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.
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.
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.
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
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
- Actual ferry schedule to / from Karpathos with Anek Lines (opens in new window)
- Actual ferry schedule to / from Karpathos with Blue Star Ferries (opens in new window)
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