The distance between the islands of Mykonos and Paros in the Cyclades is just 27 miles (43 km). Unless you have private water transport or are taking a boat tour, the only way to travel between the two is by ferry.
Mykonos is well-known as one of the most scenic Cyclades islands, while Paros offers charm away from the crowds. To see both islands, plus Antiparos and Santorini, all in one memorable trip, you can check out this eight-day itinerary.
Duration: 1 hour or less
Several ferries leave from Mykonos to Paros each day. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during the high season (summer), as this route is very popular. Some ferries are slightly faster than others—timings vary from 45 minutes to just over an hour.
If you plan to rent a car on Mykonos, you will be able to take it with you to Paros on certain ferries for an additional fee. However, note that some rental companies will not allow you to transport cars between the islands; be sure to check with your company beforehand.
Mykonos has both a New Port and an Old Port; the two ports are located about 2 miles (3 km) apart. Until recently, the New Port served the large car-carrying ferries, while small passenger ferries arrived at the Old Port. However, as of 2019, all ferry traffic will use the New Port only. It’s a good idea to arrive at the port early when waiting for your ferry, as it can get very crowded.
The New Port is located about a 15-minute drive from Mykonos’ town center. Keep in mind that taxis can be hard to find, as not many of them operate on the island. The best way to get from your accommodation to the port is by booking a private transfer, or using your hotel’s shuttle, if it has one.
You could also take the water taxi, known as the Mykonos SeaBus, which transports passengers from the Old Port to the New Port. In addition, there are public buses running several times daily from downtown Mykonos to the New Port.
All ferries arrive at the ferry terminal in Paros, which is located in the center of Paros Town.
By Private Yacht
Duration: 1 hour (or more, as part of a multi-day tour)
Going by private yacht as part of a longer sailing itinerary is a fun and luxurious way to go. Read our Guide to Yacht Trips in Greece for more about this option.