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Cyclades Islands - Getting there & away, getting around

Cyclades Islands - Getting there & away

Olympic Airways links Athens with Naxos, Syros, Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Milos. Santorini has direct flights to/from Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Iraklio (Crete) and Rhodes; Mykonos has flights to/from Thessaloniki and Rhodes.

Ferry routes tend to separate the Cyclades into western, northern, central and eastern subgroups. Most ferries serving the Cyclades connect one of these subgroups with Piraeus, Lavrio or Rafina on the mainland. The central Cyclades (Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini) are the most visited and have the best links with the mainland, usually Piraeus. The northern Cyclades (Andros, Tinos, Syros and Mykonos) also have good connections. The western Cyclades (Kea, Kythnos, Milos, Serifos, Sifnos, Folegandros and Sikinos) have less frequent connections with the mainland, and the less-visited eastern Cyclades (Anafi, Amorgos, Iraklia, Shinousa, Koufonisia and Donousa) have the fewest links. Ferries from Piraeus to Cyprus and Israel stop at Santorini and Tinos.

In summer, there are daily hydrofoils from Piraeus to Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos and Kea; there are daily hydrofoils from Iraklio (Crete) to Santorini. Although hydrofoils can travel faster than ferries, they often take longer to get to their destination because of the many stops they make and their sensitivity to weather. Large high-speed catamarans are very popular. Cats travel daily between Piraeus, Syros, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos; daily from Rafina to Tinos and Mykonos; weekly to Syros, Paros, Naxos and Amorgos; daily between Rafina, Tinos and Mykonos, continuing to Andros twice weekly and to Paros, Naxos and Amorgos once a week.

Getting around Cyclades Islands

Olympic Airways flights between Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Syros, Paros and Milos provide the islands' only inter-island air link. There are usually relatively good ferry connections within each of the western, northern, central and eastern subgroups, but infrequent connections between the different subgroups via Paros, the ferry hub of the island group.

In summer, there are daily hydrofoils between Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos and Milos, as well as frequent connections between Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Syros. There are daily cats between Syros, Mykonos, Tinos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini.

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