Piso Aetos, the port on Ithaki’s west coast, has no settlement. Taxis often meet boats, as does the municipal bus in high season. Bus services are very limited, though, with just two services a day running between Vathy, Stavros and Kioni, and so it's well worth renting a car – easiest in Vathy – for at least one day of your stay.
Sea Taxi Vathy-based Odysseas carries passengers on demand to ports all around Ithaki, as well as to neighbouring islands and the mainland. The short hop to Kioni costs €80; reaching Sami on Kefallonia costs €220.