Questions and Answers

The most common way to get to Paros is to fly to Athens, Santorini or Myconos & then continue your trip with a ferry. This takes between approx 4 hours with the slowest boat from Athens up to 40 mins with the fastest boat from Myconos. That's the time range you need to calculate.

It is very important to know when you need to land in order to catch a ferry to Paros on the same day, otherwise you need to stay somewhere overnight.

Here's a rough guideline:

For traveling from Athens, you need to land in Athens up to 14.00 hrs to catch the usually last ferry per day to Paros around 17.00 hrs. Calculate around 1 1/2 hrs for the bus trip from the airport to the port of Piraeus. (It's the bus "X96" that goes every 20 mins from the airport and costs around 5 Euros per ticket - no need for the taxi-hassle!) Sometimes there are also boats from Rafina, too, but you'd need to check the boat schedule for that first.

For Santorini, it's best if you land by 11.00 hrs, then you'll be sure to get a ferry or speedboat the same day; sometimes there is also a ferry around 18.00 hrs from Santorini, but not every day.

Myconos is a bit tricky, as there are daily boats but unless it is high season only very early in the morning (around 10.00 hrs), so usually there is no way around staying overnight on Myconos. There is no ground rule here either, so you'd have to check the ferry schedule there, too.

You can also fly from Athens to Paros with one of the small Aegean planes (=up to 38 passengers), which fly approx. 3x a day.

However, for this you have to apply to the travel agency where you book your flight or get directly to el.aegeanair.com, and be aware that it is not easy to get seats. The flight takes approx. 35 minutes.

Otherwise of course, if you are island hopping, you can get to Paros from almost all other islands, even places like Crete or Samos, and if there is not a direct boat, you get a connection from another island.

Please check our page "Traveling with ferries" for more details and how to find boat schedules!

That depends on several factors but usually we recommend not to, unless you want to be sure to get one certain ferry during high season or around holidays like Easter when there is a rush on everything.

Otherwise, it depends on the weather, which is an important point to consider during the low season when the weather can still be pretty unreliable; it's also important to know that the schedules are often subject to last-minute changes or cancellations, which can leave you stranded with a ticket that is difficult to change or waiting for "your" boat that is a day or so late when you could have taken any other boat before that.

So generally we think it is sensible to wait for weather forecasts during the low season months and that it is usually the best idea to check the Internet before your trip (see www.gtp.gr) to get a rough idea of the schedule and then book your ticket when you arrive in Piraeus or Rafina.

Please check our page "Traveling with ferries" for more details and how to find boat schedules!

To give you an idea about how much things cost here and what to expect, here is a list of samples:

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Actually there is not much difference between the two, unless it concerns a 4 or 5-star hotel. Some "rooms" offer more facilities and are more luxurious than some hotels. Hotels just have to have a reception open 24 hours.

Either at post offices, banks or travel agencies. Always compare their commission first. There are also many cash dispensers ("mini banks" or "ATMs") around and more and more people accept credit cards nowadays.

"The Greek way" is still to pay with cash, so do not expect to be able to use your credit card in many places. It's a custom that has not developed that much yet, PLUS the people who accept credit cards have to pay high commission to the banks.

Nevertheless, more and more people accept credit cards these days - but don't expect too much! Also, if you enter a restaurant and they have "We take credit card" - Stickers on their doors, make sure *before* you eat that they are really valid!

It is well known that there are people who wait for the ferries to offer their rooms/ apartments/ hotels to the travellers arriving who have not booked an accommodation in advance. This comes from the early days when there were very few accommodations and the travellers were grateful to find somebody with a room available in the port.

You still find a little "bazaar" with a variety of accommodation to choose from, which certainly has its advantages and its charms.

The advantages are:

  • You don't have to walk around in the heat with your luggage and look for accommodation;
  • You can ask around, look at brochures and choose the right place;
  • You will most likely be driven there (if it is not within walking distance) and save the taxi fare, plus most hotel/room-owners will also offer to drive you back to the port when you're departing;
  • You don't need to commit if you don't like it;
  • You can bargain and find good prices;
  • If you arrive late in the night there will always be somebody offering an accommodation so you don't have to walk around in the dark (and find many places closed); Beware: this may not apply in high season.

Just a few tips:

  • Don't believe people who generalize and say "never go with anybody from the port"; that is not right as most of the people are doing honest, hard work and offering their rooms on the free market (and almost every hotel/pension does it or has somebody doing it for them!); it is understandable if somebody gets too pushy for you to be annoyed, and unfortunately there are some black sheep everywhere. But the majority of people can be trusted and offer nice rooms! And if not, you can always tell by using your common sense!
  • Go by your instinct and accept offers from people you feel you can trust, best if they can show you brochures or photos;
  • Beware in the high season, it may be difficult to find a room then, even in the port - better book in advance;

This is a custom that foreigners are usually very surprised about, and it takes some getting used to. It's just that the sewer-pipes are so narrow that they block very easily, so make sure you take the "don't throw paper in the bin"-signs you see everywhere VERY seriously.

We don't think it would seriously harm you, but it's not good quality water, and you might find it tastes a little strange. In Athens the water is fine, but on the islands it is very hard and you can taste it, so it is recommendable to buy water from the supermarkets or numerous little kiosks everywhere.

You have to learn how to drink Greek coffee. The very fine coffee powder is boiled and the coffee served without being filtered. You can order it either "sketo" (without sugar), "metrio" (medium = one spoon of sugar) or "glyko" (sweet = two spoons of sugar).

The most important thing is to know how to drink it! You have to wait a while for the coffee to sink, otherwise it will feel like you're drinking powder ;-) (and most foreigners don't know this and hate Greek coffee)! But, if you do it right, it is very delicious coffee! (It is drunk without milk!)

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