Transportation to Naxos Greece
Naxos is about 5 1/2 hours by the fastest regular ferry from Piraeus, faster by catamaran, and about 1 1/2 hours by regular ferry from Santorini.
By Air – Olympic Airways operates a daily service from Athens. On weekends there are direct flights from Austria (Innsbruck and Graz) with Lauda Air.
By Sea – Naxos is a central hub in the sea transport system, and enjoys multiple connections in all directions. Ferry boats and high speed catamaran services, respectively costing around €29 and €45 one-way in economy class, run daily from Piraeus during high season. Various shipping companies sail for Naxos (via Paros) including: * Hellenic Seaways * Blue Star Ferries * NEL Lines * GA ferries * Aegean Speed Lines NEL Lines also operates a highspeed link from Lavrio in Attica. This is a pleasant port to travel from if you have the option, as it is relatively near the airport and doesn’t have the stress and chaos of Piraeus. There is also the High Speed (Hellenic Seaways) which leaves from Rafina, closer to Athens airport than Piraeus and a pleasant place to have lunch if you have time before you board your ferry. The High Speed takes just under 4 hours and is around 40 euros in high season.
Around Town – Within town walking is the best method of transport. Bus services do operate between the towns, and car and motorbike rentals are readily available; however, be very careful to fully document all dents and even scratches at the time of hire to avoid additional expense and unpleasantness later (You’ve been warned!) — and even this may not save you from hassles later. Dependable rental agencies include Mike’s Bikes, RUN (Rental Union Naxos) and Rental Center.
Ferry Service – Offices selling tickets for ferries in all directions can be found along the quay in Hora. Ferries from Pireaus to Naxos are frequent, as many as half a dozen a day during the summer but generally two or more. The length of the trip does not require a cabin. Blue Star Lines is the most common carrier between Pireaus and Naxos. The ferry takes about 6 hours and the high-speed takes half that time and costs twice as much. Usually there are several departures at 7:30am every day and then a high-speed and ferry at around 5pm and in the summer a ferry that leaves Pireaus at around 10pm. The Hellas Flying Dolphin High-speeds are catamarans and take about 4 hours to get to Naxos from Pireaus. Word of advice: It is not an uncommon story on Naxos that someone who initially planned to stay for only a few days missed their original ferry out, and liked the island so much that they ended up staying there forever. They are living proof of Ariadne’s legend, who was left behind here by Theseus after they escaped from Crete, and remained to become the wife of Dionysus.