During the peak travel season in Greece, there are at least 2 or 3 ferries a day sailing from Naxos to Syros island. This travel guide explains the ferry options, schedules, and practical aspects of traveling from Naxos to Syros.
How to get from Naxos to Syros
The Greek islands of Naxos and Syros are two of the most important in the Cyclades. Naxos is the biggest island in the group, and Syros is the administrative capital. This means that you can expect regular Naxos Syros ferry services throughout the year.
During the summer season, when most people travel between these two Cyclades islands, there is a baseline of two ferries per day sailing from Naxos to Syros. This is supplemented by another 1 or 2 direct ferries a day depending upon demand.
During the late autumn and winter, the number of Syros ferries sailing from the Port of Naxos may only be one a week.
The latest prices, timetables, and information for passengers who want to take ferry trips from Naxos to Syros can be found at Ferryhopper.
A note on other transport options: Although both islands have airports, flying between them is not possible. The Naxos and Syros island airports only have flight connections with Athens.
Ferries to Syros from Naxos
Ferries to Syros from Naxos are operated by SeaJets, Blue Star Ferries, and fast Ferries. SeaJets and Fast Ferries are the most frequent, as Blue Star Ferries only really run two vessels per week between Naxos and Syros.
The quickest crossing from Naxos going to Syros takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes. The slowest conventional ferry sailing to Syros from Naxos island takes around 2 hours and 55 minutes.
As might perhaps be expected, the faster ferry crossings from Naxos to Syros are also normally more expensive. The best place to look at up to date schedules and book tickets online for the Naxos Syros ferry route is Ferryhopper.
Syros Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting Syros island:
- Ferries depart from the port in Naxos Town (Chora) in Naxos. Pre-book taxis from hotels in Naxos to Naxos ferry port by using Welcome Pickups.
- Ferries arrive at Ermoupoli port in Syros. Ermoupoli is the main town in Syros and the port is within walking distance.
- Aim to be at the the ferry port at least a half hour before your journey is due to begin. If you are staying outside of Naxos Town, factor in traffic problems especially in August.
- If you are staying in Syros for just a night or two, the best place to stay would be in or around Ermoupoli. I have a guide here to the best hotels in Ermoupoli in Syros you can look at.
- For other places to stay in Syros, I suggest looking at Booking. They have a great range of where to stay in Syros and areas to consider staying include Azolimnos, Galissas, Ano Syros, Poseidonia, Finikas, and Ermoupoli. If you are traveling to Syros in the busiest months for travel, I advise reserving hotels in Syros a month or so in advance.
- For some quality beach time, head to these beaches in Syros: Grammata, Komito, Azolimnos, Galissas, and Delfini. Delfini beach is a nice setting to enjoy the sunset.
- One of the best places to look at ferry schedules and to book tickets online is at Ferryhopper. Although I think it's better to book your Naxos to Syros ferry tickets in advance, especially during the the months of July, August, and September, you can also use travel and ferry ticket agencies in Athens and on the islands. There are normally places to buy tickets in and around the port areas, but don't leave it until the day you are due to leave, just in case the Naxos Syros ferry sells out!
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- Related travel post suggestion: Ferries from Naxos to other Cyclades islands.
Ferry Naxos to Syros FAQ
A few of the questions readers ask about the ferry schedule when traveling to Syros from Naxos include:
How can we get to Syros from Naxos?
The only way to travel from Naxos to Syros is by ferry. There are around 11 ferries per week, with at least 1 ferry per day sailing from Naxos to Syros in Greece.
Is there an airport on Syros?
The Greek island of Syros does have an airport, but currently it only has flight connections with Athens.
How long is the ferry crossing from Naxos to Syros?
The ferries to the Greek island of Syros from Naxos take between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 2 hours and 55 minutes. Ferry operators on the Naxos Syros route may include SeaJets and Blue Star Ferries.
How do I buy ferry tickets to Syros?
The easiest way to get hold of ferry tickets in Greece is by using Ferryhopper. Although I think it's better to book your Naxos to Syros ferry tickets in advance, you could also wait until you are in Greece, and use a travel agency.
Naxos Syros Route Final Thoughts
The ferry from Naxos to Syros is the only way of getting between the two islands. The ferry companies that operate crossings on this route are SeaJets, Blue Star Ferries, and Fast Ferries. In peak travel season, there are at least 2 or 3 ferries per day sailing from Naxos to Syros island. This article has explained all about how you can get from Naxos going to Syros and what options are available for travelling across the sea. Whether you're looking for information on best time to visit Greece or other transport options, we hope this post will be helpful!
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