Ios port is 2 km away from Hora, the capital of the island, which is famous for its natural beauty influenced by Venetian Domination. The very picturesque Cycladic village is full of stairs and narrow paths and offers a variety of restaurants, cafés and shops. Apart from the village and the port, there are only a few more settlements in Ios.
Five ferry companies offer routes from Ios ferry port to many different destinations around the island. Small Cyclades Lines plies regularly between the port of Ios and Katapola/ Amorgos. Furthermore, Sea Jets also offers ferry trips to Anafi, Folegandros, Heraklion/ Crete, Katapola/ Amorgos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Piraeus/ Athens, Rafina, Santorini, Sifnos, Syros as well as Tinos. Hellenic Seaways plies between Ios ferry port and Folegandros, Kea, Heraklion/ Crete, Kimolos, Mykonos, Kythnos, Lavrio/ Athens, Milos, Sikinos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, Tinos, Piraeus/ Athens as well as Santorini and Rafina/ Athens.
All of these routes offered by Sea Jets and Hellenic Seaways are served on a seasonal basis. Zante Ferries regularly serves routes from Ios port to Folegandros, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Piraeus/ Athens, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos and Sikinos. In addition, Blue Star Ferries goes to Naxos, Paros as well as Piraeus/ Athens all year round and Santorini, Anafi, Syros, Mykonos and Rafina/ Athens on a seasonal basis.