Kos in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Kos' airport is located in the middle of the island, 24km southwest of Kos Town. Agean Airlines (https://en.aegeanair.com), Sky Express and Olympic Air all head to/from Kos. Note: Some flights, especially to other islands, may go via Athens.

The airport is so far from Kos Town that if you’re planning to rent a car anyway, it’s worth doing so when you first arrive. In summer, KTEL has regular bus services running to/from town.

Boat

Domestic

The island's main ferry port is in Kos Town. Dodekanisos Seaways runs catamarans up and down the archipelago: southeast to Rhodes via Nisyros (€16, one hour, two weekly); Tilos (€22, 1½ hours, two weekly); Halki (€26, 2½ hours, two weekly) and Symi (€26, 1½ hours, two weekly). And elsewhere to Pythagorio on Samos (€44, four hours, three weekly), Kalymnos (€16, 35 minutes, daily), Leros (€23, 1½ hours, daily) and Patmos (€31, 2½ hours, daily). Blue Star Ferries also sails to Rhodes (€24.50, three to five hours, daily), as well as west to Astypalea (€17, 1½ hours, once weekly) and Piraeus (€45 to €56, 10 to 12 hours, daily).

In summer, the smaller and slower Panagia Spiliani, a passenger-car ferry, also runs trips between Kos and Nisyros and from Kardamena in high season.

Elsewhere on the island, regular daily ferries also connect Mastihari with Kalymnos (€6, 50 minutes); see www.anekalymnou.gr and www.anemferries.gr. Leros Express also does twice weekly circuits between Leros, Kalymnos and Kos.

International

High-speed catamarans connect Kos Town with both Bodrum (two daily) and Turgutreis in Turkey (one daily). Both journeys take 30 minutes to one hour. Tickets cost €17 each way, with same-day returns €15 and longer-stay returns €30. For schedules and bookings, visit www.exas.com.