Dave and Gerry's Alonissos Island Information Site

Travel Information

The island of Alonissos is not the easiest place to access, although is much better connected by sea than many other island chains.  Due to the absence of an airport the final part of the journey will be a sea crossing.  Depending on whether the winter or summer schedules are in force you will find a difference in the number of available flights and sailings.

During the winter month's independent travel to Alonissos means a scheduled flight to Athens, followed by a 4 - 5 hour train or coach journey to Volos or an internal flight from Athens to Skiathos.  There are no winter departures from Agios Konstantinos to Alonissos.  Alternatively, you can take a scheduled flight to Thessaloniki followed by a 2 hour coach journey from Thessaloniki to Volos.

There is generally 3 ferry departures per week and a daily Catamaran sailing from Volos to Alonissos in the winter.  Whether flying into Athens or Thessaloniki it is wise to make provision for an overnight stop if there are adverse weather conditions or travel delays.  In the summer months there are charter flights from London and UK regional airports to Athens, Skiathos and Volos in addition to the scheduled flights to Athens and Thessaloniki.

Hellenic Seaways are have a monopoly now for sea travel to Alonissos from the mainland ports via their Ferries and Catamarans.  We no longer have Flying Dolphins operating in the Sporades.  The only other ferry service is during the summer months, when the Skyros Shipping Company ferry Achilleas runs from Skyros via Kymi (Evia) to Alonissos and on to Skopelos.  All the other maritime companies that have operated in these waters have pulled their summer services.

The summer timetable starts mid-June to mid-September and the number of crossings to the island of Alonissos improves significantly.  The main problem encountered by most travellers is that certain departures are very popular and quickly get booked, this is especially so when these days coincide with the transfer days for the holiday companies who need to get their clients off the island to Skiathos for their flights.  Danger times are also Friday's and Sunday's when Greek visitors to Alonissos spend weekends away and either side of Greek bank holidays

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