During August, there can be up to five Mykonos to Paros ferry crossings per day, taking between 40 minutes and 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Paros island in Greece
If Santorini and Mykonos were to be considered first tier destinations in the Cyclades islands of Greece, then Paros would be soon looking for a promotion from the second tier to join them.
This is thanks in part to Paros being a natural first choice of many people looking for where to visit after Mykonos. It's close by, has regular ferry connections, and has good tourist infrastructure.
In addition, Paros has all the attributes you might be looking for in a Greek island such as great beaches, good food, hiking trails, and plenty of things to see and do.
Plan to stay in Paros for a few days, but pre-book if you plan to travel in August. It's quite a popular island!
How to get from Mykonos to Paros
Even though Paros has an airport, flying between Mykonos and Paros is not an option. If you prefer to fly from Mykonos to the island of Paros for whatever reason, you'd need to go via Athens should flights be available.
The easiest way to get from Mykonos to Paros is by ferry. As you can see from this map, the two islands are quite close to one another, so the crossing doesn't take long.
In August, you may expect up to 5 ferries per day, whilst in September it is more likely to be 3 ferries per day from Mykonos to Paros.
These ferries to Paros from Mykonos are operated by SeaJets, Golden Star Ferries, and Minoan Lines.
Taking the ferry from Mykonos to Paros
The ferries departing from Mykonos leave from Mykonos New Port. It is located at Tourlos, which is almost 2 km away from Mykonos Old Town.
There are public buses running to the ferry port in Mykonos, but you might also prefer to book a taxi. You can pre-book taxis in Mykonos by using Welcome.
I'd advise getting to the Mykonos ferry port an hour before your boat to Paros is due to sail. Perhaps a little earlier if you have arranged to collect tickets from the port.
The journey to Paros from Mykonos is very quick. The slowest vessel sailing to Paros from Mykonos island takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the quickest ferry journey from Mykonos going to Paros takes around 40 minutes.
You can generally expect faster ferries to have more expensive tickets prices.
The simplest place to look at schedules for Greek ferries is at the Ferryhopper website.
Paros Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting Paros:
- For places to stay in Paros, I suggest looking at Booking. They have a great selection of rooms to rent in Paros along with customer ratings. Most visitors gravitate towards the villages of Parikia and Naoussa when looking at the best areas to stay in Paros. If you are traveling to Paros in the the busiest months of summer, I advise reserving apartments in Paros a month or so in advance.
- Ferryhopper is perhaps the easiest site to use when it comes to booking tickets for the ferry from Mykonos to Paros online. Although I suggest you book your Mykonos to Paros ferry tickets in advance, especially during the tourist season, you could also wait until you are in Mykonos and go into a travel agency to organize your ticket. If you're traveling in August, which is peak season, don't leave this until the last minute as you may end up staying in Mykonos longer than planned!
- You can get more travel insights about Paros, Mykonos and other places in Greece when you subscribe to my newsletter.
- Which is better, Mykonos or Paros? That's a tough one to answer, as it depends what you are looking for. Mykonos is more flashy, cosmopolitan, and a little more pretentious (according to some!).
- Random post suggestion: Things to do in Mykonos
What to see in Paros Greece
A full sightseeing guide to Paros is in the works. Stay tuned! Until then, some of the highlights to consider experiencing are:
- Walk around the villages of Parikia, Naoussa, and Lefkes
- Spend time on the beaches!
- Take a trip to the neighbouring island of Antiparos
- Explore Paros Park
- Visit The Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani
- Take a day trip to Naxos
Ferry Mykonos Paros FAQ
Questions about about traveling to Paros from Mykonos include:
How do I get to Paros from Mykonos?
The only way to take a trip directly from Mykonos to Paros is by using a ferry. In August there can be up to 5 ferries per day, whilst in September it is more likely to be 3 ferries per day sailing to the Greek island of Paros from Mykonos. Ferry frequency on the Mykonos Paros route will depend on seasonal demand.
Is there an airport on Paros?
Although the island of Paros has an airport, direct flights between the islands of Mykonos and Paros are not possible. You'd end up having to fly via Athens first, which wouldn't make sense as the ferry Mykonos Paros is very quick.
How long is the ferry crossing from Mykonos to Paros?
The ferries to Paros island from Mykonos take between 40 minutes and 1 hour and 20 minutes. The longer ferry crossing will stop at Naxos first before continuing to Paros, whereas the quicker ferry goes to Paros from Mykonos without stopping. Ferry operators on the Mykonos Paros route may include SeaJets, Golden Star Ferries, and Minoan Lines.
How do I buy ferry tickets to Paros?
I find that the Ferryhopper website is the best place to book Mykonos Paros ferry tickets online. Although I suggest you book your Mykonos to Paros ferry tickets in advance whenever possible, it's also an option to use a travel agency in Greece when you have arrived.
Other destinations you can reach from Mykonos
If you are not quiet decided yet on where to go after Mykonos, these guides might help:
- How to get from Mykonos to Antiparos
- How to get from Mykonos to Andros
- How to get from Mykonos to Folegandros
- How to get from Mykonos to Ios
- How to get from Mykonos to Milos
- How to get from Mykonos to Naxos
- How to get from Mykonos to Santorini
- How to get from Mykonos to Syros
- How to get from Mykonos to Tinos
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