The journey from the northern Cycladic island of Mykonos to the southern and larger island of Naxos is approximately 30 miles (50 km), stretching across the glowing waters of the Aegean Sea. Traveling between the two is relatively simple and can take less than an hour, depending on which by-air or by-water route you choose.
The fastest and most practical way to island-hop from Mykonos to Naxos is by ferry, and there are direct ferries departing Mykonos and arriving on Naxos several times a day throughout the high travel season. Ferry companies offer a wealth of options for all sorts of travelers, for those with vehicles or pets, and those who prefer luxury over the standard economy section. High-speed ferries have on-board cafés for mid-cruise eating and drinking, along with bathrooms. Plus, you really can’t beat the views of the water.
Note that if you cannot print your ticket out yourself, you may have to arrive to the Mykonos Port approximately 30 to 45 minutes before departure to pick up your ticket.
If boating isn’t an option for you, it is possible to fly from Mykonos to Naxos, with non-stop flights operating about twice per day during the high season. This is a more expensive route, with travel to and waiting time at the airport itself adding to the duration of the journey.
Of course, there’s always the most luxurious island-hopping option: renting your own yacht and taking your time as you mosey from one gorgeous island to another. There’s no time table. Just you, the sun, and the sea (along with a crew to get you there).
By Fast Ferry
Duration: between 30 minutes and 90 minutes
The Greek high travel season extends from June to the end of September, and allows for more frequent ferry trips between the islands, with up to 10 routes from Mykonos to Naxos per day. SeaJets, Fast Ferries, and Golden Star Ferries offer treks between 30 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes on high-speed ferries, with both passenger-only and vehicle-allowed vessels. Some rides stop-off on the island of Paros, which accounts for the variation in time.
High-speed ferries offer economy seats, airplane-like seats, business class seats, and VIP seats. They depart from the Tourlos Mykonos Port.
Duration: 40 minutes
Mykonos International Airport is located about 2.5 miles (4 km) from the town of Mykonos. Flights throughout the high season leave about four times per day, offered by Olympic and Sky Express, and take approximately 40 minutes. They arrive at the Naxos Airport Apollon, which is located approximately 1.8 miles (3 km) from Naxos City. During high season, it’s essential to arrive at the airport about two hours before your flight’s departure, as these smaller airports can become incredibly busy.
By Private Yacht
Duration: Multiple days or more
If you’re after the ultimate luxury, charter your own yacht. Boat options suit between eight and 12 guests and come with a crew of two or three boat workers. For more information, check out our article on yacht trips in Greece.