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There are more than eight flights per day to Rhodes from Athens on Olympic Airlines or Aegean Airlines. Extra flights are added during high season. The 45-minute flight costs about €115 one-way. Olympic and Sky Express fly to Rhodes from Heraklion (1 hour, €100) at least three times per day and Olympic flies several times a week from Thessaloniki (1¼ hours, €117). It is possible to fly directly to Rhodes from a number of European capitals, especially on charters. To Kos, Olympic Airlines runs three daily flights from Athens, and three flights a week from Rhodes. Schedules are reduced in winter. Neither Patmos nor Symi have airports.
Rhodes Airport is about 20 minutes from Rhodes town, and it's best to take a taxi (about €15) or a public bus (€3). Though private vehicles must have permits to enter the Old Town, a taxi may enter if carrying luggage, no matter what a reluctant driver tells you.
Kos airport is located 26 km (16 mi) southwest of Kos town. There is bus and taxi service from there to Kos town; expect to pay about €20 for the taxi fare, €3 for the bus.
Kos Airport (Antimahia, Kos, 85302. 22420/56000. www.kos-airport.com.)
Rhodes Airport (Diagoras, Paradissi, Rhodes, 85106. 22410/88700. www.rhodes-airport.info.)