Α must-do swimming exploration for nature lovers: the Sporades experience

How to get there

Skopelos is located at Central Greece and can therefore be reached from several points. The island has two harbors: the main harbor at Skopelos Town and the one at Glossa (locally known as Loutraki) at the Northwestern side of Skopelos. You have the following options to reach Skopelos depending on your starting point.

From Athens:

  1. Domestic flight of www.olympicair.com from Athens airport to Skiathos. From Skiathos port you can get a ferry, flying dolphin or catamaran for your journey to Skopelos (see section "From Skiathos" for more information).
  2. To access the island of Skopelos from Athens by boat you have to reach the port of Agios Konstantinos in Fthiotis, Central Greece (165 km from Athens), where you can take a ferry or a catamaran/flying dolphin.
  • For going to Agios Konstantinos, you get the Public Intercity Bus (KTEL Fthiotidas) from the bus terminal at Liossion 260, Kato Patisia, Athens. The cheapest way to reach the bus terminal from the airport is by bus X93 (between Doors 4 and 5 of the arrivals level). You get off at the 14th stop "Liossion Intercity (KTEL) Bus Station". Travel time is generally 40 minutes, but allow an hour just to be safe. The bus departs every 30 minutes all day. The ticket costs €3.20 one way and you can buy one from the tickets office right outside the bus terminal or from the driver. Don't forget to validate your ticket by inserting it into the orange box in the bus. You can also take a taxi from the taxi service outside the airport. The taxi queue is outside Door 4 of the arrivals level (price approximately 30 euros). When you get to the Intercity bus station, you look for the ticket office of KTEL Fthiotidos and buy your ticket for Agios Konstantinos (bus direction to Lamia), which costs about 15 euros. It leaves usually every one hour and is very reliable and on time. The bus takes about 2,5 hours to reach Agios Konstantinos. You can call the 14505 service for information about KTEL schedules and ticket fares.


When you arrive at Agios Konstantinos you can buy your tickets from several travel agents on the dock or collect them in case you have booked. It is strongly recommended that you book your ferry tickets in advance. There are at least two or three ferries per day (regular, or the fast Flying Dolphin hydrofoils) in summer from Agios Konstantinos to Skopelos. Travel time by conventional ferry from Agios Konstantinos is approximately 5 hours (price approx. 36 €/adult) and by flying dolphin/catamaran is approximately 3 hours (price approx. 48 €/adult).

From Skiathos:

Skiathos is an island of the Northern Sporades complex which connects to Skopelos by boat. Skiathos airport is the main airport servicing the Northern Sporades islands.
European airlines currently serving Skiathos include Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, Monarch Airlines and Novair. Flight aggregators such as Expedia also offer up-to-date searches of all flights to Skiathos from across Europe and elsewhere. The British travel company Thomson also offers summertime flights to Skiathos from Birmingham, East Midlands, Gatwick, Manchester and Newcastle.
The best way to go from the airport to the port of Skiathos is by taxi. The taxis are right in front of you as you come out of the airport. The route is approximately 5 minutes and the cost is about 10 euros. From Skiathos port you can get a ferry, flying dolphin or catamaran for your onward journey to Skopelos. The Flying Dolphins and Catamarans take 15 minutes to Glossa and 40 minutes to Skopelos Town.

From Volos:

Volos is a city of Central Greece which belongs to the county of Magnesia. It is also the closest port of Greece mainland which connects to Skopelos. There are many flights to Volos (Aghialos) airport from Gatwick, Bari, Berlin, Vienna, Dussledorf, Nuremberg, Hamburg, Milan, Rome, Brussels during summer months, offered by Airberlin, Ryanair, Monarch, Avro, Transavia and may other airlines. These flights connect well to the boats to Skopelos.

From Volos airport it is recommended that you take a bus to Volos KTEL bus terminal and get a taxi from the bus terminal to Volos port, or walk for about 10 minutes. The bus ticket from Volos airport to Volos town costs only 5 €, while the taxi from the airport to the port is usually around 50 €.
From the port of Volos you will find several ferries and catamarans that connect daily to Skopelos. Travel time by conventional ferry is approximately 5 hours (price approx. 26 €/adult) and by catamaran is approximately 3 hours (price approx. 45 €/adult).

From Thessaloniki:

Thessaloniki is the second biggest city of Greece, and is located at Northern Greece. Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Thessaloniki as do other airlines such as BA, Olympic, Swiss etc.
Thessaloniki has a ferry which goes straight to Skopelos in the summer months (see NEL’s timetables for more details). From Thessaloniki you can also take the Public Intercity bus (KTEL Magnesias) to Volos and get a boat from Volos port to Skopelos. The bus terminal at Thessaloniki is called Macedonia Intercity Bus Station (KTEL Macedonia) at Gianitson 244 str., 54628, Thessaloniki. The bus to Volos leaves every 1,5-2 hours and the journey takes about 2,5 hours. For information on bus schedules from Thessaloniki to Volos please call 14505 (KTEL phone service) or check www.ktelmacedonia.gr, which is an excellent site.

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