Getting there & away
Astypalea has up to five services a week in summer to Piraeus (€33.50, 10 to 12 hours) via Naxos (€23, 3¾ hours) and Paros (€28.50, 4¾ hours), and two a week to Rhodes (€28, seven to nine hours) via Kalymnos and Kos. The Kalymnos-based ferry F/B Nissos Kalymnos calls in three times weekly, linking the island with Kalymnos and islands further north in the Dodecanese. Ferry tickets are available from Paradisos Ferries Agency (22430 61224; fax 22430 61450) or from Astypalea Tours (22430 61571), both in Skala.
There are five flights weekly from Astypalea to Athens (€58, 50 minutes), plus three flights weekly to Leros (€45, 20 minutes), Kos (€51, one hour) and Rhodes (€51, 1½ hours). Astypalea Tours (22430 61571), in Skala, is the agent for Olympic Airlines.