Chios in detail

Flights & getting there

Chios is connected by air and also enjoys regular boat connections throughout the northeastern Aegean Islands. Between them, the ports of Chios Town in the east and Volissos in the northwest offer regular ferries to the satellite islands of Psara and Inousses and to the lively Turkish coastal resorts just across the water.

Air

During summer, Aegean Air (www.aegeanair.com), Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr) and Astra Airlines (www.astra-airlines.gr) serve Athens and surrounding islands.

The airport is 4km from Chios Town. It is served by three buses a day departing from the local bus station (€1.50); an airport taxi costs €8.

Domestic Flights from Chios

DestinationTimeCost (€)Frequency
Athens45min50-853-4 daily
Lesvos35min633 weekly
Samos30min63-833 weekly
Thessaloniki3hr (via Athens)75-901-2 daily

Boat

There are always a couple of boats moored and being loaded in the busy Chios port, which in addition to island and Greek mainland connections, links the Chios with the Turkish port of Çeşme.

Up to three boats daily sail east for Piraeus (€34.50, eight to 18 hours) or north for Lesvos (€21, 2¾ hours). There are four boats a week heading for ports in Samos (€14, 3¼ hours) and Ikaria (€18.50, 5½ to 7½ hours). Kavala (€35.50, 10¼ hours) on the Macedonian mainland is served by three boats a week, going via Limnos (€24.50, seven hours).

Smaller daily local ferries provide connection with nearby islands of Inousses and Psara (€6, three hours). Additionally, Nissos Samos calls at these two on the way to Piraeus on Tuesdays.

Once a week, the smallish port of Chios Mesta wakes up to greet Express Pegasus heading for Sigri (€21, 2½ hours) on Lesvos and Agios Efstratios (€25, five hours).

In addition to regular ferry service to nearby Inousses, daily water taxis travel between Langada and Inousses (€65; shared between up to eight passengers).

Buy ferry tickets in Chios Town from Sunrise Tours or Michalakis Travel.