Direct ferries sailing from Naxos to Anafi are only available between the months of June and September. Depending on seasonal demand, there may be 4 Naxos Anafi ferries per week.
Anafi island in Greece
Anafi is the southernmost Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago, and the closest island to it is Santorini. The capital town of Chora has about 280 inhabitants, but during summer time there are up to 3000 visitors on the island daily.
As Anafi does not have an airport, every visitor to the island has to arrive by ferry. Anafi has ferry connections with some of the other Cyclades islands, Crete, and Athens. This guide focuses on how to get to Anafi from Naxos island.
Direct Ferries from Naxos to Anafi
The Naxos Anafi ferry route is not a popular one, and as such, the availability of ferries varies from year to year.
Typically, this route only operates during the summer season months of June, July, August, and September. During this time, there may be 3 or 4 ferries per week which may include an overnight Blue Star Ferries crossing, and a morning SeaJets vessel.
You can check the latest timetables and book ferry tickets for the Naxos to Anafi crossing online at: Ferryscanner
Indirect Ferry Options
If there are no direct ferries sailing between Naxos and Anafi on the dates you want to travel, you could try a little island hopping! One option is to got from Naxos to Santorini, and the Santorini to Anafi.
There are up to 6 ferries per day sailing from Naxos to Santorini, so the first leg of the journey is very easy to make. SeaJets, Golden Star Ferries, and Blue Star Ferries all operate services along this route, with the quickest ferries taking just over 1 hour and 10 minutes.
You can find out more about getting to Santorini from Naxos here: Ferries from Naxos to Santorini
Once you've arrived in Santorini, you'd need to disembark, and then take another ferry over to Anafi. If you are lucky, you might find a connections within a couple of hours. If you're unlucky, you might have to stay the night in Santorini.
Depending on the day of the week there may be one or two ferries per day sailing from Santorini to Anafi. You can find out more here: Ferries from Santorini to Anafi.
Anafi Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting the Cyclades island of Anafi:
- For where to stay in Anafi, I recommend looking at Booking. They have a great choice of rooms to rent in Anafi and areas to consider staying include Chora, and Roukounas. If you are traveling to Anafi in the height of summer, I advise reserving hotels in Anafi a month or so in advance.
- The easiest way to get hold of ferry tickets in Greece is by using Ferryhopper. I think it's better that you book your Naxos to Anafi ferry tickets in advance, especially during the busiest months for travel.
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- Related post suggestion: Ferries from Naxos to other Cyclades islands
How to take a trip from Naxos to Anafi FAQ
A few of the frequently asked questions about traveling to Anafi from Naxos include:
How can we get to Anafi from Naxos?
There are seasonal direct ferries sailing between Naxos and Anafi in the summer months. If no direct ferries are available, you may need to swap ferries at another island such as Santorini to make this journey.
Is there an airport on Anafi?
The Greek island of Anafi does not have an airport of its own. The closest airport to Anafi is on the island of Santorini.
How many hours is the ferry from Naxos to Anafi?
A direct ferry should take less than four hours to travel from Naxos to Anafi.
Where do you get ferry tickets to Anafi?
One of the best places to look at ferry schedules and to book tickets online is at Ferryhopper. I think it's better that you book your Naxos to Anafi ferry tickets in advance, you could also use a local travel agency in Greece.
Dave is a travel writer who has been living in Greece and writing about the country since 2015. As well as creating this travel guide to ferries from Naxos to Anafi, he's written many more guides to Greece and the islands. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration and Greek island hopping tips: