You have to take a taxi from the airport to the port in Chora. It's very close - it takes about half an hour to walk there - however, it may be inconvenient walking in the heat with bags.
If you take the morning flight to Naxos arriving before 8 AM, you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast in Chora and then catch the boat.
At the moment the schedules show that it is possible to get from Naxos to Koufunissi on Mondays (9.15), Tuesday (13.30), Thursdays (13.30), Fridays (10.10), Saturdays (13.30) and Sundays (10.10, 13.30). It is possible that more options will be published later.
Or Piraeus to Koufonissi direct (07:00 Mon, Wed, Fri, 17:30 some days of the week, Tues, Fri, Sun).
The 'Express Skopelitis' goes Naxos to Koufonissi Mon-Sat at 14:00 or 15:00. On the Sunday there is a different ferry at 13:30.
Flying to Naxos, just leads to you hanging around with either a too early arrival on Naxos, or too late. Makes it unnecessarily complicated.
Thank you everybody for your replies. Koufonissi looks to be the perfect choice of islands but it is not that easy to organise everything and work out which is the best way to get there from the UK. If it were easy it would probably not be the lovely island it appears to be.
This Greek island holiday has been a long time coming - we had booked our flights etc some 30 years ago to do some island hoping but circumstances got in the way. Finally, I hope we will enjoya Greek idyll.
There are basically 3 ways of getting from the UK to Koufonissi. What is best depends on whether you are looking to get there the cheapest way or the quickest way, and which connections will work depending on the date you travel.
1. Fly to Athens and get a ferry from Piraeus to Koufonissi. 3 or 4 days a week there is a Blue Star ferry that leaves piraeus at 17:30 and arrives at Koufonissi in the early hours of the following morning.
2. Fly to Athens, fly on to Naxos and then go by ferry to Koufonissi. This will involve an overnight stay somehwere or using the same Blue Star ferry as above.
3. Fly direct to Santorini (Thira), then by ferry. However you will almost certainly have to either change boats at Naxos and stay overnight somwhere or use the same Blue Star ferry as above.
greek_traveller is correct about the Express Skopelitis except that as from last year it leaves Naxos at 14:00 and not 15:00. It makes the journey ever day except Sunday.
It is not hard at all getting to Koufonissi, indeed it is fast becoming quite touristy with American resort hotels and so-called 'boutique' hotels being built.
It's far too complex to tell you the 'best' way because it depends on flight timings, days of week, and indeed what other islands you wish to stay on.
The simplest is as I've already said which assumes an Athens flight arriving at maybe 03:00 and then straight to Piraeus for that 07:25 Bluestar ferry to Naxos, then the 'Exp Skopelitis'.
If for example you would like to see Santorini then the best way is via direct flights to Santorini, you may or may not have a same day connection to Koufonissi depending on day of week, but a same day ferry to Naxos on the Bluestar at 15:30 to Naxos sorts it for the next day.
You'll have to work out possibilities with:
We cannot bring ourselves to pay Santorini room prices! We did look at going to Santorini and combining it with the Chania area of Crete (friends would lend us their house there) but the ferries no longer go to Chania from Fira and it is not the place we wanted to visit 30 years ago. What we want most is to 'chill' and enjoy the scenery, take the days at a leisurely pace, etc. That is why Koufonissi appeals. We are looking at staying at Anna Villas and hope this is not too package holiday-ish
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