Skiathos belongs to the North Sporades island complex, it has an area of 49.898 km2 and a population of 5.468. Skiathos town is the capital and port of the island while Xanemos, Troullos and Koukounaries are the other main towns. From 1540 to 1829 the capital of the island was a fortified against pirates castle which was situated above todays capital. Just 4km from Skiathos town is the 18th century monastery of Evangelistria. Skiathos has approximately 70 beaches and most are ideal for water skiing and wind surfing, a few of these are Vromolimnos, Platanias, Kechria, Asselinos, Agia Paraskevi and Lalaria.
The film Mamma Mia was partially filmed on Skiathos and nearby island Skopelos.Interesting information about Skiathos can be found through the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) and Wikipedia.
- Skiathos, which is situated on the southeastern side of the island.
There are busses that connect the port with the rest of the island.Useful info: Skiathos port authority tel.: +30 24270 22017, Greek Tourist Police: +30 24270 23172
A. Ferry from Agios Konstantinos to Skiathos
- Conventional ferries: approximamtely 3 hours
- Hydrofoils: approximately 1 ½ hours
B. Ferry from Volos to Skiathos
- Conventional ferries: approximately 2 hours
- Hydrofoils: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
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.
Ferry connections and schedules for domestic routes, like Skiathos, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season. There are some exceptions though, like Blue Star ferries, which announces schedules in the beginning of the year.
From Agios Konstantinos:
- Morning – Daily 1 conventional ferry
- Afternoon – Daily 1 conventional ferry and 1 Hydrofoil
Information concerning ports serving routes to Skiathos can be found further down.
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.
- Fthiotida – Agios Konstantinos, Glyfa
- Magnessia - Volos
- North Sporades – Alonissos, Skopelos
- Evia: Chalkida, Karystia
- Sterea Hellas: Skyros
- Central Macedonia: Thessaloniki
Note: Not all above connections operate throughout the year.
Prices quoted below concern 2016, 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.
|Fthiotida – Skiathos ferries||Ferry types|
|Ag. Konstantinos –Skiathos ferry||Approx. 30€/adult||Approx. 41€/adult|
|Magnessia – Skiathos ferries|
|Volos – Skiathos ferry||Approx. 25€/adult||Approx. 41€/adult|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.