FLY TO GREECE:
To get to Paros you can choose between three different destinations in Greece to fly to: Athens (all year), Mykonos or Santorini (only high season).
From Athens you can take an domestic flight of 30 minutes to Paros (and back) with Sky Express, OlympicAir or her partner AegeanAir. Flights go several times a day. You need at least 2 hours in between both flights to be able to make it.
If you've arrived in Athens/Mykonos/Santorini and continue by boat
From Athens (Pireaus/Rafina) and Mykonos and Santorini you can take the boat to Paros. Check here to see all boat timetables from Athens /Piraeus(about 3 - 4 hours), from Athens/Rafina (about 2 - 3 hours), from Mykonos (about 45 minutes) or from Santorini (about 3 hours).
If you can not travel the same day from these islands to Paros, do not worry, because there are nice hotels where you can stay one or two nights. Plenty of hotels a bit outside of Mykonos town offer shuttle service to and from the (air) port. Make sure of this, since there are not enough taxis. Passing through Mykonos or Santorini you can ad an extra island, and avoid Athens if you don't like city's
For Mykonos, be aware of two things:
There are not enough taxis on Mykonos and therefore they are very expensive and difficult to catch one. However when you come out of the airport of Mykonos you will find white vans/buses that will bring you for about 2 € to the old or the new port. They are going very regularly.
2) Old port/new port:
Mykonos has two ports, the (small) old port and the (bigger) new port. All boats come and go from the new port, but it is not a very nice place to spend a lot of hours. You can get a drink and go to a toilet, but that's about it. If you have two hours or less I should just go to the new port to catch your boat. But if you have more time, it might be nice to go to the old port, have a nice lunch there while having a nice view and from there you can take a smaller bus-boat to bring you and your suitcases from the old port to the new port. The bus-boat leaves from the pier at the old port.
The taxi from the airport to the port of Athens (Piraeus) costs about 40 Euro.
There is also a good bus and subway connection between the airport and Piraeus, and this costs about 8 euro per person, for the subway about 10 euros pp. Bus X96 run 24 hours a day from the airport to Piraeus. Bus X95 runs 24 hours a day from the airport to the center of Athens, the last stop is at Syntagma square. You can also spend some time in the center of Athens and take another day bus 40 from Syntagma Square to Pireaus, to continue your travelling.
If you do like city's and want to spend some time in Athens to visit the Acropolis, the New National Museum or Plaka.There is a simple, not expensive hotel in the centre of Athens; Adonis hotel. You can enjoy breakfast on the roof terrace with view to the Acropolis and you are in the middle of the centre and the area Plaka, with lots of shops and restaurants.
If you just want to spend a night to take the boat early the next morning, you can also spend the night in one of the two ports; Piraeus or Rafina. On this site you will find surely a hotel that is suitable for you in Piraeus. Do not forget to indicate an area in Athens to make the search easier: www.greekhotel.gr/ake the search easier: www.greekhotel.gr/
There is also a hotel within walking distance from the airport, but it is not cheap; Sofitel.
If you arrive by boat or by plane, we can arrange a taxi waiting for you for max 4 persons. Price rom the airport is 25 €, from the port 30 €.
You can also take the bus for about 2 € and we will come to the bus station in Aliki and walk with you to the hotel (300 meters). It is a 30 - 40 minutes drive.
The bus station of Parikia is right next to the harbor and a ride to Aliki cost about 2 euros p.p. The bus runs several times a day up and down. Aliki has a few bus stops, so tell the driver in which hotel you stay, and he will tell you when to get off. Click here for up to date bus timetable.
If you prefer to have your own transportation, you can also rent a car with Chaniotis car rental. Please e-mail well in advance so that this car will be waiting for you on arrival. Here you can also rent a bike, quad or bicycle.
Extra information: The 15th of August is a national Greek holiday, with a big party on Paros because of the celebration of Mary in the church of Parikia (the port of Paros). Many Greek people traveling around that time, and it will be difficult to get a ticket. Try to avoid this date - and the few days before - to travel from Athens to Paros.