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Getting there & away




Kalymnos is linked to Rhodes (€18, five hours) and Piraeus (€42, nine to 11 hours) and islands in between, including useful links to Astypalea (€11, three hours) and Alexandroupoli (€38.50, 23¼ hours). Services are provided by Blue Star Ferries (22430 26000), G&A Ferries (22430 23700) and ANE Kalymnou (22430 29612). In high season there is usually at least one ferry daily.

Car and passenger ferries leave four times daily between 7am and 8pm from Kalymnos’ main town Pothia to Mastihari on Kos (€3, 50 minutes). ANE Kalymnou also runs two high-speed, passenger-only vessels, the Kalymnos Star and the smaller Kalymnos Dolphin, between Pothia and Mastihari. On Friday and weekends it also includes Pserimos on the route.

The high-speed, passenger-only Lipsi-based Anna Express(22470 41215) links Pothia with Leros and Lipsi five times weekly. Tickets can be bought on board.

There is a daily caïque (€7) from Myrties to Xirokambos on Leros at 1pm and half-hourly services to Telendos Islet.

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Kalymnos is linked by a daily Olympic Airways flight to and from Athens (€75, 20 minutes). Olympic Airlines is represented by Kapellas Travel (22430 29265; kapellastravel@gallileo.gr; Patriarhou Maximou 12) in Pothia. The airport is some 3.5km northwest of Pothia, perched high up on a mountain top.

The island is also linked to Kos (€30, 15 minutes), Mykonos (€80, 45 minutes) and Lavrio (€120, two hours) on the Attica mainland via a seaplane run by AirSea Lines (801 11 800 600; www.airsealines.com). The seaplane terminal is 1.5km east of Pothia.

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