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Lesbos is located in the Aegean islands and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, other ports in the Aegean islands, the Cyclades and the Greek Mainland.

Currently only Blue Star Ferries operates ferries to and from Lesbos. In the summer season, there are a total of 46 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Piraeus to Lesbos with 8 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Lesbos is Oinousses with a distance of just 83.4 kilometres - that's 52 miles or 45 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Kavala at a distance of 244 kilometres - that's about 152 miles or about 132 nautical miles.

Mytilene is the name of the main port and settlement of the island and is located on the southeast coast of the island of lesbos (also spelled 'Lesvos'). Locals may also refer to the island itself as Mytilene. The port is a very big port and is generally very busy but is busiest in the summer.

Ferries to Lesbos are normally available throughout the year. Lesbos is served only by conventional ferries.

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

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Lesbos ferry schedules

Why visit Lesbos?

  • The 20 million-year-old petrified forest at Sigri is one of a kind and certainly worth visiting along with its natural history museum
  • Visit the archaeological museum and learn about the island's rich history
  • Explore ancient Lesbos. Visit the Castle in Molyvos, the Roman aquaduct in Moria and the archaeological site in Mesa
  • Explore some or all of the 14 waterfalls found on the island and visit the impressive Eressos dam

Island hopping around  Lesbos

Lesbos is one of the Aegean islands and it’s the ideal base if you want to hop from island to island. Not only can you go to other Aegean islands but you can visit the Cyclades. You can easily book quick ferries to Fourni, Samos, Ikaria, Lemnos, Syros, Mykonos and others.

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Lesbos port address & GPS

Mytilene (Lesvos) Port
Port of Mytilene (Lesvos), Mytilene (Lesvos) Town, 81100, Greece.
Telephone: +30 2251037448
Fax: +30 2251047888
GPS Co-ordinates
26.5572 ° N, 39.1012 ° E

Lesbos port facilities

Lesbos 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.

There is parking near the port, but with payment. (For example: 1 euro per hour)

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

Getting to and from the port

car

By car

The port is located in the heart of Mytilini (the capital) so is easy to reach but in August there may be traffic jams and you should allow plenty of time to reach the port if you are not based close by.
taxi

By Taxi

Taxis should be available in the port area to coincide with ferry arrivals. However, in August they may be in short supply and you shouldn't rely on being able to easily find a taxi.
bus

By Bus

Lesbos has a good public bus network with frequent busses especially in the summer. The website for KTEL is very informative: Lesbos busses.
on foot

On Foot

Because the port is located in the main town of Mitilini, it’s very easy to reach the port by foot.

Frequently asked questions for Lesbos ferries

Flights to Lesbos Lesbos has an airport (MJT) for domestic and some international charter and scheduled flights in the summer. The island is also connected with Athens and Thessaloniki. Flying first to Athens and then taking the ferry from Piraeus is a very popular option. Ferries to Lesbos Taking the ferry is the most popular way to reach the island.
Lesbos is served by Hellenic Seaways which connects the island with the mainland all year round.
Route: Piraeus (Athens) to Lesbos: Average one way cost per person travelling on foot in July: €57
In the town around the port, you will find all the central agencies for the ferry companies. These will always be open around the time of your departure. By going to a central agency you won't pay to have your ticket printed. There will be a sign outside the door or you'll be referred there. If you go to a non central agency may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.
Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries you can travel with 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 Lesbos:

  • 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
  • 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 Lesbos from these mainland ports:
  • Piraeus: Runs all year. About 12 hours with a conventional ferry.
  • Kavala: Overnight trip during low season but early morning departures in the summer. About 6 hours.
  • 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 Lesbos, if you travel on large ships such as those of Hellenic Seaways company. 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. Lesbos 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.
Lesbos is most popular in the summer but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October. There are also plenty of places to visit in the winter.

Latest prices for Lesbos ferries

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  • Booked: 25th June, 2021
  • Travel: 15th August - 4th September
  • People: One foot passenger

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