Ferry Schedule: Thessaloniki to Peraia and Neoi Epivates (Update: Service has been suspended until Spring 2021)

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Thessaloniki has a beautiful waterfront but nowhere to swim.  However, just across the Thermaic Gulf are the beach communities of Peraia and Neoi Epivates, popular with locals and foreigners alike.  It’s not Halkidiki, but nice enough if you just need a day to unwind from the city and don’t have a car.  Getting to them by bus, though, can be a bit slow, especially if traffic is bad.  Luckily, there are two ferry companies, Karavakia and Thessaloniki Waterways, that shuttle bathers between Thessaloniki and the beaches daily. 

Thessaloniki’s White Tower

You can take the ferry from the White Tower or the Port of Thessaloniki at the end of the pier just past the Kitchen Bar (a lovely place to have a freddo espresso while you wait).

The beach at Peraia

Boats from Karavakia generally leave from the port first before stopping at the White Tower while those from Thessaloniki Waterways start at the White Tower and proceed to the port (unless otherwise noted below). Return trips begin at Neoi Epivates and stop off at Peraia before heading to Thessaloniki. On weekends and holidays its a good idea to come early so that you are assured a ticket.

The trip costs €5 and takes about 50 minutes. You can also buy 10 trips in advance for  €25. Below is the complete schedule for both ferry companies. Note that it is subject to change based on demand so its a good idea to confirm return times.

From White Tower / Port of Thessaloniki

09:30 – Karavakia

10:00 – Thessaloniki Waterways (Port)

11:30 – Thessaloniki Waterways

12:00 – Karavakia

12:30 – Thessaloniki Waterways

14:00 – Thessaloniki Waterways

14:30 – Karavakia

15:00 – Thessaloniki Waterways

16:30 – Thessaloniki Waterways

18:15 – Karavakia

17:30 – Thessaloniki Waterways

18:45 – Thessaloniki Waterways

From Neoi Epivates / Peraia

11:15 – Thessaloniki Waterways

10:45 – Karavakia

12:45 – Thessaloniki Waterways

13:15 – Karavakia

13:45 – Thessaloniki Waterways

15:15 – Thessaloniki Waterways

16:15 – Thessaloniki Waterways

17:35 – Thessaloniki Waterways

17:05 – Karavakia

18:45 – Thessaloniki Waterways

19:25 – Karavakia

19:55 – Thessaloniki Waterways

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33 thoughts on “Ferry Schedule: Thessaloniki to Peraia and Neoi Epivates (Update: Service has been suspended until Spring 2021)”

    1. The current schedule should be accurate through September. They may have limited service in the winter months. I think it depends on demand. I will update the schedule if there are any changes.

    1. Hi Ben,

      Most likely yes, but it will depend on the weather and demand.They may also scale back the number of departures. I’ll update this page if I hear of any changes to the schedule.

    2. Hi Ben,

      Just received confirmation that the ferries are shutting down for the Winter, so there will be no service in November.

      The Travelingi

  1. Hi Josh,

    Unfortunately, it depends on the weather. They should begin service sometime in April, though.

    1. Hi Ljupka,

      The ferries should be running in May but may not be running in October. It depends on weather and demand.

  2. Hi, why is it suspended ? COVID-19?

    I booked hotel in Peraia hopping to commute to the city by ferry. are all ferries suspended? What are my option ?

    1. Hi Jacob,

      They suspend service in the Winter because of lack of demand as they cater mostly to beachgoers. Peraia though is well connected by public buses so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting to the city. It’s just that traffic can be pretty bad during rush hour. Depending on where exactly you need to go, your hotel should be able to give you the correct bus numbers. Hope that helps.


  3. Have the ferries started running? I’m thinking of going tomorrow, just arrived from abroad.

  4. Have your ferries started running for this season? We intend to use them next week. Do we have to fulfill some application before, concerning Covid 19 ?

  5. Hello,
    We arrive sunday by ferry at the port of Thessaloniki at 20.50 in the evening. Is the little ferry still going to Perea after 21.00 hours?
    Thanks in advance. Melina.

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