Blue Star Ferries
Ferryboats to the Greek Islands
The best way to the Greek islands is by ferry boat. They are cheap and relaxing
with restaurants, snack bars and beautiful scenery. The boats to the far Greek islands
like Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos & Kos leave in the evening. With a cabin it's like going to
sleep in a hotel and waking up in a new place. The new ferries are like airplanes on
the sea. You sit in comfortable chairs, they show movies on the TV and there are
snackbars with decent food. Frequency of boats vary from island to island. To get to
the port of Pireaus from Athens take the metro from the stop closest to you (probably
Monastiraki or Omonia) to the last stop: Pireaus. The boats are across the street. There
is a map on the dock that tells you where to find the ferries for each island. If you don't
have a ticket you can buy them at the boat too though if you want a cabin you should get
it in advance. Also if you are traveling to the islands on the days preceding Easter and the
15th of August or any Friday in July and August you should buy your tickets in advance.
The same goes with returning after those dates and on Sundays.
There's a shuttle bus in the harbor that can take you to the further boats. Ferry Schedules
come out in the Kathemerini insert in the International Herald Tribune every day but infortunately
by the time you wake up half of them are gone since the majority leave between 7 and 8am.
Finding reliable ferry info for travel between the islands on the internet is like finding an 8 Karat
diamond in a gum machine. The schedules are changed so often that webmasters have had nervous
breakdowns trying to keep up.