Getting to Glossa is easy, with a variety of routes available. During the tourist flight season, mid-May to early October, you can get international flights direct to Skiathos and then it’s 15 minutes on the fast ferry – the Flying Cat, or half an hour on the car ferry, to Glossa. At most times of year you can get flights to Thessaloniki from EasyJet, Ryanair and other airlines. You then take the bus to Volos and a ferry direct to Glossa or a ferry to Skopelos followed by bus ride to Glossa.
The other main way is to travel via Athens. From Athens airport you can get an Olympic flight to Skiathos or take a bus to the city, then go to the Liossion Street bus station and take a bus to Aghios Konstantinos (about two and a half hours) Volos (about four hours), or Mantoudi in Evia (about two hours). We have fact sheets with more detailed information on travel via Thessaloniki or Athens; you can download these from our Useful Documents page.
For the independent traveller, it can be fun to have a couple of days in Athens or Thessaloniki or a day in Aghios Konstantinos before travelling on to Glossa.
In high season, particularly at the start and end of the August break, ferries can get full and it’s good to book well in advance. However, usually you can’t book ferries (or even see timetables) before three months prior to travel. You can book online (see links below) but you still need to collect your ticket from the local office, found by the port entrance.
In the spring and autumn when there are fewer ferries, a late arrival in Skiathos may mean an overnight stay. It’s best to get as early a flight as possible from the UK to avoid this if possible. Greece is two hours ahead of the UK.
Note that ferry timetables are sometimes not published until a week before they become effective. You can send us a message to check times if they are not clear.