Balconies by the sea front literally "hanging out" in Little Venice in Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos Greece Cruise Port DIY Guide: Windmills, Little Venice & Beaches on Your Own

Calling all cruisers docking at Mykonos! Don’t miss out on exploring this dazzling Greek island on your own. In this Mykonos cruise port guide, I’ll help you find your way from your ship to the iconic Windmills of Mykonos, steer you to Little Venice and give you a list of beaches near Mykonos cruise port.

Mykonos has two “ports”, the new Port where one cruise ship can dock and the Old Port where tender boats will arrive. So don’t get confused! Read on to find out where these are and how to get to Old Town from both ports. I’ve got my Mykonos Cruise Port map for you too!

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Mykonos Cruise Port: Is a DIY Excursion Easy? ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž (Easy-Peasy)

You bet it’s easy to explore Mykonos independently! I gave Mykonos a 5 ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž (Super-Easy); see what my DIY Shore Excursion Rating mean here.

Here’s the thing about Mykonos cruise port: it has two locations. Larger ships typically dock at the new port in Tourlos, about 2km from Mykonos town. If it’s a busy day, your ship might anchor offshore, and you’ll take a scenic tender ride right into the heart of Mykonos at the Old Port.

No matter where your ship arrives, don’t worry! I’ve explored Mykonos from both ports, and I’ll share all the insider tips you’ll need for transport in the DIY transport section below.

Mykonos Cruise Port Essentials: What You Need to Know

1. New Mykonos Cruise Port at Tourlos

If your itinerary shows that your ship will be docking at Mykonos, then it will dock in the New Mykonos Cruise Port. (If not, then you’ll be taken ashore via tender.)

Where: Aegean Sea, Tourlos 846 00, Greece

2. Old Port at Chora

Where: ฮœฯฮบฮฟฮฝฮฟฯ‚ 846 00, Greece

If you’re arriving in Mykonos via tender boat, you will get dropped off at this pier in Chora or close by. This is also where the ferry to Delos will leave from.

First Timer at a Tender Port? Then check out my blog post on what to expect – Tendering 101 & FAQs.

  • Currency: Euros
  • Language: Greek – As most of Mykonos island residents and temporary workers living here during the summer peak season work in tourism, you’ll find that almost everyone will speak some English.
  • Official Tourism site: Municipality of Mykonos
  • Port Schedules: Do check how many cruise ships are expected! I’ve visited Mykonos when six large ships were at Mykonos during peak-season in mid-August tendering into Old Town. I also visited in October with only two ships at Mykonos. The experience was vastly different!
  • Transport App: I used Google Maps to check directions. If you want to visit different parts of the island, then do check bus schedules.
  • eSIM for roaming in Greece: Use an eSim data pack from Airalo, for a great data connection without the huge roaming fees. I always recommend having a smartphone with a valid plan when youโ€™re at port touring independently. Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo when you use ROXANN1666 when you sign up or apply it at checkout

Mykonos Cruise Port Map

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Getting from new Mykonos port to Old Town (Chora): Your Options

Mykonos Old Port harbour view
Image by Myriam. from Pixabay

Remember, you’ll only need transport to Old Town if your ship is docked at the new Mykonos Port. If you know that you’re being tendered ashore, then you’ll be tendered into Old Town, from where you can walk to the main attractions below on foot.

1. Complimentary or Paid shuttle bus operated by cruise lines

I arrived on the Celebrity Apex in October and our ship was docked in the new Mykonos port. Celebrity had complimentary shuttle buses to get passengers into town.

  • Shuttle Drop Off: You will get dropped off in the car park area at the Sea Bus terminal. From there, it’s about 10-15 mins walk into the centre of Old Town.
  • Journey Time: The ride is less than 5 minutes, so perhaps that’s why it was complimentary! (Celebrity did charge for all other ports for that cruise!)

2. Local-run shuttle buses

If your cruise line is not offering shuttle buses, then the best bet is to use local shuttle buses. The local shuttles are โ‚ฌ2 one-way in cash. During the summer, the buses run very regularly.

  • Shuttle Pick Up: Right on the pier at new Mykonos port
  • Shuttle Drop Off: The shuttle buses will drop you off at the Sea Bus terminal. These shuttles are all large coaches and they stop at the car park next to the sea bus terminal. They don’t drive into town.
  • Walk to Old Town: From the shuttle drop off point, it’s an easy 500m (0.3 miles) walk on flat ground into the centre of Old Town. There are also toilets available at the sea bus terminal – the only public WC that I found on the west side of the island!
  • Timetable: Old Port to New Port“, or vice versa. Note that these services are seasonal, with very regular services during the summer season and virtually no services during winter. Bear this in mind when you’re checking times. When I visited, the paid shuttles were operating every 10 minutes, even though the buses were half empty.

3. Seabus (Water Taxi)

The Seabus (water taxi) also operates between the New Port at Tourlos and Old Port in Chora. This is not my recommended option, as it departs only every 30 minutes. But it is a good back-up option!

  • Seabus Pick Up Point: Just behind where all the coaches are parked at New Mykonos Port – it’s marked in my map above! ๐Ÿ‘†
  • Seabus Drop Off: Near the Old Port in Chora (Old Town)
  • Tickets: โ‚ฌ2 each way.
  • Timetable: Half hourly starting at 8:30am in New Port – see detailed schedule here.
  • Journey Time: Around 10 minutes

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Things to See & Do near Mykonos Cruise Port

Maximize your Mykonos cruise stop! Discover the island’s charm within walking distance of the port, or venture further for longer adventures. Whether you crave a short stroll through the iconic Old Town or a full-day beach escape, I’ve got you covered.

1. See the Iconic Windmills

Iconic windmills of Mykonos, Greece. They are whitewashed with a round structure and thatched roof.
Image by Andrea Spallanzani from Pixabay

Built largely by the Venetians in the 15th century, the island’s windmills feature on just about every postcard of Mykonos. Their whitewashed, round structures and thatched roofs create a striking scene against the blue Aegean sky and sea. Besides snapping some souvenir photos, there are also many benches by the sea behind the windmills. I spent a wonderful hour just sitting here and enjoying the views.

Mykonos Cruise Port to Windmills: The windmills are on a slight hill. It’s about a 5 minute walk from the centre of Old Town.

2. Wander through Little Venice

Restaurant tables by the beach with the balconies of Little Venice in the background, Mykonos, Greece
Image by C1superstar from Pixabay

Little Venice is the district closest to the windmills. It is the most picturesque part of the city, with colourful wooden balconies “hanging” above the sea.

If you’re in port until late, be sure to come back here for some amazing views of the sunset!

How to get there: It’s right by the windmills!

3. Get delightfully lost in Mykono’s back streets

Whitewashed buildings in the backstreets of Mykonos, with windows and doors painted blue
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

Mykonos Old Town (Chora) are full of windy streets, so venture away from the bustlings main streets into its maze of back alleys. It will be a rewarding adventure!

Here in the back streets are where you’ll find the whitewashed houses, with windows and doors painted in sky blue that Mykonos is famous for.

Don’t worry, you won’t really get lost. You can see the deep blue Aegean appear in (almost) every turn, so if in doubt, just walk back towards the ocean and navigate using the windmills and the beach as your landmarks.

If you’re into museums, you may be interested to explore the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. Also check out this lookout point.

4. Tuck into some authentic Greek flavours

You’re on a cruise. So the last thing you’re interested in is probably more food! But I generally find that lunch on port days are the perfect opportunity to indulge in some local cuisine.

During the summer tourist season, there will be Mediterranean restaurants are every corner. If you’re a seafood lover, Mykonos excels in fresh fish, shrimp, calamari and octopus. Also look for local specialities such as “kopanisti”, a spicy spreadable cheese and “amygdalota” which are almond streets. Join a food tour to truly indulge in all the local flavours!

5. Day trip to Delos (UNESCO Heritage Site)

Temple of Isis at Delos, Greece.
Source: Wikipedia

The tiny island of Delos, holds a colossal place in Greek mythology and history. It was the sacred island of Ancient Greeks and revered as the birthplace of the mighty twins, Apollo and Artemis. Pilgrims from across the Greek world journeyed here to honour the gods amidst stunning temples, theatres and the iconic Terrace of the Lions.

Its enduring significance as a spiritual and cultural heart of Ancient Greece has earned Delos recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

How to get from Mykonos Old Town to Delos (2024)

  • How to Get There: Return ferries run from Old Port jetty. During peak summer season, weather permitting, there can be up to 4 ferries leaving in the morning, each with a return ferry approximately 3-3.5 hours later. This will ample time to tour Delos, either on your own or with an audio guide.
  • Journey Time: The ferry journey takes 30 minutes.
  • Ferry Tickets: Return ferries seem to get more expensive every season! Double check ferry schedules (scroll right down to the bottom!) but they are subject to change should weather conditions change. It ranges from โ‚ฌ20-โ‚ฌ25 for adults and โ‚ฌ10-โ‚ฌ15 for kids.
  • Pre-Booking Return Ferry Only: For archaeology fans, I would recommend that you pre-book your ferry tickets online. Capacity is limited, especially during peak summer season. However, I visited in mid-August and in October and both times, it was possible to purchase a ferry ticket or a guided tour on the spot. But of course this can’t be guaranteed and it could just be my good luck!
  • Pre-book Guided Tour: A fully guided half day tour including return ferry tickets start at โ‚ฌ60. Alternatively combine Delos with a few hours on Rhenia Island – the island next to Delos – before being back in Mykonos by mid-afternoon.

6. Beaches near Mykonos Cruise Port

Dreaming of those iconic Mykonos beaches? Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia… let’s find the perfect spot for your cruise day! Keep in mind, Elia Beach includes a designated nudist area. For a beach closer to both ports, Aghios Stephanos is a convenient option. These are all marked on my Mykonos cruise port map above ๐Ÿ‘†

Closest Beach to Old Town: There’s a tiny beach by Old Town called Paralia Choras Mikonou (also marked on my map). You’ll definitely come across it if you walk from the shuttle stop towards Old Town. If you just want to dip your toes into the water, then this is the closest beach to Old Town. Just don’t dream of a wide sandy beach!

Insider Tip: If you’re set on those famous beach clubs at Paradise or Super Paradise, pre-booking is your best bet. They fill up quickly, especially during peak season. Don’t forget your beach towels from the ship!

(a) Getting to Paradise or Super Paradise from Mykonos Old Town

  • Navigate to Fabrika (South Station): From Mykonos Old Town, the Fabrika bus station is about a 10 minute walk or a 5-minute walk from the windmills.
  • Bus to Paradise Beach: Buses leave from Fabrika bus station to Paradise every 30 minutes. Timetables here – scroll to “Fabrika – Paradise” route. Journey time is about 15 minutes.
  • Bus to Super Paradise Beach: Buses leave from Fabrika bus station to Super Paradise hourly, starting at 11am. Timetables here – scroll to “Fabrika – Super Paradise” route. Journey time is about 30 minutes. Beach club reservations are a must during summer months, if you want access to one, due to popularity.
  • Update May 2024: There used to be a direct bus service from Mykonos to Elias beach but it seems that it’s being replaced by another route for 2024 summer season. For now, Paradise, Super Paradise and Agios Stephanos are the most easily accessible beaches for DIY cruisers. If you’ll like to go to Elia Beach, consider a beach club excursion with included transfers.

(b) Getting to Agios Stephanos Beach from Mykonos Ports

This one’s a breeze, as it’s close to both the New Port and Old Port.

  • Walk from Mykonos New Port: Aghios Stephanos is about a 15-minute walk. Note that the walk involves walking on the main road – there’s no pavement on this stretch of road.
  • Bus from Old Port: If your tenders arrived at the Old Port, where you can catch a public bus from the Old Port bus station (aka North Station). Buses leave on the hour. Journey time is 10 minutes. Timetables here.

Have a most wonderful port day in Mykonos! I hope that this DIY Shore Excursion Guide to Mykonos has been useful to you. Please do share it if you like it!

Please drop me a comment below if you have any questions. Enjoy Mykonos!

Featured Image with thanks to Johnny Africa on Unsplash

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