The journey from the northern Cycladic island of Tinos to the larger, more central island of Naxos is 45 miles (72 km). The trek across the Aegean takes fewer than two hours, and is possible only by water, as Tinos is far too tiny for its own airport.
The fastest and most economical way to travel between Tinos and Naxos is by ferry. Only high-speed, rather than conventional, ferries take this route. Ferries offer fares for passengers both with and without vehicles. During high season, three ferry companies operate this line, with Fast Ferries sailing seven times per week, SeaJets sailing 14 times per week, and Golden Star Ferries operating 14 times per week. All ferries are equipped with bathrooms and cafés for mid-ride snacks and drinks.
If you purchase a ferry ticket online that doesn’t offer a barcode, you’ll have to pick up your ticket at the Tinos Ferry Terminal around 30 to 45 minutes prior to departure.
Of course, if you’re looking for the height of luxury, you have the option to rent your own yacht and float along the Aegean by yourself. It’s up to you.
To make the best of your trip to Tinos, make sure to check out the marble trails walking tours, which take you past artist workshops and ancient villages. If you have a bit of extra time to island-hop, this 10-day Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos trek is non-stop iconic architecture, glittering turquoise waters, and the best in Grecian food delights.
By Fast Ferry
Duration: Between 1 1/2 and 2 hours
Throughout the high season, fast ferries from Golden Star, SeaJets, and Fast Ferries take between 90 and 120 minutes to sail from Tinos to Naxos. During the high season, there are about five trips per day across the Aegean, with that depleting to twice or even once per day when October arrives.
All ferries offer economy seats, airplane-like assigned seats, business class seats, and VIP seats, and can accommodate pets and vehicles. Of course, prices reflect the quality of your seat. Ferries feature on-board cafés and bathrooms.
Note that some routes stop off at the islands of Mykonos and/or Paros before arriving at Naxos, which accounts for the difference in time. Boats that make more stops on the way to Naxos will run a bit late on schedule.
By Private Yacht
Duration: Multiple days, or more
If you want to take to the seas on your own, charter your own yacht. Boat options can suit between eight and 12 guests and come with their own crew to keep things safe. For more information on this, check out our article on yacht trips in Greece.