How to get to Mykonos 101 Guide (updated 2020)

The beautiful summer breeze and Mykonos sandy beaches called your name and you decided to answer the call?

Get ready for the once in a lifetime experience, but keep in mind, everyone always wanted to come back to this piece of paradise on earth.

But if you have to travel to Mykonos for the first time, however, you might need some help for reaching this destination.

Don’t worry, we have prepared a useful guide on what is the easiest way to get there, all you have to do is book your flight or a ferry. The island of the winds is waiting for you.

Your legendary vacation in the island of winds & magical sunsets.

Congratulations on your decision to visit Mykonos this summer! You are in for areal treat!

If you need some help planning your transportation to this incredible destination you are in the right place!

How to get to Mykonos? Lets get started!

We’ve compiled some useful tips together with couple of fun facts that will make this process easier for you and contribute to your amazing experience from its very start.

The first and most popular choice for the majority of tourists is, of course, the airplane flight.

Not only that it is easy and convenient but it is also the fastest way to get to Mykonos.

You can get to Athens (ATH) airport from any part of the world and catch a flight to Mykonos (JMK) from there. In 40 short minutes, you’ll arrive to this beautiful island.

Another way to get to Mykonos is by ferry. When you arrive in Athens you can choose this sea fright to experience travel from a different angle.

The ferry will take between two and five hours to reach the island of Mykonos depending on the line you choose.

If your starting point is not covered below, we would recommend booking a flight to Athens and then arranging for a connecting flight or a ferry transfer as described in the next section. Bon Voyage!

Flights from London to Mykonos

How to get to Mykonos from UK

If you are coming from the UK you have two options. In season you can fly directly from London to the Mykonos Airport, or take a flight to Athens and take another one to Mykonos from there.

The flight takes around 4 hours to reach Athens from London, and another 40 minutes if you transfer to another flight to reach Mykonos.

It is important to know that check-in and boarding time you’ll need for each flight is 1,5 hours at least, so count that in when you are booking.

While the Greek-themed nights at the London’s trendy The Arts Club are legendary, why not come instead to the chic Mykonos island and experience the authentic Greek charm first-hand?

Airlines such as British Airways and easy-jet offer convenient direct flights from London (Heathrow, Gatwick, London City Airport) to Mykonos.

Prices starting from €150 for the round trip in the economy class and €500 in the business class.

In just under 4 hours you can swap the picnic by Thames river with the one by the vivid emerald green and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

There is a plethora of more affordable options that can help you find the perfect compromise between the price, the number of connections and the time spent in the clouds.

Those would include layover flights in other European cities, including Athens (flights operated by Ryanair, Wizz Air, Aegean Airlines etc.).

An important thing to consider when flying with low cost carriers are the extra fees often charged for services such as:

  • airport check-in
  • boarding pass printing
  • carry-on luggage restrictions
  • fees for checked-in luggage that might be complimentary when flying with regularly priced airlines.

London to Mykonos direct flights

From April ‘till October you have direct flights to Mykonos from London Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick and Manchester and year-round regular flights to Athens.

The airlines that have flights on this route are British Airways, EasyJet and Thomson Airways.

If you are boarding economy class, prices start at €150, but the general rule is, the sooner you book your flight the less you’ll pay for it.

For a bit more comfort in the business class, you can expect to pay €500 and upwards.

How to get to Mykonos from the USA

More and more tourists from the USA are coming every year to the island of the winds.

Although it is a long flight it is very much worth the effort. It is important to know that there will be at least one connection flight since the flight takes around 12 hours, but it is more than comfortable.

The cabins of international flights are spacious, there is more legroom, you usually have a small screen with movies and shows to entertain yourself and you can take a nap in very comfy seats.

You can get to Athens from multiple destinations in the USA, but the only direct flight to Mykonos is from the JFK airport.

JFK to JMK - Flights from New York to Mykonos

Best way to get to Mykonos from New York

Thomas Cook Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Delta, Alitalia, Swiss Airlines, and Lufthansa all have direct lines from New York JFK to Mykonos, Greece.

This is the cheapest way to get to this island and during the season from May to October flights are frequent.

Round trip ticket starts at $712 and a one-way ticket is $427 approximately (for the round-trip in the economy class) and lasting about 10-11 hours.

For more comfortable flying experience, business class ticket can be yours for around $2,000 (US).

Non-direct flights with one or more stops will increase your travel time, but also be gentler on your wallet.

Of course, you should book a few months in advance to get the best deal and the most comfortable seats.

That’s just about the right amount of time to get some well-needed beauty rest and catch-up on a great book or a movie.

Once you get to Athens, there are plenty of transportation options at your disposal as described in the section above.

How to get to Mykonos From Athens

Besides the fast and convenient plane ride, you can also reach the island of Mykonos by ferry from Athens.

You should know that the length and the ticket prices are very different for each option, but what could help you determine are your priorities.

Do you want to save some money and/or enjoy a sea fright, or would you like to get to your vacation destination as soon as possible?

Athens to Mykonos Flight

During the summer season direct flights from Athens (ATH) to Mykonos (JMK) are frequent.

Flights start as early as 5:30 in the morning and finish at 11 PM every day, and there are at least 7 flights daily between these two locations.

Ticket price varies, and you can pay anywhere between $30 and $150 depending on which company and seat you choose.

The flight is around 40 minutes long, but be sure to count in the check-in and the boarding time.

Considering that Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is the only airport in Athens, if you are flying in from another major city, this is a great place to get your connection to Mykonos.

The airport is somewhat smaller than other major European airports such as London’s Heathrow or Paris’ Charles de Gaulle.

It is always a good idea to leave at least two hours for your connection, to allow for sufficient time to claim your luggage, clear the customs and passport control and enjoy a little bit of duty-free shopping.

Most active airlines on this itinerary include Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Volotea, Sky Express, Easy-jet, Ryan-air, etc.

To find your perfect flight from Athens to Mykonos you can check:

  • Google Flights
  • Expedia
  • Olympic Air

While direct flights to Mykonos are extremely convenient and time-efficient way of getting to the island, some visitors choose ferry as their preferred way of transportation.

ferry from athens to mykonos

Ferry From Athens to Mykonos

Taking a boat ride on the Mediterranean sea is an experience in its own right.

During the season there are 4 ferry rides on the Athens-Mykonos line. Ferries depart from either Piraeus port or Rafina port in Athens.

The ticket price is anywhere between 20 and 40 euros and it will take you between 2 and 5 hours to reach the island.

There is no surprise here, since ferry ride is a unique experience, that can be relaxing, refreshing and quite convenient as well, since some of the ferries allow you to take your car with you.

That’s a luxury not available on commercial flights for sure! In terms of ports, there are two options: Piraeus (PIR) and Rafina (RAF).

Piraeus port

One of the two main seaports in Athens is located approximately 50 km away from the international airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH).

There is a multitude of transportation options available, including direct bus transfers, commuting by metro only or a combination of a bus and a metro.

In any case, the transfer from the airport to the seaport of Piraeus can take up to 1.5 hours, with additional time needed to locate your ferry, load your vehicle etc.

Considering the above, allowing for sufficient buffer time is a must in this scenario.

There are around half-dozen ferries departing daily from Piraeus heading to Mykonos.

Companies such as Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries and Sea jets offer ferry transfers fitted for every time frame and budget.

One-way single passenger ticket fare starts at around €20 (Blue Star Ferries), for a trip exceeding 5 hours in duration.

As the speed increases, so does the price of the ticket. Therefore, if in a hurry, you might go for a Sea-jets ferry that will bring you to Mykonos (JMK) in just under 2.5 hours.

However, have in mind that faster and smaller the vessel of your choice is, the bumpier ride you are likely to get. Most departures from Piraeus are in the morning hours, with limited options available in the evening.

Rafina port in Athens

The other major seaport in Athens in located in Rafina, only 16km from the Athens international airport (ATH), a considerably closer option compared to Piraeus.

Whichever mean of transportation you choose, be it a bus, taxi or driving your own car, and subject to traffic, it should take you no longer than 30 min to transfer to this port.

In terms of ferries to Mykonos, there are more options from Rafina (about a dozen) and they cover both morning and evening departures, so you will definitely find the one that suits your schedule.

The ticket prices are similar to the ones from Piraeus and range from €30 to €50 for a one-way single passenger seat in the economy class.

For more information on available ferries from Athens to Mykonos you can consult websites such as Lets Ferry , Ferries and other similar websites.

Couple of things to consider when booking your ferry ride from Athens to Mykonos:

  1. Your schedule – if arriving to Athens by air, what time is your arrival and how quickly you can get to the port?
  2. Is there are specific arrival time in Mykonos you are constrained by?
  3. How many passengers are you travelling with?
  4. Do you prefer a seat in the economy class, business class or perhaps a cabin? Fares increase with the comfort.
  5. How well do you tolerate motion/waves – do you get easily sea-sick?
    If so, a larger, steadier ferry might be a better option even if you need to compromise a bit on the time spent on-board, or even a direct flight.
    Please see the Athens/Flights section above for more details.
  6. Will you be bringing your own vehicle with you? Not all the ferries offer this service, so make sure to check this ahead of time when planning your trip.

Other options from Athens: If you desire to add a glamorous touch from the very first minute of your trip or your schedule simply doesn’t fit any of the commercial options described above, there are private jet and helicopter charters available as an alternative.

Highly customizable, but also limited in the number, private plane charters start at €5000 on the lower end, and increase with the type of jet required, number of passengers, luggage and the time of the year requested.

To get in touch with us to arrange for your private jet or helicopter transfer to Mykonos, please contact us using the contact form here.

No matter how far you are coming from and what your ultimate destination in Greece might be, Athens is a great stop, both for sightseeing and for facilitating your further travel planning.

For those lucky travelers that are Mykonos-bound, Athens is a great choice for a stop-over as it offers a wide variety of air and sea transportation options.

Athens to Mykonos Flights

How to get to Mykonos from Santorini

If you are coming from Santorini to Mykonos, you should consider a ferry as your best bet.

The trip is so short that considering the airplane is really not worth the time and money. The trip is around 2,5 hours.

You can sit back in comfy seats and enjoy your 70 euro ride to your dream vacation on Mykonos island.

How to get to Mykonos from Turkey

Sure, you can take a plain to get to Mykonos in no time from Turkey, but you also have the option to take a ferry.

If you want to fly directly to Mykonos you would have to depart from Izmir or Istanbul and the flight will take you around six hours.

The ferry will take you much longer, but you can enjoy your trip in a spacious cabin with a bunk bed.

Flight from Rome to Mykonos

Flights from Rome

Bar hopping along Tiber is fun, but bar hopping in Mykonos elevates the nightlife to a whole new level.

All roads lead to Rome, for sure…but some of yours should lead away towards Mykonos this summer!

By choosing one of many direct flights operated by Iberia, Neo Air, Vueling, Blue Panorama Air and others, in just over 2 hours you can escape the heat of the ancient city and get exposed to the hottest summer destination.

Direct return airfares start at €100 and €500 in the economy and business class, respectively,with cheaper options available depending on the number of layovers and the time period chosen.

Flights Italy (Milan) to Mykonos Greece

Flights from Milan

What’s the best place to be between La Settimana della Moda (Milano) and amfAR – well Mykonos of course!

Milan is one of Europe’s fashion capitals, and rightfully so, but you will be excited to discover the stylish side of Mykonos, too!

This Cycladic island is well known for its minimalist architecture, breath-taking sunsets and unique sense of glamour and style.

Some of its famous beaches such as Psarou, picturesque boutique-packed streets like Matogianni and the recently launched Nammos Village can often feel like a fashion runway show.

Rest assured that the aesthete in you will feel deeply satisfied by this visit.

Direct return flights operated by companies such as easy-jet will take you to this beautiful island in about 2.5 hours starting at €120.

Fly paris to mykonos

Flights from Paris

City of Light or the Island of Winds and Sunshine?

While the pop-up Paris Plages by the Seine might be a fun option to enjoy scorching summer days, even more fun is dancing to your favorite Dj’s music on one of Mykonos’ many world-famous sandy beaches.

It would take less than 3.5 hours and approximately €180, to get from Paris to Mykonos on a direct flight (round-trip, economy class) offered by airlines such as Air France and Transavia France. Business class fares cost approximately €650.

If you would rather save on the transportation so you can splurge on cocktails, there are cheaper options at your disposal including flights with more stops (offered by Swiss, Aegean Airlines and others), direct flight to Athens combined with a ferry ride, etc.

The first section of this article addresses transportation options from Athens to Mykonos, so make sure to check it out for more details!

Once you get to Mykonos: The wait is almost over!

Your most memorable holiday is just about to begin…just one more step left…

You finally got to the island and can’t wait until you dip your toes into the turquoise water of Mykonos you’ve been admiring from your airplane or your ferry.

how to get to mykonos from santorini
Memorable Holidays in Mykonos

One last thing you’ll need is a transfer to your hotel. There is a number of different offerings, including bus transfers, shuttle buses operated by your hotel and independent providers, taxi services and private transfers.

We think that you went through enough hurdles to get this far, so we would recommend choosing one of the private transfers arranged by us.

To take a look at our fleet and to make this simple and convenient arrangement with one of our representatives please click here to visit our Mykonos luxury cars service.

No matter where in the world you are, you are just couple of flights away from your most legendary summer yet! Getting to Mykonos is just the first step to making this dream of yours come true.

For all your additional needs during your holiday please review the wide range of service offered by our concierge company THE ACE VIP.

Our services include: Luxury villa rentals, Yacht charters, Private helicopter & Jet charters, Car transportation, Security services, Private chef services, Dining and Nightlife reservation bookings, party planning and many more.

Check our a comprehensive list of the services we offer that will make your stay in Mykonos a smooth sail!