Boat and Ferry Travel

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Boat and Ferry Travel

When traveling from Piraeus to Rhodes by ferry (12–18 hours, €35–€90), you first make several stops, including at Patmos (6–10 hours, €25–€81) and Kos (10–16 hours, €30–€80). Bringing a car aboard can quadruple costs. Of the several ferry lines serving the Dodecanese and Blue Star Ferries have the largest boats and the most frequent service, both sailing several times a week out of Piraeus. The Athens–Dodecanese ferry schedule changes seasonally, and ferries to Patmos do not run daily out of season, so contact ferry lines, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO or EOT) in Athens, or a travel agency for details. An excellent source for ferry schedules is the Web-based tourist site, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP). The easiest way to travel among the Dodecanese islands is by hydrofoil or catamaran. ANES has hydrofoils and catamarans running in summer between Symi and Rhodes and other islands, as does Dodekanisos Seaways. Times and fares: Rhodes to/from Symi takes 50 minutes (€14); Rhodes to/from Kos takes 2¼ hours (€28); Rhodes to/from Patmos takes 5 hours (€43).

Boat and Ferry Contacts

ANES (Harbor front, Yialos, Symi, 85600. 22460/71444. www.anes.gr.)

GTP (Greek Travel Pages—Boat/Ferry Schedules) (Yialos, Symi. www.gtp.gr.)

Rhodes Port Authority (22410/22220.)

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