One of the best things to happen to Mykonos was the government decree that made Hora an architectural landmark and prohibited motorized traffic on its streets. You will see a few delivery vehicles, but the only ways to get around town are to walk or ride a bike or donkey. Many of the town's hotels ring the peripheral road, and a good transportation system serves much of the rest of the island.
Mykonos has one of the best bus systems in the Greek islands; the buses run frequently and on schedule. Depending on your destination, a ticket costs about .50€ to 4€. There are two bus stations in Hora: one near the Archaeological Museum and one near the Olympic Airways office (follow the helpful blue signs). At the tourist office, find out which station the bus you want to take leaves from, or look for schedules in hotels. Bus information in English is sometimes available from the KTEL office (tel. 22890/23-360).
Caiques to Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia depart from Platis Yialos every morning, weather permitting; there is also service from Ornos in high season (July-Aug) only. Caique service is highly seasonal, with almost continuous service in high season and no caiques October through May. Excursion boats to Delos depart Tuesday through Sunday between 8:30am and 1pm, from the west side of the harbor near the tourist office. (For more information, see a travel agent; guided tours are available.)
By Car & Moped
Rental cars are available from about 50€ per day, including insurance, in high season; most agencies are near one of the two bus stops in town. Windmills Travel can arrange a car rental for you and get good prices. The largest concentration of moped shops is just beyond the south bus station. Expect to pay about 15€ to 30€ per day, depending on the moped's engine size. Take great care when driving: Island roads can be treacherous.
Warning: If you park in town or in a no-parking area, the police will remove your license plates. You -- not the rental office -- will have to find the police station and pay a steep fine to get them back.
There are two types of taxis in Mykonos: standard car taxis, for destinations outside town, and tiny, cart-towing scooters that buzz through the narrow streets of Hora. The latter are seen primarily at the port, where they wait to bring new arrivals to their lodgings in town -- a good idea, as most in-town hotels are a challenge to find. Getting a car taxi in Hora is easy: Walk to Taxi (Mavro) Square, near the statue, and join the line. A notice board gives rates for various destinations. You can also call Mykonos Radio Taxi (tel. 22890/22-400).
Finding an Address in Mykonos
Although some shops hand out maps of Mykonos town, you'll probably do better finding restaurants, hotels, and attractions by asking people to point you in the right direction -- and saying efcharisto (thank you) when they do. Don't panic at how to pronounce efcharisto; think of it as a name and say "F. Harry Stowe." Most streets do not have their names posted. Also, maps do not always show lots of small, twisting, streets -- and Mykonos has almost nothing but small, twisting, streets! The map published by Stamatis Bozinakis, sold at most kiosks for 2€, is quite decent. The useful Mykonos Sky Map is free at some hotels and shops.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.