Wondering how to get to Milos island in Greece? This guide gives you all the information you need to book your trip to one of the most up-and-coming Greek islands.
The Greek island of Milos
In recent years, the island of Milos has been in the spotlight. The photogenic Milos beaches and its wild, otherworldly landscapes have put it among the most popular island destinations in Greece.
Getting to Milos island in Greece is fairly straightforward. There are two ways to travel to Milos: by flight, or ferry. There is a small domestic airport, a main port town called Adamas, and a smaller port called Pollonia.
Here’s all you need to know, including flight and ferry information.
Flying from Athens to Milos Greece
If you are visiting Milos island from outside Greece, you can fly into the island’s small domestic airport.
At the moment, there are no international flights arriving directly at Milos from abroad. Instead, you would first need to get to the Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” International airport, and then catch a 45-minute connecting flight from Athens to Milos.
The local airport is about 5 kms south of Adamas port, and 8 kms from Plaka, the capital.
At the time of writing, two carriers operate the Athens to Milos route. These are the well-known Olympic Airways / Aegean Airlines, and a smaller company called Sky Express.
There are only a few flights per day, so it’s best to reserve your spot early. Check your options at least a couple of months in advance, or earlier if you can, as last-minute prices tend to be quite high.
Athens to Milos airfares and luggage allowance
Luggage allowance on your Athens to Milos flight will depend on the airfare you choose. Make sure you pick the one that is suitable for you.
My advice – it’s totally possible to travel to the Greek islands with hand-luggage only. All in all, you won’t need to bring many clothes with you.
Here is my guide to packing for Greece, to get you in the mood!
If you decide to fly to Milos, it’s best to arrange transportation to your Milos hotel in advance of your trip.
Ferries from Athens to Milos
During the summer, a number of ferries depart daily from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, to Adamas ferry port in Milos.
Most of these ferries stop at other Cycladic islands first. They then continue their journey around the Aegean.
There are various ferry companies operating the route from the port of Piraeus to Milos. In 2021, you have a choice between SeaJets, Aegean Speed Lines and Minoan Lines.
These companies operate different types of ferries, ranging from high-speed ferries to slower boats. In summer, there are normally multiple departures per day.
In addition, Sea Speed Ferries, Zante Ferries and Aegeon Pelagos have a slow Milos ferry on some days per week.
Which Athens to Milos ferry should I choose?
Depending on the type of ferry and the season, your trip from Piraeus port to Milos may take anywhere between 2.5 and 8 (!) hours.
If you are pushed for time, you can get one of the SeaJet high-speed ferries. However, note that the smaller ferries to Milos, especially those that don’t carry vehicles, are generally not great to travel on when it’s windy.
All in all, it’s better to choose a bigger ferry, that is more comfortable to travel on. If the dates suit you, take the Minoan Lines ferry, as it’s superb.
As Piraeus port is big, make sure you check which gate your ferry is departing from, and make sure you are at the port with plenty of time. For summer 2021, you need to be at the port about 1.5 hours in advance of your trip.
How to travel to Milos with your own vehicle
Most of the ferries from Athens to Milos can take vehicles on board. So, if you are planning a road trip in Europe or Greece, you’ll find it easy to take your own car or campervan.
Most of those ferries have designated indoors seats, but also outdoors areas where you can sit and gaze towards the Aegean sea.
Most people visit the Greek islands and opt for a rental vehicle. In this case, it would be cheaper to hire a car / quad on each island you are visiting, to avoid paying the extra ferry ticket for the vehicle.
What’s more, certain rental companies don’t allow transportation of their vehicles by ferry.
Ferries from Piraeus to Milos – Departures and Timetables
Ferry timetables from Piraeus to Milos vary a lot throughout the year. Ferry schedules change between seasons, and they also tend to change from year to year.
In summer, there may be seven or eight ferries per day. During the off-season, there will typically be one or two ferries per day on the Athens-Milos route.
I use Ferryscanner to compare ferry routes and book ferry tickets to the Greek islands. You can book your tickets here!
Generally speaking, summer ferry routes may not be published until April or May.
If you are trying to plan your summer trip in January, you won’t be able to see all itineraries, as the companies haven’t released them yet. Check again in spring, and you will discover all ferry schedules.
Ferries to Milos from other Greek islands
As an indication of travel time, the fastest ferry from Santorini to Milos would take about 2 hours.
In addition, a few ferries per week connect Milos with Crete and some of the Dodecanese islands, including Rhodes.
Travelling from Milos to Kimolos
Kimolos is a small, relatively unknown wild island close to Milos. It is ideal for a day trip from Milos, or a longer stay. It’s one of my favourite islands in the Cyclades!
There are several large ferries per week stopping at Adamas port in Milos and continuing to Kimolos.
The two islands are also connected via a small local ferry, Osia Methodia, departing from the quaint Pollonia port in Milos. There are several daily routes, taking just under 30 minutes.
If you are planning to visit both Kimolos and Milos, this boat will probably suit you better. Ferry tickets are available at the port, or on the ferry itself, and they generally cost less than tickets on the bigger ferries.
Fun fact – Greeks call this ferry “pantofla”, literally meaning “slipper”! You can find more information and up-to-date timetables here.
Tips for Using the Ferries in Greece
If you haven’t used the Greek ferries before, here are a few tips to make your journey more pleasant.
Some ferries, like the SeaJets, only offer designated seats. On others, you will find a deck category, which means that you won’t have an allocated seat.
In this case, get on the ferry early and find a seat in the public areas as fast as you can. You can either get an outdoors seat, or one inside the ferry.
Travel is generally quite smooth on the larger ferries. If you are prone to seasickness and have no choice but to travel on the smaller SeaJets, you might as well take some seasickness pills (speaking from experience!)
If you’re driving your vehicle on board, be prepared for lots of shouting and arm gestures as the staff try to get everyone loaded on board super-quickly. For me, this is the most challenging part of a Greek island-hopping adventure.
Whilst food and drink are available on board, you can bring your own if you want. Some ferries only have snack bars, while some others have full-on restaurants with hot dishes.
How crowded do Greek ferries get?
At busy times of the year, ferries can get quite crowded. Take that into account when you are getting ready to disembark. You will then get a taste of the Real Greece as everyone tries to get out as soon as possible!
Outside peak season, however, you may have the whole ferry to yourself. I took the photo below on 29 September 2020, on our return ferry from Milos to Piraeus. I’m sure the outbound ferry to Milos at that time of year would be equally quiet.
Ferry tickets can often be booked a day or two before you travel. However, it’s always best to book early, especially if you are travelling in peak season.
After all, you don’t want to be stuck on Milos without a return ticket home… oh, wait… what?!!! 🙂
More tips about ferries and the port of Piraeus
One last tip – ferries can often be delayed. My best advice is to allow for an hour or two of delays, just in case.
Never, I mean NEVER, book your flight back home a few hours after your expected arrival time from Milos to Piraeus. It’s better to spend an extra night in Athens, or at least allow for several hours in between.
Here are some more tips on Greek ferries, including a complete list of ferries in Greece.
Best way to travel to Milos island Greece
From all the above, you will have gathered that there is no single best way to get to Milos island in Greece.
The good thing is that there is plenty of choice, from a quick domestic flight to a slow ferry that will stop on many islands before reaching Milos.
Most people travelling to Greece often combine flights and ferries. In terms of flights, try to book your tickets early, as last-minute prices can be expensive.
Frequently asked questions – How to get to the island of Milos in Greece
Here are some questions often asked by people visiting the Greek island of Milos:
What is Milos known for?
Milos island is best known for its volcanic landscapes and picturesque beaches, like Kleftiko or Sarakiniko beach. In addition, the island has a rich history, like most of the Cyclades.
How do you get to Milos in Greece?
You can get to Milos in Greece by flight, or ferry. If you have time, you should get an Athens to Milos ferry, as it’s a lovely experience.
Can you fly to Milos Greece?
Yes, Milos Greece has an airport. There are currently no direct international flights, so you would have to catch a short domestic flight to Milos from Athens.
How long is the ferry ride from Athens to Milos?
There are many different ferries on the Athens to Milos route. They can take anywhere from 2.5 hours to about 8 hours. You can check ferry schedules and book your tickets on Ferryscanner.
How do I get around Milos?
You can get around Milos by car / ATV / scooter, bus or taxi. Cars are the fastest way to go from place to place on the island. Buses will take you to the main towns and a few of the beaches.
More Milos travel guides
I hope this article has been useful! Here are some more Milos travel guides:
- How to get around Milos – A complete guide
- Reasons to visit Milos island in Greece
- How to hike to Kleftiko Bay – that’s right, you can get to the iconic rocks on foot!
- Best time to visit Milos and Kimolos in Greece
- Ten best beaches in Milos
Hi! I’m Vanessa, a travel writer from Athens, Greece. I love sharing my local knowledge about Greece and helping visitors fall in love with my country 🙂 Thanks for visiting my article on how to get to Milos! You can get in touch through the Real Greek Experiences FB page and FB group.