The best way of getting to Glossa is by flying direct to Skiathos, the neighbouring island. Previously, this airport was served from the UK only by Thomas Cook, but flying from several regional airports as well as from London Gatwick and Stansted: East Midlands, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. You can search for Thomas Cook flights here. A new direct www.flylolo.com service from Southampton to Skiathos started in 2018, operated by Flybe, but this runs only in the peak season. New in 2019, are services by Tui (previously Thomson), adding more days of the week for flights and flying from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol and Newcastle. Search for Tui flights here.
Once you arrive at the small airport on Skiathos, there is a cursory passport check before collecting your luggage. Then it is a simple matter of jumping in a taxi and ask for ‘The Port’. Less than 10 minutes later, the driver will take your 10€ (approximately) as he delivers you to the port entrance. The photo below will enable you to get your bearings and see what a short distance is involved in crossing to Skopelos.
There are several ways of making the very short crossing to Glossa, which is a maximum of 30 minutes by the slowest large car ferry.
By car ferries and fast catamarans operated by Hellenic Seaways. Booking ahead online is easily done through this website, which is in English (but look for the GR/EN toggle at the top on the right hand side).
By car ferry operated by A.N.E.S. Again booking can be made through their website here, which again should be in English but the switch is via Greek and British flags on the left hand side.
By hydrofoils, called ‘Flying Dolphins’ booked here.
In all cases, it is important to look for and buy tickets to “Glossa (Skopelos)” and not “Skopelos” which will take you to the island’s main town, 20 km south of your desired destination!
If it is necessary to collect tickets, the respective offices are all located opposite the port entrance as shown on the map below.
If the airlines’ timetables don’t suit or if you want to prolong your Greek adventure, other routes exist. Flying to Athens (to the south), Thessaloniki (to the north) or Volos (to the west) also offer straightforward travel.
Ryan Air and other cut-price airlines fly to Athens and from there you can choose one of two overland routes (via Volos or Aghios Constantinos) or you can fly on an Olympic Air shuttle service to Skiathos.
Alternatively, Easyjet flies to Thessaloniki and then you can travel either by bus or train to Volos, from where you can catch a ferry all the way to Glossa. For the last few years, there has been an Hellenic Seaways ferry service sailing directly from Thessaloniki to Glossa, but this operates during the high season only and it is not known if this will continue.
Airlines are now showing more interest in this route, so it is worth investigation.
Nonetheless, to enjoy an escape to a Greek island, you will ultimately have to commit to a ferry at the end of your journey, either from Thessaloniki, Aghios Constantinos, Volos or Skiathos and the same links above are valid.