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Dave's Travel Pages is a travel blog focusing on Greece and Bike Touring, with additional travel guides to countless interesting destinations around the world.
About Dave's Travel Pages
It all started back in 2005 when I bought the domain name, and created what I called my Travelogue site.
The aim, was to document my journeys online as I travelled around the world. This way, other people could see what I was up to, and maybe give it a go themselves.
In many ways, the aim of the blog (as we call it nowadays!) hasn't changed. I like to share my travel experiences and create guides to make travel easier for other people.
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The best time to visit Crete is often thought to be between May and September. This travel guide describes the best time of year to visit Crete and what to expect.
When to visit Crete
The island of Crete is one of the most unique destinations in Greece. It offers an abundance of archaeological sites, such as Knossos, Festos, Gortyna and Matala, and some of the best beaches in the world.
But it’s not just that. Crete has quaint villages, deep gorges, high mountains, rugged landscapes, delicious food, strong raki and some of the most interesting people you will ever meet in your life.
With several direct summer flights from all around Europe to Crete, and many daily ferries and flights from Athens all year round, Crete is an easy to reach destination that most visitors fall in love with and aim to return to.
As for the best time to visit Crete, it’s a really difficult question to answer. Crete is alive all year long, so you will most likely enjoy it anytime. Let's first take a look season by season.
Is summer the best time to visit Crete?
Greece is predominantly a summer destination, and as a result the island of Crete receives most of its tourism in summer.
People with only a few days to spend on Crete may find the most famous destinations, such as Chania, Elafonissi and Knossos to be very busy.
Crete is a huge island though, and copes much better with the increased summer tourist numbers than small islands like Santorini.
Summer is a great time to take a road trip around Crete (totally recommended!), where you can get off the beaten path and still find quieter destinations and beaches.
Much of South Crete, as well as many of the mountain villages, can be fairly quiet in summer, and will offer a less spoilt, more authentic experience.
Crete Summer Weather
The weather in summer in Crete is quite hot, with very little rain. There's also sun. Lots and lots of sun! The town of Ierapetra, on the south of Crete, is said to have the most sunshine in Greece (and maybe Europe), with 3,101 hours of sun per year
One thing you should be cautious of when visiting Crete in summer, are the occasional strong winds. The beaches in Crete are often affected by the summer winds, and the waves can get really high. If you see a red flag on the beach, don’t go for a swim!
With all the above in mind, summer is a great time to visit Crete. Just make sure you have enough days to explore the island, and don’t get disappointed if it’s too windy for a swim – have a raki instead.
As for the archaeological sites, visit first thing in the morning or late in the evening, as the midday sun is really strong.
Should I visit Crete in winter?
As most people visit Greece in summer, few realize that this small country has lots more to do than its beaches and archaeological sites – there are, for example, ski resorts and hundreds of mountain villages.
At the time of writing, Crete doesn’t have a ski resort, despite the fact that there is a fair amount of snow in winter.
However, there are plenty of villages up on the mountains that are worth exploring. As for the archaeological sites, they are open in winter, and you will enjoy them more, as you will be very unlikely to queue for tickets and you won’t get burnt by the scorching summer sun.
If you decide to visit Crete in winter, you might be better off spending most of your time in the biggest towns, as some of the smaller places, especially on the south, might close down.
Crete Winter Weather
The weather in winter can be very variable. Winter 2018-2019 was particularly rainy and cold, and there were severe floods all around the island.
Other winters have been relatively dry and quite warm, at least enough for locals to go swimming.
All in all, winter can be an interesting time to visit Crete, especially if you don’t care much about the beaches – still, it’s the trickiest season weather wise.
Is spring the best time to go to Crete?
Spring is definitely a great time to visit Crete. Following the winter, the weather will generally be sunny and bright, and nature will be at its best.
As Crete is south of mainland Greece, it is generally warmer, and spring temperatures are a lot more pleasant than summer highs. That said, some people find the sea quite cold even in June.
Late spring might be the best time to visit Crete, especially for people who don’t like crowds. The days are long, people are friendly, and the island is preparing for the summer.
And what is Crete like in autumn?
September is one of the best times to visit Crete. With many of the crowds gone, and lovely weather overall, you will definitely enjoy Crete in autumn.
There are still regular daily boat services from Athens, and plenty of events and happenings all around the island.
If you are looking to book hotels in Crete, you will also find out that September is much better in terms of cost than August, especially if you want to get off the beaten track.
If you have several days, it’s worth heading south, and perhaps catching a boat to either Gavdos or Chrissi islands, both to the south of Crete. Few places in Greece feel as remote – and in the case of Gavdos, you will really be at the southernmost place of Europe.
Let's look at visiting Crete month by month:
Crete in January
It's the start of the year, and whilst many people think that Crete is warm all the year around, they might discover something slightly different. Well, actually, it IS warmer than Norway in January of course, but it doesn't mean it's shorts and t-shirt weather.
If you do visit Crete in January, try to base your trip on history and culture, where you can duck inside if the weather gets wet or cold.
Crete weather January
January is the coldest month of the year in Crete, with average temperatures ranging between 8 and 16 degrees. Day time temperatures hover on average at 11 degrees.
Keep in mind that at higher elevations (of which Crete has many!) there can be snow.
Crete in February
You might find some cheap flights out to Crete in February, and some people fly over from the UK for long weekend breaks. Of course the weather is not guaranteed, but it gets you away from the weather back home!
Crete weather February
February is one of the wettest months in Crete, and also the second coldest after January. It's certainly not the time to visit in the 100% expectation of sun in Crete, but you might be pleasantly surprised all the same. Especially with how unpredictable the planet's weather has been lately!
Whilst you can still expect snow on the mountains, the coastal and sea-level towns and cities enjoy average day-time temperatures of 12.5 degrees.
Crete in March
If you want to enjoy the picturesque harbour towns such as Chania but without the crowds, March is the time of year to do so. In a few weeks time, the cruise ships will start turning up, but right now, you can really soak up the vibes of this quaint place.
Crete weather March
The average day time temperatures slowly increase to 14 degrees in March, with highs of 17 degrees (freak days can be much higher), and lows of 10 degrees.
It's probably still a little too cold for swimming in the sea for most though, with seawater being around 16 degrees in Crete in March.
Crete in April
Greek Orthodox Easter normally (but I guess not always!) falls sometime in April. You should note that this is also normally at a different time of year to Easter for Protestant and Catholics.
Visiting Crete in Easter can be a memorable experience. This is the most important religious occasion during the year, with numerous processions and ceremonies held at churches all over the island. Easter is also a popular time for Greeks to travel, but you should keep in mind that not all shops and services will run during the religious holiday.
Crete weather April
It might not be the official start of summer, but April does herald the beginning of consistently warm temperatures of 17 degrees during the day. Day time highs regularly touch 20 degrees or higher.
Crete in May
There might not be any solid guarantees on the weather, but May is a good choice of month to travel around Crete. Most of the tourist infrastructure such as campsites will now be open since after the Easter break, but few visitors have actually arrived.
Head to the south of Crete, and you may get your first swim of the year on some of those gorgeous beaches without anyone else around. It's a particularly good time to take a road trip, and you might also be able to pick up some cheap holidays in Crete during this month.
Crete weather May
If the temperature chart of Crete in May was analysed like a stock market chart, you would describe it as exuberant, testing new highs before pulling back.
As I write this on May 22nd 2019, day time highs of 32 degrees are predicted in a few days time. Last week, there were highs of 23 and lows of 13.
Crete in June
We're really starting to get going with good weather in June, and Crete makes an ideal destination for some early summer sun. It's around this time of year that campervan and caravan owners from Northern Europe will make their way over, setting up camp for the next few months.
Personally, I find that June is one of the most pleasant months in Greece regarding temperatures. Sure, it can reach high 30s on some days, but it does cool down a little at night.
Crete weather June
Summer has officially begun in Crete in June, and the temperatures are there to match as well. Sea temperatures rise to a comfortable 22 degrees, rain has fallen away to almost nothing, and day time highs regularly touch 27 degrees.
Crete in July
You'll find it starts to get busy in July as the build up to August begins. With that said, the first two weeks of July can be a good choice of when to go to Crete. Hotels prices may not have risen, and the school holidays are not yet in full swing.
Crete weather July
Are you feeling hot yet? July in Crete can be very warm, especially if you have just rocked up from somewhere with chillier weather like the UK. With highs of 31 degrees and lows of 22 degrees, you're going to need to pack plenty of sunscreen and have a bottle of water in standby!
Crete in August
By far the busiest and most popular time to visit Crete is in August, This is because of the European school holidays, and it is also the month that most Greeks take their own vacations.
Fortunately, Crete is big enough to easily absorb the visitors, but you can expect higher prices. I'd also recommend booking hotels and transportation well in advance.
Crete weather August
August is the warmest month in Crete. In fact, you'll probably feel at as soon as you step off the plane when a wall of heat hits you! Rain is just wishful thinking for the most part, and day time highs of 32 degrees are the norm. Every now and again, there may be 40 degree days, so be prepared!
Crete in September
In a similar fashion to June, September is another of my favourite months to spend in Greece. The temperatures are cooling off slightly, and there's an almost audible sigh of relief as the peak tourist crowds thin out.
Many people who love outdoor activities prefer to visit Crete in September. For example, September can be a good time to walk the Samaria Gorge or go bike touring.
Crete weather September
The Crete weather in September is very similar to June, only that the sea temperatures are still warm as they haven't cooled down yet.
Crete in October
October is a good time to visit Crete, especially for outdoors lovers and bargain hunters. It's getting toward the end of the tourist season, so prices are lower, and the temperatures are reduced enough to make activities such as hiking and cycling more pleasant.
Crete weather October
What's the weather going to be like in Crete in October? Honestly, it's anyone's guess! You might get a bright sunny day still warm enough to enjoy a day at the beach. Perhaps you'll need to wrap up in a fleece as you wander around now quieter archaeological sites like Knossos. Thankfully, no matter what the weather does, there's always something to do on the island of Crete!
Crete in November
The only downside to visiting in November, is that there is no guarantees on the weather. So, if you were looking for a beach holiday in Crete, November isn't really the month to choose.
Instead, anyone interested in getting a taste for the more authentic side of Crete will find November and interesting time to visit. Get up into the traditional villages, meet the locals, and perhaps even visit those archaeological sites which will now be much quieter.
Crete weather November
Crete still manages to achieve day time highs of 20 degrees in November, making it a good candidate for early winter sun in Europe. At night, it does sink down to 13 degrees, so a fleece or coat is required. You can expect more rain at this time of year.
Crete in December
As Crete is blessed with countless archaeological sites and museums, there is always something to see and do. That said, I wouldn't personally say that December is the best month to visit. It would be a shame to miss out on all those great beaches!
Crete weather December
As it can rain up to 15 days per month in Crete in December, it is one of the wettest months. Although not as cold as January or February, it's still a touch on the chilly side, and by this point, most sane people have stopped swimming in the sea. You'll probably still find a few less than sane ones out there though!
And here's a few other things to consider on the best time to visit Crete:
Best time to visit for cheap holidays to Crete
If you are looking to get the best value for money during a holiday in Crete, the summer is best avoided. In particular, give August a complete miss!
I feel for families who have no choice (because of the school holidays) to visit Crete in August, but if you do have a choice, follow my advice. Not only is this the most expensive month, but it's also more crowded in popular places like Chania.
In order to look for cheap holidays in Crete, aim to visit during the shoulder seasons. Just after Easter break and up until mid-June, and then mid-September to the end of October will give you the best value.
Best time for Greek Island Hopping
There are other fantastic Greek islands within close distance to Crete, including Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos. The best time to get ferries between the Greek islands is during the summer, when the full schedule is in operation.
This really depends how brave you are! I know people that swim all the year around in Crete, but that's not my cup of tea!
For most people, the waters in Crete will be warm enough to swim from mid-May until around the end of October.
As you are probably aware though, the climate and weather all around the world seems to change year on year. Don't be surprised if there's freak warm weather even late November!
And the best time to visit Crete is…
Having been to Crete in all seasons, Crete is really an ideal holiday destination all year round. It is probably best to avoid winter if you have the option, and choose spring or autumn over summer if you want to avoid crowds.
However, as Crete is really big, you will always be able to find a beach where you will be on your own, even in August! So just pack your bags and go – the best time to visit Crete is now.
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There are a few short Athens to Milos flights that will take you there in under an hour, but there are also plenty of ferries that you can choose from. This was the option we took when visiting Milos ourselves.
The Athens – Milos ferry route is covered by several high-speed boats and Greek ferries. It can take you anywhere from 3 to more than 8 hours to get to Milos from Athens.
In this blog post, we are aiming to help you choose which is the best ferry to take from Athens to Milos for you, in summer 2019.
Current ferry schedule and ferry tickets from Athens to Milos can easily be compared and booked on this website: Ferryhopper.
How to get to Milos from Athens by ferry
For 2019, there are several companies covering the Athens-to-Milos route, departing from Piraeus port.
From June to September, there are four daily high-speed ferries from Athens to Milos, and some additional ferries on some days of the week.
Most of them stop at one or more islands on their way from Piraeus to Milos.
Ferries from Athens to Milos Timetables
The ferries Athens to Milos have slightly weird patterns of running throughout the summer. So, itineraries in June are different from itineraries in August, and the routes change a lot on a daily basis.
If your dates are flexible, it’s worth checking the boats for the week you are travelling in advance of your trip, in order to book the most suitable / best value for money option.
How to get to Piraeus port
All boats to Milos depart from Piraeus port, the main port of Athens. The Milos ferries from Piraeus currently leave from gates E6 / E7. These gates are walking distance from the metro and suburban railway stations in Piraeus.
For summer 2019, there are three companies running a high speed ferry from Athens to Milos on a daily basis. These Greek ferry services then continue to Santorini – so if you are going from Milos to Santorini, these boats will be relevant to you.
There are also three more companies running bigger ferries on some days of the week.
Ferry from Athens to Milos – Hellenic SeaJet ferries
Among the most popular choices for the ferry Piraeus to Milos, is a company known for its speedy vessels, called Hellenic SeaJet. They run 17 boats between the Greek islands, of which two go to Milos on a daily basis in summer 2019 – SeaJet 2, and Naxos Jet.
The SeaJets are the fastest option if you want to get from Athens to Milos.
SeaJet2 departs in the morning and takes just under 3 hours, stopping at Sifnos on the way.
NaxosJet departs in the late afternoon and takes slightly longer, as it also stops at Serifos.
Both ferries have standard and business seats, while there is no deck option. Standard seats cost 56-58 euros.
SeaJet to Milos
Both SeaJet ferries that travel between Athens and Milos are relatively small boats, and have no vehicle capacity.
While they are the fastest choice, it’s probably best to avoid them if you are prone to sea sickness.
In case of very strong winds, they will generally be the first boats to get cancelled, so take that into account when booking your ferry tickets from Athens to Milos.
The SeaJets may very well be sold out long before the trip, so it’s best to make your reservations early. Tickets need to be picked up from the port at any point before your trip.
For more information about these ferries, check out this page: SeaJets
Athens to Milos Ferry – Supercat – Golden Star ferries
Another high-speed Athens to Milos ferry is a vessel called Supercat, run by a company called Golden Star ferries. Similarly to the SeaJets, this ferry doesn’t carry vehicles and is an all-in-all small-sized boat.
There is only one type of numbered ticket at 49 euro that you can book online and print yourself, and sometimes there are promotions (non-refundable fares).
Just like the SeaJet ferries, it might be best to avoid this boat if you get seasick easily. After Milos, the Supercat continues on to Santorini.
Minoan Lines is considered to be one of the best ferry companies in Greece. For summer 2019, two of their ferries will serve the Athens-Milos route in three and a half hours, on their way to Heraklion.
These two boats are among the largest (700 feet / 214 meters long) and most luxurious ferries in Greece on domestic itineraries. If you travel on them you will have a very pleasant trip, even if the weather is bad.
Prices start from 41 euro for a deck seat, and increase for numbered seats and cabins.
The Minoan boats from Piraeus to Milos only run on Thursdays and Sundays between late June and mid-September.
If that suits your itinerary, it’s definitely your best option, in terms of luxury, comfort, and also value for money. In fact, you will find that three and a half hours is barely enough time to explore the boat before you arrive at Milos.
Ferry from Athens to Milos – Prevelis boat, ANEK Lines / Aegeon Pelagos
If you are looking for the best budget ferry option, you can check out Prevelis ferry Piraeus to Milos, leaving on certain days of the week.
This is possibly the slowest ferry to Milos from Pireaus in terms of speed, but it’s a direct service, so it takes 5 hours. This is one of the few ferries departing in the evening, so you can spend a half day in Athens and arrive at Milos around 23.00.
It’s worth noting that the Prevelis was constructed in Japan in the 1980s and has been roaming around the Aegean Sea since 1994.
It’s been refurbished over the years and it offers numbered seats and cabins.
As it runs on one of the longest domestic routes in Greece, stopping at various islands before eventually getting to Rhodes, the captains are among the best in the country, so you are in good hands.
Zante Ferries offer the Athens – Milos route on both of their car/passenger ferries, on alternate days and on fairly irregular schedules.
The ferries are named after two of Greece’s most famous literary people, the poet Dionysios Solomos and the author Adamantios Korais, and they stop at several islands before arriving at Milos. As such, the trip takes 7 hours or more.
If you are not in a hurry, this is a great choice to see more ports. This is also a good option if you are planning to island-hop on your return from Milos to Athens. Tickets start from about 40 euro for a reserved seat.
If your dates are somewhat flexible, by all means go for the Minoan ferries. Not only are they more stable and comfortable, but there are also better value for money than any high-speed ferry Pireaus – Milos.
If the Minoan ferries don’t suit you, you would have to decide between a faster, but more expensive and possibly bumpy high-speed service, and a bigger, slower ferry.
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Pre-book a Thessaloniki Airport Taxi at no extra cost and have one waiting for you on arrival. This is the easiest way possible to arrange your Thessaloniki Airport Transfer.
Pre-Book Your Thessaloniki Airport Taxi
The easiest way to arrange your Thessaloniki airport transfer is to pre-book it online. This way, you won't waste any time on arrival, and instead will be able to get straight to your hotel or onward destination.
Whilst oftentimes, it can be more expensive to pre-book a taxi to meet you at a hotel, in this case it is not. By using the Welcome Taxi Service, you pay the same price as you would if getting a taxi from the regular airport queue.
The benefits of pre-booking your Thessaloniki airport transfer by taxi, are that it is a massive time saver. Instead of wasting time on arrival trying to work out where the bus is, or queuing for a taxi, your driver will be waiting for you.
As such, it is simply a matter of spotting your driver (very easy at Thessaloniki arrivals!), and then heading straight to the car. It's particularly suitable if you've just arrived on a long flight, have heavy luggage, or simply appreciate the convenience.
Thessaloniki Airport to City Distance
The distance from Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport to the center of Thessaloniki is around 20kms. The journey by taxi takes about 30 minutes, with the bus being 10-20 minutes slower depending on stops.
Note: Buses run about every 40 mins, meaning if you just missed one, the total bus journey time can be upward of 70 minutes. Something to consider when planning your Thessaloniki airport transfer.
Thessaloniki Airport to City Taxi Cost
Unlike in Athens, there is not a flat rate set for airport taxis from Thessaloniki airport. However, the average price is around 20 Euros from Thessaloniki airport to center depending on final destination.
Note: There is an additional night time fee between midnight and five am which takes the price to around 25 Euro.
By pre-booking online, you will know the price upfront, and have no unpleasant surprises on arrival. There are no hidden fees, and there is also free cancellation (but check their policy for details).
Taxi from Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki Cost
One of the most popular destinations for people landing at Thessaloniki airport, is Halkidiki. It takes just over an hour by taxi from Thessaloniki airport to Halkidiki, and during the day costs around 80 euro.
Prefer to take a taxi from the queue into Thessaloniki rather than pre-booking one? Don't worry, it's very easy! As you exit the arrivals area, you'll see the line of taxis and people waiting for them.
Thessaloniki taxis can be easily spotted due to their being blue with white roofs.
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A complete guide on how to get from Athens to Thessaloniki using the new fast train, buses, flights and driving. Everything you need to know about the Athens Thessaloniki routes.
Visiting Thessaloniki in Greece
Whilst many people visit as a jump point to get from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki, too few choose to include Thessaloniki in their Greece itinerary. This is a real shame, as it’s a lively city with a vibrant night life, partly due to the student population.
As such, it’s a fantastic destination if you are interested in history and culture. Add on to that the fact that the centre is totally walkable and pedestrian friendly, it makes something of a contrast from Athens.
Keen to visit? This guide shows you how to get from Athens to Thessaloniki using all forms of transport.
Athens to Thessaloniki Distance
The distance from Athens to Thessaloniki is approximately 500 kms. You can get from Athens to Thessaloniki by train, bus, car or a short flight.
Here's how long it takes to get from Athens to Thessaloniki:
Athens to Thessaloniki time by train: Approx 5.5 hours. (New fast train service)
Athens to Thessaloniki time by bus: Approx 7 hours. (Depends on bus route/service)
Athens to Thessaloniki time by car: Approx 5 hours. (Depends who's driving!)
Athens to Thessaloniki flight time: Less than 1 hour (Allow for waiting time at airports as additional).
Which one is the best way to get from Athens to Thessaloniki? Personally, I would say the new train followed by a flight. It really depends on your circumstances.
Athens to Thessaloniki Train
If you have taken the train in Greece over a decade ago, you will most likely remember a slow journey, where the train had to stop multiple times, or perhaps even broke down at some point. This has all changed, due to ongoing infrastructure renewal that has been taking place over the last 20 years or so.
The brand new train from Athens to Thessaloniki which was launched on 20th May 2019, takes 4-4.5 hours to get from one city to the other, and it promises a safe, fast and pleasant journey. Services on board include plug sockets, WiFi (on selected trains), and additional benefits for first class passengers.
At 45 euros for a one-way ticket (and 20% discount for the return journey), the new route is one of the most affordable, fast and pleasant ways to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki. We can’t wait to try the new service out!
Fast Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
There are five fast trains from Athens to Thessaloniki a day, departing at 6.22, 9.22, 12.22, 15.22 and 18.22, while there is an additional night train that takes 5.5 hours.
The trains conveniently leave from Stathmos Larissis metro station, just four stops from Syntagma metro station on the red line.
It is anticipated that by the end of the year, the total time taken for the Athens to Thessaloniki trip will be reduced further to 3 hours 15 minutes, so watch this space.
If you prefer to have more choice in terms of departure times, you might prefer to take the bus from Athens to Thessaloniki. With no less than 18 buses plying this route on a daily basis, you will definitely find a time that suits your schedule.
You can see the itineraries and book your ticket online here – KTEL
Athens to Thessaloniki Bus Stations – Athens
Confusingly, the Athens bus routes to Thessaloniki depart from two separate bus stations. There are plans for this to change, but nothing is set in stone yet.
The first bus station is on Mavrommateon Street, just behind Pedion tou Areos park, close to Victoria metro station on the green line. Just type “KTEL Attika buses station” in Google maps and you will find it.
The second station for buses going from Athens to Thessaloniki, is not too far from Agios Antonios metro station on the red line. You will find it if you type “KTEL Bus Station Kifissou” on Google maps.
Unless you have heavy luggage, you could probably walk from the metro to the bus station if you needed to, but it’s not an enjoyable walk.
It is also possible to get bus 051 from close to Omonia or Metaxourgio metro stations all the way to Kifissos bus station. If you have just arrived from the airport, the express bus X93 takes you directly to Kifissos bus station.
Thessaloniki Bus Station
Similarly, there are two bus stations where buses arrive in Thessaloniki. One of them is on Monastiriou 67, very close to the Railway Station, and the other one which is further out of the centre is on Gianitson 244. If you are staying in the centre of Thessaloniki, the first one is a better choice.
The cost of a return bus ticket from Athens to Thessaloniki is 58.50 euro. The trip will take around 6-6.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions.
If you are planning a road trip around Greece and are on your way to (or back from) Thessaloniki, the best and most convenient choice is by rented car. Google maps work great in Greece, so just get a local SIM card and use your mobile phone.
The highway from Athens to Thessaloniki is a modern national road, and depending on how fast you drive and where you are leaving from in Athens, you can reach Thessaloniki in 4-4.5 hours – or more, if you stop on the way. The total distance is around 500 kilometers / 310 miles.
What you will find rather annoying, are the toll stations – there are 11 stops for tolls on the way from Athens to Thessaloniki. The total amount you will be required to pay is just over 31 euro, and it’s best to have the exact change. Petrol cost will depend on the type of car you have.
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
If you are pushed for time, the best way to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki is by plane. It’s a short flight, just under an hour, and you will arrive at Makedonia airport (SKG) in Thessaloniki, which is a little out of the city.
You can compare prices of flights to Thessaloniki from Athens here: Skyscanner
At the time of writing, there are only two companies flying directly from Athens to Thessaloniki – Olympic Air / Aegean, which is essentially the same carrier, and Ellinair.
Note: Ryanair used to fly too, offering prices as low as 10 euro one way, but unfortunately they don’t fly any more.
Prices will vary a lot, depending on how early you book your ticket and what type of luggage you want to take with you.
Athens to Thessaloniki Flights with Olympic Air / Aegean Airlines
Aegean Airlines / Olympic Air are the biggest airline company in Greece. They have been voted the best regional airline in Europe for many years in a row, which should give you an idea of the service and safety standards.
There are 11 flights a day for the summer season 2019, with return tickets starting at around 70-75 euro (promo fare), though you will have to be flexible with your dates to get this fare. This includes a standard hand luggage and a personal item.
Ellinair is another Greek company that serves a few routes within Greece, including the Athens to Thessaloniki route. They are becoming more and more popular, possibly because they offer a free standard checked luggage on top of a hand luggage and personal item.
Ellinair fly from Athens to Thessaloniki twice a day – their timetable is a little irregular so check them out.
Athens – Thessaloniki Flights – Which company to fly with?
In all honesty, for a flight as short as this, there is no significant difference,. Both companies are among the best airlines serving Greek airports. So you will be happy with either.
If you are flying out of Athens airport straight after your international flight into Athens, allow at least a couple of hours for immigration and to walk to your gate, especially if you have luggage to check. Athens airport has recently been renovated, and you will definitely find something to do.
A final tip – In general, ticket prices go up and they can be very expensive around certain times of the year. As an example, prices go sky high around the dates of the Thessaloniki International Fair, which is always in the first / second week of September. So if you are certain about your dates, book your tickets in advance.
Airport Transfer Thessaloniki
On arrival at Thessaloniki airport, you might find it more convenient to have a pre-booked taxi waiting for you. This doesn't cost you any extra than taking a taxi from the airport queue if you pre-book here – Thessaloniki Airport Taxis.
You can also use the bus to get from Thessaloniki airport to the city. Take either bus no 01X / 01N, which is normally crowded. Buses to Thessaloniki from the airport run every 20-35 minutes or so, 24 hours a day.
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These are the top 10 Paphos excursions to take during your holiday in Cyprus. Includes hiking trips, cultural experiences and Paphos boat tours.
Excursions from Paphos
Paphos is one of the most popular places to take a holiday in Cyprus. As both a summer and winter destination, there's plenty for people to see and do in Paphos.
There's no need to limit yourself to staying in just Paphos though. Take a day trip or two, and you'll see that there is much more to Cyprus than its beaches and swimming pools!
Paphos Day Trips
Here's a look at the best excursions from Paphos in Cyprus. They include cultural, sightseeing, active tours and Paphos boat trips.
All these trips are available through Get Your Guide, the platform I prefer to use when booking my own tours and experiences when travelling.
Top 10 Paphos Excursions
Choose from any of these top 10 Paphos excursions, and get to experience more of Cyprus during your next vacation.
Best of Cyprus Tour: From Paphos and Limassol
This 8 hour tour of Cyprus is a great introduction to the island. You'll get to see some of the cultural highlights during the excursion from Paphos, as well as have the chance to visit a winery and taste some locals wines. Some of the stops on this day trip include Kourion, Kolossi castle, and Omodos village. Use the button below to find out more about this day trip from Paphos.
You can get so hypnotised by the great beaches and weather is Cyprus, that its easy to forget the island has more depth! This rural village tour reveal a side to Cyprus that comes as a refreshing change. With medieval architecture, traditional villages, and local wineries to be enjoyed, who wouldn't want to take this Paphos day trip during their Cyprus vacation? Use the button below to find out more about this day tour.
It's time for a little fun and adventure during this ATV safari from Paphos! These cool ATVs are the perfect machine to get off the beaten track and explore parts of the coast and mountains that are more difficult to reach. Accompanied by a guide, you'll learn a little more about Cyprus each time you stop, and relish the chance to soak up those incredible views! More info available by clicking the button below.
Another fun activity for you - this time a quad or beach buggy adventure! This half-day tour from Paphos reveals the scenic beauty of Akamas National Park. It also includes a visit to a shipwreck, sea caves, and beach where turtles lay their eggs. It's bumpy, it's dusty, but boy is this quad bike tour from Paphos a lot of fun! Interested in finding out more about this Paphos excursion? Use the button below.
Highlights of Nicosia: Full-Day Tour from Paphos & Limassol
Nicosia is the divided city of Cyprus, and in fact one of the last divided cities in the world. Here, you'll be accompanied by a guide on both sides of the divide in Nicosia. Discover amazing coffee shops, see historic landmarks, buy a souvenir or two, and learn more about the history of Cyprus and hopes for the future. Fin out about this full day tour from Paphos by using the button below.
One of the best ways to truly enjoy a landscape is to get out there and walk in it. This walking tour will take you to incredible panoramic views, historic landmarks, and quiet country spots. A fully qualified guide will be there every step of the way, not only showing you the route, but also explaining the stories behind the landscape. This is a great way to stretch the legs and enjoy the great outdoors by hiking in Cyprus. Use the button below to fin out more.
Looking for a family-friendly activity in Cyprus? It's time to visit the Aphrodite waterpark! This waterpark has tonnes of cool features, exhilarating water-slides, and even a lazy river to take it easy. The tour includes entrance fees and transport, and is ideal for families on holiday in Paphos.
Paphos Boat Trips: 6-Hour Elite Adults-Only Cruise with Catering
Have you ever spent time on a luxury mega-yacht? Your holiday in Paphos is the perfect opportunity to do just that! During a 6 hour trip, you'll cruise along deep blue waters in search of gorgeous swimming spots, where you'll have the time to snorkel and have fun in the sea. With gorumet food and champagne, this is one of the best Paphos boat trips you can dream of!
From Limassol or Paphos: Full-Day Flavours of Cyprus Tour
Meet the locals, enjoy rural life, visit a winery, and generally have a good time during this full day trip from Paphos. If you're bored of days by the beach or pool, this is the perfect antidote. Make sure you're hungry as well, because this lunch is going to be one to remember!
From Paphos and Limassol: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms
Our last, but by no means least, Paphos excursion take you up into the Troodos mountains. Get your Instagram fix at a medieval bridge, taste incredible food, and visit a Carob museum. All in all a day that will remind you there is far more to Cyprus than meets the eye!
A complete guide to getting the Athens to Chania ferry. Includes ferry times, routes, ports and useful information on the Athens Chania ferry route.
Reasons to take the Athens to Chania ferry
Although flying from Athens to Chania takes less than an hour, there are many reasons why you might prefer to go on the ferry.
This is the obvious choice for people who want to bring a vehicle along, for example. It can also appeal to budget travelers, as you can book a cabin on an overnight boat and avoid the cost of a hotel.
Our preferred website to compare and book your ferry ticket from Athens to Chania is Ferryhopper. Here, you can see all available options, and choose the one that suits you the most.
Athens – Chania Ferry Services
The three companies offering the Athens – Chania itinerary for 2019 are Minoan Lines, and Blue Star Ferries / ANEK lines who have partnered for the Athens to Chania ferry route.
If you have taken a ferry in Greece before, you are likely to have travelled with one of these companies. There are currently no SeaJet ferries on the Athens Chania route.
Note that all three boat companies often run promotions for the Athens to Chania itinerary.
For example, if you book a round trip, the return ticket is usually discounted. Students and children also qualify for discounts, so check before you book.
As Chania is a popular destination with Greeks and visitors alike, we suggest that you book your boat tickets in advance. This is more the case if you want a cabin, especially if your dates are not flexible.
The Athens to Chania ferry time takes anywhere from 6.5 to 9 hours.
Athens to Chania ferry – Minoan Lines
In our experience, Minoan Lines is one of the most luxurious ferry companies in Greece. With Mykonos Palace covering the Athens to Chania ferry route for most of 2019, you will have a pleasant, relaxed journey.
This boat is among the largest ferries on a domestic itinerary (214 metres / 700 feet long!) and has plenty of amenities, like restaurants, cafes etc.
Depending on the date you are travelling, you will either get an evening or an overnight ferry.
Until June 13th 2019, the ferry leaves Piraeus at 20.30 and arrives at Chania port at 4.30 on the next day.
From June 14th 2019 onwards, departure will be at 16.00, and you will arrive at Chania at 22.30.
Athens to Crete Ferry Price with Minoan
Prices from Athens to Chania on the Mykonos Palace start from 39 euro for a deck seat, and increase for cabins.
There are several different cabin options to choose from – the fewer beds in the cabin, the higher the cost. Some cabins have a view to the sea, whereas others have no window, so make sure you choose the one you prefer.
Note that this boat doesn’t have numbered airplane seats, which you may have booked on some of the boats on the Cyclades routes.
As neither of these companies currently allow you to print your e-ticket, you will need to collect a paper copy from the port at Piraeus.
Allow plenty of time, as there are often long queues. All in all, you will need to be at the Piraeus port at least an hour (or even more) before your ferry is due to depart.
Departing from Piraeus Port
All of the Chania ferries from Athens leave from Piraeus Port just outside Athens. If you haven’t taken a boat from Piraeus port before, it is best to get there well before your boat departs, as it might take you a while to find your gate.
Boats to Crete depart from Gates E2 / E3, which are clearly signposted in this map.
Getting to Piraeus Port from Athens
You can get to Piraeus port by suburban railway, metro, bus, or taxi. If you have heavy luggage, a taxi might be the best solution, as neither walking not taking the shuttle bus in Piraeus might be practical.
If you are getting to Piraeus on the metro, allow at least 20 minutes to walk to your gate from the station. There is also a free shuttle bus that runs inside the port but it’s often full.
The ferries don't actually arrive at Chania Town in Crete itself, but instead at nearby Port Souda. This is a few kilometres away from Chania Town, but is connected by public transport which is clearly signed.
Still, unless you have travelled with your own vehicle, you might prefer to get a taxi.
This Naxos to Santorini ferry information is the most up-to-date guide on ferries from Naxos to Santorini online. Contains ferry schedules, tips, and advice.
Ferries from Naxos to Santorini
Naxos and Santorini are less than a couple of hours apart by ferry. This makes them both ideal destinations to be included on a Greek island hopping itinerary. It also makes visiting Santorini from Naxos a perfectly viable day trip.
This guide aims to give you all the information you need on planning how to get from Naxos to Santorini. It's actually one of the simplest ferry trips in Greece!
Why visit Naxos?
Naxos is one of the most upcoming Greek destinations. With stunning beaches, lovely villages, great food, and a fantastic Chora, it is ideal for a relaxing holiday in Greece.
Whether you are travelling with friends, your other half or your family, it’s hard to not like Naxos.
I often recommend Naxos as an alternative to Mykonos for people planning a trip to Greece. It's far more authentic than Mykonos, and Naxos is a really good destination for family vacations in Greece.
The best way to get from Naxos to Santorini
Many visitors combine Naxos with some other Greek islands, one of them being Santorini. I often get asked about the best way to get from Naxos to Santorini, and so created this guide.
The very very short answer to what is the best way to get from Naxos to Santorini is: By ferry.
This is because there are no direct flights between the islands. Hence, the only practical way to travel between Naxos and Santorini is by ferry.
Naxos to Santorini Ferry Information
Now you know you need to get a boat, the next question is which one?
The best ferry from Naxos to Santorini depends on what is more important for you – time or money.
Boat prices range a lot. For example, whilst it is possible to get from Naxos to Santorini in just over an hour, it is also possible to get there in a couple of hours, having spent just half the money.
In this article, we have listed all possible ferries from Naxos to Santorini in 2019.
Here, you can find itineraries for most boats in Greece, along with the full itineraries and prices, which makes it very easy to compare.
Like for most ferry schedules in Greece, there are different types of boats going from Naxos to Santorini. The fastest ones take just over an hour, while the slowest ones take a maximum of 2.5 hours, which means that the trip isn’t really that long.
Ticket prices vary accordingly, from 22 euro for the slower boats, to 43 euro for the fast boats, but there are also cabins and VIP seats that cost a lot more. If you have children or have an ISIC card, check out for discounts.
Getting from Naxos to Santorini on Blue Star Ferries
We have described the Blue Star Ferries in detail in this article – How to get from Athens to Santorini. They are large boats, carrying both passengers and vehicles, and offering all amenities such as restaurants, cafes, etc.
Depending on the time of year, there are one or two boats daily from Naxos to Santorini, taking anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. Note – As those boats are coming from another island, they might on occasion be delayed.
There are several types of tickets, with the cheapest option (deck, with no designated seat) costing 22 euros.
I would totally recommend paying an extra 2.5 euros to get a designated airplane seat, as there will already be several people sitting on the deck and you might not be able to find a seat. There are business and cabin options too.
If you want to travel from Naxos to Santorini with the Blue Star Ferries in 2019, you will be boarding the Blue Star Delos or Blue Star Patmos. This is their website www.bluestarferries.com
Getting from Naxos to Santorini on the Hellenic SeaJet ferries
If time is your main issue, you can choose to travel on any of the SeaJet boats. Both the World Champion Jet and the Champion Jet 2 are large high-speed ferries, able to carry passengers as well as cars.
The SeaJets will take you from Naxos to Santorini in 1-1.5 hours, but their base fare costs 43 euro, or almost doubles if you want a VIP seat.
The SeaJet company also operates a slower boat called Aqua Jewel, that runs twice a week and stops on several islands on the way from Naxos to Santorini.
If you are on a very tight budget, or just love boats and want to check out different ports, you could go with this choice – at 13.30 euros it’s a steal, but it takes just under 6 hours to get from Naxos to Santorini!
This boat would be one of your few options if you wanted to visit some of the least visited islands, like Sikinos or Thirassia.
Buying boat tickets from Naxos to Santorini – Which company to choose?
This is entirely up to you, as all these ferries are fine, though you might want to stick to bigger ferries that are more stable.
I would personally go for one of the Blue Star Ferries boats, as the trip isn’t really very long, and the price is significantly lower than the SeaJets.
You should be able to get tickets even last minute for many of these boats, though for some times of the year (e.g. the weeks around 1-20th of August, when most Greeks go on holiday), it is best to book them in advance.
Like with any boat trip in Greece, if you have booked your hotels already, it’s a good idea to book the boats as well.
Traveling to other Greek Islands?
If you are planning to travel to some of the other islands in Greece, these other guides may be useful.
This guide to getting a Mykonos Airport Taxi to your hotel is going to make life nice and easy. Step off the plane, get a taxi from Mykonos Airport Arrivals quickly, and start enjoying your Greek holiday in the sun!
Mykonos Airport Transfer
Your flight just landed. You're off the plane, made it through immigration, and now you're in Mykonos Airport Arrivals.
Let the holiday begin!
Except you can't, because first you've got to get from Mykonos Airport to your hotel.
Where do you get a Mykonos airport bus from? Where does it drop you off?
And just where did all those people in the taxi queue come from?!
If only there was an easier way to get a Mykonos Airport taxi to your hotel!
Well, there is, and it doesn't cost you a penny extra
Here's 10 of the best Malta excursions, including a day trip to the blue lagoon, Gozo sightseeing tours, Malta markets and more. These day trips in Malta will helps you see all the top attractions.
Malta Sightseeing Tours
Due to its relatively small size, anyone visiting Malta can easily base themselves in one place, and then take a series of day trips to see the Malta tourist attractions.
And Malta has lots of them! From the world famous blue lagoon, to Megalithic Temples, there's plenty of things to do in Malta.
Whilst it's perfectly possible to get around Malta either hiring a car or using public transport, most people find it more convenient to take different day trips in Malta.
All of the following 10 best Malta day trips are available through Get Your Guide. This is the site I use when booking my own tours when travelling. They're reliable, and the site is super easy to navigate.
I've given a brief description of each of the Malta excursions, and then you can click on the button underneath to find out more.
The 10 Best Day Trips in Malta
Choose from Malta boat trips, visiting UNESCO sites, Valletta harbour tours and Gozo day trips. Here's the best day trips in Malta to choose from.
Hop-On Hop-Off Malta Bus Tour
The Hop-On Hop-Off bus is still an excellent way to see more of Malta. There's two routes to choose from - The North Route (blue), and the South Route (red). With regular buses every 30 minutes, clearly marked drop-off and pick-up points, and commentary along the way, this Malta sightseeing bus is suitable for both people with limited time in Malta, and those who are staying longer who might choose to take both Hop-on Hop-off routes on different days. Click the button below for more information on this very economical way to go sightseeing in Malta.
For anyone with interest in the ancient past, a tour of the Megalithic Temples of Malta is a must. In fact, a group of these are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are thought to be the oldest temples in Europe. Discover these strange temples with their unique carvings in the company of an expert guide. Share theories as to who built the Megalithic Temples of Malta and why, and enjoy this trip to the past. More information by clicking through below.
Gozo, Comino, Blue Lagoon, & Sea Caves: Full-Day Sightseeing
Departing from Bugibba harbour, this is one of the best blue lagoon Malta boat trips. During the day, there is ample time to swim at both the Blue Lagoon and the Crystal Lagoon. Make sure to take photos of the incredible coastline, and also enjoy some time on Gozo. Read the full details on the blue grotto Malta boat trip by using the button below.
The smaller island of Gozo is a lot more laid back than the main island Malta. As such, it's ideal to make a day trip to Gozo. During this excursion, you'll visit ancient temples, admire the rugged coastline, and have an Instagram moment at the Bay of Xlendi.
Who needs a Malta walking tour, when you can use a Segway! It's also got a bit of a twist, as rather than a tour of Valletta (which might be the obvious choice), it instead takes you to the cliffs near Dingli for breathtaking views. Surely it's worth trying, just for the name Dingli itself! It's only a short tour, but a unique experience, and one that will look great on Instagram or even YouTube after your trip to Malta!
I really like this idea, as sometimes guided tours can feel a bit rushed. So, this gives you the option to explore Mdina in Malta at your own pace using the map and audio tour. It's really cheap as well, with prices starting at around 5 euro. A bit of a no-brainer if you ask me!
Valletta: Medieval Walking Tour & The Malta Experience
Valletta simply has to be explored when visiting Malta. I'd recommend both a little aimless wandering to discover things by yourself, and then a guided tour to give you a deeper insight. This tour is a great way to discover the stories behind the magnificent medieval buildings in Valletta, and learn some of the history of the island. This is a walking tour, so if you're a step counter, you'll probably be on a winning streak by the end of the four hour Valetta Malta points of interest tour.