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There is no airport on Schinoussa, and no package tourism, and it will never be. Still it is easy to travel here.

BY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
In my opinion, the easiest way is to go by air to Santorini, continue by ferry to Naxos, change ferry and travel on to Schinoussa. You can also fly to Athens and go by ferry from Athens' port at Piraeus.

BY DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
The closest domestic airport are on Naxos.

BY FERRY
The ferry service to and from Schinoussa follows the same pattern as for Amorgos and the neighbouring islands of the Small Cyclades. Schinoussa is best reached from Naxos, with the large ferries or with the mythical Express Skopelitis. Express Skopelitis is a small local ferry with its home port in Katapola on Amorgos. It is small, it is slow, it seldom keeps to time and it is not the archipelago's funniest ferry to travel with. When it is a strong wind, nothing unusual in the Cyclades, you should avoid Express Skopelitis. (Read more about such a trip here, in Swedish.)

However, it is a joy to travel with Express Skopelitis in good weather, you chugs along between the islands of the Small Cyclades, you sit close to the waterline and it feels like you are out with your own boat in the archipelago.

Port of Schinoussa.

The small port of Schinoussa.


Express Skopelitis. Schinoussa.

The legendary ferry Express Skopelitis on here way to the port of Schinoussa.


Express Skopelitis runs the route Naxos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi and Amorgos all year round. Some departures also goes to Donoussa. The journey between Naxos and Schinoussa takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes, longer if the wind blows. In high season, Express Skopelitis runs six times a week, during low season three to four times a week.

Do you think that Express Skopelitis feels insecure, or takes too long time, you can choose to go with big ferries from both Naxos and Piraeus. The ferries from Naxos leave late at night, usually you will arrive in the middle of the night. The ferries from Naxos start out from Piraeus, so if you start your journey in Athens you will arrive the same time.

There are also boat connections to Parikia on Paros.

Ferry timetable for Schinoussa »



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