Information about Tinos
Tinos is a place of pilgrimage for the Greeks as its capital, Tinos, hosts the neoclassical church of Panagia Evagelistria (church of Anunciation) with the icon of the Virgin Mary that is believed to have healing powers. The island is approximately 194 km2 and has 8.574 inhabitants. On the southern side of the island is Kionia with a 4th centure B.C. sanctuary of Poseidon. Further north is the village of Kardiani with it wonderful views that extend all the way to Syros and Isternia with its small beach. Tinos also has mineral resources, Pyrgos is a marble quarrying village and Panormos was the harbour used for exports. On the southeastern side of Tinos is the town of Volax with its granite mine below the mountain of Exomvourgo. The villages below this mountain, Xinara, and Loutra are purely Catholic and the island also has a Roman Catholic bishop. Other places worth visiting are the villages of Falatados and Steni as well as the beaches at Rohari on the northwest and Kolymbithra with its pink flamingos during May.
The island has one port:
- Tinos, which is situated on the southwestern side of the island.
There are busses that connect the port with the largest villages of the island.Useful info: Tinos port authority tel.: +30 22830 22348, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22890 22482 (in Mykonos)
A. Ferry from Piraeus to Tinos
- Conventional ferries: approximately 4 hours
- Hydrofoils approximately 3 hours
B. Ferry from Rafina to Tinos
- Conventional ferries: approximately 3 hours
- Hydrofoils approximately 2 hours
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31 st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Athens to Tinos ferry schedule frequency during summer
- Morning: Daily 2 Hydrofoils and 1 conventional ferry
- Afternoon: Afternoon: 6 days a week 1 Hydrofoil
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Tinos can be found further down in this page.
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Catamarans & Hydrofoils
These vessels are smaller and much faster than conventional ones. Only a few of them can carry vehicles. Their main advantage is that they go twice as fast.
Passengers are usually not allowed to sit outside even though there is some space on some of them. The accommodation inside is a little like a very wide airplane. The better the class, the wider the seat. There are no cabins.
Ferry connections to & from Tinos
- Piraeus (Athens main port) – click here for port information
- Rafina (Athens secondary port - North East Attica coast) - click here for port information
- Cyclades –Andros, Mykonos, Paros, Syros
Prices quoted below concern 2012, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Athens - Tinos ferries||Ferry types|
|Piraeus - Tinos ferry||Approx. 32 €/adult||Approx. 54 €/adult|
|Rafina - Tinos ferry||Approx. 24 €/adult||Approx. 49 €/adult|
|Cyclades - Tinos ferries|
|Mykonos – Tinos ferry||Approx. 6 €/adult||Approx. 12 €/adult|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.