The Ports and Piers
for Cruise Travelers to Mykonos (Greece)
- Docking, Tendering, Transportation: taxis, shuttle buses and water taxis.
Depending on the size of the ship and also on how many cruise ships are visiting Mykonos on any given day, your cruise ships will either dock at the New Port or will anchor on a large bay right in front of Mykonos town and tender passengers to a pier right downtown.
Naturally, most cruise travelers prefer to dock than tendering but in the case of Mykonos tendering can be quite advantageous as the tender boat will dock at a pier just a few yards away from the main attractions of the main town - Mykonos Town aka Chora.
If docking, the cruise ship will be mooring at the New Port, which is located around 1.5 miles from Mykonos Town. This pier only has space for one large ship - such as the large Royal Caribbean or Celebrity cruise ships - or two smaller ones. There was a time when the transportation from the New Port to Mykonos Town was a bit of hassle with taxis and buses charging ridiculous amounts, but these days most cruise lines offer free shuttles to the bus station just outside Mykonos Town. From here, the cruise traveler will have to walk no more than 200 meters along the town's beach to the edge of the town.
Alternatively, the cruise traveler also has the choice of getting on a water taxi to the pier next to Mykonos Town. This will cost €2.00 and will take around 10 minutes. This water-taxi can be particularly convenient if planning to explore the Archeological Site in the Island of Delos as the stop in Mykonos Town is right at the Pier from where the ships to Delos depart.
It should be noted that if more than two ships are calling at Mykonos there is a fair chance that your cruise ship might be tendering.
What's at the Piers
If tendering to Mykonos Town, the cruise traveler will not find much at the tendering pier but, as mentioned above, you will be right in town. If you have plans to explore Mykonos beyond the Old Town, to travel to any of the wonderful beaches or to the Village of Ano Mera, and would like to do it on your own by renting a car or on public transportation then you will need to walk to the northern edge of the town, where Car or Scooter Rental and the Bus Station are located. The walk is pleasant, along a line of cafes and restaurants followed by the Old Town Beach and no more than 1 kilometer (3/4 mile) long.
If docking at the New Port, the cruise traveler will find most basics needs close by. This port is also the Ferry Port that connects Mykonos to many other Islands close by and is, in reality, the main sea entrance to the island. In the New Port, you will find cafes (for refreshments), souvenir shops, restrooms, public buses and a taxi stand.
Close to the New Port, the cruise traveler will also find a very nice beach - St. Stefanos - with a couple of nice restaurants (Epistrofi is an Editor's Favorite) and all services you may expect on a serviced beach.