There are 3 or 4 ferries per week sailing from Paros to Iraklia island in Greece during the summer months. The journey takes around two hours on the more frequent Paros Iraklia Blue Star Ferries vessel.
In this guide, view the Paros to Iraklia ferry schedules and find out how to book tickets online.
Iraklia Island (Cyclades Greece)
Iraklia is one of the ‘Small Cyclades' islands located south east of Paros, and just underneath the neighbouring island of Naxos.
If you're look for a quiet Greek island getaway after spending time in Paros, Iraklia is an excellent choice!
This is because Paros and Iraklia are very different in nature. Where Paros can seem to have an overwhelming amount of tourists in the peak months of July and August, Iraklia is very sleepy by comparison.
This is perhaps hardly surprising, given that the population of Iraklia is just 141 inhabitants!
In fact, I liked Iraklia so much, I wrote a guidebook to it which is now available on Amazon: Iraklia and Schinoussa in Greece
How to get from Paros to Iraklia
It's not possible to fly between the two islands, so the only way to travel to Iraklia from Paros is by ferry.
During the the months of July, August, and September, you might expect 3 or 4 ferries per week from Paros to Iraklia. These ferries to Iraklia from Paros are operated by Blue Star Ferries and SeaJets.
The quickest ferry from Paros going to Iraklia takes around 1 hour and 25 minutes. The slowest ferry boat sailing to Iraklia from Paros island takes around 2 hours and 1 minute.
The Blue Star Ferries ticket cost on the Paros Iraklia route is around 17.50 Euro. If you are able to find a SeaJets crossing, it will be quicker, but more expensive.
The easiest way to book your ferry tickets online for the Iraklia ferries is by using Ferryhopper.
Iraklia Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting the Cyclades island of Iraklia and planning your itinerary:
- Ferries leave from the main port, Parikia in Paros. During the high season, aim to be at the port an hour before your outward ferry crossing is due for departure to allow for traffic on the island.
- Ferries arrive at Agios Georgios port in Iraklia.
- For accommodation in Iraklia, I recommend using Booking. They have a great selection of apartments in Iraklia and areas to consider staying include Livadi, and Agios Georgios. If you are traveling to Iraklia in the height of summer, I advise reserving hotels in Iraklia a month or so in advance. I've a list of recommended places to stay in Iraklia here: Where to stay in Iraklia
- I recommend visiting the following beaches in Iraklia: Agios Georgios, Karvounolakkos, Livadi, and Alimia. Check out my travel blog post about Iraklia for more things to do: Iraklia Island in Greece
- The easiest way to book ferry tickets in Greece for Iraklia and other islands is by using Ferryhopper. I think it's better that you book your Paros to Iraklia ferry tickets in advance, especially during the busiest time of summer just in case they sell out on the days you want to travel.
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How to get from Paros to Iraklia FAQ
Some commonly asked questions about traveling to Iraklia from Paros include:
How can you get to Iraklia from Paros?
You can only use a ferry to travel from Paros to Iraklia as Iraklia does not have an airport. There are 3 or 4 ferries per week sailing to the Greek island of Iraklia from Paros.
How many hours is the ferry from Paros to Iraklia?
The ferries to Iraklia island from Paros take between 1 hour and 25 minutes and 2 hours and 1 minute. Ferry operators on the Paros Iraklia route may include Blue Star Ferries and SeaJets.
Where can I buy tickets for the ferry to Iraklia?
The best place to look at Greek ferries online is Ferryhopper. I think it's better that you book your Paros to Iraklia ferry tickets in advance, you might also prefer to use a travel agency in Greece when you have arrived.
Where is Iraklia located?
Iraklia is one of the Lesser Cyclades archipelago, located south of Naxos. There are two settlements on the island, Panagia which is in the middle, and the port town of Agios Georgios.
Dave is a travel writer based in Greece As well as writing this travel blog post about ferries from Paros to Iraklia, he's written many more guides to Greece and the islands. Follow Dave on social media for adventure and travel inspiration from Greece and beyond: