To get to Naxos Island, you’ll almost always need to connect in Athens. We recommend that everyone participating in our Naxos Greek Island Slowcation arrive 1 day early and spend the night in Athens before making your way to Naxos via plane or ferry.
We do not offer pre-tour extra nights on our slowcations, but we strongly recommend spending at least 1 night in Athens before our Naxos Greek Island Slowcation begins. This will help alleviate the stress of tight connections and/or any international flight delays.
Our recommended hotel for any pre-tour nights in Athens is the Athens Gate Hotel. It is right next to the Acropolis and offers amazing views of the Parthenon from the rooftop. The hotel is also a 5-minute walk to Plaka, Athens’ historical neighborhood with some of its top sites, great restaurants and souvenir shops. We suggest booking as soon as possible as this hotel tends to fill up quickly!
We recommend this hotel to everyone on your trip. This way, if you are traveling solo, you can easily meet up with others in the group (via the WhatsApp chat group that we’ll set up a few days before your trip) for dinner or sightseeing.
Most travelers on our Naxos Greek Island Slowcation prefer to travel to Naxos by plane. If you choose this option, we recommend using Skyscanner.com to look for flights. There are usually multiple flights on a daily basis from Athens (ATH) to Naxos (JNX) so you can choose to arrive in Naxos at a time that suits you.
We advise trying to arrive in Naxos by 5:30 PM at the latest so you don’t miss out on the welcome dinner on Day 1 of the slowcation! If you arrive earlier in the day, that’s OK too. Your room might not be ready, but we’ll have a welcome drink and hors d’oeuvres waiting for you. You can store your luggage at the Naxos hotel if you’d like to go to the beach or explore until your room is ready.
The flights typically cost around $50 – $100 USD each way and take around 45 minutes from Athens to Naxos airport one way.
Note: When looking for flights to Naxos, be aware that there will be more options available about 2 – 3 months before the date you’d like to book. That means, if you are looking at flights 6+ months before your trip, you probably won’t see very many options.
We don’t recommend this option because it takes a lot longer and ferries tend to be more prone to delays and cancellations due to bad weather. However, if you would like to get to Naxos by ferry, then you can use Ferryhopper.com to find and book ferry tickets. Again, we advise trying to arrive in Naxos by 5:30 PM at the latest so you don’t miss out on the welcome dinner on Day 1 of the Naxos Greek Island Slowcation.
The ferries typically cost around 50 – 75 EUR each way and take around 3.5 – 5.5 hours from Athens to Naxos port one way.
Whether you’re arriving by plane or ferry, your transfer to the hotel is included in the trip cost on our 10-day Naxos Greek Island Slowcation.
If arriving by plane, you’ll collect your luggage and then you’ll see our driver holding a sign with the Globe Drifters logo on it:
The Naxos airport is very small and easy to navigate and it is less than a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Once you find your driver, it’s just a short drive to the hotel to start your slowcation!
If arriving by ferry, you’ll also collect your luggage and get off the ferry. As you walk off the ferry you will see someone holding a Globe Drifters sign or a sign with your name on it.
If you’d like to tip your driver, you’re welcome to tip him 1 EUR. If you have a lot of big, heavy luggage, please consider this when tipping.
NOTE: If you do not let us know about any delays, your hotel transfer will be forfeited without refund and you will be responsible for getting to the hotel on your own and at your own expense.
Getting to Naxos from Athens is a pretty straightforward and simple affair, especially on our 10-day Naxos Greek Island Slowcation. The airport and port are small and very easy to navigate and we’ll be in touch with you every step of the way. Happy travels!