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Air

Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr) flies daily from Athens (€90, 35 minutes) to Syros airport, 5km south of Ermoupoli.

Boat

Year-round ferries serve the mainland port of Piraeus. As the island group’s capital, Syros theoretically has fair to good year-round ferry links with all the Cyclades islands. Check www.openseas.gr due to ever-changing schedules.

Most boats leave from the main ferry quay. There’s a weekly Blue Star (www.bluestarferries.com) ferry linking Syros with each of the Small Cyclades islands and then Amorgos (Aegiali port). A few times a week, Blue Star links Syros with Dodecanese islands, including Patmos, Leros, Kos and Rhodes. There are weekly Hellenic Seaways (www.hellenicseaways.gr) links with the northeastern Aegean islands, including Patmos, Ikaria, Samos, Lesvos and Limnos. Sea Jets (www.seajets.gr) serve Kea, Kythnos and Lavrio.

Buy tickets at Teamwork Holidays or Vassilikos in Ermoupoli. Ask where your ferry will depart from, as it may dock anywhere on the western part of the port. Both agencies have the week’s ferry schedule on their websites.

Boat Services from Syros

Chios

Duration

8½hr

Fare (€)

55

Frequency

Tue

Ios

Duration

6½hr

Fare (€)

21

Frequency

Fri

Kos

Duration

6hr

Fare (€)

47

Frequency

Mon, Wed & Fri

Leros

Duration

5½hr

Fare (€)

42

Frequency

Mon & Wed

Mykonos

Duration

45-75min

Fare (€)

11-17

Frequency

1-3 daily

Naxos

Duration

4½hr

Fare (€)

13

Frequency

1-4 weekly

Paros

Duration

1hr-10½ hr

Fare (€)

11-17

Frequency

5-6 weekly

Patmos

Duration

4hr

Fare (€)

39

Frequency

Mon & Wed

Piraeus

Duration

3¼-5hr

Fare (€)

24-37

Frequency

1-3 daily

Rhodes

Duration

9-11hr

Fare (€)

52

Frequency

Mon, Wed & Fri

Santorini

Duration

9½hr

Fare (€)

24

Frequency

Tue & Sat

Tinos

Duration

30min

Fare (€)

8-12

Frequency

4 weekly