Greece and especially its islands are expecting a significant increase in arrivals of foreign tourists.
This has been recorded by the international and local media and, up to this moment, the numbers concur.
The high season, typically from the 15th of July to the 15th of August, is about to start and this year, as a result of harder financing of the shipping companies, and less travel forecasted from the Greeks, there are less ferries and hence lower availability for you.
But what does this mean in terms of ferry passengers to the Greek islands?
Ferry ticket pre-booking saves time and money
Ferries in Greece are one of the most popular means of transportation to the highly acclaimed islands. In many cases, they are the only way to get there. We always make a case with our customers to find their transportation first, and then book hotels and other local activities at their destination. The reason is that, it is certainly stressful and may also prove costly, to have non-refundable hotel bookings depend upon ferry or other transport availability.
Many islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rodos, Corfu and others, also have air connections to the mainland and sometimes to other islands. During the high season though, it is very difficult to find available seats on them and especially at the last minute. Island airports are sometimes small, e.g. in Naxos, Paros, Syros, Astypalaia, Kalymnos, and hence have operational capacity only for small aircraft which means less available seats per flight. Needless to say that, should you need air tickets at the last moment, it is highly probable that you will find only the most expensive ones!
Peace of mind
All this adds up to the conclusion that early pre-booking of your ferry tickets is the way to go.
Useful info and tips
Ferry tickets are bound by the policies of the shipping company and the issuing travel agency (if one). Be careful to examine those policies before booking (e.g. some agencies do not accept cancellation at all). Normally, most agencies charge a small fee for cancellations and alterations as these incur manual workload to their staff.
Ferry tickets are usually fully refundable up to 14 days before the ferry’s departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before the departure, 50% cancellation fees apply. 100% cancellation fees (no refund) apply if cancelled on the day of travel but this differs from company to company.
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