Mykonos to Paros

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How to get from Mykonos to Paros

Paros is a perfect blend of gorgeous landscapes, quaint villages, and vibrant nightlife. It is especially famous in summer for its golden beaches and scenic hiking trails. All these make Paros an all-in-one destination in the Cyclades, a group of islands forming a circle in the Aegean Sea.

The towns of Parikia and Naoussa are usually the most visited, and for good reason. However, we highly recommend also exploring the lesser-known villages like Prodromos and Marpissa for a more genuine Greek experience. Whatever kind of traveller you are, we’re sure you’ll find something amazing to do in Paros!

Ferries from Mykonos to Paros

There are 2 options when travelling the 45 km distance from Mykonos to Paros. You can take a 1 to 1.5-hour direct ferry for €50 ($54) or a 1.5 to 3-hour indirect ferry route via Syros with combined rates from €35 ($38).

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Direct Ferry1-1.5 hours€50 ($54)Check Ferry Tickets
Ferry via Syros1.5-3 hours€35 ($38)Check Ferry Tickets

Mykonos to Paros by Ferry

Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: €50 ($54)
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: €50 ($54)

The only way to reach Paros from Mykonos is by ferry, and a direct ferry is the fastest way to travel this route. At least 3 ferry companies sail directly from Mykonos to Paros: Seajets, Golden Star Ferries, and Minoan Lines.

The direct ferry is definitely the best option during the high season (June to October). From November to April, ferries run less frequently, sometimes not at all.

The ferries have varying speeds, so the travel time can range from 1-1.5 hours. Rates start from €50 ($54).

Departure and arrival station

Carefully check with the booking site from where the ferries leave. All ferries now depart from Mykonos New Port, about 4 km from the town centre. The Old Port was operational until 15 years ago, and it’s now mostly used for yachts, boats, and cruise ships.

If you arrive at the wrong port, you can easily take a 10-minute taxi or bus to the other port.

The ferries arrive at Paros Ferry Terminal in Parikia. This terminal is also conveniently located in the town centre.

Note: Always check your ticket to confirm which port the ferry leaves from. Although chances are small, it is possible the port has changed since this article was last updated.

Ferry schedules from Mykonos to Paros

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Golden Star Ferries*09:50-10:35€49 ($53)
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Minoan Lines13:00-13:50€50 ($54)
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€50 ($54)
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*COVID-19 UPDATE: The last time we checked (September 2022), Golden Star Ferries is unavailable. Please check the provided link to see if anything has changed.

If you’re travelling the Mykonos to Paros route during winter or early spring, you can also consider taking a ferry via Syros.

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Mykonos to Paros by Ferry via Syros

Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Cost: €35 ($38)
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Cost: €35 ($38)

There is also an option to take a ferry from Mykonos to Paros via Syros. This indirect route is your best alternative option when there are no direct ferries available, especially outside the summer season (June to October).

For this option, you’ll have to take 2 ferries with total costs of about €35 ($38).

It’s important to note that although the combined ferry trips can take 1.5 to 3 hours, the entire journey can take up your whole day because of the non-matching ferry schedules. You’ll have a few hours of waiting time in Syros, which means an opportunity for you to get to know this relatively unknown island!

See here the two steps described in more detail:

Step 1: Mykonos to Syros by Ferry

Syros is a laidback Cyclades island located about 40 km west of Mykonos. This island is a picturesque display of whitewashed buildings and western influence but with its Greek traditions still intact.

There are 2 ferries that sail from Mykonos to Syros every day all year round.

Blue Star Ferries tickets cost only €20 ($21.50), but the trip takes longer at around an hour. Meanwhile, Seajets is faster with only 35 minutes travel time, but it is more expensive at €40 ($43).

Ferry schedules from Mykonos to Syros

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Seajets14:25-14:50€40 ($43)
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Blue Star Ferries15:00-16:15
€20 ($21.50)
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Ferries depart from Mykonos New Port, but make sure to double-check the departure port on your ticket. In Ermoupoli, the ferries arrive at Syros Port on the west coast.

You can buy your tickets at the port. Alternatively, you can book your tickets in advance through Direct Ferries.

Step 2: Syros to Paros by Ferry

The same ferries operate from Syros to Paros, and they are available every day except for Wednesdays.

Note that the ferries only have one departure in a day. With the current schedule (September 2022), only the Thursday trip with Blue Star Ferries allows you to reach Paros within the same day.

Upon arriving in Syros in the afternoon, you’ll have to wait for the 21:30 trip to Paros. This means that you have a few hours of waiting time, which you can use to walk or bike around Syros! We highly recommend exploring the charming alleys of Ano Syros and the ancient buildings of Ermoupoli.

Travel time is 1-1.5 hours, and tickets start from €15 ($16).

Ferry Schedule from Syros to Paros

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
€15 ($16)
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Blue Star Ferries07:00-08:30
€20 ($21.50)
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To board the ferry, you have to go back to the Syros Port in Ermoupoli. Ferries dock at Paros Ferry Terminal in Parikia.

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Itinerary from Mykonos to Paros

FAQ How to get there

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Paros from Mykonos

Is it possible to take a day trip from Mykonos to Paros?

Yes, it is possible to take a day trip from Mykonos to Paros. Ferries operate between the two islands several times a day — from morning until the afternoon — and the trip takes just around 1 hour each way. Keeping in mind the ferry schedules, you will only have about 7 hours to spend in Paros if you take a day trip. Plan ahead so you can make the most of your time on the island.

Can you take a flight to Paros from Mykonos?

Although both islands have their own airports, there are no direct flights from Mykonos to Paros. And even if there were, we don’t recommend taking a flight for this route. This short-haul journey is not worth the plane’s emissions and harmful effects on the environment.

What is the distance from Mykonos to Paros?

Mykonos and Paros are both parts of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea. They are separated by a distance of 45 km.

How to travel from Mykonos to Paros by ferry?

Direct ferries are available from Mykonos to Paros every day, but only during summer. This is also the tourist season. You will find several trips daily, but it’s best to pre-book your ride because tickets may sell out fast.

If you’re travelling during the colder seasons, the direct ferry may not be available. In that case, you can travel the long way around by taking an indirect ferry via Syros.

What is the ferry travel time from Mykonos to Paros?

Travel time from Mykonos to Paros is 1 to 1.5 hours by direct ferry. If you’re travelling outside summer and taking an indirect ferry via Syros, the journey takes 1.5-3 hours.

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