The Eros 2 excursion boat (6944945282) makes full-day trips (€25) around Thasos four times weekly, with stops for swimming and a barbecue. The boat leaves from the Old Harbour at 10am. Water taxis also run regularly to Hrysi Ammoudia (Golden Beach) and Makryammos beach from the Old Harbour. Excursion boats of varying sizes, nationalities and alcohol content set sail regularly from the coastal resort villages as well.
At least for its buses, Thasos puts many other Greek islands to shame. Frequent buses circle the coast in both directions and service inland villages, too. Buses to various destinations meet all arriving ferries at Skala Prinou and Thasos (Limenas), the island’s transport hub.
There are 10 daily buses from Thasos (Limenas) through the west-coast villages to Limenaria (€3.80) and Potos (€4), with four continuing to the inland village of Theologos (€5.10). From Thasos (Limenas) four buses daily go further south to the beach village of Alyki (€3.20) and the nearby Moni Arhangelou. From Potos you can follow the same route to these places on to the east coast and Paradise Beach, Skala Potamia (€3.80) and nearby Hrysi Ammoudia (Golden Beach).
In summer 10 daily buses go the other way from Thasos (Limenas) to these east-coast villages, servicing Skala Potamia (€1.50) via Panagia (€1.20) and Potamia (€1.20). Doing a grand circular tour of the island (about 100km) is possible nine times daily (€9.10, 3½ hours), clockwise or counterclockwise. The bus station (25930 22162) on the waterfront in Thasos (Limenas) provides timetables, and sometimes the driver can, too.
Avis Rent a Car Thasos (Limenas) (25930 22535; fax 25930 23124); Potamia (25930 61735); Skala Prinou (25930 72075) has a big presence, though smaller, local companies may offer better rates. In Thasos (Limenas), Billy’s Bikes (25930 22490), opposite the Newsagent, and 2 Wheels (25930 23267), on the road to Prinos, specialise in bike and motorcycle rental.
The Thasos (Limenas) taxi rank (25930 223391) is on the central waterfront, next to the main bus stop. In Potos, a taxi rank with listed prices is besides the main road’s bus stop.
While basic bikes are rented in Thasos (Limenas), serious mountain bikers should head to Potos on the west coast, where top-of-the-line models and detailed route information are available from the island’s mountain biking expert, Yiannis Raizis (25930 52459; 6946955704; www.mtb-thassos.com).