Getting there & away
Rhodes is the main port of the Dodecanese and offers a complex array of departures. The table lists scheduled domestic ferries from Rhodes to other islands in the Dodecanese and Piraeus in high season. The EOT (Greek National Tourist Organisation; Map p520;22410 35226; cnr Makariou & Papagou;8am-2.45pm Mon-Fri) in Rhodes Town can provide you with current schedules.
There is a weekly passenger and car ferry service between Rhodes and Marmaris in Turkey (car/passenger €95/49 including taxes, 1¼ hours) on Thursday at 1pm. There is a small discount on open return date rates. Book at www.marmarisinfo.com or contact Triton Holidays (22410 21690; www.tritondmc.gr; Plastira 9, Mandraki) upon arrival to arrange a crossing.
There are excursion boats to Symi (€22 return) daily in summer, leaving Mandraki Harbour at 9am and returning at 6pm. You can buy tickets at most travel agencies, but it’s better to buy them at the harbour, where you can check out the boats personally. Look for shade and the size and condition of the boat, as these vary greatly. You can buy an open return ticket if you want to stay on Symi.
Olympic Airlines has at least five flights daily to Athens (€77), two daily to Karpathos (€28) and Kasos (€34), one daily to Kastellorizo (€22) and Iraklio (€82), four weekly to Thessaloniki (€100), three weekly to Astypalea (€47) and two weekly to Samos (€37). Direct inquiries to Olympic Airlines (22410 24571; www.olympicairlines.com; Ierou Lohou 9).