How to Get from Naxos to Ios
The distance between Naxos and Ios is 35 miles (56 km). The most common way to travel between them is by ferry, and during the high summer season (mid-June through mid-September), direct ferries run several times a day. The high-speed ferry takes 35 minutes while the slower ferry takes an hour, although there is an even slower option available that takes 3 hours 45 minutes.
You have the option to bring a car or motorbike with you on the ferry, although that will increase the price of your ticket. Note that ferry schedules become much more limited during the low season (mid-September through June), so be sure to check that the ferry is running on the dates you need if traveling during that time.
For a more luxurious option, consider chartering a yacht or catamaran. There are many private yacht and catamaran options for the Greek islands, whether you're looking for a day trip to Ios from Naxos or are interested in booking a "hop on, hop off" trip in which you can disembark on Ios and continue on your journey. It is worth noting that this is a far more expensive option than the high-speed or slow ferries that go to Ios.
If you're interested in a trip of unique outdoor activities, check out this 7-day itinerary, which explores Naxos, Ios, and Athens via hikes, canoe trips, and bike rides. For a more relaxing trip, consider this 12-day itinerary, which will bring you to the lesser-known Cycladic islands of Naxos, Ios, Tinos, and Syros.
By Fast Ferry
Duration: 35 minutes
You can count on a number of ferry options between Naxos and iOS during the summer but be sure to book in advance to get a seat as ferries can fill up at this time. Seajet and Golden Star are two companies that operate these high-speed hydrofoil ferries.
Economy and business tickets are available for these ferries. Note that if bringing a car or motorbike, your ticket price will increase based on the size of the vehicle. For a short journey like this, you can expect basic food options: sandwiches, packaged snacks and local favorites such as tyropita (cheese pies) and spanakopita (spinach pies). Seasick-prone travelers should note that these ferries can get quite bumpy from the wind.
By Slow Ferry
Duration: 1 hour - 3 hours 45 minutes
If you're looking for a more leisurely way to travel from Naxos to Ios, you can hop aboard a slow ferry. Most of the slower ferries take an hour to get from Naxos to Ios, but there are some that take 3 hours and 45 minutes. Tickets for these ferries range from economy seats to a private cabin and these ships are preferable for those prone to seasickness as they offer more open air space and are not as bumpy as the high-speed ferries.
If booking an economy ticket, it’s suggested that you book a “numbered seat” as the deck/lounge ticket option does not include a guaranteed seat. These ferries can also accommodate vehicles if you're looking to bring a vehicle to explore Ios like a local.
By Private Boat
Duration: 35 minutes - 10 hours
If you are looking to travel with friends or family in style, consider chartering a private yacht or catamaran from Naxos to Ios. A number of companies offer day trips to Ios if you are interested in a day of swimming, eating and exploring the island's beaches. Otherwise, it's possible to book a "hop on, hop off" or customized trip in which you disembark in Ios and continue on your Greek island adventure.
You can charter a private boat or a semi-private one, in which you share the boat with other travelers. Private yachts or catamarans include meals and are an option for those wanting to explore the Greek islands in a different way. This is a much more expensive option than the high-speed or traditional ferries between Naxos and Ios.