Travelling from Athens to Paros

By Direct Ferries Team
9 May 2024
Parikia Paros

Are your bags packed for an unforgettable holiday to Paros? Before you leave, here is everything that you need to know about Paros and how to get there from Athens. Climb aboard and prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime. 

How to get from Athens to Paros

Can’t decide how to travel from Athens to Paros? Don’t panic, we are here to help. You can reach Paros from Athens by ferry or plane. Follow this expert guide and choose which option suits your travel plans.

Flights from Athens to Paros

The fastest way to travel from Athens to Paros is by plane. The flight typically takes 30 to 40 minutes. There are flights departing every day from Athens International Airport (ATH) with airlines such as Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Sky Express and Ellinair. The airport is situated approximately 27km southeast of Athens city centre and is accessible by taking the Attiki Odos road.


Athens to Paros Ferry

But what’s the big hurry? Take the ferry from Athens to Paros instead and enjoy marvellous views of the Aegean Sea along the way. There are currently 5 sailings per day on the Athens to Paros route, departing from both Piraeus Port and Rafina Port

How long is the ferry from Athens to Paros?

The average sailing duration for the Athens to Paros ferry is around 3 hours and 52 minutes. However, the fastest ferry from Athens to Paros takes approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes with SeaJets from Piraeus.

Is it better to fly or take a ferry to Paros?

This all depends on your budget and time constraints. If you are pressed for time, then perhaps it would be better to fly as a flight from Athens to Paros takes as little as 30 minutes. However, ferries are often much cheaper and provide a more fulfilling travel experience, with an outer deck to view the incredible islands of Greece. 

Can you take a day trip from Athens to Paros?

As the sailing time is quite long, we recommend that you at least stay overnight to make your trip worthwhile. This way, you will be able to tick off all the main attractions in Paros without having to rush back for your return departure. 

If you wish to go island-hopping from Athens, you should consider going to Poros, Aegina or Hydra instead. These islands are located very close to the capital, making them incredibly accessible by ferry. 

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Should I leave from Piraeus Port or Rafina Port?

You are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to the ferry from Athens to Paros. Depart from either the port of Piraeus or the port of Rafina. But before you book your tickets, here is some useful information that might help your decision.

Where better to get a ferry to Paros than Piraeus Port? It’s situated closer to the city centre and has great public transport links including metro and bus. The ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Paros is also available all year round. The earliest ferry typically leaves at 06:45, with ticket prices ranging from $43 to $397 for foot passengers. 

If you are travelling between May and October, you can also book a ferry from Rafina to Paros. This is a brilliant alternative for those who are planning to stop in Mykonos first or arriving straight from Athens International Airport. The earliest ferry usually leaves at 07:20, with ticket prices ranging from $46 to $457 for foot passengers.

Is Paros a cheap island?

It’s good news for those travelling on a budget. You will be pleased to know that Paros is not expensive. Overall, prices in Paros are significantly cheaper than other Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini. However, here are some ways to keep your spending to a minimum during your holiday.

  • If you are going out for dinner or lunch, eat at local tavernas rather than upscale restaurants. Not only will it save you money, but you can also enjoy some original Greek cuisine. 

  • Keep an eye out for happy hour deals, lunch specials and set menus to get the best value for your money.

  • Ensure that you book your ferry tickets and accommodation in advance to secure the cheapest prices. 

  • Save money by doing more free activities like hiking or sunbathing. 

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Things to do in Paros Greece

Looking for the best things to do in Paros? You have come to the right place. Here are all the activities and places you can’t afford to miss during your visit. 


Average Price

Distance from Paros Port

Windsurfing or kitesurfing on Golden Beach

€40-€80 for a windsurfing lesson

Approximately 15km (9 miles)

Day Trip to Antiparos Island

€6-€10 for a round trip ticket

Approximately 20 minutes by ferry

Watch the sunset at Agios Konstantinos Viewpoint

Free (excluding transport)

Approximately 7 kilometers (4 miles)

Visit Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Church of a Hundred Doors)


Within easy walking distance of the port

Explore Parikia Old Town


Within easy walking distance of the port

Please remember that prices are approximate and may vary depending on when you decide to visit Paros. However, the cheapest prices are usually during the off-season. 

What is the weather like in Paros Greece?

Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses as Paros enjoys a warm climate throughout the year. It typically experiences hot temperatures during the summer months, with an average high of 30 degrees Celsius in July and August. While the rainy season usually arrives between November and February.

Is Paros Greece a party island?

Did someone say party? While Paros does have a vibrant nightlife, it’s not spoken about as a ‘party island’ in the same way as Ios or Mykonos. However, it still provides a fun and lively atmosphere with everything from beachfront bars to nightclubs. 

If you are going for a party, summer is the best time to visit. Punda Beach and Golden Beach host regular parties throughout the high season, with live performances from acclaimed DJs. Alternatively, Naoussa is the place to go if you’re looking for the most popular bars and restaurants.

Car Rental Paros Greece

Travelling without a car can being exhausting. That’s why, we have assembled a list of car rental agencies in Paros and where to find them.

  • Paros Europcar: Parikia Port, Parikia 844 00, Paros

  • Hertz Paros: Parikia, Paros 844 00

  • AVIS Paros: Livadia, Parikia 844 00

  • Auto Pegasus Car Rental: Marpissa, Paros 844 00

  • Paros European Rent Car: Parikia, Paros 844 00

  • Moto Rent & Car Rental: Naoussa, Paros 844 01

What are you waiting for? Book your dream rental car and let’s get this show on the road. Your holiday to Paros awaits.

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