The island is part of Dodecanese islands, in Greece, and it is a monument in itself. The natural landscape, the impressive architecture, the customs and the hospitality of the locals create a unique atmosphere.
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Ferries to Symi depart from Piraeus Port (in Athens) but also from Rhodes and Kos. A ferry ticket from Athens to Symi costs about '50' 'EUR' (50 Euros) for a standard seat. The ferry trip from Athens to Symi lasts for 14-19 hours. Symi island is directly connected by ferry with other islands of the Dodecanese, like Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Tilos, Leros, Patmos and more. Note tha Symi has 2 ports: Symi town and Panormitis.
Ferry Schedules to Symi
Ferries to Symi from Athens and the islands operate all year round, but connections are more frequent during the summer.
Ferry to Symi from Athens (Piraeus)
Ferries from Athens to Symi depart from Piraeus several times per week, but not every day. In the summer, there are usually afternoon ferries from Athens to Symi.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Symi? The ferry trip from Athens (Piraeus) to Symi is quite long -it lasts for 14-18 hours.
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Ferry to Symi from Rhodes
There are frequent ferry connections between Rhodes and Symi, especially in the summer. During the peak season, at least two ferries depart from Rhodes to Symi every day. The journey lasts for less than an hour. A ferry ticket from Rhodes to Symi costs '8' 'EUR' (8 Euros)-'19' 'EUR' (19 Euros).
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Ferry to Symi from Kos
Ferries from Kos to Symi operate almost daily in the peak season. The duration of the ferry trip is 1 hour and a half by a high-speed ferry and 2-5 hours by a conventional ferry. A ferry ticket from Kos to Symi costs '13' 'EUR' (13 Euros)-'26' 'EUR' (26 Euros).
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What types of ferries travel to/from Symi?
The only type of ferry that connects Athens with Symi is the conventional ferry. However, both conventional and high-speed ferries serve the itinerary from the Dodecanese islands to Symi. The ferry companies that serve itineraries to Symi are Blue Star Ferries and Dodekanisos Seaways.
Island hopping from Symi
If you’re planning your island-hopping itinerary to the Dodecanese, Symi should not be missing from your list. The most popular island-hopping routes from Symi are from Symi to Rhodes, from Symi to Kos, and from Symi to Kalymnos.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Since the ferry trip from Athens to Symi is long and usually overnight, we highly suggest booking a cabin.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Symi is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Symi to Athens.
- If you don’t want to travel directly from Athens to Symi by ferry because of the length of the journey, you could get to Rhodes by plane and then set off to Symi by ferry.
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The natural landscape, the impressive architecture, the customs and the hospitality of the locals create a unique atmosphere in Symi. The island is part of Dodecanese and it is a monument in itself.
The main village of Simi has two settlements: Ano Symi or Chorio that is built along the slopes of a hill, and Gialos, the port of the island. Colorful stone houses are spread amphitheatrically around the port, creating wonderful scenery.
In Symi, you will find pebbled beaches surrounded by lovely greenery. Some beaches are organized, while others are secluded. Worth to visit is the Monastery of Panormitis, on the southern side of the island.
Why visit Symi?
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Symi for picturesque architecture, beautiful landscapes, delightful nature, and delicious cuisine!
- The main village in Symi consists of two settlements: Ano Symi (or Chorio) and Gialos.
- The highlight of Symi is the colorful houses that cover the hill behind the port.
- Symi has two ports, Panormitis and Yialos.
- In Symi, you’ll find many pebbled beaches surrounded by nature.
- The most picturesque spot in Symi is Yialos, the island’s port.
The best season to visit Symi
The best time of the year to visit Symi is from May to September when the weather is good and ferries connections are more frequent.
Is Symi for you?
Symi is a dreamy island, ideal for those who love colorful architecture, verdant nature, and good food. It is also a great destination for excursions from other islands of the Dodecanese.
Sightseeing in Symi
Some places worth visiting in Symi are the Monastery of Panormitis, the Venetian Castle, the Monastery of Roukouniotis, the Nautical Museum, and the Archaeological and Folklore Museum.
More about Symi
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Available ports in Symi
About Panormitis Port
Connected ports to Panormitis
Chalki - Fourni - Nisyros - Rhodes - Samos, Pythagorio - Symi, Port - Tilos
The port of Panormitis is located on the southern side of Symi Island. It is actually the second port of Symi and ferries occasionally arrive there. The village has few houses and it is dominated by the Monastery of Archangel Michael right on the port.
In summer, Panormitis is linked by boat to Gialos, the main port of the island.
About Symi Port
Connected ports to Symi
Athens, Piraeus - Agathonisi - Amorgos, Katapola - Chalki - Anafi - Kalymnos - Kasos - Kastelorizo - Kos, Port - Leros - Lipsi - Naxos - Nisyros - Paros - Patmos - Rhodes - Samos, Pythagorio - Santorini (Thira) - Symi, Panormitis - Tilos - Tinos - Turkey, Bodrum - Turkey, Marmaris
A tiny picturesque island of Dodecanese, Symi is located north of Rhodes. The port of Symi, Gialos, receives ferries from Piraeus and all the Dodecanese islands.
There is a bus that connects Gialos, with the beaches on the northern side of the island. From Panormitis, you can reach Gialos by boat.