Getting there & away
Kos is well connected to Piraeus (€42 to €45, 10 to 15 hours) and with all the islands in the Dodecanese, such as Rhodes (€14.20, 3½ hours) and Patmos (€11.50, four hours), as well as additional connections to the Cyclades. In summer there is a weekly ferry service from Kos Town to Samos and Thessaloniki. Services are offered by three ferry companies: Blue Star Ferries (22420 28914), G&A Ferries (22420 28545) and the ANE Kalymnou (22420 29900).
Local car ferries run to Pothia on Kalymnos from Mastihari (€3.50, one hour, four daily). In addition there are faster, passenger-only small ferries run by ANE Kalymnou, namely the Kalymnos Star and Kalymnos Dolphin from Mastihari to Pothia running up to five times daily.
There are three flights daily to Athens (€75, 55 minutes), and three flights a week to Rhodes (€45, 20 minutes), Leros (€45, 15 minutes) and Astypalea (€51, one hour). Olympic Airlines (22420 28330; www.olympicairlines.com; Vasileos Pavlou 22) is in Kos Town. The airport (22420 51229) is 24km from Kos Town near the village of Antimahia.
AirSea Lines (801 11 800 600; www.airsealines.com) also offers flights to Kalymnos (€30, 15 minutes), Mykonos (€92, 1½ hours) and Lavrio (€132, three hours), on the mainland. Flights leave from Kos airport.