Visiting Delos: How to get there

Google map showing Rinia Delos and Mykonos

This Google map image shows Delos island’s location between Mykonos, right, and Rinia, left. Mykonos offers the closest and most convenient access to Delos, with ferry service from the Mykonos Town harbour

[Editor’s Note: For the summer of 2014, the Greek government has authorized longer hours of operation and Monday openings for Delos and more than 30 other archaeological sites, monuments and museums in Greece. See my April 2 2014 post for further details about the new visiting hours for Delos, as well as extended ferry service to the island. Apart from those changes, the information below remains current.]


Getting there from Mykonos: It’s relatively easy to reach Delos from Mykonos, which just happens to be the closest populated island.

Every day except Monday, when Delos is closed to the public, excursion boats depart the Mykonos Town harbour in the morning, and return in the early to mid-afternoon. Three different boats — the Delos Express, the Margarita and the Orca — offer round trips that typically depart at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and return from Delos at 12:15,  1:30 and 3 p.m. I say “typically,” because the service depends upon both the season and demand. In May 2011, for instance, boats departed Mykonos only at 9 and 10, and returned at 12:15 and 3. In extremely windy or stormy weather, the boats might be cancelled altogether. You don’t have to return on the same boat that took you to Delos; you’re free to select whichever returning boat you prefer.


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  1. I want know if exists hotels in delos islands, thanks

  2. We will be travel in Greece in mid October. Is it possible to tour Delos from Mykonos on either October 16th or 17th? If so, what is the best way to arrange it?

    Thank you.

    • admin

      July 30, 2013 at 8:23 am

      There should be at least one return ferry trip to Delos each day — depending upon the weather.

      Check on the schedule as soon as you arrive at Mykonos. Your hotel reception will be able to call an appropriate travel agency to get this information for you. Or, if you are in Mykonos Town early in the morning, go directly to the Delos ferry dock to check times and ticket information.

      The boats leave from a jetty near the Mykonos Town Hall.

  3. Great info on Delos. Thank you! The pictures and explanation – very helpful indeed.

  4. Dear sir/madam,

    Please could you help me. We have booked flights to and from Mykonos from the UK. We have accommodation in Paros. we are getting the ferry from Mykonos to Paros on 19 July 2014. However we need to get from Paros to Mykonos to fly at 13.45 on 26 July. Can you tell me of any early ferries. We need to leave Paros at 10am I think to arrive at airport at 11.45. I have searched but not found any? How else could we get to Paros if not?


    Matt Keddie.

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