The island of Alonissos is not the easiest place to access although is much better connected by sea than many of the islands of the Cyclades and Dodecanese. Due to the absence of an airport the final part of the journey will be a sea crossing. Depending whether the winter or summer schedules are in force you will find a difference in the number of available flights and sailings.During the winter month’s independent travel to Alonissos means a scheduled flight to Athens followed by an internal flight to Skiathos, 4½ – 5 hour train or coach journey to Volos or a 2½ hour coach journey to Agios Konstantinos. There are ferries and hydrofoils to Alonissos from both Volos and Agios Konstantinos although you should make provision for an overnight stop if there are adverse weather conditions. In the summer months there are charter flights from London and UK regional airports to Athens, Skiathos and Volos in addition to the scheduled flights to Athens.
Hellenic Seaways are the major players for sea travel to Alonissos via their Hellas Flying Dolphin hydrofoils and ferries. Hellas Flying Dolphin hydrofoils make the trip from Agios Konstantinos to Alonissos in around 2¾ hours. In 2002 GA Ferries put Jet Ferry 1 on the Sporades run to Alonissos from when Hellas Flying Dolphin’s ferries withdrew their service. The cost is the same as the dolphin, however the ferry is more comfortable but takes almost twice as long. Your preference will depend on whether you were built for comfort or speed.
Hellas Flying Dolphin hydrofoils make the trip from Volos to Alonissos and the journey time is almost the same as from Agios Konstantinos. In 2004 a company called Vospo started running hydrofoils from Volos to Alonissos in a yellow livery similar to the old Ceres hydrofoil colours. Hellas Flying Dolphin’s run a ferry service from Volos to Alonissos which takes around 5 hours journey time.
In some years a Hellas Flying Dolphin catamaran service links Alonissos with Thessaloniki and this provides an alternative means of access to the island. Information on taxi and bus travel to and from Athens can be obtained from our “Travel Alonissos” menu.