Mykonos is a beautiful Greek island known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and picturesque villages. While it’s a relatively small island it can be challenging to get around, especially in summer when the crowds and the cruise ships seem to be a never-ending stream of chaos, especially around the ports and the main towns and beaches.
Once you’ve worked out where to stay on Mykonos and all the things you want to see and do working out how to get around and do them is the next step!There are several different transport options available to visitors to help them navigate the island and make the most of their time.
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Port and Airport transfers on Mykonos
Arriving in Greece can be overwhelming especially on the most popular islands like Santorini and Mykonos. In summer the port and airports can be quite chaotic and finding a taxi may be challenging.
There is nothing better than arriving to a friendly face holding a sign with your name on it. We recommend Welcome Pickups on the busier islands, who will look after you, and your bags, and ensure your safe arrival to your hotel as quickly as possible.
Hire a car on Mykonos
A popular option is to hire a car. This allows people to be spontaneous and explore the island with lots of flexibility as well as doing it in air-conditioned comfort, something you’ll be very glad for in summer.
Keep in mind that some of the island’s roads are curvy and narrow, so it’s crucial to drive carefully and with confidence. Some of the drivers are also quite reckless and the big tour buses can be confronting. It’s also a good idea to get the smallest car you can to tackle the narrow alleys and the low-hanging bougainvillea that can badly scratch paint work.
Additionally, it’s important to take parking availability into account before hiring a car in particular locations.
Further reading : Driving in Greece
Quads, Scooters and Buggys
Renting a scooter or ATV is a fun way to see the island and one of the most popular choices with young people. This is great if you want the freedom to come and go as you wish while being able to explore the island at your own speed.
Rentals for scooters and ATVs are widely accessible and reasonably priced around the island. Be advised that a helmet is a must while renting both and that you will need an international driver’s license. You may see other people riding without helmets but if you are in an accident this will void any insurance you have.
There are plenty of places to rent these and scooters especially around the Port and Mykonos Town.
Hiring a bicycle on Mykonos is relatively straightforward. There are several bike rental shops located throughout the island, particularly in the main towns and villages such as Mykonos Town (Chora), Ornos, and Ano Mera. These rental shops usually offer a variety of different types of bikes, including road bikes, mountain bikes, and electric bikes.
To hire a bicycle, you will need to provide a valid form of identification, such as a passport or ID card, as well as a deposit, which is typically a credit card or cash. Further to that, you will need to sign a rental agreement, which will outline the terms and conditions of the rental, including the duration of the rental, the cost, and any damage or liability clauses.
Be sure to check the bike before renting it and report any damages to the shop, this will prevent any confusion when returning the bike, and always check and wear the helmet!
Buses on Mykonos
The public bus system is an excellent way to move around Mykonos if you’re on a tight budget. The principal beaches, villages, and other famous tourist attractions are easily accessible thanks to the buses’ regular service and coverage of the majority of the island.
However, keep in mind that they don’t run late at night and that the buses can get extremely crowded during the busy season.
image credit: Mykonos Bus
Uber on Mykonos
The is no Uber in Greece, and given how powerful the Taxi industry is there likely never will be. You can use the App in Athens and Santorini but it will connect you to a taxi. It does not work at all in Mykonos.
Taxis on Mykonos
There are a very limited number of taxis on Mykonos. Licenses on the islands are issued on a per capita basis and, as Mykonos has a small permanent population, there are very few issued.
You can get a taxi in the street of Fabrika, just next to the Bus Station. Taxis are in high demand , especially late at night. The Taxi Central Parking is at the Port of Mykonos Town.
Taxis in Mykonos do not have a meter but operate on fixed rates. Be sure to agree on the rate with your driver BEFORE you get in.
Taxis rates at the time of publication should be:
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Agios Ioannis
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Ornos
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Platys Gialos
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Paradise
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Super Paradise
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Elia Beach
|Mykonos Port (Chora) to Panormos
|Mykonos Airport to Mykonos Town
|Mykonos Airport to Ornos
|Mykonos Airport to Panormos
|Mykonos Airport to Agios Ioannis
Boats and water taxis are another option for moving around the island and to the beaches.
This is a practical choice if you’re staying in one of the island’s more isolated regions and want to explore its stunning coastline and it’s a fun way to get around during the day. Much less stress than tackling the traffic and the roads!
Mykonos SeaBus is widely regarded as the quickest and most dependable way to travel between Mykonos Town’s New Port (Tourlos) and Old Port (Chora).
You can also rent a boat yourself or book one of the various boat tours that are offered.