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All roads leads to Ios, that is what was said in the eighties and nineties. But the time has past. But it is still as easy as pie to travel here. Airport do not exist, so you have to go by ferry. There have been plans to build an airport in the mountains (above the port), but the plans will probably never be realized. We thought, but now it may still be an airport. Read more here.

It is possible to go on a package holiday from some countries, check with a travel agency in your country. Most tour operators offers accommodation in Gialos (port beach), Chora and Mylopotas beach. The aeroplane come down in Santorini, the ferry to Ios takes 1-2 hours. It may be that there are no representatives from the tour operator on Ios, so it's almost like travelling independently.


The easiest way is to go by air to Santorini, seats on charter flights to Santorini can be sold individually through a charter company. If your are lucky, there is a ferry to Ios the same day, otherwise you have to stay overnight in Santorini. Take a taxi from Santorini's airport to the port. Taxis are found outside the arrival terminal.

The port in Santorini.

On the way by a ferry to Ios

On the way by a ferry to Ios. The port and Chora are visible in the background.

The nearest domestic airports are located in Santorini and Naxos.


Ios has very good boat connections with Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Sikinos, Folegandros, as well as with Athens' port at Piraeus. Both Blue Star Ferries' larger ferries and Hellenic Seaway's fast catamarans runs to Ios. The small ferry Artemis also runs to Ios on its eternal route among the islands of the Cyclades.

When you arrive by ferry at the port of Ios, and are going to travel on by bus, you just walk about 100 metres straight on. The bus meets all the ferries.

Ferry timetable for Ios »

Book boat tickets online here »

The port in Ormos on Ios.

The port in Ormos on Ios.

The port of Ios seen from the "The Top" of Chora

The port of Ios seen from the "The Top" of Chora. In the background you can see Sikinos.

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