As one of the quieter Cyclades islands, Paros is a perfect complement to bustling Mykonos and Santorini. It is popular for its nature, beaches, nightlife, and traditional architecture.
You can reach Paros via a quick flight of under an hour from Athens, or a ferry from the Greek mainland. Frequent ferries also connect Paros with other Cyclades islands.
Duration: 40 minutes by flying, or 3-4 hours by ferry
Several flights per day leave from Athens Airport to Paros. The flights are quick and easy; most leave in the morning.
You could also travel to Paros by sea—ferries leave regularly from both Piraeus port and Rafina, a smaller port town to the east of Athens. Most ferries are comfortable, and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some scenic views. Tickets can be booked in advance.
Piraeus can be reached from Athens via private transfer, taxi, or the Athens Metro. You can also get there by rental car. The drive takes about 30 minutes. Note that you may be able to bring your car on the ferry by paying an additional fee, although it’s a good idea to check with your car rental company before doing so.
Rafina is slightly further from Athens. The drive to Rafina takes about 45 minutes. While Piraeus is Athens’ main port, travelers coming directly from the airport might want to consider leaving from Rafina instead, as it is closer.
Duration: 30 minutes - 2 hours
The island of Naxos is very close to Paros, and the two are often paired together in one trip. The only way to get between the two islands is by ferry (unless you have your own private water transport).
Some ferries are quicker than others. The fastest takes just half an hour, while the slowest can take over two hours. On some ferries, you’ll be able to bring a car. Tickets can be booked in advance, or purchased at the ticket offices on the quay.
All ferries leave from the main port in the center of Naxos Town.
Duration: one hour or less
The only way to get to Paros from Mykonos is by ferry. Several ferries leave each day; it’s a good idea to book in advance during the high season.
If you plan to rent a car on Mykonos, you’ll be able to take it with you on certain ferries for an additional fee. Be sure to check with your rental company beforehand.
Keep in mind that Mykonos has both a New Port and an Old Port, which can be confusing. As of 2019, all ferry traffic will use the New Port only, so your ferry should be leaving from there. To get to the New Port from Mykonos Town center, you can book a private transfer, take the water taxi (Mykonos SeaBus), or take a public bus. Taxis can be hard to find on Mykonos, especially during the summer when it is crowded.