One of the most important passenger traffic in Karpathos are handled by ferries, which connect the island with other parts of Greece. Travel to Karpathos by ferry is an important option for many, because the island is well connected with other Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, such as Rhodes or Crete. Despite the fact that most of tourists arrive to Karpathos island primarily by international flights, ferries are very important in everyday life. The ferries bring to Karpathos a lots of supplies, and also domestic passengers like to use for travel and for transportation.

Karpathos ferry, Anek Lines

About Karpathos ferries

There are two (three) shipping companies which operate ferries to / from Karpathos island. Anek Lines (with its subsidiary company called ‘Aegeon Pelagos’) and Blue Star Ferries. All the ferries which sail to Karpathos are quite big, and can transport not only passengers, motorbicycles or cars, but also heavy and long trucks as well. The ferries are maybe not the fastest travel solution to Karpathos island due to its slow speed, but if you would like to visit this island by car, or you are on a round trip between some Greek islands, to catch a ferry is always a good option.

Ferry in Karpathos port

The schedules of Karpathos ferries are periodic, there are different routes and schedules for the summer, autumn, spring and winter periods.

Karpathos ferry destinations

Last update: 06/12/2022

The fastest travel times with ferry to Karpathos are the routes from Rhodes (Rodos port), Crete (Sitia port), Chalki and Kasos islands. The largest port of Greece, called Piraeus (the main port of Athens) is also connected with Karpathos island, but this is slowest option, which takes usually 20-24 hours, and depends from the actual weather conditions. The ferries of Anek Lines and Aegeon Pelagos arrive to / depart from Diafani and Pigadia (Karpathos town), while the ferries of Blue Star arrive to Pigadia.

Karpathos ferry Anek Lines Karpathos island ferries, Blue Star Ferries

Ferry route with Aegeon Pelagos to / from Karpathos, destinations:

Piraeus – Milos – Santorini – Anafi – Heraklion – Sitia – Kasos – Karpathos (Pigadia) – Diafani – Chalki – Rhodes (Rodos)

Ferry route with Blue Star Ferries to / from Karpathos (with F/B Blue Star Patmos)

Piraeus – Kalymnos – Kos – Rhodes & Astypalaia – Patmos – Lipsi – Leros – Nisyros – Tilos – Symi – Karpathos (Pigadia) – Kastellorizo

Ferry route with Anek Lines to / from Karpathos

Milos – Santorini – Anafi – Crete (Sitia) – Kasos – Karpathos (Pigadia) – Diafani – Chalki – Rhodes

Karpathos ferry in Pigadia

Which islands and ports are connected with Karpathos island by ferries in Greece?

The most common destinations of the ferries, which arrive to Karpathos island are the following: Athens (port of Piraeus), Milos, Santorini, Anafi, Crete (port of Heraklion & Sitia), Kasos, Rhodes (port of Rodos), Symi, Chalki, Leros, Tilos, Patmos, Kalymnos

Ferry travel times to / from Karpathos island

These average travel times to / from Karpathos are for informational purposes only, were calculated with the port of Pigadia, and depends from ferry company, vessel, actual weather conditions and the actual schedule. There can be big differences among the routes and timings by the ferry companies.

  • Karpathos – Kasos: 1h 40min
  • Karpathos – Rhodes: 6h
  • Karpathos – Chalki: 3h 30min
  • Karpathos – Crete (Heraklion): 8 hours
  • Karpathos – Crete (Sitia): 5 hours
  • Karpathos – Santorini: 12h
  • Karpathos – Piraeus (Athens): 20-22h
Karpathos ferries
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