Rhodes in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Diagoras Airport is near Paradisi on the west coast, 14km southwest of Rhodes Town.

Aegean Airlines flies to Athens, Iraklio, Kastellorizo and Thessaloniki.

Olympic Air offers frequent flights to and from Athens, where you can connect to destinations throughout Greece, and also flies to Kastellorizo.

Sky Express offer direct flights to Heraklion on Crete, and island-hopping routes including Astypalea with stops on Leros, Kalymnos, and Kos; Kasos via Karpathos; and Limnos via Mytilini, Chios and Samos.

Transport Options

Taxis charge a set fare of €25 for trips between the airport and Rhodes Town, while buses connect the airport with Rhodes Town’s Eastern Bus Terminal (25 minutes, €2.60) between 6.40am and 11.15pm daily.

Boat

Rhodes Town is the main port in the Dodecanese. Three inter-island ferry companies operate from immediately outside the walls of the Old Town.

The high-speed catamarans of Dodekanisos Seaways sail from Kolona Harbour to Symi (50 minutes, €19, one to two daily), Halki (1¼ hours, €18, two weekly), Tilos (two hours,€27, two weekly), Nisyros (2¾ hours, €27, two weekly), Kos (2½ hours, €34, one to two daily), Kalymnos (three hours, €34, one daily), Leros (four hours, €42, one daily), Lipsi (four hours, €47, six weekly), Patmos (five hours, €49, one daily), Agathonisi (5½ hours, €49, two weekly), Samos (10 hours,€59, two weekly), and Kastellorizo (2¼ hours, €37, one weekly).

The cheaper, slower traditional vessels of Blue Star Ferries connect the Commercial Harbour with Astypalea (nine hours,€28.50, one weekly), Kalymnos (five hours, €24, five weekly), Karpathos (3¾ hours, €24.50, one weekly), Kasos (five hours, €29.50, one weekly), Kastellorizo (three hours, €29.50, two weekly), Kos (three to five hours, €24.50, one to two daily), Leros (5½ hours, €32.50, four weekly), Lipsi (7½ hours, €32.50, two weekly), Nisyros (four hours, €16, two weekly), Patmos (6½ hours, €37.50, five weekly), Piraeus (11 to 17 hours, €65.50, one to two daily), Samos (6½ hours, €39, one weekly), Santorini (eight hours, €39, two weekly), Symi (one hour, €9, three weekly), Syros (nine hours, €49, three weekly), and Tilos (2¼ hours, €16, two weekly).

Two weekly Anek Lines ferries from the Commercial Harbour call at Halki (two hours, €8), Diafani on Karpathos (4¼ hours, €19), Karpathos Town (5¾ hours, €21), Kasos (eight hours, €25), Anafi (13 hours, €29), Santorini (15 hours, €29), Milos (19½ hours, €39) and Piraeus (25 hours, €47).

In addition, regular ferries link the tiny port at Skala Kamirou, 45km southwest of Rhodes Town and served by hour-long connecting buses, with the island of Halki. They’re operated by Nissos Halki and Nikos Express.

Finally, operators including Sea Dreams send daily excursion boats from Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes Town to Symi.

International

In summer, Marmaris Ferry and Dodecanese Flying Dolphins send daily hydrofoils and catamarans from Rhodes Town to the Turkish resorts of Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye.