Ferry to the Dodecanese Islands


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You can use AFerry to book ferries to the Dodecanese Islands including Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos and Kaparthos. AFerry offers a variety of ferries to the Dodecanese Islands, see below for timetables and the latest special offers.

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How to book your Dodecanese Island ferry

Booking a ferry to, in, or from the Dodecanese couldn't be easier with AFerry. You can either use the booking form at the top left of the page.

About the Dodecanese Islands

The twelve islands in the Dodecanese chain, including the islands of Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos and Kaparthos, each have a different distinctive and are well worth a visit.

Perhaps you were looking for other islands in the Aegean, such as the Aegean Islands, the Cyclades Islands, the Ionian Islands or even to Crete.

Dodecanese Islands Travel Guide

Set on the far East of the Aegean sea, near to Turkey, our ancestors used to call these the South Sporades Islands. However, following an Italian occupation during the first half of the last century (during a phase in which Italy was desperate for some sense of Empire and would have occupied the local greengrocer if it had been sunny there), they became known as the Dodecanese Islands.

Why Dodecanese islands? That might be the first question that comes to your mind when you hear their name. Well - you need to cast your mind back to primary school maths lessons and playing with shapes. Remember the Dodecagon - it had 12 sides. The Dodecahedron was a ball made up of 12 twelve-sided shapes. I dare you to hazard a guess as to how many islands there are in the Dodecanese island chain.

Rhodes harbour
Rhodes harbour is a pretty amazing place to be

Getting around the Dodecanese islands

Unless you have your own private yacht with which to travel between the islands, you are probably going to need to catch a ferry to travel from one island to the other. Fortunately, AFerry just happens to be the best place to book these ferries.

Once on the island, your methods of travel vary. Some islands are so small they can be easily walked or even cycled (though bear in mind these islands are made up of submerged mountains: they are not going to be a cycle through your local park!). Others are bigger and need a car or taxi to get around. Alternatively, you can take advantage of one of the busy local buses who are always scurrying around to ensure people get to the best place possible.

the island of Symi
the island of Symi is one of the friendliest in Greece

Things to see in the Dodecanese islands

Each island has its own charms, from Symi, which is reputed to be the most friendly island in the whole of Greece, through the island of Patmos where St John wrote the book of Revelation, to Karparthos' opportunities for scuba diving.

The island of Rhodes, being the biggest island in the chain, deserves a special mention here. This is a island full of quaint towns, golf courses and restaurants, all built on a foundation of stunning rose coloured rock. Rhodes was famous in prehistoric times for the islands of Lindos, Ialysos, and Kameiros, which were mentioned in Homer. The local dialect is a lyrical mix of Greek, Turkish and Italian, though English and German are also well spoken. Apparently, some of the locals even speak Finnish, though you may be hunting for a while to prove this theory.

Rhodes was famous in prehistoric times for the islands of Lindos, Ialysos, and Kameiros, which were mentioned in Homer.

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the Dodecanese Islands Popular Questions

Want to know more about your journey to the Dodecanese Islands? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

Which ferries go to Dodecanese Islands?

Ferries to Dodecanese Islands are operated by Blue Star Ferries and Dodekanisos Seaways.

Where can I get a ferry to in Dodecanese Islands?

With AFerry you can book a ferry to Agathonisi, Kalymnos, Leros, Lipsi and Patmos to name a few.

How long is the ferry to Dodecanese Islands?

It depends where and when you travel. The quickest crossing to Dodecanese Islands is Leros - Lipsi with Dodekanisos Seaways and takes 20 min, while the longest crossing is Piraeus - Kastelorizo with Blue Star Ferries and can take up to 22 hrs 40 min.