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In high season as many as 30 boats stop at Tinos—many of these are on the Mykonos line, and so they are very crowded. But Tinos, owing to the famous church, is hugely popular with Greeks who arrive on Friday night and leave in time to get to work on Monday. The boats vary from big ferries to fast passengers-only boats, and it takes four to five hours, depending mostly on route and weather. For much of August, reservations are recommended. For Easter and August 15 they are necessary, and the boats will be packed (the many cars in transit don't help). They are always necessary for cars. Especially notice, as your boat rounds the point into the harbor, the high peak of Exambourgos with its acropolis and Venetian fort. For these holidays, boat schedules do change; information much in advance is not trustworthy. To check weather, you can call the Tinos Port Authority (22830/22348), where English is sometimes spoken. For good online information go to www.openseas.gr/OPENSEAS/map/index_en.vm. Tinos has daily connections with Andros, Mykonos, and Paros, less often with Naxos. Returning boats go either to Piraeus or to Rafina. When buying tickets at the quay-side agencies, remember that not every office handles every boat, so check at more than one. The Tinos Port Authority (22830/22348) isn't as helpful as it should be. For any queries or recommendations contact Sharon Turner of Windmills Travel; a longtime Tinian resident, she knows. There is a lot of information at www.greeka.com/cyclades/tinos/index.htm.
On Tinos, buses (22830/22440) run several times daily from the quay of Chora (Tinos town) to nearly all the many villages in Tinos, including Kionia (15 minutes) and Panormos (1 hour); in summer buses are added for beaches. Prices range from €1 to €3.5 and service stops around 7 pm. The bus station was moving to an undisclosed location at this writing; ask around or at Windmills Travel.
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