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The town of Ios


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A beach in Ios

Ios is located in the Cyclades and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, Crete and other ports in the Cyclades.

There are 7 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Ios. Blue Star Ferries, Boatman Union of Santorini (Maistros Santorini), Fast Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Seajets, Small Cyclades Lines and Zante Ferries all operate ferries to and from Ios. In the summer season, there are a total of 182 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Santorini to Ios with 28 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Ios is Sikinos with a distance of just 19 kilometres - that's 12 miles or 10 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Piraeus at a distance of 200 kilometres - that's about 124 miles or about 108 nautical miles.

Ios port is located about 2.4 kilometers away from the capital of the island known as 'Hora' or 'Chora'. However, today the port area is possibly more populated and busy than the island's capital especially in the summer. The port is a medium sized port and is generally very busy but is busiest in the summer.

Ferries to Ios are normally available throughout the year but there are fewer sailings in the winter. Ios is served by a mix of fast and conventional ferries.

You can travel to or from Ios with your vehicle or on foot. And normally you can take a bike with you or a pet.

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Ios ferry schedules

Why visit Ios?

  • Greek poet Homer's grave and the remains of ancient aquaduct at Plakoto area
  • The remains of the Venetian castle in Paliokastro
  • Visit the Folklore Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Modern Art

Island hopping around  Ios

Ios is ideal for "island hopping" because you can find direct ferries for all the islands nearby. You can easily book quick ferries to Sikinos,Tinos, Mykonos, Kea, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Anafi, Heraklion and other islands.

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Ios port address & GPS

Ios Port
Port of Ios, Ios Town, 84001, Greece.
Telephone: +30 22860 91264
Fax: +30 22860 92264
GPS Co-ordinates
25.2728 ° N, 36.7221 ° E

Ios port facilities

Ios port is located directly in the capital town of the island. You can find covered seating areas and there are many cafes and restaurants nearby.

No parking facilities, long or short term, are available.

In the summer months the port can become quite chaotic with long queues for cars. So please arrive at least one hour in advance if traveling by car. For more information about Ios, you can visit Wikipedia

Getting to and from the port


By car

Ios is a small island and you will have no problems finding anything by car. There are four gas stations on the island.

By Taxi

To our best knoweldge, there are currently five taxis on the island. In August you should not rely on finding a taxi if you need one quickly to get to or from the port.

By Bus

The port is located at Ios, 2 km from Ios capital, Chora. It is a 10' ride on the local bus. The bus runs until late at night.
on foot

On Foot

The port of Ios is located 2 km from the island's capital, Chora. You can reach the port on foot through the paved road.

Frequently asked questions for Ios ferries

Flights to Ios There is no airport on Ios. The nearest airport is Athens International Airport with daily flights from allover the world. If you fly into Santorini Airport or Mykonos you may get to Ios much the same as from Athens.

Ferries to Ios The most popular way to get to Ios is by ferry from Piraeus or Rafina.

Routes to and from Ios are operated by Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Seajets and Zante Ferries. Blue Star Ferries offer a year-round ferry service while the other ferry companies such as Seajets tend to only offer services in the summer months.
Route Piraeus (Athens) to Ios Average one-way cost per person travelling on foot in July: €41.
The travel agencies are located in Ios town (Hora), opposite the port and in a few meters walk from the seafront.
Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries or Seajets you can get an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket or save it to your phone.
To get your ticket printed make sure you have a print out or a copy of your reservation on your phone and a valid form of photographic ID - for example your passport or ID card.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Ios:

  • Book in advance Prices always go up the closer you book to your departure date.
  • Compare ferry companies side by side using a service like Zas Ferries
  • Don't take a fast ferry Fast ferries to Ios can save hours of your journey time, but if you want to take it easy and save money then avoid fast ferries.
  • Choose an inside cabin If you want travel in a cabin and don't need a view, inside cabins are always cheaper.
You can travel to Ios from these mainland ports:
  • Piraeus: Runs all year, five time a week, with a duration of around 6.5 hours.
  • Rafina: Departures every day during summer season with a duration of around 4 on a high speed vessel.
The port of Ios is located 2 km from the island's capital, Chora. You can reach the port either on foot through the paved road or by bus.
  • On foot: Please arrive at least one hour before you travel.
  • By car: Please arrive at least two hours before you travel and in July and August allow for traffic jams on your journey.

Yes, you can take your dog or other pet on the ferry but it isn't possible to book a space in the kennel in advance. All Greek ships by law must have some kennel space.

  • On conventional ferries

    If you are travelling on conventional ferry (not a fast ferry or catamaran) there is normally space available in the kennels and you should also be able to have your dog on all deck areas (but not inside) with you. Strictly speaking, this at the discretion of the ferry company but in general you should have no issues - though please take a muzzle with you just in case and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Small sized dogs and cats can travel in the ship as long as they stay inside a special travel box.

    The other option, for absolute peace of mind, is to book a pet cabin. These are like normal cabins but have linoleum flooring. They are also available for day crossings at reasonable prices. This way you don't have to worry about finding space in the kennels and you and your dog or cat can relax. In July and August ferries can get very busy with people and other dogs.

  • On fast ferries or catamarans

    Fast ferries and catamarans will also have kennels but these will be limited in number. In addition, the majority of fast ferries (though there are exceptions) don't have open deck space accessible throughout the journey, so you will not be able to stay out with your pet during your crossing. However, if your pet is small and inside a travel box you will be able to keep him or her inside.

Yes, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or Mastercard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.
You can take your bike with you for free to or from Ios, if you travel on large ships such as those of Golden Star Ferries or Blue Star Ferries. However, on ships without a garage, bicycles are normally not allowed inside. You'll see if the ship has a garage when making your reservation. Ios can be busy in the summer so it is a good idea to tell a member of the port staff that you have a bike in case you might need extra assistance.
Ios is most popular in the summer but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October.

Latest prices for Ios ferries

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Fare details
  • Booked: 18th March, 2021
  • Travel: 12th June - 15th June
  • People: Two foot passengers
Fare details
  • Booked: 18th March, 2021
  • Travel: 17th August - 20th August
  • People: Two foot passengers

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