to the ports?

Also, we are having trouble finding affordable/available accomodations in Mykonos so would be open to other island suggestions that offer some nightlife (not necessarily clubs, just bars/some young people) as well as great views, beaches etc. if anyone has any recommendations? We just want to make sure there would be a ferry available from that island to Santorini on Saturday though.

Thanks!!

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1. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

You can explore ferry schedules here: http://www.gtp.gr

If you're arriving by air into Athens you can take the airport bus to Rafina for a much shorter ferry ride to Mykonos, and then from Mykonos there are ferries to Santorini and other islands in that same general area. Ios is considered a backpacker's paradise.

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2. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

Great, thank you very much for the information and quick response.

I just checked into Rafina to Ios and unfortunately there is only one ferry on Thurs. 9/1 at 7 am and our flight does not get in until 2 in the afternoon. So as of now we will have to stick to Mykonos since there are ferries that leave later that day.

Do you happen to know which bus line we would take to the ports (Pireaus or Rafina)? and how much it costs/how long it takes?

Also looked at the ferry website-thank you for that as well- would you recommend buying before hand or would we be safe to buy a few hours ahead of time? I'd like to limit my online transactions if possible but also wouldn't want to be stuck at the port because the ferry is full/booked!

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3. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

Naxos is the neighbouring island to Mykonos, and is on the ferry route for Santorini. For budget accomodation there are several camping options:

http://www.naxos-camping.gr/camping.html

www.maragascamping.gr/naxos-campings.htm

www.plakacamping.gr/plaka-camping-naxos.html

Naxos has some of the best beaches in Greece, and in town you will find bars and several clubs.

In September you will also have a wide choice of other accomodation. There will be hotel owners on the pier at your arrival which may get you a bargain, and there are lots of minor hotels in the vicinity of town.

http://www.naxos-saintgeorgebeach.com/

greeka.com/cyclades/naxos/hotels/index.htm

Hope this helps.

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4. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

Bus X96 from airport to Pireus. 5€ pr person. Takes 1 hour +/- depending on traffic. Buy your tickets at one of the many ticket offices in the harborur of Pireus upon arrival. Helleninc and Blue Star are both very reliable companies so just chose the ferry that sails first. High speed is slightly faster and double price. It you look up the ferries on www.ferries.gr you also find the prices. Go for "economy"- or "deck" class

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5. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

I don''t know the number of the Rafina Bus but when you buy your tickets from the ticket kiosk outside Door 5 on the arrivals level they will tell you where to wait for the bus. It's very close by.

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6. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

Buy your tickets from the kiosk if you are going to Piraeus, but on the bus if you are going to Rafina (KTEL Attica is a different bus service). The Rafina bus leaves from across the street near the Airport Hotel Sofitel. There is a bus leaving at 3:20 pm and another at 4:15 pm.

Suggest you check at the Amphitrion Holidays desk in the Arrivals Hall before deciding which port to use. It looks like there will be a highspeed ferry leaving Piraeus at 5:45 pm, arriving on Mykonos at 9:15 pm, and a conventional ferry leaving Rafina at 5:30 pm and arriving at 10 pm. The conventional ferry will be much cheaper.

Usually there are lots of people waiting at the Mykonos port offering rooms for rent, and they will be less expensive than what you see on the booking websites. :o)

Edited: 07 August 2011, 20:31
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7. Re: ferry question/island hopping suggestions

One thing that seems to have been missed in the previous replies is that you should use the port of Rafina only if you are going to Mykonos. If you are going to Ios instead, you would be better off using Piraeus as there are more ferries from there.

I don't think that the Rafina bus has a number. It's not run by the same company as the buses to Athens and Piraeus.

Edited: 07 August 2011, 21:16
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