How to get to Ikaria
There are two ways of coming to Ikaria: by airplane or by boat. Both have their pros and cons so it's up to everyone's decision which one to opt for.
Ikaria has one airport (JIK) at the north-eastern corner of the island near to the capital, Agios Kirykos. Aegean Airlines and Skyexpress have regular flights to and from Athens throughout the year, however the schedule changes often according to the season. The flight itself from Athens is officially 50 minutes which quickly flies by while watching the Aegean and its islands from above. Ikaria is also connected with Thessaloniki via Limnos island by Astra Airlines. The flight takes about 2 hours.
There are also charters via Samos and Mykonos and other islands where a boat can be taken to Ikaria.
For those who prefer to have a journey on the sea there are two ports available: Evdilos on the north and Agios Kirykos on the south. The ships of Hellenic Seaways leave from Piraeus, the port of Athens, and 6,5 hours later arrive at Evdilos, 8 hours later at Agios Kirikos. There is also a boat connection by Dodekanisos Seaways between Samos and Ikaria which usually leave in the morning.
The team of Discover Ikaria offers help to those who wish to travel to Ikaria with finding the most convenient flights and ferries. Please keep in mind that your journey already starts at the airport. It is not easy to reach Ikaria, it might require more than a day of travel, but believe us when we tell you that you will find a way if you are and patient and ready for the experience. Do it as the locals: siga-siga which means slowly-slowly.