How to get to Naxos

Travelling to Naxos

Naxos, the largest and one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, is a sought-after destination for travelers looking to experience its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant local culture. Reaching this idyllic Greek island can be done either by air or by sea, offering options that cater to various preferences and starting points. Here’s everything you need to know about getting to Naxos, whether you’re flying in or sailing the Aegean Sea.

Arriving by Air

Naxos Airport (JNX), although small, accommodates domestic flights primarily from Athens. The flight from Athens to Naxos is a quick, convenient option, taking about 45 minutes.

  • From Athens: Olympic Air and Sky Express operate multiple flights daily during the tourist season, linking the Greek capital to the island. The frequency of flights increases in the summer months, catering to the peak travel season.
  • Seasonal Flights: During the high season, there might be additional direct flights from other parts of Greece, though these are subject to change and should be confirmed ahead of your trip.

The airport itself is located just a few kilometers from Naxos Town (Chora), making it a quick and easy journey to your final destination once you land.

Arriving by Sea

Traveling to Naxos by ferry is a popular choice, offering not only a more economical option compared to flying but also the chance to enjoy the stunning Aegean seascape.

  • From Athens: Ferries to Naxos depart from two of Athens’ main ports: Piraeus and Rafina. The trip can take between 3.5 to 6 hours depending on the ferry type (high-speed vs. conventional). Blue Star Ferries, SeaJets, and Golden Star Ferries are some of the major operators offering daily services to Naxos.
  • From Other Islands: Naxos is well-connected with the other Cycladic islands, including Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Syros, among others. This makes island hopping an exciting and viable option. Ferries from these islands usually take between 1 to 2 hours depending on your point of departure and the service chosen.
  • From Crete: During the tourist season, there is also a direct link from Heraklion, Crete to Naxos. This route is especially popular with those looking to combine the historical allure of Crete with the natural beauty of Naxos.

Tips for Sea Travel

  1. Book in Advance: Especially in the peak summer months, it’s wise to book your ferry tickets in advance as ferries can fill up quickly.
  2. Check the Weather: Sea conditions can affect ferry schedules. It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast and stay in contact with your ferry company for any potential delays or cancellations.
  3. Arrive Early: Especially in larger ports like Piraeus and Rafina, arrive at least an hour before departure to navigate through the port and find your designated ferry.