There are frequent direct flights from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos to the island of Rhodes year-round. The flight time is about 1 hour and there are different types of fares, depending on the season and the seat type you choose. In summer, there are direct flights to Rhodes from a few other Greek airports including Kastelorizo, Kos, Heraklion (Crete) and Thessaloniki.Rhodes is one of the top European summer destinations. So, duriing spring, summer and autumn, there are multiple flights from all over Europe who land at Rhodes International Airport Diagoras. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to travel to Rhodes from abroad. If you are visiting Rhodes from a country where there are no direct flights, you can take a flight to Athens, and then take a quick onward flight to Rhodes. The planes are full during peak season, so book in advance. Rhodes Airport is located 20km from the Old Town. Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city. The bus stop is located between the old and the new Terminal.
There are daily ferries from Piraeus to Rhodes all year round. These ferries are run by Blue Star Ferries and are large and comfortable. Be prepared for a long ride as the ferry journey from Piraeus to Rhodes takes anything between 15 and 18 hours. This includes multiple stops until you reach your final destination Rhodes. As most ferries travel overnight, many people prefer to book a private or shared bed cabin for an extra fee. This might be worthwhile, considering the length of the journey. Blue Star Ferries to Rhodes depart from the port of Piraeus at Gate E1. This is where all their ships to the Dodecanese islands leave from. In the summer months the port of Piraeus can become quite chaotic with long queues for cars. So please arrive at least one hour in advance if travelling by car. Keep in mind that during high season (August) and some seasonal holidays such as Greek Easter, ferries may sell out, so book in advance whenever possible. Ticket prices depend on the type of the seat you choose. Additional charges are applied for vehicles and cabins.
Connection with other islands and ports
Rhodes is also connected with many of the Dodecanese islands on various ferry routes. Some ferry routes connect Rhodes with islands in the Cyclades and Crete. Ferries from Crete leave from Heraklion and Sitia, a port town in Crete’s Lasithi region. From the small port of Skala Kameirou, there are daily boats to Halki island. You can also reach Rhodes from Turkey. There are regular ferries serving both cars and passengers from Marmaris, a Turkish town to Rhodes.