Whilst there are occasional direct weekly ferries from Syros to Iraklia in Greece, it may be best to take an indirect ferry via Naxos for maximum travel flexibility. This guides shows you how to best travel from Syros to Iraklia in Greece by ferry.
How to get from Syros to Iraklia
Although geographically speaking the Greek islands of Syros and Iraklia are not too far apart, getting from Syros to Iraklia is not always straightforward.
On some weeks, there may only be one direct ferry. On other weeks you might strike it lucky and find there are three weekly Syros Iraklia ferry crossings. The frequency depends a lot on the time of year you want to travel, and how busy the ferry operators think the route might be.
These direct ferries to Iraklia from Syros are operated by Blue Star Ferries and SeaJets. The fastest travel time by ferry from Syros going to Iraklia takes around 3 hours and 25 minutes. The slowest ferry boat sailing to Iraklia from Syros island takes around 5 hours and 45 minutes.
As you can tell, taking a direct ferry wouldn't give you much in the way of flexibility on when to travel between these two islands in Greece.
I think that the best option would be to take an indirect ferry via either Naxos or Paros. This way, you could pretty much travel on any day of the week, and you'd also get to enjoy a genuine Greek island hopping experience!
Indirect ferries to Iraklia from Syros
One of the good things about traveling around the islands of the Cyclades, is that you can hop between islands. This means that there are multiple different ways of getting from one island to another.
For example, one way to get from Syros to Iraklia island, would be to go via Naxos first. Another choice would be to go via Paros. These travel guides might help you decide:
You can also plan an indirect ferry route such as this by using Ferryhopper. This site is the one I use myself when traveling around the Greek islands, and they have genuine prices, unlike a lot of other sites you may find online!
Iraklia Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting the Greek island of Iraklia from Syros:
- Ferries sail from Ermoupoli port in Syros. Ferries arrive at Agios Georgios port in Iraklia.
- For places to stay in Iraklia, I suggest looking at Booking. They have a great choice of where to stay in Iraklia and areas to consider staying include Agios Georgios, and Livadi. I've a guide here to where to stay in Iraklia, which includes some places you might not find anywhere else!
- For some quality beach time, head to these beaches in Iraklia: Agios Georgios, Karvounolakkos, Livadi, and Alimia. I've a complete guide to Iraklia island here: Things to do in Iraklia, Greece.
- Ferryhopper is perhaps the easiest site to use when it comes to booking Ferry tickets online. I think it's better that you book your Syros to Iraklia ferry tickets in advance, especially during the busiest time of summer.
- Did you know that I co-wrote a travel guide to Iraklia now available on Amazon at a ridiculously cheap price? Check it out here: Schinoussa and Iraklia in Greece.
How to take the journey from Syros to Iraklia FAQ
Readers sometimes ask these question about traveling to Iraklia from Syros:
How do you get to Iraklia from Syros?
The best way to go to from Syros to Iraklia island in Greece is by ferry. There are between one and three ferries a week sailing to Iraklia island from Syros depending in seasonal demand.
Is there an airport on Iraklia?
The island of Iraklia in Greece is too small to have an airport. The closest airport to Iraklia is on Naxos, which has connections with Athens.
How many hours is the ferry from Syros to Iraklia?
The ferries to the Cyclades island of Iraklia from Syros take between 3 hours and 25 minutes and 5 hours and 45 minutes. Ferry operators on the Syros 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 Syros to Iraklia ferry tickets in advance, but you might also go to a travel agency in Greece after you arrive.
Dave is a travel writer living in and writing about Greece. As well as writing this travel blog post about ferries from Syros to Iraklia, he's also written many more travel blogs about destinations in Greece. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond:
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