The island of Kos is part of the Dodecanese complex, in Greece, very close to Rhodes and the coasts of Turkey. It is a popular island attracting many tourists during the summer season. It is the biggest island of the group and offers many kilometers of coast and therefore many beautiful sandu beaches.
You will find below information about how to get to Kos by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Kos and its ports, with many photos.
Ferries to Kos depart from Piraeus port in Athens. The ferry trip from Athens to Kos lasts for about 11-14 hours. The cost of a ferry ticket from Athens to Kos is approx. '56' 'EUR' (56 Euros) for a standard seat.
Kos island is also directly connected by ferry with Rhodes, Samos, Symi, Kalymnos and other islands.
Note tha Kos has 2 ports: Port of town and Mastichari.
Ferry Schedules to Kos
There is a ferry to Kos from Athens every day. In the summer, ferry routes are more frequent and there are also many daily ferries to Kos from other islands of the Dodecanese.
Ferry to Kos from Athens
Ferries depart from Athens (Piraeus) to Kos daily. The ferry trip from Piraeus to Kos lasts for 11-14 hours. The cost of a ferry ticket from Athens to Kos is '52' 'EUR' (52 Euros)
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Ferry to Kos from Patmos
During the summer, there are daily ferry connections between Patmos and Kos. The ferry trip from Patmos to Kos lasts for 3-3.5 hours and the cost of the ferry ticket vary between '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) and '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros).
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Ferry to Kos from Rhodes
There are at least 3 daily ferries from Rhodes to Kos during peak season. The ferry trip from Rhodes to Kos lasts for 2.5-8 hours and the ferry ticket vary between '17' 'EUR' (17 Euros) and '34' 'EUR' (34 Euros).
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Ferry to Kos from Kalymnos
There are frequent ferry connections between Kalymnos and Kos every day. The duration of the ferry trip from Kalymnos to Kos is 30-45 minutes and the cost of the ferry ticket vary between '7.5' 'EUR' (7.5 Euros) and '16' 'EUR' (16 Euros).
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Ferry to Kos from Symi
There is at least one ferry from Symi to Kos every day throughout peak season. The ferry trip from Symi to Kos lasts for 1.5-4.5 hours and the cost of the ferry ticket vary between '13' 'EUR' (13 Euros) and '26' 'EUR' (26 Euros).
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What types of ferries travel to/from Kos?
The types of ferries that sail to Kos are high-speed/catamaran ferries (mainly from other Dodecanese islands) and conventional ferries. The ferry companies that serve itineraries to Kos are Blue Star Ferries, Anek Lines, and Dodekanisos Seaways.
Island hopping from Kos
During the high season, there are frequent ferry connections between Kos and the Dodecanese islands. Some of the most popular island-hopping routes from Kos are from Kos to Rhodes, from Kos to Kalymnos, from Kos to Patmos, and from Kos to Symi.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Kos has two ports: Kos port and Mastihari port. Make sure you double-check at which port you arrive.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Kos is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. The same applies to the trip from Kos to Athens.
- The ferry trip from Athens to Kos is long and usually overnight, so booking a cabin is highly recommended.
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INFORMATION ABOUT KOS
The island of Kos is part of the Dodecanese complex, very close to Rhodes and the coasts of Turkey. In the ancient times, it was known for its Asclepieion, a kind of medical centre dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine. This is where the great physician Hippocrates, who is today known as the father of medicine, used to work.
The island reached its peak in the Venetian Times, when it became an important commercial centre. The Venetians also built many impressive castles on the island, to protect it from enemies and pirates. Kos followed the historical course of the rest of Dodecanese and, after a long conquest from the Turks and the Italians, it was integrated to the Greek State in 1948.
Kos today is much developed in terms of tourism. In fact, it is one of the most popular Greek islands and has developed high quality tourist amenities. Kardamena, Kefalos, Mastichari, Tigaki, Psalidi and Paradise are only some of the beach resorts of Kos, which are well-organized and have clean water. Beach parties take frequently part there and most of them last all night long.
Apart from popular beaches, Kos also has many sights to visit. The strong Nerantzia Castle right in the port of Kos Town was originally built by the Byzantines and was later fortified by the Venetians. The Hippocrates Plane Tree in the centre of Kos Town is 500 years old and is said to be a descendant of the ancient tree under which Hippocrates would teach medical practices to his disciplines. The archaeological site of Asclepieion and the Ancient Agora are also quite popular and well-preserved.
Surrounded by wonderful beaches, Kos is the island of contrasts: it can be very popular or very isolate. There are busy beaches, like Kardamena and Kefalos, but you can also discover beaches to be totally on your own.
Why visit Kos?
Hop on a ferry to Kos for cosmopolitan ambiance, enduring history, archaeological sites, and nature exploration.
- Kos is the third biggest island in the Dodecanese island complex, after Rhodes and Karpathos.
- In ancient times, Kos was famous for the Asklepieion, a medical center dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine.
- Kardamena, Kefalos, Mastichari, Tigaki, Psalidi, and Paradise are some of the most popular beach resorts of Kos.
The best season to visit Kos
Kos is beautiful all year round. However, the best seasons to visit the island in terms of weather conditions are late spring, the summer, and early autumn.
Is Kos for you?
Kos is perfect for those who are searching for a cosmopolitan destination with top resorts and stunning beaches. The island is also a popular destination for family holidays.
Sightseeing in Kos
Some of the top places to visit in Kos are the Asklepieion, the Ancient Gymnasium, the Ottoman Mosques, the Basilicas of Saint Stephen, and Nerantzia Castle.
More about Kos
Discover more online resources about Kos island:
- Kos by Wikipedia: Kos by the most famous online Encyclopedia.
Photos of Kos
Available ports in Kos
About Kos Mastihari Port
Connected ports to Kos Mastihari
Kalymnos - Leros - Lipsi - Patmos - Pserimos
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About Kos Port
Connected ports to Kos
Athens, Piraeus - Agathonisi - Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Chalki - Chios, Port - Anafi - Fourni - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Kalymnos - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kastelorizo - Leros - Lipsi - Naxos - Nisyros - Paros - Patmos - Pserimos - Rhodes - Samos, Karlovassi - Samos, Pythagorio - Samos, Vathi - Santorini (Thira) - Symi, Port - Syros - Tilos - Tinos
The main port of Kos is located in Kos Town. It receives ferries from Piraeus and other Dodecanese islands.
Buses in Kos are quite frequent. There are blue buses for transport in Kos Town and green buses that go to villages and beaches all around the island. All buses stop at the port.