Located in the centre of the Cycladic islands, Naxos is easy to get to from various points, by air and by sea, year round. Here is a quick guide on how to get to Naxos.
Getting to Naxos by air:
If you are flying into Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, you can catch a flight directly to Naxos with Aegean Airlines-Olympic Air (www.aegeanair.com) or with Sky Express airlines (www.skyexpress.gr). In the peak season there are additional flights. Keep in mind, that it is a good idea to book in advance as space is limited. The travel time to Naxos by airplane is about 30 minutes.
Getting to Naxos by boat:
Connection to Naxos from Athens by boat: Another option from Athens -- a route that most Greeks prefer due to the space availability and timetable frequency -- is to travel to Naxos and the isles of the Small Cyclades by ferry or high-speed catamaran. The trip by boat is all part of the island experience. Most of the reservations may be booked directly online, or through your travel agent/service.
Travel time to Naxos from the port of Pireaus by ferry ranges from 5.5 - 6 hours, depending on the timetable and from Pireaus via high speed hydrofoil from 3.5 to 4 hours depending on the company/timetable.
Bus service to the port of Piraeus is available from Athens airport. The transport time from the airport to the port of Piraeus is about 1 hr 45 minutes. In addition, access to the port of Piraeus from Athens International Airport is available by taking the Attiko Metro to the Monastiraki station and then making the connection to the ISAP train line to Piraeus.
Please Note:In the summer months, a second port, the port at Rafina, about 30-45 minutes by car from Athens International Airport, also has boats departing to the Cyclades. (Please note there is no direct Express bus to Rafina from the airport).
The ferry and catamaran companies that provide boat service to Naxos are:
Blue Star Ferries - www.bluestarferries.gr (peak season: 2 timetables per day, everyday and in the off-season: 2 timetables per day except Saturday, from the port of Pireaus).
Hellenic Seaways - www.hellenicseaways.gr
Sea Jets - www.seajets.gr
Cyclades Fast Ferries -- www.fastferries.com.gr
For more information: -- www.naxos.gr