Getting around Mykonos
The Greek Mykonos KTEL S.A. manages the road service within the island. Contrary to what one might think, getting around Mykonos by public transport is anything but a utopia. Taxis, and above all rented cars and scooters, represent, in any case, the most popular solution.
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Buses connect the most important areas of the island: port, airport, villages and the most famous beaches. The fleet consists of 31 vehicles and a total of three lines with departures from different points on the island. In high season there is also a direct line from the airport to the port. More info from here. The longest route takes about 30 minutes. Here are the routes:
- Line 1. Mainly serves the central area of Mykonos. The departure station is located in Fabrika Square, near the beginning of the pedestrian area. It operates in the following destinations: airport, Platis Yalos, Ornos, Agios Yannis, Paradise beach, Paranga.
- Line 2. It starts from the north old port, where the north pedestrian zone begins. Stops at Kalafatis, Elia, Kalo Livadi, Ano Mera, Panormos.
- Line 3. Connects the marina, with Agios Stefanos, Ano Mera, Kalafatis, Kilo Livadis, Panormos, new port.
Frequencies, in general, are not exceptional: they go from 20/30 minutes at peak times, to about an hour in the late evening and for less frequented destinations. In high season, there is really a risk of not finding space, given the number of holidaymakers.
For some nightlife destinations, such as Paradise Beach, there are rides until late at night. Here are the timetables of the main routes (variable according to seasonality):
FABRIKA – AIRPORT – PORTO NUOVO. From Fabrika, first ride at 09:00 and last ride at 19:15. Frequency of 30 ′. From New Port, first ride at 10:30, and last ride at 18:00. The bus takes about 10 minutes to make the journey from Fabrika Square to the airport.
FABRIKA – PARADISE. From Fabrika, 07:15 | 09:15 | 10:15 | from 10:45 am, every half hour until 10:15 pm | 23:15 | 00:15 | 01:15 | 02:15 | 03:15 | 04:15. From Paradise, 07:30 | 09:30 | 10:30 | from 11:00, every half hour until 22:30 | 23:30 | 00:30 | 01:30 | 02:30 | 03:30 | 04:30
FABRIKA – PARAGA. From Fabrika, from 09:15 (first ride) to 01:15 (last ride) with departures every hour. From Paraga, from 09:30 (first ride) to 01:30 (last ride) with departures every hour.
FABRIKA – PLATY GIALO. From Fabrika, 07:50 | 09:00 | from 09:30 every half hour until 01:30 | 02:00 | 3:00 am. From Platy Gialo, 08:00 | 09:10 | from 09:40 every half hour until 01:40 | 02:10 | 03:10.
OLD PORT – PARADISE. From Old Port, 10:30 am | 11:30 | 12:30 | 16:00 | 17:00. From Paradise, 11:00 | 12:00 | 13:00 | 16:30 | 17:30.
OLD PORT – PANORMOS. From Old Port, 10:30 am | 11:30 | 13:30 | 15:30 | 17:30. From Panormos, 11:00 | 12:00 | 14:00 | 16:00 | 18:00.
Times are for indicative purposes only, to be checked on the official website mykonosbus.com.
Travel tickets can be purchased directly on board the vehicle, paying exclusively in cash. The fare varies according to the route and the distance of the journey. Generally, it ranges from a minimum of €1.00 to a maximum of €2.50 per person. There are no reductions for minors. There is no doubt that buses are the cheapest way to get around Mykonos.
GETTING AROUND MYKONOS BY CAR AND SCOOTER
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The fact that the island is not particularly large makes it absolutely feasible to rent a scooter. The car, on the other hand, is the ideal solution for families. Should you opt for a car, we recommend renting a small car, because it is more convenient to park. In the evening, or during the day, especially in high season, finding a parking space can become a real challenge. To rent a car, we recommend using our official page from which you can make a comparison of the main rental agencies. You can choose category, accessories and features.
For the scooter, however, you can provide directly on site. Mykonos is full of offices that rent scooters or quads; prices are differentiated on the basis of seasonality.
June-September low season: from 9 to 12 euros per day;
July mid season: from 10 to 15 euros per day;
August high season: from 13 to 20 euros per day
Keep in mind that in the case of weekly rental, flat-rate discounts will be applied to be decided together with the rental office. Better to opt for a displacement of at least 125cc: the slopes of the island could be prohibitive for a 50cc.
Cars or scooters are the best solution for those wishing to move around Mykonos in comfort without being subject to public transport.
Taxis are quite in demand on the island, especially late at night, upon returning from discos; the parking is at the port of Chora. Please note that taxis do not have a meter: depending on your destination, there are fixed rates. Taxis are generally not expensive. For short trips, if you are in a group, you could even pay a couple of euros per person. Our advice is to try to bargain on the price. In this way, you may have a valid alternative with which to move around Mykonos.
Another means of transport is the Gulet which allows you to move from one part of the island to the other: it is a taxi boat that takes you to the beaches in the South-West. For info on timetables and tickets, you can go to the port of Mykonos town; the frequency varies according to the season and weather conditions.