Athens to Milos

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How to get from Athens to Milos

Thinking of visiting the Cyclades Islands? This group of islands encircling the sacred Delos is a popular destination for tourists, but the most underrated would probably be Milos. We’ll never understand that though!

Located north of the Sea of Crete, Milos is surrounded by pristine turquoise waters and up to 75 beaches! Our favourite is Sarakiniko Beach and its greyish white moonscape. It is also the home of the ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo, supposedly made between 130 and 100 BC to represent the goddess of love Aphrodite.

Here in Milos, you don’t need an itinerary. You can just pick a beach or two to spend the day. Explore the charming villages on foot or on a motorcycle. Make sure to also taste their fresh and tasty seafood!

2 ways to get from Athens to Milos

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry4 hours€74.50 ($80)Check ferry tickets
Flight1.5 hours€83 ($90)Check Flights

There are 2 ways you can travel the 160 km distance from Athens to Milos: via a 4-hour ferry with rates from €74.50 ($80) or via a 1.5-hour flight (including transfers) with fares from €83 ($90).

Although it is the slower option, we recommend taking a ferry from Athens to Milos. This option is more environment-friendly than taking a flight, and it also gives you a chance to see other Cyclades islands along the way. The total costs of a ferry ticket plus the transfer from Athens to the port of Piraeus start from €74.50 ($80).

Alternatively, you can travel from Athens to Milos by taking a 40-minute flight plus 55-minute transfers to and from the airports. We don’t really recommend short flights like this as we don’t think they’re worth the amount of emissions they cause. However, if you’re really short on time, combined rates start from €83 ($90).

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Athens to Milos

Athens to Milos by Ferry

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: €74.50 ($80)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: €74.50 ($80)

We like picking the most environment-friendly option as much as possible. For that reason, we recommend taking the ferry when travelling from Athens to Milos.

The ferry is a bit slower but not too much that it will take a whole day of travelling. It is just enough for you to enjoy a couple of hours at the sea. While making the journey from Athens to Milos by ferry, you can enjoy the gorgeous ocean views on various Greek islands of the Cyclades.

Step 1: Athens City Centre to Piraeus Port by Train

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: €1.50 ($1.60)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: €1.50 ($1.60)

Ferries from Athens to Milos depart from Piraeus Port, located 15 km southwest of Athens city centre.

The best way to get to this port is by train. You need to take the nearest Metro green line (Line #1) station in the city. That’s either Monastiraki or Omonia station.

A train ride to Piraeus Station should take around 30 minutes and cost €1.50 ($1.60).

From the train station, you can simply walk across the street to get to Piraeus Port.

Step 2: Piraeus to Milos by Ferry

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: €73 ($79)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: €73 ($79)

There are several ferries that you can take when travelling from Athens to Milos.

The ferries with longer travel time, around 5 to 7 hours, are cheaper and offer a slow and steady ride. There are also high-speed ferries that take only 2.5 to 4 hours but come with a bumpy ride to Milos.

Ferry tickets range from €36 ($39) to €73 ($79).

See below the schedule of ferries from Piraeus to Milos during the summer months.

Ferry schedules Piraeus to Milos

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Seajets09:00-12:25€73 ($79)
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Aegean Speed Lines09:00-12:55€67 ($72)
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Anek Lines20:30-01:30€36 ($39)
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Zante Ferries07:00-15:05€47 ($51)
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Ferries from Piraeus to Milos arrive at Pier Adamantas within the city centre.

If you’re travelling outside the high season, ferries operate less regularly. You can check the latest schedules on BookAway. Note that Zante Ferries is only available on, while BookAway offers all other ferry options.

BookAway is also the recommended platform to book your ferry to Milos because of its excellent customer service and best rates.

Athens to Milos by Flight

Duration: 1hr 35m
Cost: €83 ($90)
Duration: 1hr 35m
Cost: €83 ($90)

A flight is a good alternative option if you don’t have much time to spare. Total travel time is around 1 hour 35 minutes to get to Milos from Athens, plus the waiting time at the airport.

We’d like to reiterate that short-haul flights like this are harmful to the environment. Thus, if you’re not in that much of a hurry, a ferry ride from Athens to Milos will only take a couple of hours more.

Step 1: Athens City Centre to Athens Airport by Train

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: €10 ($10.50)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: €10 ($10.50)

The best way to travel the 35 km from Athens city centre to Athens Airport is by train.

This train journey takes around 40 minutes and costs €10 ($10.50). You can take Metro Line 3 from the city. This train runs every 30 minutes from 05:40 to 23:30.

Other options you can choose from are a 1-hour bus that costs €6.50 ($7) and a 35-minute taxi with rates from €66 ($71).

Step 2: Athens to Milos by Flight

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: from €71 ($77)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: from €71 ($77)

A flight from Athens to the island of Milos takes only 40 minutes.

You can choose from 3 carriers during summer (May to October): Sky Express, Olympic Air, and Aegean Airlines. Outside those months, there are only a few flights per week operated by Sky Express.

Flights from Athens to Milos typically range from €71 ($77) to €99 ($105).

If you book your flight to Milos a few months prior to your journey, you can find much cheaper tickets at around €55 ($59).

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All flights arrive at Milos Airport, located 5 km south of Adamantas city centre.

Step 3: Milos Airport to Milos City Centre (Adamantas)

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: €2 ($2.15)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: €2 ($2.15)

There are 2 ways you can get from Milos Airport to the city centre in Adamantas: via a 10-minute taxi or a 15-minute bus.

The bus is definitely the most budget-friendly with rates from €2 ($2.15). The only tiny disadvantage is that it has a 1-hour interval. Thus, if you arrive at the bus stop just after the last bus departure, then you’ll have to wait for an hour for the next bus.

Meanwhile, taxis are available anytime outside the arrivals hall of the airport. Rates to Adamantas start from €8.50 ($9).

FAQ How to get there

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Milos from Athens

How long is the ferry ride from Athens to Milos?

There is no direct ferry from Athens to Milos. You will first take a train to Piraeus Port, and then take a ferry from there to Milos. Total travel time by train and ferry takes a little over 4 hours.

Can you fly from Athens to Milos?

Yes, there are direct flights available daily from Athens to Milos in the summer. Fewer flights are available in winter, if at all. Travel time, including airport transfers, is around 1.5 hours.

Is it better to fly or take the ferry from Athens to Milos?

We recommend taking a ferry from Athens to Milos because it is more environment-friendly. We don’t think short-haul flights like this are worth their harmful emissions.

The ferry journey takes around 4 hours, while the flight takes about 1.5 hours. Note though that flights require some waiting time at the airport, meaning you don’t really get to save much time when taking a flight from Athens to Milos.

How much is a boat from Athens to Milos?

Rates for a boat ride from Athens to Milos via Piraeus Port start from €47 ($51) for a regular ferry and €73 ($79) for a high-speed ferry.

How many days do you need in Milos?

Milos is perfect for slow days at the beach, and the island boasts of a number of beautiful beaches. Sarakiniko, Tsigrado and Papafragas are just some of them. We recommend staying 3-4 days in Milos for a relaxing vacation.

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Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.