Greek Islands Transport Guide

Here are the best ways to get to and around the Greek Islands:

Cruise

Cruise companies hover around the small Greek Islands and are often represented by third-party excursion agents making it incredibly easy to book multiple trips at reasonable prices. Cruises range from diving and round-trip sightseeing options to sun-soaked booze cruises. For visitors who have flown into Athens, don’t worry. The Greek capital has a massive port with large capacity speed ferries making daily trips back and forth to the nearby islands.

Flights

Airlines offer routes to many Greek Islands, especially the larger and more populated destinations with international airports. Small airports also make for an easy transition for island hopping or from Athens to the islands. Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines both offer domestic Greek flights.

Car Hire

Very small islands, such as Hydra, do not allow motorised vehicles to avoid congestion. All other populated islands appear to offer car and scooter hire, and this is a great way to get off the beaten track and explore the treasures each island contains. 

Buses

Some of the larger and more populous islands, such as Crete and Santorini, provide a public bus service with stops located at most of the tourist attractions and beaches.

Taxis

Due to the small size of many of the Greek islands, taxis are great option for short, cheap trips or even from one end of the island to the other. Taxis are common, particularly within the tourist areas, and can come in handy when trying to get home after one too many shots of ouzo!