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Congratulations! You found Chios Island, a well-kept secret in the Aegean! You are now trying to figure out how to get to Chios. We put together a thorough guide on how to get to the fifth-largest Greek island.

You can travel to Chios island by airplane or ferry.

Flights to Chios

There are several choices to get to Chios with a direct flight. The island has a national airport, just three kilometers from Chios Town, called Chios Airport “Omiros.” Greek airlines Aegean Airlines, Astra Airlines, and Skyexpress provide service to the airport.

There are daily flights from Athens to Chios and almost every day flights from Thessaloniki.

Direct flights to Chios are available from:

  • Athens
  • Thessaloniki
  • Mytilene
  • Samos
  • Rhodes

  • Best Way To get From Athens to Chios: By Plane (25-30 mins)

Even though there are direct flights from Athens and Thessaloniki to Chios, it is frequently the quickest and most convenient route to take via the Izmir International Airport in Turkey. It takes 90 minutes to get from the Izmir airport to the Cesme port and another 30 minutes to get to Chios by boat. The distance to the Turkish port of Cesme is only 15 kilometers.

We arrange direct transfers from Izmir International Airport so you can get to Chios in under 2 hours!

Ferries to Chios

You must board a ferry from Piraeus port in Athens to get to Chios. Routes are run 365 days a year, three times every week, and the journey takes nine hours. Other Greek islands like Lesvos, Mykonos, Syros, Ikaria, and Samos are also connected to Chios via ferries. Chios and the port of Kavala are connected by ferry during the summer. Last but not least, there is a year-round connection between Chios and the Turkish port of Cesme. 

Chios ports are connected directly with:

  • Piraeus
  • Lavrio
  • Syros
  • Mykonos
  • Lesvos
  • Samos
  • Lemnos
  • Ikaria
  • Kavala
  • Aghios Efstratios
  • Fournoi

You will find ferries to the other islands of Chios Municipality, Oinousses, and Psarra.

Ferry to Chios from Cesme

If you are traveling from Izmir to Chios, then you will get a ferry from Cesme to Chios port.

There is a ferry connection between Chios and the port of Cesme, close to Izmir in Turkey, all year round.

Chios Island Greece tip

Make sure to purchase your ticket well in advance, as the options to get to the island are limited, and they tend to get fully booked quite soon. 

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