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Greek Islands Itineraries

Whitewashed buildings, deep blue seas, epic sunsets, and late-night parties... sound familiar? Welcome to this Greek Paradise! Travelling with Interrail doesn't mean you have to stick to the train tracks - explore the Greek Islands by ferry.


Visiting the Greek islands with an Interrail Pass - the basics:

1. Pick your start point.

  • Greece: Head south by train from Athens.
  • Italy: Take one of the regular ferries from Ancona, Bari, or Venice (Italy) to Patras (Greece). You can transfer to Piraeus from there to start your Greek islands adventure!


2. Plan your trip

Check the ferry timetables online on the Superfast Ferries or Blue Star Ferries websites.


3. Make seat reservations

  • International ferry routes: Reserve your seats on or call the Attica Group Call Center in Athens (+ 30 210 8919800).
  • Domestic ferry routes: Reserve your seats on or call the Attica Group Call Center in Athens (+ 30 210 8919800).

4. Activate your mobile Pass

Add your mobile Pass to the Rail Planner app, activate it, and jump on a train or ferry (with your seat reservation if applicable). Tap for more info


Our favourite Greek Islands itineraries


Kalymnos - Kos - Rhodes


Theme: Romance and adventure

Best for: Beautiful beaches, ancient cities and spectacular scenery

Must do: Kalymnos has many climbing attractions that offer amazing views of the surroundings


Mykonos- Paros- Santorini


Theme: Popular islands

Best for: Bustling life, Postcards-like pictures and delicious food

Must do: Sunrises or sunsets above Santorini are always stunning 


Amorgos - Koufonisia - Naxos


Theme: Peaceful alternative destinations

Best for: Relaxing, crystal clear beaches and great wine

Must do: Snorkelling here offers amazing underwater sceneries 


Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonissos


Theme: Mamma Mia! 

Best for: Quiet beaches, forest hikes and meeting the locals

Must do: The Agios Ioannis Church (where the wedding in Mamma Mia! was set) offers great views of the island


Save money in Athens

Interrail Pass holders get a 20% discount on advance bookings at Novus City Hotels in Athens. 


To claim your 20% discount

  1. Book your bed on Novus City Hotels' website.

  2. Show your booking confirmation email and Interrail Pass when you check in.

Ready to pick some Greek islands?

Get an Interrail Greek Islands Pass and choose from the incredible islands available!


Want to know more?

Check out our FAQs for the Greek Islands Pass.