There are no direct ferries from Naxos to Anafi island in Greece, so the only way to travel between the two islands, is to take a ferry via Santorini. This guide has the travel information you need to plan a trip from Naxos island to Anafi.
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.
How to get from Naxos to Anafi
Even during the peak months of summer, there are no direct ferries from Naxos to Anafi. In order to travel to Anafi from Naxos you would need to go via another island first. The best island to consider going via is Santorini.
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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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 no direct ferries sailing to Anafi from Naxos, so you will have to take an indirect route which involves first taking a ferry from Naxos to Santorini, and then taking another ferry from Santorini to Anafi.
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?
With no direct ferries going to Anafi island 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 Santorini.
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 from Greece and beyond: