You can reach Skopelos from four ports in mainland Greece: Agios Konstantinos in Central Greece, Mantoudi in Evia, Volos and Thesaloniki in Northern Greece. The island itself has three ports: the main harbor, the port of Glossa and Agnontas port on the south of the island. The latter actually serves as an alternative port for ferries in case of strong winds as it is more sheltered.
An option is to take the ferry from Agios Konstantinos, a port located 165 km from Athens central. To get there, you can either travel by car or take the KTEL from Liosion Bus Station, in Athens. The trip lasts 2 hours. During summer high season, there are several crossings to Skopelos. The journey lasts approximately 3 hours and 45 mins. Infants and children up to 4 years old travel for free, while children aged 5-10 are eligible for a ticket for half price.
The fastest probably way to reach Skopelos is from the port of Mantoudi in Evia. Normally, there are 4 crossings per week and the average journey time is 2 hours. If you are traveling from Athens and choose Mantoudi as your departure port, the distance from Athens to Mantoudi is 134 kilometers (2h and 25 mins).
There are daily ferry crossings from Volos to Skopelos throughout the year. Depending on the type of vessel, the trip duration is from 2 to 4 hours. The route is served by conventional and high-speed ferries.
Another option is to travel to Skopelos from Thessaloniki. The route is served by highspeed ferries only in high season, and trip duration is about 2 hours.
Connection with other islands
Skopelos is a great starting point for island hopping in the Sporades. Catching a ferry to the island of Skiathos is a popular trip and surely worth it. The ferry trip to Skiathos lasts 15 mins to 1.5 hour and tickets cost approximately 6.5 – 13.5 EUR. You can also travel directly to Alonissos throughout the year, as well as to Skyros via Alonissos.
If you are travelling by plane, there are two airports you can use to travel to Skopelos. The quickest option is certainly landing in Skiathos International Airport, then take an hour-long ferry to the port of Skopleos Town or Glossa. Another option is to catch a flight to Nea Anchialos International Airport, in mainland Greece. From the port of Volos, you can then take the ferry to Skopelos.