With 8 or 9 ferries a day, the Mykonos to Naxos ferry route is one of the most popular in the Cyclades. Here's everything you need to know.
Your local insider's guide to traveling from Mykonos to Naxos island by ferry.
How to get from Mykonos to Naxos
Naxos is a good choice as a next destination after spending some time in Mykonos. It's a much bigger island with a more authentic feel, has great beaches, and the food is fantastic! In fact, Naxos is one of my favourite Cyclades islands in Greece.
Even though both Mykonos and Naxos are Greek islands with airports, there are no direct flights between them. If you do want to fly, your route would go via Athens which would involve a short stopover of a couple of hours.
In any case, there really is no need. These two Cyclades islands are only 47 kms away from one another!
The best way to travel from Mykonos to Naxos is by ferry. There are many ferries going to Naxos from Mykonos available in the summer months, meaning there are plenty of options.
Booking a Ferry from Mykonos to Naxos
During the high season there are 8 or 9 ferries per day on the Mykonos Naxos route. Ferry companies with crossing include SeaJets, Golden Star Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, and Fast Ferries.
Depending on the ferry operator, the trip duration can be as little as half an hour on a high speed ferry or 1 hour and 20 minutes on a conventional ferry.
You can easily check the Mykonos to Naxos ferry schedule and book tickets online here: Ferryhopper
If you are planning your journey months in advance, you may find that ferry schedules and timetables have not yet been released.
If you find yourself in this position, I suggest taking a look at openseas.gr. On this site, you can do a backdated search to see what ferries were sailing between Mykonos and Naxos in previous years.
This is useful, as it will give you and indication as to what ferries from Mykonos to Naxos will be running when you want to travel.
Generally speaking, in the summer months there are 8 or 9 ferries from to Naxos from Mykonos per day. In the winter months, this will be reduced down to 1 or 2 boats per day.
Leaving from Mykonos
All the ferries to Naxos depart from the New Port in Mykonos. The port is about 2 kilometres to the north of Mykonos Chora (Old Town).
There are regular local buses running to the port from Mykonos Chora. If you are staying in other areas of Mykonos, you might want to consider pre-booking a taxi.
The suggestion for passengers taking Greek ferries is to always arrive at least an hour before your boat is de to depart.
If you have to collect tickets at the port, you may want to arrive a little earlier than that.
Arriving in Naxos
All the ferries coming into Naxos arrive at Naxos Port which is the one at Naxos Town. Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Portara, the monumental landmark of Naxos!
As with most Greek ferry ports on the larger islands, there is public transport and taxi options to take you onward to hotels.
If you're planning to stay in Naxos for just a few nights, it might make sense to stay in a hotel in Naxos Town.
If you're more of a beach person though, consider one of the beach areas such as Agia Anna Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, Vivlos and Plaka Beach.
When I visited Naxos in 2020, I stayed in Agios Prokopios, and found an unbeatable deal at family-run 25 Euro a night for a self-catering studio room with kitchenette! Check them out on Booking here: Aggelos Studios. I've got a travel guide here dedicated to where to stay in Naxos.
Find out more about Naxos here: Best things to do in Naxos
FAQ About Ferries from Mykonos to Naxos
Here are some commonly asked questions about traveling between Mykonos and Naxos islands in Greece.
How much does the Mykonos to Naxos ferry cost?
The price of ferry tickets from Mykonos to Naxos cost between 20 and 40 euros. The faster ferries between the two islands are normally more expensive. Taking a vehicle will be an additional cost to consider.
How long does the Ferry to Naxos from Mykonos take?
It depends on if you take a fast (more expensive) ferry or a slower one. The Mykonos to Naxos ferry time can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 1 hour and 20 minutes depending on the boat.
Is Naxos better than Mykonos?
It's all a matter of perspective. If you want to see and be seen, have expensive tastes and want to party, Mykonos is the clear winner. If you're after a more authentic Greek island with nice beaches, great food, and quaint villages then Naxos will be a better choice.
Mykonos Day Trips to Other Islands
Many people wonder if it is possible to take a day trip from Mykonos to Santorini. Whilst it is technically possible if you time your ferries correctly, I don't think it's worthwhile.
In reality, you'd want to spend at least one night on any ‘big name' island like Naxos, Santorini, and even Paros which is right next door.
It is possible though, to visit some of the smaller uninhabited islands around Mykonos. The Delos day trip from Mykonos is a must.
Mykonos Naxos Ferry Guide
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You may also find these Naxos island guides useful in planning your trip:
- Athens to Naxos Ferry Guide
- Naxos Tours and Day Trips
- Best beaches in Naxos
- Naxos or Mykonos – Which Greek island is better and why
Dave is a travel writer from the UK, and now living in Greece. He has a somewhat ambitious (perhaps impossible) goal of visiting every Greek island and writing about it on this travel blog.Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond: