Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 13, 2012 3:28 AM Last Post By: Thrym
Oct 5, 2012 12:45 PM
ferry seasonSorry to bug you all again,
I've been trying to get the ferry timetable between mainland Greece and Mykonos. All I've been able to find are timetables that are effective until March, 2012. As it's possible that I'll be in Mykonos in early November, I want to make sure that I don't miss the last ferry of the year. Any ideas/links anyone?
Oct 5, 2012 1:07 PM
Oct 5, 2012 1:14 PM
2If the seas are rough it's best if you go from Rafina since it's a lot closer to Mykonos than Piraeus. Just be sure not to book a highspeed catamaran in rough seas.
You might also be able to find a discounted airline ticket for November that will almost be as cheap as the ferry. Check the Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air websites.
Oct 5, 2012 6:14 PM
3Conventional ferries are all year they don't stop in winter. From Piraeus and Rafina at around 07:30 daily, been going for decades.
The summer catamarans from Piraeus/Rafina stop about end of October.
Oct 6, 2012 3:26 AM
Oct 6, 2012 3:38 AM
5...and the first ferry of next year will be on Jan 1st. ;-)
Seriously, though, if you are planning on starting with Mykonos, ferry connections to other islands from there aren't very good after the catamarans stop running in October. It's easy enough to get to Tinos or Syros, but Paros, Naxos, Santorini, etc are on a different ferry route. You could go from Mykonos to Syros, for example, and wait for a ferry to other islands. Don't worry about prebooking anything, just find rooms and buy ferry tickets as you go along. Mykonos will be quiet in November.
Oct 8, 2012 3:02 PM
I've looked at the websites of Blue Star, Fast Ferries and Sea Jets. Unless I've got it wrong, it looks like their last departures from Mykonos to the Greek mainland is on the 31st of October. I want to travel on the 2nd of November.
There may be other companies that I'm not aware of, or maybe I read their websites wrong. But, I've read elsewhere that the ferries are year round. It's not adding up.
Does anyone know, for absolutely certain, that there are ferries from Mykonos to either Pireaus or Rafina in November (or not). If so, can you provide me with the appropriate link.
Oct 8, 2012 3:11 PM
7Put it this way: there HAS to be a way to get a ferry between the mainland and Mykonos all year long or everyonbe would be forced to fly on and off the island, which isn't an option for everyone there. The most likely explanation is that the winter schedules have yet to be finalized, but since it's already October 8 I'm sure you will find them posted soon. http://www.gtp.gr
Oct 10, 2012 12:37 PM
8As I said those main ferries run all year. Bluestar ferries and Cyclades Fast ferries in the case of Mykonos at present. That is it, forget the internet. Food and material supplies required by modern life are also brought by ferry as you will find out.
Officially they have to agree services with the authorities, before timetables and selling tickets.
Websites do not detail so far ahead as they don't have the data, in theory things could change, but in the real world it's much the same every year.
When I say a ferry has been going for 30 years, it has, it pre-dates the internet.... I did 95% of my Greek Island hopping before the internet and when written timetables were sparse or non-existant you relied on the local island/port ticket agencies to provide the information on the spot. To this day I use them for up to date info and tickets.
There are no links possible because there is no 'official' data.
Oct 13, 2012 3:28 AM
9Frisbee, the Greek ferry system is set up for Greeks, not for tourists. If ferries didn't run in winter, how would the islanders get their food and other supplies? Every time a ferry docks there is a stream of heavy goods vehicles disembarking, and then another stream boarding. Okay, there are also tankers and cargo vessels, but they don't carry passengers. If there were no ferries, how would a Greek islander get to the mainland for a medical appointment or other business, or for someone in Athens to visit family on the islands?
The simple fact is, Greeks don't need a ferry schedule months in advance, as most plans are made only a few weeks or less ahead. Rest assured, wherever you go in the islands there will be a ferry. Many islands don't have airports, so ferries are their only means of communication. There won't always be a direct ferry between the islands you wish to visit, or one every day, but if not you can connect via another island.
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