How to travel from Syros to Koufonisia in Greece by ferry

On some weeks there is one, and on other weeks three ferries sailing directly from Syros to Koufonisia in Greece. Here's everything you need to know about getting from Syros to Koufonisia in Greece.

Taking the ferry from Syros to Koufonisia in Greece

Koufonisia island in Greece

The Greek island of Koufonosia is located behind the much larger island of Naxos. As such, there are infrequent direct ferries sailing from Syros to Koufonisia.

Quite often, it might be easier to get an indirect ferry from Syros to Koufonissi – which basically means swapping ferries at Naxos.

Syros to Koufonissi Direct Ferries

There are two ferry companies that offer a direct Syros to Koufonissi ferry crossing, these are Blue Star Ferries and SeaJets.

Of these, the Blue Star ferry company provides the most crossings on this ferry route. To check the latest prices and to buy a ticket online, use Ferryscanner.

SeaJets also offer an occasional ferry on the Syros Kousonissi route. This is quite sporadic though, and normally a more expensive option. Again, for booking an e ticket and checking the best prices along with travel times, go through Ferryscanner.

The fastest ferry from Syros going to Koufonisia takes around four hours and thirty minutes. The slowest ferry sailing to Koufonisia from Syros island takes around five hours and five minutes.

Indirect ferries from Syros to Koufonisia

There is another option when it comes to traveling to Koufonisia from Syros, and that is to take an indirect ferry.

What this means is that you would first get a ferry from Syros to another island. Once there, you would disembark, and then take another ferry on to Koufonisia.

The logical choice here, would be to take a ferry from Syros to Naxos, and then take another ferry from Naxos to Koufonisia. Another possible route might be to take a ferry from Syros to Paros, and then another ferry from Paros to Koufonisia.

You'd need to check the available routes at the time you want to travel on Ferryscanner to see what ferry services would be available. Keep in mind that taking an indirect ferry will most likely be more expensive and would take longer in overall travel time.

Ammos port beach Koufonisi

Koufonisia Island Travel Tips

A few travel tips for visiting Koufonisia:

  • Ferries leave from Ermoupoli port in Syros. Arriving ferries dock at the main port in Chora in Koufonisia.

  • For rooms to rent in Koufonisia, I suggest looking at Booking. They have a great range of accommodation in Koufonisia and areas to consider staying include Chora. If you are traveling to Koufonisia in the busy summer months, I advise reserving hotels in Koufonisia a month or so in advance.

  • Koufonissi is famous for its beautiful beaches. Some of my favourite beaches in Koufonisia include: Fanos, Italida, Finikas, Pori, and Ammos. Check out my travel guide here to Koufonisia in Greece.

  • The best place to look at Greek ferries online is Ferryscanner. I think it's better that you book your Syros to Koufonisia ferry tickets in advance, especially during the the busiest months of summer.

How to make a trip from Syros to Koufonisia FAQ

A few of the frequently asked questions about traveling to Koufonisia from Syros include:

How can you get to Koufonisia from Syros?

The only way to make the trip from Syros to Koufonisia is to use a ferry. There are between one and three direct ferries per week sailing to the Greek island of Koufonisia from Syros. Indirect route options going via Naxos may also be possible.

Is there an airport in Koufonisia?

Koufonisia does not have an airport. The closest island with an airport is Naxos, which has flight connections with Athens.

How long is the ferry crossing from Syros to Koufonisia?

The direct ferries to the island of Koufonisia from Syros take between four hours and thirty minutes and five hours and five minutes. Ferry operators on the Syros Koufonisia route may include SeaJets and Blue Star Ferries.

Where do I buy ferry tickets to Koufonisia?

The easiest way to get hold of ferry tickets in Greece is by using Ferryhopper. I think it's better that you book your Syros to Koufonisia ferry tickets as much in advance as you can, but if you are traveling in off-season you might use a local travel agency in Greece a few days before you want to sail.

Which ferry companies sail the Syros Koufonissi route?

SeaJets and Blue Star Ferries both provide ferry crossings between the popular destinations of Syros and Koufonissi in the Cyclades islands.

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Dave is a travel writer based in Athens, Greece since 2015. As well as creating this travel blog post about ferries from Syros to Koufonisia, he's also written hundreds more travel guides to Greek destinations. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond:

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