Traveling to Tinos
Where is Tinos?
Tinos is located in the Cycladic islands, and is accessible via ferry from Athens from the ports of Rafina and Piraeus. It is also well connected via ferry with the island of Mykonos.
Tinos has one port, located in the island’s capital, Chora or Tinos town, on the southwestern side of the island.
Regular bus service connects the port with the largest villages of the island.
Tinos port authority tel.: +30 22830 22348, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22890 22482 (in Mykonos)
Travel times to Tinos island
Ferry from Piraeus to Tinos
Conventional ferries: approximately 4 hours
Hydrofoils approximately 3 hours
Ferry from Rafina to Tinos
Conventional ferries: between 2.5 – 3 hours
Hydrofoils between 1.5 – 2 hours
There are four, so called, “ferry schedule seasons”:
Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31 st 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 Tinos, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season. There are some exceptions though, like Blue Star ferries, which announces schedules in the beginning of the year.
Athens to Tinos ferry schedule frequency during summer
Morning: Daily 2 Hydrofoils and 1 conventional ferry
Afternoon: Afternoon: 6 days a week 1 Hydrofoil
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Tinos can be found further down in this page.
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.
Ferry connections to & from Tinos
Piraeus (Athens main port) – click here for port information
Rafina (Athens secondary port – North East Attica coast) – click here for port information
Cyclades –Andros, Mykonos, Paros, Syros
Note: Not all above connections operate throughout the year.
Ferry to Tinos prices
Prices quoted below concern 2011, 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 – Tinos ferries Ferry types
Conventional ferry Hydrofoil/Catamaran*
Piraeus – Tinos ferry Approx. 30 €/adult Approx. 50 €/adult
Rafina – Tinos ferry Approx. 23 €/adult Approx. 49 €/adult
Cyclades – Tinos ferries
Mykonos – Tinos ferry Approx. 6 €/adult Approx. 12 €/adult