Astypalea’s airport is on the flat, narrow 'neck' of the island, 8km northeast of Skala. Buses connect with flights in summer, while taking either of the island's two taxis to Skala costs around €10. Summer buses also link Skala with Hora and Livadi to the west, and Analipsi/Maltezana to the east, stopping at beaches en route (€2). Of the island’s three vehicle-rental agencies, Vergoulis is particularly recommended.
In July and August, boats head out for the day from Skala to the remote western beaches of Agios Ioannis, Kaminakia and Vatses, as well as to the islets of Koutsomytis (with ethereal, emerald-green water) and Kounoupa. They also make complete circuits around the island. Contact Astypalea Tours for details.