Milos is in the Western part of the Cyclades and covers approximately 151km2 (58.3mi2) and in 2001 had 4.771 inhabitants. Only 1/5 is populated. Its capital is Plaka but the towns of Pollonia and Adamas are both larger.
Milos is well known through the famous statue of "Venus de Milo" (currently at the Louvre) and statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British museum). In antiquity the island was prosperous due to its great mineral wealth. Also because of its, now extinct, volcanic activity it has unique beaches like Sarakiniko and Papafragas. Near the settelment of Trypiti one can see the only Christian catacombs in Greece.
Coordinates: 36º 43’ 25,11” N - 24º 26’ 41,74” E
Ferry from Piraeus to Milos
- Conventional ferries: min. 5 hours - max. 9 hours
- Hydrofoils approximately 3 1/2 hours
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Ferry connections and schedules for domestic routes, like Milos, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season.
Athens to Milos ferry schedule frequency during the summer
- Morning: 3 times a week 1 Hydrofoil and 4 times a week 1 conventional ferry
- Afternoon: Twice a week 1 Hydrofoil and 4 times a week 1 conventional ferry
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Milos can be found further down.
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Catamarans & Hydrofoils
These vessels are smaller and much faster than conventional ones. Only a few of them can carry vehicles. Their main advantage is that they go twice as fast.
Passengers are usually not allowed to sit outside even though there is some space on some of them. The accommodation inside is a little like a very wide airplane. The better the class, the wider the seat. There are no cabins.
Smoking is not allowed in any inside area of any ship.
- Piraeus (Athens main port) - click here for port information
- Cyclades islands - Anafi, Andros, Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Kythnos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos.
- Dodekanese - Chalki, Karpathos, Kassos.
- Crete - Heraklio, Lassithi
Note: Not all above connections operate throughout the year.
Prices quoted below concern 2012, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Athens - Milos ferries||Ferry types|
|Piraeus - Milos ferry||approx. 30 €/adult||approx. 54 €/adult|
|Cyclades - Milos ferries|
|Santorini - Milos ferry||approx. 16 €/adult||approx. 40 €/adult|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.