Naxos is at the hub of the Cyclades ferry service and well served with often more than 70 a day in and out of Naxos port in the summer season.
Ferries leave daily from the ports of Piraeus (Athens) and Rafina on the mainland. The crossing usually takes six to eight hours although there are faster catamarans and other high speed ferries.
Blue Star Ferries runs up to three ferries-a-day from Piraeus with a journey time of four to five hours while Sea Jets cuts the time to three to four hours.
Both companies also operate services from Rafina (actually closer to Athens airport than Piraeus) with up to seven crossings-a-week each in just over three hours on Sea Jets but closer to six hours with Blue Star.
Blue Star and Sea Jets also have daily sailings to Mykonos and Paros and Santorini, with up to seven crossings-a-day between them.
Ferries leave Naxos most days for ports in the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands. Hellenic Seaways runs services to Ios, Paros and Piraeus, sometimes two-a-day.
Aegean Speed Lines also has six sailings weekly to Paros and to Piraeus while NEL Lines operates five-a-week to Paros and usually once-a-week to Aegail, Katapola, Santorini, Schinoussa, Donoussa, Iraklia, Koufonissi, Sifnos, Kimolos, Kythnos and Lavrio and more often to the islands of Ios, Mykonos, Syros, Milos, Folengandros and Thirasia
First impressions of Naxos port are not great; a huge swathe of concrete covered with cars, buses and lorries. But a right turn at the end of the quay leads to the Paralia promenade with its cafes, bars, tavernas and the main taxi rank.
There are any number of daily island cruises to the more remote Naxos beaches. Daily cruises to Paros and Santorini are also common in the summer. Day trip excursion to Mykonos and the historic island of Delos are also very popular. Most travel agents can be found on the Paralia promenade next to the port and boards display all the latest outings.