Getting Around Mykonos
The best way to get around Mykonos is the bus – the island has an efficient system that connects many towns and attractions. Chora banned motor vehicles, so everyone walks or rides a bike through town. We strongly advise against renting a car – they're expensive to rent, and parking is a pain. Why would you want to add a worry to a potentially stress-free vacation? Taxis are available but expensive; however, you might consider using one to get to your hotel from Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK). Many travelers arrive via ferry to the Mykonos New Port from other Greek islands or the mainland.
The streets might be convoluted, but getting lost in them is part of the fun. Area residents are friendly enough to point you in the right direction, if you need help. We suggest letting the sea breeze blow you through the tiny alleys and avenues.
Yes, biking is faster than walking and, for some, more enjoyable. You'll be able to cover more distance on a bike, plus you'll indulge in Mykonos' laissez-faire atmosphere. You can rent bikes at several shops in Chora and large touristy towns.
These now classic, carefree and poignantly European vehicles are great for speeding around town and along the coast. Unfortunately, inexperience and bumpy, swerving island roads mean "danger" for most American visitors. If you do wish to try one, you can rent a moped at several shops in Chora.
A car is neither necessary nor incredibly helpful. You'll find parking scarce, fuel expensive, roads narrow, and street signs difficult to translate. If you absolutely require one, you can rent one (at a great cost) at the airport.
In stark contrast, cabs can be very useful particularly when you are just arriving. If you are carrying heavy luggage and don't know where your accommodations are located, the ride might pay for itself. "Car" taxis travel from the perimeter of the Chora to other cities, while "scooter" taxis will traverse the tiny avenues in town. Pick up a "car" taxi in Taxi (Manto or Town) Square. Taxis use flat rates, which will be much more expensive than a bus fare.
Mykonos operates a convenient bus system that goes across the island and links towns, beaches and attractions. There are two main bus stations, both on the island's western coast. Buses serve destinations like Psarou Beach, Ano Mera and Paradise Beach, among other locations. Hours of operation are extended in the summer – as late as 2 a.m. Considered one of the best in Greece, this bus system's trips cost only a few dollars depending on your destination. Tickets can be purchased at stands along the streets and in tourist shops across the island. Make sure to get your ticket stamped when you board – forget to do this and you may run into a heavy fine.
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