To move around the island, besides renting a car, you have different options:
The island is so esthetical that it will be no bargain to walk for kilometers, we moved all over the island on foot, walking over 30 kilometers some days and had some of the best talks ever enjoying astonishing views. Most of the time you will be walking barefoot on a beach or surrounded by natural spots.
🚴 MOUNTAIN BIKE
We didn’t rent a bike, but we had the feeling that it will be a very nice option to move around the island. Although it was a bit expensive to rent bikes for a whole month (around €200, I could buy a very good new one for that price).
🚌 BUS LINE
There are daily buses departing from Chora that allows you to reach almost any place on the island! If you go to the public bus terminal, you will find all their offers.
Here is the phone number to call to get all the timings +30 22850 22291 and their website with their timetables (but is always best to call to confirm, especially during low season).
Just behind Konstantinos apartment in Kastraki there is a bus stop 5 minutes walking, next to the Apolafsi Restaurant.
Keep in mind that during high season (June, July, and August) there are many buses going to Chora at different hours, but during low season you only have one option which is the school bus at 07:00 AM (it comes back around 14:30). You have another option if you want to go to the city center, you can walk to Plaka (around a 1-hour walk by the beach) to this bus stop and take it from there.
The only issue will be the bus ticket as there won’t be spots to buy them, you should buy a few the first day you reach the island at the public bus terminal in front of the port. Or (if, like us, you didn’t know that beforehand) just explain it to the bus driver, he will likely let you go on the bus for the extraordinary situation and buy the ticket after.
Taxis are expensive, to give you an idea Kastraki-Chora (15kms) costs €40 – and it was low season. Still, it can be an option in certain situations.
Keep in mind that many places in Naxos don’t have an actual address, so you will need to choose a reference point so that they can send your car to pick you up. (Churches are not the right spot, as there are hundreds of them with similar names).
Here is the taxi station’s phone number +30 22850 22444.