Paros, like neighbouring Naxos, is a hub of the Cyclades ferry services and there are ferries connections both to the mainland and to many other islands.
Ferries leave daily from mainland Piraeus (Athens) and Rafina. Around six ferries a day departing from the mainland, the last one leaving for Paros at 5pm and the journey takes five to seven hours depending on the ferry type. Fast ferries and catamarans will do the crossing in under three hours.
Hellenic Seaways run seven crossing a week from Piraeus (3 hours) and seven a week from Heraklion on Crete. It also operates two ferries-a-day to Naxos and Mykonos and three-a-day to Ios.
Blue Star Ferries runs up to four days-a-week to Amorgos, Dounoussa, Iraklia, Naxos, Syros, Astypalea and Koufonissi with around three crossing weekly to Ios, Santorini and Naxos.
Fast ferry services are operated daily by Sea Jets to Milos, Naxos (30 minutes), Mykonos (45 minutes), Tinos (80 minutes) and Rafina (just over three hours).
NEL Lines runs services to Schinoussa, Syros, Santorini, Anafi, Katapola, Aegiali, Donoussa, Ios, Iraklia, Koufonissi, Naxos, Folengandros, Thirasia, Sikinos, Mykonos, Kimolos, Serifos, Milos, Sifnos, Kea, Kythnos and Lavrio.
Also, Aegean Speed Lines offer routes to Naxos and Piraeus.
Paros has a pleasant port at Parikia with a traditional quayside windmill to greet visitors. The main bus station and the taxi rank are on the waterfront to the left of the windmill as you disembark.
There are several daily island cruises to both the popular and the more remote beaches of Paros, especially those around the bay from Naoussa.
Ferries cross to the islet of Antiparos daily, usually hourly, from the west coast port of Pounda from 7am to 11pm with tickets sold on the boat
The small east coast port of Piso Livadi has sailings to Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Amorgos as well as day excursions to southern Naxos and the Koufonisia as well as other islands. Details on Perantinos Travel.