Kos Transportation

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  • Bus from Kos Airport to Kos Town

    by nathan2day Updated Sep 16, 2011
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    I discovered that there are now buses from Kos Town to Kos Airport via Mastichari (a nearby village on the north coast) that actually stop at the airport itself.

    On my outward journey from Kos Airport to Kos Town I followed advice on the airport website (http://www.hcaa-eleng.gr/kosdat.htm) to walk up to the giant roundabout outside the airport gates and find a KTEL bus running to Kos town. However on my return journey I discovered there is actually a bus stop within the airport grounds.

    I attach photos and the 2011 timetable. The bus stop is on the left as you exit the airport building.

    The route I took from Kos Town heads through the villages on the north coast of the island until it reaches Mastichari, then goes to the airport, the journey takes about 45 minutes. It was bus number 3 that I took, I think the bus continued to Kardamena. I imagine it is possible to take the bus from within the airport grounds to Kos Town, when the Kardamena bus returns to Kos, both the Kardamena and Kefalos buses are shown stopping at the airport on the bottom right of the timetable, and I imagine they then continue to Kos Town.

    I have not found information on the bus routes, and the timetable although useful appears incomplete, however I took the 1630 from Kos Town and found it was running to the timetable.

    Location of Bus Station in Kos Town:

    Kos Bus Station Map

    I hope this helps others.

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    Tourist Train

    by grayfo Updated Feb 12, 2010

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    In Kos there are a couple of small wheel-driven tourist trains, the green one does a round trip of Kos Town passing all worth seeing spots. It operates from 10:00 to 14:00 in the morning and from 18:00 to 22:00 in the afternoon. Each route lasts for about 20 min. and is repeated every half hour. The departure point is at Akti Miaouli in the harbour.

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    Going through Passport Control

    by balhannah Written Jul 18, 2009

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    Kos Ferry Terminal

    Passport Control at Kos was not fast, and not very pleasant. The best thing to do, is 10mins -15mins before landing, head to the back of the Ferry where you are to get off. At least by doing this, you will be one of the 1st to go through, and avoid a terribly long line, and grumpy Officials. Perhaps they were just having a bad day!!!!

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    Boat trips from Kos

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Kos is conveniently located for those who wish to visit other islands during the course of their stay. In fact, you can even visit another country......Turkey is just a 30 minute hydrofoil ride from Kos Town.

    In order to visit other islands, you can either travel independently on one of the scheduled ferries or hydrofoils or you can book yourself onto a pleasure cruise on one of the open deck ferries or pirate ships.

    Tickets and tours can be purchased from any of the dozens of tour operators located in Kos Town or in any of the popular beach resorts.

    Daytrip options from Kos Town include:

    - Bodrum (Turkey): approximately 30 minutes away by hydrofoil. You can also take a more leisurely cruise (1-2 hours) on one of the numerous pleasure boats. A return journey costs around 20 Euros per adult, but some more expensive trips include lunch. You will need to pay departure taxes for Greece and Turkey and pay for a Turkish tourist visa. There are also trips to the Turkish resort of Marmaris.

    - Kalymnos/Pserimos/Plati: these 3-island day tours include a BBQ lunch and time for swimming and snorkelling. The trips that I saw advertised departed daily at 10am and returned at 6pm, at a cost of 30 Euros per adult.

    - Hydrofoils will take you to Rhodes, Symi, Leros, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Patmos, Tilos and Nissyros. For some of these islands, organised day tours may not be available and you may have to visit them independently.

    On a previous trip to Kos in 2002, I also undertook daytrips from other parts of Kos:

    - I caught a ferry to Pothia (Kalymnos) from Mastihari; and

    - I did a daytrip to the volcanic island of Nissyros from Kardamena.

    There are plenty of options for getting off the island for a day if you wish!

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    Ferry from Kos to Syros

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Blue Star Ferries ticket office, Kos Town
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    During a Greek island hopping trip in May 2006, I found myself in the position of wanting to travel from Kos (in the Dodecanese islands) to Naxos (in the Cyclades islands).

    The two islands aren't too far apart (perhaps 5 or 6 hours by ferry) and I assumed the journey would be a straight forward one. However, after checking the ferry schedules at the tourist office, it soon became apparent that there were no direct boats from Kos to Naxos (or neighbouring Paros). I enquired about this with the tourist office staff and they told me that, due to different ferry companies operating in different island groups, it wasn't always easy to find ferries from the Dodecanese islands to the Cyclades islands, especially outside the high season.

    After a bit of research on the Internet, I found that I had a few options:

    i) Take a hydrofoil to neighbouring Kalymnos (of which there are several each day) and then catch the early ferry to Piraeus (which operates a few days a week at 05:30) and stops at both Naxos and Paros. I didn't like the idea of having to be up so early in the morning.

    ii) Take a ferry to Amorgos on the eastern edge of the Cyclades and then connect from there to Naxos. I didn't know how frequent the connections would be from Amorgos to Naxos and I didn't want to be stranded there for too long, so this was a no-go.

    iii) Take the overnight Piraeus ferry, which stops at Syros en-route, and then make my way from Syros to Naxos. I opted for this latter option, and the following details were correct as at May 2006:

    - I caught the "Blue Star 2" ferry which left Kos Town, from the port in front of the castle, at 21:15;

    - The journey time was approximately 7 hours, and so I arrived at Syros at close to 4am. Even at this time in the morning, there were crowds of accommodation touts waiting for the boat's arrival;

    - The ferry operates on the following route:

    Rhodes - Kos - Leros - Patmos - Syros - Piraeus

    - The cost of a one way ticket from Kos to Syros was 29.90 Euros.

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    Hydrofoils from Kos to Leros

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 26, 2006

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    Flying Dolphin hydrofoil at Kos Town
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    From the Greek island of Kos, there are many other islands that can easily be visited as daytrips. One of these is the island of Leros.

    I visited Leros as a daytrip from Kos Town during my visit to the island in May 2006.

    Yellow and blue hydrofoils, operated by Aegean Flying Dolphins, connect the two islands a few times each day. They operate on the route:

    Kos - Kalymnos - Leros - Lipsi - Patmos

    The journey time from Kos to Leros is approximately 90 minutes, via a short stop at the port of Pothia on the island of Kalymnos.

    I caught the 8am hydrofoil from Kos Town, arriving at Agia Marina on Leros at approximately 9:30am. The cost of a one way ticket (at May 2006) was 16.40 Euros.

    On the return journey, I caught the 4:35pm hydrofoil from Agia Marina, arriving back at Kos Town at around 6pm. This ticket was cheaper than the morning ticket, at a cost of 13.10 Euros.

    Tickets for the hydrofoils and ferries, as well as numerous organised day tours, can be purchased at any of the dozens of travel agencies in Kos Town and the island's beach resorts.

    Note:

    Be aware that hydrofoils arrive at, and depart from, Leros' second port, Agia Marina and not its main port at Lakki. As there are no signs at the port, I assumed that I had arrived at Lakki and followed my map upon that assumption. This led me to spend the entire morning never being quite where I thought I was!

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    Buses around Kos

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    The various beach resorts and villages on Kos are connected with Kos Town by a fairly frequent bus network.

    The main bus station is located in Kos Town (behind the Post Office) and a bus timetable can be found there. You can also visit the tourist information office in Kos Town to pick up a paper copy of the bus timetable.

    While there might be several buses a day between Kos Town and a given village, it is generally the case that these buses are not spread out equally throughout the day. Instead, there will tend to be one or two buses in the morning (at 8 or 9 am), maybe an early afternoon bus (at say 2pm) and then a late afternoon bus (eg. 5pm) and an evening bus (eg 7 or 8pm).

    The following details were correct as at May 2006:

    Buses between Kos Town and....

    Zia - 1.40 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat 3 buses daily
    Sundays No buses

    Tigaki - 1.40 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat Almost hourly (09:00 -23:00)
    Sundays 7 buses

    Marmari - 1.40 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat Almost hourly (09:00 -23:00)
    Sundays 7 buses

    Pili - 1.40 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat 5 buses daily
    Sundays 3 buses

    Mastihari - 2.10 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat 5 buses daily
    Sundays 3 buses

    Antimahia - 1.80 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat 6 buses daily
    Sundays 3 buses

    Kardamena - 2.30 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat 6 buses daily
    Sundays 3 buses

    Kefalos/Paradise - 3.20 Euros each way

    Mon - Sat 6 buses daily
    Sundays 3 buses

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    Boat

    by steventilly Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Hydrofoil Jetty, Kos Town

    Kos is a busy little port. There are inter-island ferries of all types ("traditional", fast catemarans and hydrofoils), cruise ships, private yachts, warships, merchant vessels and a whole host of day trip craft. Boats all go from some part of the main harbour in Kos town (find out which part when you book) except for some of the hydrofoils that leave from a jetty just behind the tourist information centre (pictured).

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    Bike

    by steventilly Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Biking On Kos

    Kos is a great place for bicycle hire - there are hire places all over the place and lots of bike parking spots too. There's a proper cycle track that runs from Kos Town, along the seafront, past the (new) marina, through Psaladi, past the water park and eventually onto a really quiet road that can take you right round to Empros Thermes. We didn't go that far, we turned back at Agia Fokas, but it was a great day of gentle biking. We found a great taverna (Nikos & Kontessa) on this ride, between Psaladi & Agias Fokas.
    In the other direction, you can cycle from Kos, through Livadi and Selveri to Tigaki and on to Marmari. This is on a quiet back road with hardly any traffic, which hugs the coast for the whole way.
    Bike hire is really cheap, the bikes are good (18 speed "all terrain" bikes) and they come with integrated locks. Many tavernas and private beaches along the track to Psaladi have bike parking facilities.

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    Mini Train

    by steventilly Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Mini Train, Kos Town

    There are two mini trains, one of which does a tour of the city and the other which goes to Asklepion. The first of these leaves from beside the municipal bus station on the harbour front, and the other leaves from beside the tourist information office on the seafront round past the castle (Akti Miaouli).

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    Bus

    by steventilly Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Bus Station, Kos Style

    There are two bus stations in Kos town serving different destinations. Buses to the other end of the island and all places in between go from a little square just off the corner of Pissandrou and Kleopatris, behind the Western Excavations (pictured). Information, timetables and a nice relaxing drink can be had at one of the cafes by the bus station.
    Buses along the seafront from Lambi to beyond Psaladi are regarded as the "municipal service" and go Akti Kountouriotou, the road in front of the harbour where the day trip boats leave from. There's an information office in the municipal buildings along that stretch of road.

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  • Cycling

    by Mrs.Passport Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Kos is a great place to cycle around. In August 2004 we paid 30 euro/week for two bikes. You should check the bike you're going to rent because they were different. Some of them were in poor condition. At least, try the breaks!

    You can drive to Therma which is a smelling hot spring, about 10 kms from city Kos. You have to ride many kilometres uphill but that's not a problem when you come back ;)

    About 10 kms north from Kos there is a long white sand beach. It's very easy to ride there, the road was good, no uphills or downhills. And you can see the sea while riding. Great.

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    Fly to Turkey/Boat to Kos

    by marybellone Written Dec 28, 2005

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    We flew into Athens and then took a smaller plane to get to Kos. You may want to consider flying into Turkey and boating to Kos. Kos is pretty far from Athens and very close to Turkey. You can actaully see Turkey from Kos. It may save some money and time!

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    From the airport

    by marybellone Written Dec 28, 2005

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    If you come in to Kos airport, set up your transfer ahead of time of possible. We were one of the past to get our bags and all the taxis had been taken. We waited a while and finally 2 taxis came back. We were worried for a little while though, so it would be worth it to set it up if you can.

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    City bus

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 8, 2005

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    City bus

    The city bus connects the centre with the outskirts and hotels along the Lambi and Agios Fokas beach. There is also a city bus to Platani and Asklepion.

    From our hotel in Lambi to the centre it took 10 minutes and we paid 0.90 EUR each on the bus. On the way back to the hotel we bought our tickets at the bus office at the Mandraki harbour and paid 0.70 EUR each.

    The bus to Lambi beach is no. 2.

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