GETTING TO MILOS

 

Getting to Milos Take the boat Piraeus

An hotel at the foot of the Acropolis

An hotel near to the new airport


BY AIR

Milos in the Cyclades is situated on the ancient sea-trading route from   Athens - Crete and Continental Africa. Since the first millennia BC Milos has been known for its minerals and has always been visited by ships of many nations. The shoals and shallow seas between the three islands of Milos, Kimolos and Polieagos have been the cause of many shipwrecks. Access to Milos is more difficult than to other neighbouring islands and this is perhaps why it retains its charms and has not been discovered by mass tourism. The small airport cannot accommodate charter flights only the little 'Island Hopper', a twin engined 40 seater operated by Olympic Air. These old flying trashcans are to be taken out of service at the end of 2001. Because of their shortcomings there is not always a reliable service to Milos. There are currently three daily flights scheduled in the high season (July-August) and only one at other times. In Autumn 2001 another company will provide more modern aircraft for the Milos - Athens connection. Next year may also see the realisation of the plan to lengthen the runway on Milos but in the meanwhile it is probably better to arrive by sea. If there are problems with the flights and you must spend a night in Athens look at the page "Piraeus" or "An hotel at the foot of the Acropolis" or An hotel near to the new airport, you will find some helpful information.   

BY SEA

Fähre.jpg (35182 octets)The very comfortable ferries that run a regular service between Piraeus through the western Cyclades to Milos and back take about 6-7 hours depending on the number of ports of call. There are several ferry lines supplemented by the 'Flying Dolphins' hydrofoils and the recently introduced high-speed catamarans that take less than 4 hours or 3 hours on the direct service. Milos is also the port of return for the high-speed services although there are some ferries that connect onwards to Thira (Santorini) and Crete. In the following pages I list some important information on ferry timetables, transport in Athens and comfortable hotels.

A useful  advice
You can book and buy your boat tickets to Milos directly in the port at the travel agency Filippis Tours. The  office is only  150m away from the arriving point of the X 96 bus from the airport and the taxis  and next to the  cafe-restaurant  FILOXENIA (see red arrow on the map)
Mr Nikos Kiosoglou, a good friend  who speaks many languages is always very helpful. You can either  book  your tickets on line http://www.filippistours.gr or send  your  request by mail  and pick up your tickets  on arrival just before  your ship departs. Working hours 06.00-22.00  daily.

© 1999 Lapaire Jean-Marie  - last modif.: 19.12.2009