While on Rhodes Island we decided to rent a car and get to know the wild part of Rhodes. We asked our hotel owner to find us a car. He called few places and soon we were visited by a hyperactive but friendly car guy :-)
We got a "topless" Chevy Matiz for E120 for 2 days.
We could probably get little better deal if we went straight to the port and got a car there, but ...... who knew...
Our car was fun, it had AC and top that you could open (bigger than a sunroof but not convertible).
TIMETABLES 2009 FOR..................
DEPARTS FROM RHODES 6.30am to 21.30pm ... .....every hour
DEPARTS FROM RODINI 6.45am to 21.45pm .... ... every hour
DEPARTS FROM RHODES EVERY 20 MINS . .Last bus from Rhodes... 23.30pm
Last bus from Kallithea.. .24.00pm
FALIRAKI DEPARTS EVERY 20MINS..............
Last bus from Rhodes........23.30pm
Last bus from Faliraki.........24.00pm
DEPARTS FROM RHODES.............. 9.00 / 11.15 / 13.30
DEPARTS FROM KAMIROS.............. 10.10 / 12.20 / 14.50
DEPARTS FROM RHODES .....9.30 / 10.30 / 11.30 / 12.30
DEPARTS FROM BUTTERFLIES.....10.30 / 11.30 / 12.30 / 13.45 / 15.00
AKROPOLIS DEPARTS anything from 15mins to 40mins apart, so you would need a timetable.
The Port in Rhodes is called a commercial port and is located near the old town of Rhodes and the ancient Mandraki harbour, on the Northern side of the island.
This is where you will dock in a Cruise ship, or when you arrive via Ferry, Catamaran etc from Turkey.
At the Port area, there is a Cafe and also a Souvenir shop, and plenty of seating to wait for your Ferry.
Don't forget your passport!
Walk out of the gates, turn right and you are heading in the direction of the Old City.
Rhodes Port Authority tel. 0030 22410 22410 - 22220, Fax:0030 22410 27365
Rhodes Customs tel. 0030 22410 29291 - 22565
From Rhodes town you can go to various places on the island by bus. If you'd like to go to the east side of Rhodes (see Faliraki, Kolymbia, Lindos...) you have to take the bus in Rimini Square; near the New Market. The other bus stop where you can take a bus to the west side of the island is in Averof Street. This is some meters far from Rimini Square.
The good developed bus transport realises a perfect connection between the districts of the city, and between the capital and other places on the island.
The central bus station for the drives from Rhodes City to other places of the island is placed next to the Néa Agora, in the centre of the New City.
The program of the bus trips is exposed on big shields in the station.
For the city internal public transport there are many bus routes:
Nr. 2 – Análipsi
Nr. 3 – Rodíni
Nr. 4 – Agios Dimitrios
Nr. 5 – Monte Smith
Nr. 6 – Analipsi/Mengavli
You ca buy the tickets directly by the chauffeur or in the office of the station.
The program for the bus routes overland, are exposed by the office station.
For the drives on the western coast of the island is responsible the bus company R.O.D.A., and for the drives on the eastern coast of the island, the company K.T.E.L.
In the summer time the buses drive daily, from Rhodes to diverse directions:
To Afandou and Archangelos the bus drive 8-10 x daily
To Lindos 8-10x daily
To Embonas 2x daily
To Genadio 2x daily
To Apolakkia 1x daily
To Laerma 2x daily
To Kalithea and Faliraki all 30 minutes
The bus drive is agreeable, comfortable and rapidly.
The heavy goods vehicles and the small motorcars are to be transported on the sea water, by the ferry.
This giant ships transfer numerous vehicle, from a harbour to another.
From Rhodes Harbour, drive many ferries that carry persons and cars, to or from the Piraeus Harbour, and from other points.
Many shipping companies serve the route Rhodes Piraeus, and stop at the harbours of the many islands that lie between these ports.
At the coast of the Harbour of Rhodes, there are a large number of small boats to be rent for trips on the sea.
You can negotiate the price for the trip directly with the owner of the boat.
When you have a boat driving license, you can rent the boat without personnel, and when not, then the boat posses its own equipage.
Elegant, gigantic international cruise ships run usually into the Harbour of Rhodes.
These ships are very luxury and offer to the tourists an agreeable vacation of the sea.
We looked at a giant ship that was turn around, with the support of another smaller ship, and it was prepared for the departure from the harbour.
You can come or go up from Rhodes City, by ship.
Ship Trips are there to or from:
Piraeus, 8 to 10 times to week,
Kós, 4 to 6 times to week
Karpathos, 1 to 2 times to week
Kreta, 1 to 2 times to week
Marmaria (Turkey), 5 times to week
The conditions of the ship are very good, and the prices are different from a company to another.
Only the price for the first class, are identical for all the companies.
The tourists that come in Rhodes City have the possibility to make a trip with a boat to Lindos, Simi or Kos Island, Kalimnos, Tilos or Nissiros.
For the reservation of the boat you can telephone at the number 20 000 or 20 272
There are a large number of offices to rent a motorcycle in Rhodes City:
Alfa, 5, Odós 28 Oktovrion – Tel: 20 253
Delphi, 8, Odós Anthoúla Zérvou – Tel: 23 923
Manias John, 48, Odós Orfanidou – Tel: 31 811
Manias, 51, Odós Orfanidou – Tel: 20 255
Motomove, 3, Platia Plessa – Tel: 27 827
Pilot, 4, Odós Kritis – Tel: 32 285
Rent here, 7, Odós John Kazouli – Tel: 28 676
Rent new, 13, Odós Griva – Tel: 27 142
Statis, 22, Vas. Konstantinou– Tel: 21 292
The cars to rent are there in all the places of the island.
In Rhodes City or at the Airport, there are many offices where you can rent a car.
To rent a car, you must possess a driver's license, and you must be minimum 21 years old.
Alfa 5, Od´s 28 Oktavrion - Tel: 20 253
Autorent 10, Odós Ammochostou - Tel: 22 151
Avis 9, Odós Gallias - Tel: 24 990
Budget Ialissos Awenue - Tel: 22 508
Hertz 16, Odós Griva - Tel: 21 819
Europcar 18, Odós 28 Oktavrion - Tel: 21 958
National 45, Odós Orfanidou - Tel: 22 988
At the Airport there are a lot of offices that have cars to rent:
Avis - Tel: 92 897
Budget - Tel: 93 541
Hertz - Tel: 92 902
Europcar - Tel: 93 105
By car in Rhodes City, it is no too tiring.
The streets in the modern part of the city are large and good made, and the park places are not a problem.
The traffic is quietly, the drivers are polite and you have the possibility to drive without problems.
The car must to be in good condition and a green card for the insurance of the car is also obligatory.
You ca rent a car, in one of the numerous offices in the city, or by airport.
Taxi is a popular transportation in Greece Mainland, and also on the islands from here.
To drive by Taxi, on the Rhodes Island or in the city is not too expensive, and you can make little excursions on the island, without to think to the price of them.
The Taxi central station is placed in the centre of Rhodes City, in the Rimini Square.
The Taxi prices for diverse trips in the city or to other places on the island are exposed, on a big shield in the station.
The price for a trip is not too expensive, and you can negotiate it, with the chauffeur of the taxi.
You can command a taxi, by the telephone numbers: 64 712, 64 734, or 64 758.
There are a large number of taxis in the city, and on the rest of the island.
From the airport, you can also drive with the taxi to your vacation destination.
The tourists drive by bus, from airport to diverse destinations on the island, or they come back to the airport fro their vacation.
The buses are there in front of the entrance of the airport, and are very comfortable and rapid.
The line buses drive every 30 minutes from the bus stations into all directions.