Kos Island Transportation

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    THE DOTTO TRAIN

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    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

    THE DOTTO TRAIN
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    BODRUM TO KOS HYDROFOIL

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    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

    THE BODRUM TO KOS HYDRAFOIL
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    FERRY TO BODRUM

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    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

    KOS FERRY

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    By rental car

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    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.

    Our rental car
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    Bikes

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    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.

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    Cars, Motorbikes, Quads etc.

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    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!

    Trying to Park
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    Yellow Buses

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    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.

    Yellow Bus, Green Bus
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    Flying Dolphin

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    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.

    Flying Dolphin
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  • Hire a bike (or use a bus)

    by macicka Updated May 16, 2003

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    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

    Phone: 0242026276

    The head office

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    By air

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    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).

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    By quad

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 20, 2005

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    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.

    on a quad through Kos
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    how to move around

    by mindcrime Written Sep 23, 2015

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    Kos isn’t a big island but there are many options if you want to tour around and explore the island

    By car
    There are many rental agencies for those who prefer the convenience of a car or a bike, search around a bit and compares prices, some claim it doesn’t matter as they have the same flat rates.
    Some others try these weird dune buggy vehicles that seem very unstable to me and definitely not safe and secure on main roads (they are designed for off-road driving I guess but there’s no desert on the island and people end up driving around with them)! Usually the drivers are young people that suffer in the main roads exposed under the burning sun while the buggy itself struggles to cover the km ahead… too much trouble considering they’re not cheap (35-45e per day). Scooter are way cheaper of course at 15e per day.

    By bus
    We decided not to rent a car and use the local bus network which served us well although we had to check the timetable the previous day because we didn’t want to loose time waiting forever on bus stops.
    From Kos Town you will find buses to all main villages and beaches, don’t forget you pay your ticket inside the bus (most tickets were 2-3 euros depending on the distance). The bus station is at Pisandrou & Venizelou streets, 5’ walk from the port (don’t confuse the bus station at the port which is for local buses only). Check online for timetable as they change it every month, in july we didn’t have any problem. For exable from Kos Town to Mastichari there were 9 buses daily.

    By taxi
    We didn’t have to use any but there were around many villages. I’m not sure if they have fix prices but we saw some posters advertising specific prices when we arrived at Mastichari: from Mastichari to Airport 15e, from Mastichari to Kos Town 29e. So from airport to Kos Town must be about 35e.

    Phone: 2242021666

    Website: http://www.kostaxi.eu

    bus at Mastichari taxis waiting at Mastihari port

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    around Kos Town

    by mindcrime Written Sep 23, 2015

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    We stayed in Kos Town, about 8’ walk from harbor so it was actually easy for us to walk around everywhere in town.

    By local bus
    By the port is a small bus station that houses the local buses, we found some of them convenient for near by attractions. Have in mind than unlike long distance buses where you buy the ticket inside the bus for these local buses you have to buy your ticket before you get on board. One morning we took one to Asclipion (one way ticket 1,10e), returned back to Kos town and then took bus #5 to Thermae beach (one way ticket 1,50e)

    By tourist train
    We noticed this colorful train (ok not a real train) that transfers tourists for 5e up to Asklepieion and back (the ride takes 15’), a nice alternative especially if you have kids with you.

    By bicycle
    This was a nice surprise, not only we saw many people riding bicycles but the authorities in Kos Town have special bike lines. If you’re in good shape you can even cycle further out of Kos town towards Tigaki.
    There are rental stores that offer bikes for 5e per day but check around a bit as they don’t all offer the same kind of bikes.

    local bus in Kos town buying tickets for local buses happy tourist train cycling in Kos town cycling in Kos town

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  • car hire in Kos town

    by zorban Updated Sep 6, 2011

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    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!!

    Phone: +30 22420 25326

    Website: http://www.autowaykos.gr

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    how to go there

    by mindcrime Written Sep 23, 2015

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    Kos is located at SE part of Aegean sea (near the Turkish coast) in between Kalymnos and Nysiros islands.

    By plane
    Most foreigners arrive with numerous daily flights from Athens or Thessaloniki but also many cheap flights from Europe.
    There’s a bus stop outside the airport and although not frequent it’s very convenient to reach Kos Town in 60’ (via Mastihari). We used the bus from Kos Town to the airport (one way ticket 3,20e). Taxi is always an option of course.

    By ferry
    Kos has two ports, the main one is in Kos town and serves the regular daily ferries to Piraeus or some other big islands of Dodecanese complex (Rhodes, Patmos, Leros) but also ferries to other islands some days (Syros, Santorini etc).
    We came from Kalymnos though (one way 6e with Kalymnos Dolphin) so we arrived at Mastichari port, a small port that hopefully is connected by bus to Kos Town (one way ticket for 2,90e) as the taxi was up to 29e in 2014.
    There are also ferries and fast hydrofoil boats to Bodrum and Datca in Turkey. There are different prices and some of them (eg. hydrofoil boats) are passenger only, no cars.

    Kalymnos dolphin Blue Star ferry Kos Airport Hippocrates OlympicAir plane to Athens tour ferry

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