Have you ever considered going to Rhodes by ferry? I know that it is more time consuming than taking a plane, but it is also much cheaper….way cheaper than plane tickets.
And not to mention the experience! If you don’t have sea sickness and want to have a very relaxing and comfortable journey while admiring the islands from the nearby area, then ferry is the right choice.
There are daily ferries from Piraeus port to Rhodes. Piraeus port is the closest port to the international airport of Athens, the Greece capital. The ferries usually leave between 1 PM to 6 PM and there is a 17 hours journey from this port to the destination.
If you choose to travel to the economy cabin then our advice is to book your tickets in advance, especially if it is peak season. Otherwise, you might be left behind as the tickets sell out very easily.
Another great way to get to Rhodes by ferry is to buy your tickets at the private cabin, where you can rest over the long journey and why not take a nap!
There is not a non-stop ferry from Piraeus to Rhodes. Along the road, you will stop in many other beautiful and interesting ports from various islands. The most frequent stops are in Kalymnos, Kos, Patmos and Leros. There are also journeys with stops on Santorini, Crete or Mykonos, but you should check the journey scheduler before buying your tickets.
You might find various journey combinations which include also the islands from the nearby distance of Rhodes, but the trips are not daily and some of them are only in peak season.
There are some reliable ferry companies which you might use if you want to reach Rhodes by ferry, and here I would like to remind Blue Star which is the most used ferry company.
You can buy your tickets online and reserve your place in advance, just to be sure that you will be on the ferry you want.
There are also ferries which link Rhodes island with Marmaris town from Turkey. The journey lasts for about one hour and there are daily boats between these two places.
The tickets, as well as the information about the ferry schedule, can be obtained from the port or from any travel agency which sells ferry tickets for this route.
The boats leave the ports early in the morning and come back late in the evening. So, if you want to do a daily trip this is a perfect idea. Just one thing! Don’t forget that you will travel between two countries so passports and for some of you a visa might be required.
Prices for Rhodes ferries from Piraeus
A one-way ticket ferry from Piraeus to Rhodes for one person starts from 50 Eur for an economy ticket and from 90 eur for a cabin.
The prices vary depending on the period you choose to travel and on what type of ticket you choose. If you like to travel in style and want to stay in a single deluxe cabin with a window you may end up paying 135 eur.
Prices for Rhodes by ferry from Marmaris, Turkey
A one-way ticket price starts from 35 eur, while the two-way ticket starts from 40 eur. The main difference for the way ticket is the date when you want to come back: if both journeys are on the same day, then the ticket price is 40 eur. But if you choose to return on a different day than when you go, then the price is higher; it can reach 50 eur.
On some ferries, you might take your car with you, but I would not recommend you to do that. The best thing you can do if you want to explore the island is to rent a car directly from Rhodes.
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It is advisable to rent a car because the island has many interesting attractions spread in different places.
Travelling with public transport might restrict your access to some places while taking a taxi is a little bit too expensive.