How to get from Athens to Serifos

Serifos is a wonderful Cycladic island that will be among the top Aegean destinations this summer. Not only is it authentic, beautiful, and with stunning beaches, but it is also very close to Athens, as it takes only two and a half hours to get there from the port of Athens by ferry.

It features an imposing Chora built on a hill with panoramic views over the endless blue of the Aegean Sea and the characteristic blue and white dwellings that make it so picturesque. On top of that, you will find amazing beaches to dive into tranquil waters. While in Serifos, don’t miss the chance to visit the Church of Agios Konstantinos, the Old Mines, Grias Castle, and the Cave of Koutalas.

Here’s all you need to know on how to get from Athens to Serifos

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How to get to Serifos Island

1. Take the ferry to Serifos

The quickest way to get from Athens to Serifos is to hop on a ferry. The line is serviced from the port of Piraeus, the central port of Athens. The distance between Athens and Serifos is 65 nautical miles.

From the port of Piraeus to Serifos, you can find daily crossings all year round and more during summer. The line is mainly operated by Seajets and Zante Ferries and has an average duration of 2 hours and 55 minutes, depending on vessel type and weather conditions.

Tip: If you want to visit Serifos during the high season, book your tickets way ahead in time to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Click here for the ferry schedule and to book your tickets directly.

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Private Transfer from the airport to the port

To get to the port of Piraeus, you have to find a way to leave the airport Eleftherios Venizelos, also known as ATH International Airport. It is located approximately 43 km from the port, where you can find your ferry to Serifos.

Book your private transfer via Welcome Pickups to avoid delays, overcrowded buses, and uncertainty. They offer excellent airport pick-up services, including English-speaking drivers, a flat fee equivalent to a taxi but pre-paid, and flight monitoring to arrive on time and avoid delays.

Keep in mind that this option is also Covid-safe, as they provide contactless payments & services, frequent airing and disinfection, and all the required safety measures by the book!

Find more information here and book your private transfer.

2. Island hopping to Serifos

Are you island hopping in the Cyclades and interested in getting to Serifos?

It’s a great opportunity to make a stop in Serifos and enjoy its splendid beauty and magnificent beaches.

You can reach the island from other islands, including Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Kea, Kythnos, Milos, Paros, Sifnos, Santorini, Syros, Sikinos, and Tinos. Remember that these ferry connections operate only during high-season summer, usually in July and August.

How to get around Serifos

Rent a car or a motorcycle

Serifos has a lot of gems to discover, and visiting without a vehicle is not advisable. Although it’s not a huge island, it has some distance from one destination to the other. It is advisable that you either bring a vehicle with you, or you can always consider renting one once you reach the island.

Here’s a useful list of car and motorcycle rental services:

Varagiannis +30 6948904317 (from Chora)

Blue Bird 2281 051511 (from Livadi)

Coralli Rentals  2281 051488 (from Livadi)

Go Serifos Rental +30 698 016 7134 (from Livadi)

Poseidon:  2281 052030 (from Livadi)

Tip: If you travel during July and August, booking a car in advance is highly recommended.

Catch the public bus

Hop on the local bus to explore more places on the island. Local bus lines (KTEL) can get you to and from various destinations. This is the cheapest solution, with low bus fares and frequent schedules.

You can find daily bus routes from Chora to Livadi mostly, but also towards other villages. However, remember that the public bus routes do not cover all the destinations on the island, especially the hidden gems. 

Learn all about the Local Bus (KTEL) Services in Serifos here by calling +302281051034 to find all about schedules and ticket prices. You can buy tickets on the bus.

Call a taxi

You can always book a private transfer on the island of Serifos by calling the taxi drivers at +30 694 4473 044, +30 697 3801 051, or +30 694 4908 637

Some useful numbers to keep while traveling to Serifos:

If you travel to Serifos from Athens for the first time, you should be prepared for an emergency.

  • Medical Center of Serifos: +302281051202
  • Pharmacy: +302281051700
  • Port Authority: +302281051470
  • Police Station: +302281051300
  • European emergency number: 112

Planning a trip to Serifos? Check out my guides:

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FAQ About your Trip from Athens to Serifos

Am I allowed to travel from Athens to Serifos?

Yes, currently, you can travel from mainland Greece to the islands if you fulfill the traveling requirements and with certified documents. Check here for specifics.

Is there a high-speed ferry from Athens to Serifos?

Yes, you can travel with a high-speed ferry from Pireaus to Serifos, and you will reach the island in about 2 hours.

What are the best beaches in Serifos?

Among the best beaches in Serifos is Agios Sostis, Psili Ammos, Ganema, Livadakia and Vagia beach. Serifos has beaches for all tastes and preferences.

Can I go island hopping from Serifos?

Yes, Serifos has ferry connections to many islands, including Sifnos, Milos, and Kythnos, but also Andros, Ios, Folegandros, Kimolos, Syros, Tinos, Paros, and more.

What’s the distance between Athens and Serifos?

The distance between Athens and Serifos is 65 nautical miles or 121 km. 

When’s the best time to visit Serifos?

The ideal period to visit Serifos is from May to October. High season months are July and August, so opt for June or September to avoid the fuss and crowds. Keep in mind that Serifos, like all Cycladic islands, is very windy when the “meltemia” hit, usually at the end of July and the whole of August.

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