We are staying at hotel near Plaka area;
What is closer and easier?
The airport? The ferry? Or the boat?
Or morning Fast ferry from Piraeus?
How long does ferry take from Athens
Where is Rafins and how long does late afternoon boat take to arrive In Mykonos?
Which is fastest?
Which is cheapest?
Sorry for all questions but need help please!
Thank you kindly in advance for any and all information you can provide. Regards,Ellie
Rafina is a 40 minute bus ride from the airport. All the information you need is on the websites I mentioned.
I would fly with Aegean/Olympic, less than an hour .
Also take the weather under serious consideration, especially if you have to catch a flight to return to your country. During winter it often gets windy on the islands causing ferry schedule changes, delays and even cancellations. So if you just want to go to Mykonos for a day or two (it’s going to be empty anyway and all the places will be closed) you may want to reconsider and go somewhere else in the mainland (eg. Nafplio, Delphi or Meteora).
First of all do you REALLY want to go to Myconos during January?
It will be totally deserted and very windy/wet/cold.
I would reconsider a trip to Mykonos in January, for all the reasons Absolute Athens has given you. It is a tourist island, so it will be shut down and probably dismal in midwinter: it's not a good time to go.
If you need to be there for some special reason, flying is a quicker means of travel, but planes, like ferries, are liable to cancellation in bad weather, so if you go, make sure you get yourself back onto the mainland at least one day before your flight home.
If you want to visit an island from Athens, consider Aegina. It's a lovely island with lots to see and enjoy, a short ferry journey from Athens, and it has a year-round population, so if you want to go for more than a day trip there will be places to stay and places to eat.Edited: 14 December 2017, 15:25
Ok I'm convinced that Mykonos is not where I want to be in January. Thank you all.
What about Santorini? Will it be closed up, shut down and dismal?
I need to plan from Jan 4 to Jan 9 open for your suggestions
then back to Athens Jan 10 & 11 to catch my early 5-am flight back
home on Jan 12th. from Athens airport.
Consider Crete. It's the southernmost tip of Europe, so the furthest south of all the islands, and therefore more likely to have some good weather in January, which often brings a spell of warm, sunny weather called the Halcyon Days, which you may coincide with. If you do, you could rent a car and go exploring some of Crete's magnificent landscape. Or you can use the excellent public bus system, though the timetable is a bit restricted in winter except along the main north coast route.
Crete has three major cities. They're all working towns with year-round populations (and universities) so there will be plenty of accommodation, plenty to eat, and most important, plenty of people and plenty of life. Heraklion, Rethymnon, and Chania are your choices. Heraklion is the largest, Rethymnon the smallest, Chania the most beautiful. Rethymnon and Chania both have Venetian harbours and old towns which are interesting to explore; Heraklion has the world class Archaeological Museum, Knossos nearby, and some magnificent Venetian structures.
They would all be great bases for your five days. Do some googling on the three, and see what you think; and once you've got a rough plan, visit the Crete forum with questions.
You can fly from Athens to Heraklion, so once you've decided where to stay, choose your airport accordingly.Edited: 15 December 2017, 05:04