By Plane

Skopelos cannot be reached directly by plane, but you can fly to nearby Skiathos and take a hydrofoil or ferry to the northern port of Loutraki (below Glossa) or to the more popular Skopelos town.

By Boat

If you're in Athens, take a boat or hydrofoil from Ayios Konstandinos to Skopelos (75 min.). Alkyon Travel, 97 Akademias, near Kanigos Square (tel. 210/383-2545), can arrange the 3-hour bus ride from Athens to Ayios Konstandinos (about 20€) and hydrofoil or ferry tickets.

Coming from Central or Northern Greece, depart for Skopelos from Volos (about a 2-hr. trip). For hydrofoil (Flying Dolphins) and ferryboat information, contact Hellenic Seaways, Akti Kondyli and 2 Aitolikou, Piraeus (tel. 210/419-9000; www.hellenicseaways.gr). For ferries from Piraeus, contact the G.A. Ferries line in Piraeus (tel. 210/458-2640; www.ferries.gr/gaferries). Ferry tickets can be purchased at travel agencies in Athens or on the islands. During high season, I recommend that you purchase your boat tickets in advance through the boat lines. Although you may purchase tickets at Alkyon in person, they will not reserve ferry or hydrofoil tickets for you in advance, and these often sell out.

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From Skiathos, the ferry to Skopelos takes 90 minutes if you call at Skopelos town, or 45 minutes if you get off at Glossa/Loutraki; the one-way fare to both is about 12€. Ferry tickets can be purchased at Vasilis Nikolaou (tel. 24270/22-209), the travel agent at the corner of the Paralia and Papadiamandis. The Flying Dolphin hydrofoil takes 15 minutes to Glossa/Loutraki (four to five times daily; 15€), and 45 minutes to Skopelos (six to eight times daily, 17€). If you're on Skiathos, you can also take one of the many daily excursion boats to Skopelos.

There are infrequent ferryboat connections from Kimi (on Evvia) to Skopelos. Check with Skopelos Port Authority (tel. 24240/22-180) for current schedules, as they change frequently. As stated previously, I think hydrofoils are worth the extra expense for hopping around the Sporades.

In the port of Skopelos town, hydrofoil tickets can be purchased at the Hellenic Seaways agent, Madro Travel, immediately opposite the dock where ferries tie up. It also serves as the Olympic Air representative.

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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.