How to get from Naxos to Kythnos island in Greece

If you want to travel from Naxos to Kythnos, you should know there are no direct ferries, so you'll need to go via another island first such as Syros or Tinos. This ferry guide shows you how.

Traveling from Naxos to Kythnos by ferry

Ferries from Naxos to Kythnos

Visiting Kythnos directly after Naxos island in the Cyclades is not an obvious choice. Still, if you're reading this guide you obviously have your reasons, so don't let me put you off trying!

Understand though, that the journey might take longer than you think. This is because there are no direct ferries connecting Naxos to Kythnos. Additionally, indirect routes which go via a third island do not line up perfectly.

This means there might be some waiting around on another island to get your connecting ferry. Sometimes this might be a matter of hours, sometimes days!

Bottom line: There are no ferry companies operating crossing on a Naxos Kythnos ferry route, as a direct route does not exist. Use Ferryscanner to see what ferry services you can combine to go on an indirect Kythnos route.

Indirect Naxos Kythnos Ferry Options

Even during the busiest months for travel, there are no direct ferries from Naxos to Kythnos. In order to travel to Kythnos from Naxos you would need to go via another island first. The best islands to consider going via are Syros or Tinos.

As this involves a little more planning than normal, I suggest you use the Ferryhopper website to play around with routes on the days you can sail to see what suits you best. I've also got some more dedicated guides you might find useful here:

Kythnos Island Travel Tips

A few travel tips for visiting the Greek island of Kythnos:

  • For places to stay in Kythnos, I suggest looking at Booking. They have a great range of accommodation in Kythnos and areas to consider staying include Merichas, Loutra, and Chora (Messaria). If you are traveling to Kythnos in the height of the tourist season, I advise reserving where to stay in Kythnos a month or so in advance.

  • I find that the Ferryhopper website is the best place to book ferry tickets online. I recommend you book your Naxos to Kythnos ferry tickets in advance, especially during the peak travel season.

How to make the journey from Naxos to Kythnos FAQ

Questions about about traveling to Kythnos from Naxos include:

How can we get to Kythnos from Naxos?

If you want to make a trip from Naxos to Kythnos you would need to go via another island first such as Syros or Tinos. There are no direct ferries sailing to the Cyclades island of Kythnos from Naxos.

Is there an airport on Kythnos?

The Cyclades island of Kythnos does not have an airport. The island with an airport closest to Kythnos is Syros, whcih is also the capital island of the Cyclades chain.

How long is the ferry crossing from Naxos to Kythnos?

With no direct ferries going to Kythnos from Naxos, it is hard to calculate the exact travel time. If connections line up perfectly, it could be 6 hours or less. In the worst case, you may need to stay over night on Syros or Tinos.

Where do you get ferry tickets to Kythnos?

The easiest way to get hold of ferry tickets in Greece is by using Ferryhopper. Although I recommend you book your Naxos to Kythnos ferry tickets in advance, you could also use a local travel agency in Greece.

Is there a ferry company operating the Naxos Kythnos ferry route?

There is currently no direct ferry service operating between the Cyclades islands of Naxos and Kythnos.

Greek island hopping from Naxos to Kythnos

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Dave is a travel writer based in Athens, Greece since 2015. As well as creating this guide to ferries from Naxos to Kythnos, he's written hundreds of other insightful travel guides to Greek islands and destinations. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond:

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