Take the ferry from Athens to Lesvos and arrive in the eastern Aegean Sea of Greece, which is an ideal destination for travelers seeking peaceful landscapes!
Lesvos (also known as Mytilini) is a beautiful island in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It is one of the largest Greek islands and a popular destination for family holidays or a relaxing holiday off the beaten tourist track. Thanks to its close proximity to the island of Chios, it is also an excellent base for island hopping!
Lesvos is dotted with many picturesque villages, such as Molyvos, Petra, Kalloni, Skala Sikamia and Mytilini. A walk around the island to explore these villages is absolutely essential!
Apart from the picturesque little villages, a drive around the island will also take you to many monuments. From Roman aqueducts to Byzantine monasteries and castles, you will have the opportunity to visit sites dating back to various historical periods!
Some must-visit monuments include the medieval castles of Mytilene, Molyvos and Sigri, which were used to defend against pirate raids. The Petrified Forest at Singri is another impressive site on the western side of the island. This forest was petrified some 15 to 20 million years ago due to volcanic activity and is considered a rare geological attraction. Don't miss it!
Another reason why this island is a wonderful destination is its beautiful monasteries, such as the Monastery of Highos and the Monastery of Agios Rafael, the island's patron saint.
Start your ferry trip from the capital of Greece, Athens and book your ferry tickets in advance to the jewel of the Aegean Sea, Lesvos and get ready for unique experiences!
Athens to Lesvos ferry duration
From Athens to Lesvos the ferry duration can last from 10 to 13 hours depending on the itinerary, the ferry and the stopovers on intermediate stops.
Athens to Lesvos ferry distance
From Athens (port of Piraeus) to Lesvos the ferry distance is about 155 nautical miles (287km).
Ferry types from Athens to Lesvos
Due to the long duration of the journey, the route is served only by conventional ships. On these ships there are many accommodation options in cabins of all categories as well as in airline-type seats. On board there are many facilities and services. We would suggest that if your itinerary is an evening or overnight sailing to choose a cabin for a more relaxing trip.
Ferry schedules from Athens to Lesvos
The ferry schedules from Athens to Lesvos are very frequent throughout the year. Usually the frequency of the routes is 8-10 per week. Departures vary depending on the season, with noon, afternoon and evening departures, with the earliest ferry departing at approximately 12:00, arriving at 19:40 on the same day and the last scheduled trip at 20:00, arriving at the port of Lesvos at 08:00 the following morning.
Useful tips for your journey from Athens to Lesvos
- We recommend you to be at the port at least 1 hour earlier for the check in procedure, because the port of Piraeus is very busy especially during the summer period
- Visit our dedicated pages for Athens (the port of Piraeus) and Lesvos to find out all necessary information for your journey
- The island of Lesvos is ideal for island-hopping, as it is connected to many large islands such as Samos, Chios and Ikaria
- For a more comfortable journey we suggest you to book a cabin in advance
- Μake sure of your ship's departure gate because the port of Piraeus is quite large with many gates at a great distance between them
- In the port of Piraeus, the gate from where ferries leave for Lesvos is the E2