If you choose to hire a car to get around Kos island, which I highly recommend, then it is essential to do it with a good rent a car agency. We returned from Kos island in August 2011. and were very lucky to find an excellent and highly reliable rent a car agency. It's a family run business and their name is AUTOWAY. Thy are very conveniently located, on the main road. So, when you head out of Kos town and towards the new marina (port), they are on the right hand side, about 100 metres. They have a large yellow sign, it's literally a two minute walk. The cars are in excellent shape, are thoroughly cleaned before handed out to new customers. You have a 24/7 road service, full insurance etc. The people are very nice and helpful, they will give you valuable tips concerning roads, beaches, tavernas, places of interest....They are highly reliable and do everything with a smile. You will make the most of your visit to this beautiful island if you hire a car, and if you do it with AUTOWAY you will have no worries whatsoever!HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!Just tell them Zorana from Serbia recommended them and you will be well taken care of!!
These 'trains' are operated by the bus carrier, KTEL. One of them (the green one) takes tourists to a round trip of the town and the other one (the blue one) carries people to the Asklepieion. They are relatively expensive and slow but may constitute some kind of tourist attraction.
By the way, there is no other public transportation from Kos to Asklepieion so if you don't have a bike or car you're destined to take the blue train or walk.
Ferries and boats bring people from and to Kos all the time. A ferry trip from Athens takes about 5 or 6 hours and from Bodrum, Turkey about 45 minutes*. Ferries connect Kos with other Dodecanese islands and are a very popular means of transportation among Greeks.
* I can't tell you exactly how long due to the following. One day we were studying info on excursions to Bodrum. English information said that it would take 40 minutes and German info (on the same sheet of paper) said about 45 minutes.
The KTEL yellow buses will take you to all major places around Kos at low cost and in fair conditions.
For example if you're planning on going to a distant beach and having a glass of ouzo to your meal, leave your car or bike at the hotel and take a bus.
Timetables are available free of charge, both in Greek and in English at bus stations.
Many people find cars, motorbikes and quads useful for travelling around the island. Of course, you'll be able to rent that sort of equipment in numerous outlets around Kos.
Mind the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly forbidden and can be the beginning of serious problems!
I can strongly recommend that you rent a bike to travel around Kos. For only EUR 4.50 you'll get an insured bicycle for 3 days. It will be equipped with a security lock so you won't need to worry about it. There is no heavy traffic in the island so it's quite safe for a biker.
As all bicycles available for rent are very like each other I recommend that you mark yours with something small but distinctive - a piece of cloth or a bandana.
This is the ferry to Bodrum in Turkey, its about 14 miles across the water and takes around 1 and a half hours, i believe there are 3 crossings daily, but beware, you are traveling from one country to the next so passports are needed
This is an exelent way to get from Bodrum in Turkey to Kos in Greece, and boy is it fast. As we was holidaying in Bodrum we thought we would take the oppertunity to see Kos for the day, and although its only 14 miles across the sea it still takes about an hour and a half, so sombody reccomended the hydrafoil, its a little more expensive but it makes the journey in 20 mins. Its also a bit of a rust bucket and looks about 40 years old but hey your only on it for 20 mins so what the heck
This is a fantastic way to get around and to see what sights Kos has to offer. Its a miniture train which takes you around the streets of Cos. The journey takes about 15 mins and leaves from the harbour area every half an hour from 1000 untill 1400, and then from 1800 untill 2000 Catch the Dotto train from the harbour area
Kos is the perfect island to explore on two wheels (bicycle, scooter) or four wheels (quad). On two wheels, because it is so small and the roads are very good for cycling, on four wheels because there are stil beautiful off road paths in the mountains.
There are rental shops in all major tourist centers. We rented a quad for one day (full insurance, unlimited km) and paid 45 EUR.
Kos has a small airport in the centre of the island near Antimachia. Only the national airline of Greece "Olympic Airways" flies from Athens to Kos twice or three times a day. However, from the end of April to the end of October, many charter flights from tour operators all around Europe also fly to Kos.
There is a bank and ATM and rental car service (when booked in advance) at the airport. The airport bus waiting after arrival of Olympic Airways flights will bring you to Kefalos or Kos town. The bus stop is outside the terminal at the main road. You can also take a taxi (price to Kos town about 15 EUR).
It is easy to drive around the island in only one day. There is one main road going all the way from Kos city in the east to Kefalos in the west, which is about 45 km. Smaller roads are going from this main road to the villages in the mountains and the tourist areas at the coast. The island is no wider than about 11 km. You just can't get lost in Kos. Speed limit on the main road is 70 km/h and 40 km/h on the smaller roads.
There are car rental companies in all tourist areas. Most companies provide full insurance and unlimited kilometers.
The best form of transportation for short distances is a bike. You can hire it everywhere. It's good to have one when you are staying in the city of Kos. Then you can easily get to all monuments and archeological sites. But check what you hire first.
You can hire a scooter aswell, it's up to you. But be careful with driving too long time, the sun is shining strong and you could cook your brain.:)
Another tip is for buses. Try to buy tickets in the head office, it's 10-30% cheaper than in the bus. Tickets fare is 0.60 or 0.80 euro. The adress of the head office is: 7, Akti Kountourioti Str., Kos
The most popular way to get to Kos from mainland Europe is to fly there. Kos airport is a small and messy one but placed in a convenient spot, right in the island's center.
You can visit neighbouring islands by ferry. There are day trips to Bodrum (Turkey), Kalymnos, Nissyros, Rhodes.