From the first of June 2017
A fast connection between Thessaloniki and the Sporades is wonderful and this year we think the trips start earlier. Below are the timetables.
and from 30-06-2017 until 10-09-2017
Aqua Ferries company will start travelling to and from Agios Constantinos from the 23rd of December.
The ferryboat will be the Mirtidiotissa.
Itineraries of 25/12/2016, 01/01/2017 and 06/01/2017 will not be carried out.
Itineraries of Sunday 16/04/2017, will not be carried out.
The link to the website is here
Below are the new timetables from the Proteus going to Mantoudi on Evia.
The Proteus will also start leaving from Agnondas and go straight to Mantoudi in 1.15 hours!
When leaving from Glossa there is always a free bus leaving from Skopelos. In Mantoudi a bus (not free of charge) will take you to Athens.
Above are the bus times from Mantoudi to Athens and vice versa with the ferryboat Proteus
Update January 2016
Although we may yet be visited by blizzards before the Greek Easter (Orthodox Good Friday falls on April 29 this year…), a whiff of springtime is in the air with the appearance of the Hellenic Seaways schedules for the summer of 2016. Daily Flying Cat 5 services between Volos and the Sporades continue, but it will also start a daily evening service from Agios Konstantinos on April 25. The Express Pegasus will run every day between Agios Konstantinos and the islands from June 17, while the Express Skiathos resumes services between Volos and the Sporades on February 14 every day bar Saturdays, although it will only visit Alonnisos on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Proteus is headed for dry dock in Volos after the Express Skiathos returns. While you listen for the sound of luggage being dug out upstairs, you can see the schedules here.
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There is a lot of good information below.
Travel connections for Skopelos –
While most visitors will arrive on an all-inclusive travel package, many choose to travel independently and arrange their own flights and ferries. There are four options to reach Skopelos by air: a direct flight to the airport on neighbouring Skiathos (50-60mins by ferry to/from Skopelos); a flight to Athens and a connecting flight to Skiathos; the combined bus-ferry route from Athens via Agios Konstantinos (2½ hrs by bus, then 2½ hrs by ferry); or the possibility of seasonal flights to Volos (2½ -3¾ hrs by ferry). Most ferries from either Agios Konstantinos or Volos will stop first at Skiathos followed by Loutraki, the port for Glossa, then Skopelos Town and Patitiri on Alonissos. Some larger ferries are too big to call at Loutraki/Glossa and sail direct from Skiathos to Skopelos Town and then to Alonissos.
European airlines currently serving Skiathos and/or Volos include Air Berlin (Volos), Austrian Airlines (Skiathos) and Monarch Airlines (Skiathos and Volos). Flight aggregators such as Expedia also offer up-to-date searches of all flights to Skiathos and Volos from across Europe and elsewhere.
Budget airline Ryanair currently operates a seasonal service between Volos and, so far, Brussels, Frankfurt and Rome, while the British airline Monarch is offering weekly Friday services in summer to both Skiathos and Volos from London and Manchester. The British travel company Thomson also offers summertime flights to Skiathos from Birmingham, East Midlands, Gatwick, Manchester and Newcastle.
At present only Olympic Airways offers connecting flights between Athens and Skiathos (45mins, current one-way price €88 per person inc. taxes), daily in season (May-October), currently Fridays and Sundays out of season.
Ferries and connections from Athens, Volos and Thessaloniki
The agency for land/sea transport between Athens and Skopelos is Alkyon Travel, 97 Akadimias Street, Athens (tel: +30 (from overseas) 210 3832545/3843220-1/3810861/3810618/3810325; some English spoken), opposite Starbucks at the Omonia Square end of Akadimias Street, which issues combined bus and ferry tickets from Athens to Agios Konstantinos. You can book by telephone, online at the Alkyon website, or in person at the Alkyon office, and collect your tickets there. Alkyon’s online ferry booking system is also useful for checking travel options between Skopelos and the mainland ports.
If travelling from Athens with Alkyon, bear in mind that the bus will leave Athens, from outside Alkyon in Kanigos Square, at least three hours before the listed departure time from Agios Konstantinos. As these connections are often booked out even in off-season, it is advisable to book in advance. The bus stops for 15-20 minutes at a motorway service station halfway through the journey, and parks on the quayside at Agios Konstantinos, where there are cafes and tavernas across the road in Agios Konstantinos Square.
In high summer, this year (2014) until 7 September, there are daily ferries between Skopelos and both Agios Konstantinos or Volos, as well as less frequent services between Skopelos and Skyros. The details are as below.
In summer there are various different daily ferry services running between Skopelos, Agios Konstantinos and Volos: the passenger-only Flying Cat catamaran ferries, and the larger car and passenger ferry, Apollon Hellas (Volos-Skopelos only), which we believe will replace the Express Skiathos for the entire 2014 season. There may also be supplementary services with other craft in high season. All are operated by Hellenic Seaways.
There are also now three ferry services a week in summer between Skyros and Skopelos, via the mainland port of Kymi, run by the Skyros Shipping Company Co. ferry service, which currently promises a Skyros-Skopelos-Kymi connection three times a week (Tue, Thur, Sun). You can also book Skyros tickets online through the OpenSeas website, as not all online ferry services list the Skyros-Skopelos service.
If you are travelling by land via Athens and Volos, there are regularly daily bus (4½ hrs) and train (5hrs-plus, changing at Larissa) connections between Athens and Volos. If you are travelling independently via Volos, there are various agencies on the seafront facing the port entrance selling ferry tickets.
Most ferries to Skopelos visit both Loutraki/Glossa and Skopelos Town, in that order. In winter and occasionally in summer bad weather conditions sometimes make it impossible for all but the large ferries to enter Skopelos harbour, when smaller ferries will be diverted to the port at Agnontas, 8km from Skopelos Town. These weather conditions can occur even when the harbour appears calm, so when leaving the island it is essential to follow Hellenic Seaways advice to check with its office on the seafront at least 30 minutes before departure. This is particularly important if you are leaving Skopelos on anything but the car ferry, as bad weather can occasionally lead to smaller ferries being cancelled entirely. Taxis are normally available at the taxi rank 100 yards along from the entry to the port (Skopelos-Agnontas, currently +€12), but the island bus services, from the stop next to the taxi rank, are not always timed to connect with ferry departures from Agnontas, making a taxi advisable.
Buses and taxis from Agnontas are another matter entirely, particularly in winter. If travelling to Skopelos independently, carry a telephone contact for your destination (hotel, agency, etc) on the island, to request assistance if your ferry is diverted to Agnontas. Alternatively, there is a list of taxi telephones posted in the harbour at Agnontas, by the sheltered waiting room, but no public telephones beyond the seasonal cafes and tavernas above its beach. In summer these can help rustle up transport, or provide a place to wait for the next island bus, which stops at the entrance to the port, but between October and April everything in Agnontas is closed.
If ferries beween Agios Konstantinos and Skopelos are cancelled due to bad weather, which Alkyon Travel will confirm half an hour or so before the listed departure time from Athens, it is possible to travel via Volos, but with certain provisos. Depending on the time of year, it may be possible to get an early bus out of Athens that will connect with a ferry here; otherwise the journey will involve an overnight in Volos (see below). There are at least twelve buses daily from Athens to Volos, 4 hrs by express, 4½ hrs by stopping bus. Volos bus station is 15 minutes walk from the port and the port a few minutes by cab from the rank outside the bus station. Athens-Volos buses leave Bus Terminal B on Liosion Street, which can be reached by taxi or the 024 bus from Syntagma Square or on Panepistimiou Street, one block over from Akadimias. If bad weather or delays persist, Volos offers a more secure route to Skopelos than Agios Konstantinos, with a variety of hotels if you have to stay overnight, including the Aegli, Alexandros, Kipseli and the four-star Volos Palace, among others.
This information was correct at time of compilation (12 January 2014) and will be updated as and when services change. We welcome comments that would assist other travellers.
BUSES FROM VOLOS TO AIRPORT VOLOS AND BACK
If you are travelling by air via Volos, the KTEL bus station has a summertime schedule of buses to and from Volos airport from the bus station just beyond Volos’s railway station/tourism office, timed to meet specific flights of Air Berlin, Austrian Air and Ryan Air. The bus station is marked by the little blue logo to the left of our image, which is courtesy of Google Maps, by Almyrou Street, and the ferry dock is to the right, off the Argonafton paralia/seafront. Our informants, Jo and Roger in Glossa, to whom thanks, explain that a taxi from the airport is usually around €50, whereas the bus is only €5. There are usually rafts of taxis outside the bus station to take you to the port. You can visit the official KTEL “dromologia” (timetable) here. Kalo taxithi.
Athens to Volos by train
(This report dates from 12 December 2011, but the basic information and timetable links remain the same.)
On a recent trip to Athens and beyond, with early flights necessitating stay-overs in Athens both ways, I decided to try the winter rail link from Volos via Larissa. I’d done it once before, by accident, when heavily-booked buses meant it was either the train or a three hour wait in Volos, but thought I’d try it by planning ahead.
The current weekday 0720 Flying Cat 6 departure from Skopelos arrives at Volos around ten (official ETA, 1005), which leaves plenty of time to get to Volos rail station, even on foot, for the 1025 train to Larissa, with a (theoretical) wait of thirteen minutes in Larissa for the 1126 train, which arrives at Larissis station in Athens at 1524. (The transfer involves a short walk from the local platform to the Intercity southbound Platform 1, via an underpass, although there are lifts on both platforms.) This arrives just under an hour later than the comparable bus journey (1030, arriving shortly after 1430, again in theory) but Larissis station is only two stops from Omonia on the Metro, unlike the Bus Station B where the KTEL bus stops, which is either a cab ride into the city centre or a complicated walk to Ano Patision Metro station.
I returned later in the day to stay over in Volos, but the 0718 train from Athens arrives at Volos at 1218, perfect timing to catch the regular 1430 Flying Cat departure for the Sporades.
The train is slightly more expensive each way, but I thought the comfort of the train (at least the Intercity Larissa-Athens leg) more than compensated, and I was able to read and work on the train, something unthinkable on a bus. And so far TrainOSE has yet to install the TV screens that Hellenic Seaways uses to torture passengers with Greek soaps and north American makeover shows. In 2014, Trainose is also offering up to 20 per cent reductions for online booking.
Train timetables are prone to occasional disruption, but I’ve also had an hour added on to a bus journey to Athens by heavy traffic in the city outskirts. And at least on the Athens-Volos run, the local Larissa-Volos connection waits for the Athens-Thessaloniki train, although I doubt that is the case on the Volos-Larissa-Athens run, when the Thessaloniki-Athens train will not wait for the local train.
My only warning is to avoid the train on and around public holidays; I once had to stand Larissa-Athens in a train heaving with students returning to the Big Olive. But standing or sitting, the journey is often breathtakingly scenic, and if the timings fit your travel plans the train is the superior option. I would also advise booking ahead if possible; I walked into Larissis and bought my return ticket immediately, but have queued for an hour to buy a ticket in busy periods.
I should add that “Big Olive” is someone else’s joke, which I stole.
Taxi Valadis (very reliable!) http://www.volosviptaxi.gr mobile 6972293587
Jorgali travel 24210-88505
Stelios in Volos for Athens or Salonika (conditions as above) mobile 6932532372