Samos is located in the North-Eastern side of the Aegean, in Greece. It is one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea. It has vast areas of greenery, wonderful beaches with clean water and picturesque villages all over its territory.
You will find below information about how to get to Samos by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Samos and its ports, with many photos.
Ferries to Samos depart from Piraeus port in Athens, as well as from several Aegean islands and Turkey. The ferry trip to Samos lasts for 1.5-11.5 hours, depending on where you depart from. The cost of a ferry ticket to Samos is '16' 'EUR' (16 Euros) - '50' 'EUR' (50 Euros) for a standard seat. Samos is directly connected by ferry with islands like Rhodes, Patmos, Syros, Mykonos, Kos, and Symi.
Note that Samos has 3 ports: Karlovassi, Pythagorio and Vathi.
Ferry Schedules to Samos
There are direct ferries from Piraeus to Samos and indirect ferries from Rafina to Samos (via Mykonos) throughout the summer. What’s more, ferries from the Cyclades to Samos and from the Dodecanese to Samos are frequent in peak season.
Ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Samos (Vathi & Karlovasi)
During peak season, there are 1-3 ferries from Piraeus to Vathi & Karlovasi ports almost every day. The duration of the trip is 8.5-11.5 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '50' 'EUR' (50 Euros)
> Book your ferry tickets to Samos from Athens (Piraeus)
Ferry from Mykonos to Samos (Karlovasi)
There are ferries from Mykonos to Samos at least once a week during the summer. The duration of the ferry trip is 3 hours and 45 minutes and the cost of a ferry ticket is '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Samos from Mykonos
Ferry from Patmos to Samos (Pythagorio)
There are usually 2 ferry connections per day between Patmos and Pythagorio port in Samos. The duration of the ferry trip from Patmos to Samos is 2.5-5 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '9' 'EUR' (9 Euros) - '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Samos from Patmos
Ferry from Leros to Samos (Pythagorio)
In peak season, there are 2 ferries per day from Leros to Samos (Pythagorio). The duration of the ferry trip from Leros to Samos is 2.5-6 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '12' 'EUR' (12 Euros) - '36' 'EUR' (36 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Samos from Leros
Ferry from Chios to Samos (Vathi)
Ferries depart from Chios to Samos at least 3 times per week. The ferry trip from Chios to Samos lasts for 2.5 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '13' 'EUR' (13 Euros).
> Book your ferry tickets to Samos from Chios
What types of ferries travel to/from Samos?
Island hopping from Samos
Samos is a very good base for island-hopping to the Aegean islands. Some of the most popular island-hopping itineraries from Samos are from Samos to Rhodes, from Samos to Mykonos, from Samos to Syros, from Samos to Chios and from Samos to Leros.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Samos has 3 ports: Vathi, Karlovasi, and Pythagorio. So, make sure you check at which port you arrive before your trip!
- The best way to plan your trip to Samos is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August.
- The ferry trip from Athens to Samos is long and usually overnight, so we highly recommend booking a cabin.
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INFORMATION ABOUT SAMOS
Samos is one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea. It has vast areas of greenery, wonderful beaches with clean water and picturesque villages all over its territory.
The capital of Samos is Vathi, located on the eastern part of the island. It is known for its lovely waterfront and the elegant mansions in the central square. Other beautiful villages are Karlovasi, which along with Vathi are the main ports of Samos, and Pythagorio. All three villages offer a lot of tourist amenities, some interesting sights to see and amazing beaches close by.
The most famous tourist resort on Samos is Kokkari, a very long and pebbled beach lined by taverns and hotels. Other beautiful beaches are Psili Ammos, Tsamadou, Lemonakia and Mykali. Many beaches in Samos are organized and a lot of watersports clubs are located there. However, there are also some secluded coves to enjoy tranquility and privacy.
The mainland of Samos is mountainous and lush green. Forests of pine and plane trees dot the landscape and they are crossed by nice trekking routes. Some caves can be found here and there, such as the cave of Pythagoras, the famous ancient mathematician, near Marathokampos. Pythagoras was living and hiding in this cave when the tyrant of Samos was caching him.
Other sites to see on Samos are the Tunnel of Eupalinus, which was actually an aqueduct in the ancient times, the Castle of Logothetis in Pythagorio and the Heraion that are the remains of the ancient temple of Hera.
Why visit Samos?
Hop on a ferry to Samos for enduring history, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, and crystal clear water.
- The capital of Samos is Vathi, a village located on the eastern part of the island.
- Some of the most beautiful beaches in Samos are Psili Ammos, Tsamadou, Lemonakia and Mykali.
- The most famous tourist resort on Samos is Kokkari, a very long and pebbled beach lined by taverns and hotels.
The best season to visit Samos
The best season to visit Samos is the summer. It is the best time of the year to explore nature, swim in mesmerizing waters, and hike.
Is Samos for you?
If you’re searching for a quiet destination off the beaten tourist trail to enjoy relaxing holidays, Samos is an idyllic choice.
Sightseeing in Samos
Some beautiful places to visit in Samos are the Heraion Sanctuary, the Tunnel of Eupalinus, the Castle of Lykourgos Logothetis, and the Archaeological Museum.
Photos of Samos
Available ports in Samos
About Karlovassi Port
Connected ports to Karlovassi
Athens, Piraeus - Ag.eystratios - Chios, Port - Fourni - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Ikaria, Evdilos - Inousses - Karpathos, Port - Kavala - Kos, Port - Lesvos (Mitilini) - Limnos - Mykonos - Rhodes - Samos, Vathi - Syros - Tinos
Karlovassi is located on the northwestern side of Samos. This is the second commercial port of the island after Vathi and it gets popular in summer due to its closeness to fabulous beaches.
There are buses that frequently connect Karlovassi to Vathi, crossing all the northern side of Samos. Via Vathi Karlovassi is also connected by bus to other villages on the central and southern part of the island.
Photos of Karlovassi port
About Pythagorio Port
Connected ports to Pythagorio
Agathonisi - Fourni - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Kalymnos - Kos, Port - Leros - Lipsi - Patmos - Rhodes - Symi, Port - Turkey, Bodrum - Turkey, Kusadasi
Pythagorio is a small port on the southern side of Samos. It usually receives local ferries between islands of Dodecanese and Eastern Aegean.
Pythagorio is connected by bus to Vathi and other beaches on the southern side. Via Vathi it is also connected by bus to beaches on the northern side of Samos.
Photos of Pythagorio port
About Vathi Port
Connected ports to Vathi
Athens, Piraeus - Ag.eystratios - Chios, Port - Fourni - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Ikaria, Evdilos - Inousses - Kavala - Kos, Port - Lesvos (Mitilini) - Limnos - Mykonos - Patmos - Rhodes - Samos, Karlovassi - Syros - Tinos - Turkey, Kusadasi
Vathi is the capital and main port of Samos island. The port of Vathi is frequently connected with Piraeus and various islands of Cyclades, Dodecanese and Eastern Aegean. In summer, there is daily boat connection to Kusadasi Turkey.
Buses connect the port of Vathi to almost all villages and beaches around Samos. The schedule is very frequent, mostly in high season. The central bus station is 10 min walk from the port, in the centre of Vathi.