Syros ia a beautiful island off the normal tourist track. Ermoupolis, the major town of 13,000 people, is the centre of government for the Cyclades. The majority of people do not work in the tourist industry. Syros is the place to visit to experience authentic Greek island culture.
Ermoupolis isn't only the capital of Syros, but also the capital of the Cyclades and thus well-connected with Athens. The itineraries from Piraeus, the port of Athens, to Ermoupolis (Syros) are daily and the trip takes about 4 hours by normal ferry. Syros is also connected to Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in 18 hours. There is also a ferry leaving from Lavrio, to the south of Attica and reaching Syros in about 5 hours.
Apart from the mainland, there are many ferries and hydrofoils to connect Syros with other Aegean islands. Normal ferries connect Syros to Aegiali, Amorgos (5 hours), Andros (3 hours and a half), Donousa (6 hours), Folegandros (6 hours), Heraklion, Crete (12 hours), Ios (5 hours), Karlovasi, Samos (4 hours), Katapola, Amorgos (7 hours), Kea (4 hours), Kimolos (6 hours), Kos (4 hours), Koufonisia (8 hours), Kythnos (2 hours and a half), Leros (3 hours and a half), Milos (8 hours), Mykonos (1 hour and a half), Naxos (3 hours), Paros (1 hour and a half), Patmos (3 hours), Rhodes (8 hours), Schinoussa (9 hours), Serifos (4 hours), Sifnos (5 hours), Sikinos (5 hours), Skiathos (9 hours), Skopelos (8 hours) and Santorini (7 hours). Regular hydrofoils connect Syros to Mykonos (1 hour) and Tinos (40 minutes).
Ferry schedules 
The airport of Syros Island is located south of Ermoupolis.
Parts of Syros - Gallassis to Finikis in the South East, the area surrounding Kini beach - are small enough to enjoy by foot or bicycle but due to the hilly terrain across the island hiring a car, motorbike or scooter is recommended for independent travel. Each major town on the island has a hiring agent with the average daily rate for scooters being 12 Euro per day during high season.
Scooters above 100cc are encouraged if traveling with a passenger and/or exploring north of Ano Syros to the hiking tracks of Ano Meria.
Taxis are also available, and the local bus service is cheap and reliable with regular services departing Ermoupoli every 15 minutes on weekdays.
Syros has many beaches with the majority having rocky, pebble shores. The popular beaches are the exception to this and have sandy shores and shallow waters.
From Ermoupolis take the Bus to Kini (about 30 minutes) or Galissas (20 minutes direct or 45 minutes through the southern part of the island), consider Vari if travelling to the south. Also, you can visit some of the northern beaches by boat.
- Kini; popular with tourists and families, stay clear of the southern beach during high tide as rubbish collects here. No fresh water shower but a tap is located at the fountain, toilets are always open. A large selection of bars and restaurants with a local market.
- Vari; popular with local youth and Athenians visiting from the mainland, has a bar scene that never ends. Fresh water shower and toilets are open always. An offering of restaurants and local market.
- Megas Gialos; popular with tourists and locals, quiet beach with shallow waters and local tavern. Shallow child-friendly waters to the east of the beach. Fresh water shower and toilets are open always. On weekends the youth string up lanterns and serve drinks in buckets over DJ tunes.
- Finikas; popular with tourists and locals, quiet beach with shallow waters. An offering of restaurants and local supermarket. Live local music on some nights to the west of the beach.
- Galissas; popular with tourists, shallow waters with sandy beach. A large selection of bars and restaurants with a local market.
- Walk the narrow back streets of Ermoupolis and discover the city's charm.
- Visit Ano Syros and the Catholic Cathedral of Agios Georgios. Take the bus or a taxi to Ano Syros and then walk downhill through the medieval city. Note: Cathedral is inaccessible as of 17/07/2014 due to repairs and construction in the vacinity.
- Travel north of Ano Syros and hike the hills around Ano Media. The tracks are well defined, look for the red dots.
- Hang out in Plateia Miaouli, one of Greece's best public plazas.
- Walk to the Holy Church of the Resurrection of Christ to view the opulant interior and splendid views.
- Spend time at a beach.
- Buy a beach ball set and learn the local sport of choice.
- Spend more time at a beach.
- Traditional products, such as herbs and traditional sweets (loukoumia and chalvadopita). There are lots of shops offering traditional products at Hiou street.
- Django, Hiou. Snacks and very good Italian style ice cream.
- Stin Ithaki tou Ai, Stefanou 1. Traditional tavern offering local specialties.
- Iliovasilema, Galissas. Fish tavern near the beach. Try the "saganaki" (fried San Michali cheese) and "gouna" (Fish prepared in a unique traditional manner).
- Vari beach; popular with local youth and Athenians visiting from the mainland. Has two major bars, one with electronic/pop tracks throughout the day and night, the other chill and later electronic/alternative.
- Ermoupolis; popular with locals, wide selection of popular bars serving Hellenic and international beers.
- Ourania Syros Budget Studios, (Ermoupolis). Traditional studio Ourania Syros is the cheapest way to stay to Syros Island on a budget. It is just minutes walk from the center of Ermoupolis with shops, restaurants, bars, culture of the island and Apollon theater as well as only minutes walk from the beach . edit
- Apollon Hotel, (Kini), . Traditional hotel situated in a green hill at the west side of Syros island. edit
- Eleana Hotel, (Possidonia), . Modern hotel offering many comforts and a well maintained interior. edit
Syros is generally a safe island.
Cash is the preferred method of payment so keep some cash on you. Credit cards are acccepted at most hotels though as above you can barter for a better price with the preferred method of payment. ATM facilities are only available in Ermoupolis (maybe also the airport) so factor this in if travelling to the south or east away from the city center.
Take care when travelling by motorbike/scooter as road conditions differ across the island and there are regular S-bends on hills that can be hazardous for riders approaching incoming traffic. Drive to the conditions.
When walking at night use a torch to illuminate the road beside you and avoid blind corners where incoming traffic may not see you.
Speed signs are for instructional purposes only and are regularly dismissed.