Where to stay in Mykonos without a car: 7 Best areas

In this article, we will look at Where to stay in Mykonos without a car?, I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Mykonos without a car (including a helpful map), where I stayed in Mykonos, and the best hotels for all budget.

Mykonos is a relatively small island, and it has a well-developed transportation system that makes it easy to explore the island without the need for a car. You can easily get around by using public buses, taxis, walking, cycling, and guided tours.

The island has a network of KTEL public buses that connect major towns, beaches, and attractions. You can use the bus service to travel between popular destinations on the island. Bus schedules are usually posted at bus stops and are readily available in tourist areas.

Taxis are available on the island, especially in the main town of Mykonos (Chora) and at the airport and ferry port. While taxis can be more expensive than buses, they are convenient for getting to specific destinations quickly.

Renting a scooter or ATV is a popular and flexible way to explore Mykonos. Many rental agencies are available, and you can easily rent these vehicles to navigate the island at your own pace. Just be sure to have the necessary license and follow safety guidelines.

Mykonos is relatively flat in many areas, making it suitable for cycling. You can rent bicycles in several locations. Keep in mind that some areas may have hilly terrain.

Mykonos Town is compact and pedestrian-friendly, so you can explore its narrow streets, shops, restaurants, and nightlife on foot. Additionally, some beaches and attractions are within walking distance of each other, so you can plan day trips on foot.

If you want to visit nearby beaches or islands, consider taking a water taxi. Water taxis can transport you to various beaches and coves, providing a scenic way to explore the coastline.

Many tour operators offer guided tours and excursions to popular attractions. These tours often include transportation, making it easy to see the sights without the need for a car.

Mykonos also has an international airport (Mykonos Island National Airport) that receives direct flights from Athens and various European cities during the peak summer season. It is also reachable by ferries from Athens and other Greek islands.

Getting around Mykonos without a car is entirely possible, and depending on your preferences and the places you want to visit, you can choose from a variety of transportation options to suit your needs.

Where to stay in Mykonos without a car?

The best areas to stay in Mykonos without a car are Mykonos Town, Platys Gialos, Ornos, Psarrou, Agios Ioannis, Agios Stefanos, and Elia Beach. These are major tourist towns on the island, so you can easily explore attractions, beaches, restaurants, and shops on foot, by public bus, and taxis.

In general, Mykonos Town, also known as Chora, is the best area for car-free travelers as it is the main hub of the island. Staying here offers easy access to public buses, restaurants, shops, and iconic landmarks like the windmills and Little Venice. 

During my trip to Mykonos, I didn’t rent a car and I stayed in the 3-star Fresh Boutique Hotel. It is located in a superb location, offering access to all major attractions. I was able explore most things on foot and buses.

Map of the best areas and neighborhoods in Mykonos without a car:

Map of the best areas to stay in Mykonos without a car
Map of the best areas to stay in Mykonos without a car

Let’s get into the details of the best areas to stay in Mykonos, especially for travelers without a car. I’ll explain to you how to reach each area, how to get around, as well as the best things to do and some suggestions of the best places to stay in each area for every budget.

7 Best areas to stay in Mykonos without a car:

1. Mykonos Town

Mykonos Town, also known as Chora, is the best overall area to stay in Mykonos without a car. It is the island’s capital and is renowned for its picturesque white-washed buildings, narrow winding streets, and vibrant nightlife, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece.

Staying in Mykonos Town allows you to explore the town’s charming streets, boutique shops, restaurants, and iconic landmarks like the windmills and Little Venice. You can easily access public buses and taxis from here to reach other parts of the island and its beaches.

Mykonos Town has two bus stations, located 20 minutes walk away from each other. The South Station, or Fabrika Station, and the North Station, or Old Port Station.

The Fabrika Station has buses to Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paradise, Ornos and Agios Ioannis. The Old Port Station has buses going to Ano Mera, Elia, Panormos and Kalafatis. 

From Mykonos airport, you can take taxis/ buses to Mykonos Town. Taxis cost around 29€ and a 10 minute ride. Bus (Airport – New Port route) will take you to Fabrica station (15 minute ride).

In Mykonos Town, you can easily explore its attractions. The iconic windmills of Mykonos are a symbol of the island and a popular photo spot. They offer stunning views of the town and the sea.

A famous area in Mykonos Town is the Little Venice, which is characterized by buildings right on the water’s edge, reminiscent of Venice. It’s a great place to enjoy a meal or a drink while watching the stunning sunset.

Mykonos is famous for its vibrant nightlife, and Mykonos Town and Little Venice are at the heart of it. There are numerous bars and clubs where you can dance the night away.

You can go shopping on Matogianni Street, the main shopping and dining hub in Mykonos Town. You’ll find a wide range of boutiques, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants here.

Mykonos Town is home to several beautiful churches, including the Panagia Paraportiani, which is one of the most photographed churches in Greece.

You can explore the history and culture of the island by visiting museums like the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum.

While Mykonos Town itself doesn’t have a beach, there are several beautiful beaches nearby that are easily accessible, such as Psarou Beach, Ornos Beach, and Platis Gialos Beach.

Look out for the famous resident pelican, Petros, who is often seen wandering the streets of Mykonos Town. He’s become a beloved symbol of the town.

Best places to stay in Mykonos Town without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): The TownHouse Mykonos, 5-star beachfront hotel, that has a central location in the cosmopolitan town of Mykonos, a short walk from the beach, Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, and Little Venice.
  • Mid-range ($$): Fresh Boutique Hotel, 3-star hotel located in the heart of Mykonos Town, one of the best places to stay in Mykonos Town for car-free travelers. You can easily explore restaurants, beaches, nightlife, and attractions such as trademark windmills and Paraportiani Church on foot.
  • Budget ($): Mykonos Town Suites, great self-catering accommodation located in the Mykonos City Centre, a short walk from Mykonos Windmills and Little Venice. The hotel offers an airport shuttle to/from Mykonos Airport, which is 2km away.

2. Platys Gialos

Platys Gialos (also spelled Platis Yialos) is one of the best places to stay in Mykonos without a car, especially for travelers looking for a beach destination with easy access to nearby attractions. It’s a popular beach and resort area, located 5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. 

You can easily reach Platys Gialos within 15 minutes by bus from Mykonos TOwn at Fabrika terminal. From Platys Gialos, you can also easily explore nearby beaches Paradise Beach, Paraga, and Agia Anna.  

Platys Gialos serves as a starting point for boat excursions to explore other nearby beaches and islands, including Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach.

Platys Gialos is renowned for its beautiful sandy beach, crystal-clear waters, and a wide range of water sports activities. It’s an ideal destination for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying the Aegean Sea.

The area is home to numerous hotels, resorts, and villas, making it a popular choice for tourists looking for a comfortable stay close to the beach.

There are several seaside restaurants and tavernas in Platys Gialos where you can savor delicious Greek and international cuisine while enjoying sea views.

Visitors can indulge in various water sports such as jet skiing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and windsurfing. You can rent equipment and take lessons if needed.

Best places to stay in Mykonos in Platys Gialos without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux  , 5-star hotel offers free shuttle service to/from Mykonos Port and to/from Mykonos Airport, which is a bonus for those traveling without a car. It offers stunning views of Platis Gialos Beach and a large outdoor swimming pool.
  • Mid-range ($$): Petinos Beach Hotel, 4-star hotel, short walk from Platis Gialos beach. It has tourist information, laundry services.
  • Budget ($): Maganos Apartments, popular apartment in town, short walk from Paraga Beach.

3. Ornos

Ornos is a picturesque seaside village and is one of the many beautiful spots on the island. It is particularly popular among tourists for its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beach.

Ornos is located just a short distance from Mykonos Town, only 3 kms southwest of the town center. You can easily reach Mykonos Town by taxi or bus for more shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Ornos is also a convenient starting point for boat tours and excursions to other beautiful beaches and islands in the Cyclades, such as Delos and Rhenia.

Ornos Beach is the main attraction in the area. It features golden sand and crystal-clear waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing. The beach is well-organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, and various water sports activities such as windsurfing and paddle boarding.

Ornos offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding landscape, making it a great place for photography and simply enjoying the natural beauty of Mykonos.

Ornos has a variety of tavernas, restaurants, and beach bars where you can savor delicious Greek cuisine and fresh seafood. It’s a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal while overlooking the sea.

Ornos is a popular destination for travelers seeking a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere compared to some of the livelier parts of Mykonos. It’s a great place to unwind, soak up the sun, and enjoy the natural beauty and hospitality of the Greek islands.

Best places to stay in Mykonos in Ornos without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Mykonos Ammos Hotel – Small Luxury Hotels of the World, 5-star boutique hotel located on Ornos Beach, within walking distance from numerous restaurants, cafés and a supermarket. It offers an airport shuttle, an outdoor pool, a wellness and beauty center.
  • Mid-range ($$): Adorno Beach Hotel and Suites, superb 4-star beachfront accommodation, offering an on-site restaurant, free private parking, outdoor pool, and a 24-hour front desk.
  • Budget ($): Erato Hotel Mykonos, 3-star beachfront hotel, located just a step away from the Blue Flag of Ornos Beach. Easy walk from various fish taverns, restaurants and shops.

4. Psarrou

Psarou Beach is a beautiful beach located 4km from Mykonos Town with regular bus connection. Psarou Beach is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, soft golden sands, and luxurious beach clubs.

The beach is known for its incredibly clear and clean waters, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling, as well as jet-skiing, windsurfing, and paddleboarding. The sea here is typically calm and inviting.

Psarou Beach is famous for its upscale beach clubs, including Nammos Beach Club. These clubs offer sunbeds, umbrellas, gourmet dining, and a lively atmosphere with music and entertainment.

Psarou Beach is often frequented by celebrities and affluent visitors, making it a spot for people-watching and possibly spotting famous personalities.

There are several restaurants and beachfront eateries where you can enjoy delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine while taking in the stunning views.

While the beach itself faces east and is not known for sunsets, nearby viewpoints like the Church of Agios Lazaros offer breathtaking sunset views over Psarou Bay.

Best places to stay in Mykonos in Psarrou without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Mykonos Blu, Grecotel Boutique Resort, 5-star hotel that has a two-level infinity pool, located on the private area of Psarou beach, featuring free sunbeds.
  • Luxury ($$$): Palladium Hotel, 5-star hotel, a short walk from several beaches such as Psarou, Platys Gyalos, and Nammos. It offers free two-way transfer to/from Mykonos port and airport, which is great for car-free guests.
  • Budget ($): Kamari Hotel, 3-star hotel, conveniently located close to numerous beaches such as Platys Gialos, Psarou Beach and Paradise Beach. You can easily go to Mykonos Town by catching the bus from the station right in front of the hotel.

5. Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis, also known as Saint John, is a coastal village located on the island’s western coast, about 3.5 km south of Mykonos Town. Agios Ioannis is a popular destination for tourists and offers a more relaxed and quieter atmosphere compared to the bustling nightlife of Mykonos Town.

Agios Ioannis is known for its beautiful sandy beach, which stretches along the coastline. The beach is well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, making it a great spot for sunbathing and swimming. The crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea are inviting for a refreshing swim.

One of the unique features of Agios Ioannis is its view of the island of Delos, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its archaeological significance. The view of Delos from Agios Ioannis is particularly stunning, especially during sunset.

Agios Ioannis is easily accessible from Mykonos Town by bus, taxi, or even on foot for those who enjoy walking. It’s a short drive or a pleasant stroll along the coast.

Agios Ioannis gained international recognition as a filming location for the popular movie “Shirley Valentine,” which contributed to its popularity among visitors.

While Mykonos is famous for its vibrant nightlife and party scene, Agios Ioannis offers a more tranquil and family-friendly environment, making it a suitable choice for travelers seeking a peaceful vacation.

Best places to stay in Mykonos in Agios Ioannis without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa, 5-star beachfront hotel with private beach, 4 km from Mykonos Town (Chora) .
  • Mid-range ($$): Manoula’s Beach Mykonos Resort, 4-star seafront hotel, one of the great base in Mykonos without a car. You can take a bus to Mykonos Town, the bus stop is right outside the hotel. There is also free private parking for those who drive.
  • Budget ($): Fos Suites, 3-star accommodation, located in Agios Ioannis, in western Mykono, a 5-minute walk from the beach, offering views of the Aegean Sea and Delos Island. 

6. Agios Stefanos

Agios Stefanos is a beautiful beach and a small coastal village situated just a short distance north of Mykonos Town. It’s a popular destination for tourists seeking a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere.

Agios Stefanos Beach is a beautiful sandy beach with crystal-clear waters. It’s a family-friendly beach with calm waters, making it suitable for swimming and water activities. 

You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas, and there are several beachfront tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy Greek cuisine and fresh seafood.

One of the advantages of staying in Agios Stefanos is its proximity to Mykonos Town. You can easily reach the town by car or by bus in just a few minutes.  

Agios Stefanos Beach is also known for its beautiful sunsets. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the colors of the setting sun over the Aegean Sea.

Best places to stay in Mykonos in Agios Stefanos without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Mykonos Princess Hotel, 5-star hotel, short walk from Agios Stefanos Beach, short bus ride from Mykonos Town and the airport.
  • Mid-range ($$): Flaskos Suites and more, 4-star accommodation, short walk from Agios Stefanos Beach and Greek traditional taverns. Offering views of Delos, Syros and Tinos. 
  • Budget ($): Alkistis Beach Hotel – Adults Only, relaxing place to stay in Mykonos, offering views of Agios Stefanos and Mykonos Port.

7. Elia Beach

Elia Beach is a popular beach situated on the southern coast of Mykonos, approximately 11 kilometers from Mykonos Town. It is a 25 minutes car ride from Mykonos Town and easily accessible by bus departing from Old Port of Mykonos.

Elia Beach is known for its soft golden sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is one of the larger beaches on the island and offers plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxation.

The beach is well-equipped with various amenities, including sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent. There are also beachfront restaurants and bars where you can enjoy drinks and Greek cuisine.

Elia Beach has a reputation for being LGBTQ+ friendly and is known for attracting a diverse and welcoming crowd.

The surrounding hills and cliffs provide a picturesque backdrop to the beach, making it a great spot for taking in the natural beauty of Mykonos.

Best places to stay in Mykonos in Elia Beach without a car:


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In conclusion, Mykonos Town, Platys Gialos, Ornos, Psarrou, Agios Ioannis, Agios Stefanos, and Elia Beach are the best places to stay in Mykonos without a car. Mykonos Town is the transport hub of the island and is the overall best area for first-timers and car-free travelers.

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