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Kos is located in the Dodecanese and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, Turkey, the Aegean islands, the Cyclades and other ports in the Dodecanese.

There are 7 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Kos. Blue Star Ferries, Dodekanisos Seaways, Exas Shipping Service, Lafasi Marine, Makri Travel, Saos Ferries and Sky Marine Ferries all operate ferries to and from Kos. In the summer season, there are a total of 136 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Bodrum to Kos with 25 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Kos is Bodrum with a distance of just 20 kilometres - that's 12 miles or 11 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Piraeus at a distance of 344 kilometres - that's about 214 miles or about 186 nautical miles.

The port of Kos is located in Kos town at the end of the famous Akti Koundourioti boulevard. Kos is the second most popular island of Dodecanese, after Rhodes. The port is a very big port and is generally very busy but is busiest in the summer.

Ferries to Kos are normally available throughout the year but there are fewer sailings in the winter. Kos is served by a mix of fast and conventional ferries but predominantly conventional ferries.

You can travel to or from Kos with your vehicle or on foot. And normally you can take a bike with you or a pet.

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Kos ferry schedules

Why visit Kos?

  • Go see the tree of Hippocrates. It's in the town near the port.
  • Visit the impressive Roman amphitheatre just behind Kos town.
  • Visit the medieval settlement of Palia Pyli on side of Mount Dikeos.
  • Have fun renting a bike. Kos town is quite flat and great fun to see on bike. Outside town there are also lots of trails to explore.
  • Visit the hot springs in Therma beach. Some people swear by the healing qualities of the mud.

Island hopping around  Kos

Kos is in the centre of the Dodecanese and so it’s the ideal base if you want to hop from island to island. You can easily book quick ferries to Crete, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Rhodes, and others.

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Kos port address & GPS

Kos Port
Kos, 85300, Greece.
Telephone: +30 22420 26594
GPS Co-ordinates
27.2903 ° N, 36.8983 ° E

Kos port facilities

Kos has three ports. The basic port is located directly in the capital town of the island. You can find covered seating areas and there are many cafes and restaurants nearby.

No parking facilities, long or short term, are available.

In the summer months the port can become quite chaotic with long queues for cars. So please arrive at least one hour in advance if traveling by car. For more information about Kos, you can visit Wikipedia.

Getting to and from the port

car

By car

The port is well connected and signposted so it is easy to go there by car.
taxi

By Taxi

If you walk toward the town, after the end of the pier (turning right) and cross the road you will find taxis gathered in a semi-circular parking space. When ferries arrive however, you may find taxis lined up closer to the port. Unlike on other islands like Mykonos and Santorini, taxis are not normally in short supply.
bus

By Bus

There is a bus stop just outside the port at the end of the pier with town busses and intercity busses too including the one for the airport. The journey to the airport is about 40 minutes and in the summer there are frequent trips.
on foot

On Foot

As the port is located in the main town it’s very easy to go there on foot.

Frequently asked questions for Kos ferries

Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries you can travel with an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket or save it to your phone.
If you don't get an e-ticket you will have to print your ticket. To get your ticket printed make sure you have a printout or a copy of your reservation on your phone and a valid form of photographic ID - for example, your passport or ID card.
If you don't use an e-ticket, in Kos around the port you will find all the central agencies for the ferry companies. These will always be open around the time of your ferry. By going to a central agency you won't pay to have your ticket printed. There will be a sign outside the door or you'll be referred there by the agency.

If you go to a non central agency may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.

Route: Piraeus (Athens) to Kos: Average one-way cost per person traveling on foot in July: €57
Kos is most popular in the summer months but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October. There are also plenty of places to visit in the winter.
Kos is served by Blue Star Ferries, Dodekanisos Seaways, Lafasi and Exas Shipping Serivces.

You can travel to Kos from these mainland ports:

  • Piraeus
    Runs all year. About 3 hours with a fast ferry or 4 and half hours with a conventional ferry.
  • Rafina
    Direct ferries only in the summer. Conventional ferries only. About 4 to 6 hours.
  • Lavrio
    Direct ferries in the summer only. Conventional ferries only. About 7 hours.
  • On foot: Please arrive at least one hour before you travel
  • By car: Please arrive at least two hours before you travel and in July and August allow for traffic jams on your journey

Yes, you can take your dog or other pet on the ferry but it isn't possible to book a space in the kennel in advance. All Greek ships by law must have some kennel space.

  • On conventional ferries

    If you are traveling on a conventional ferry (not a fast ferry or catamaran) there is normally space available in the kennels and you should also be able to have your dog on all deck areas (but not inside) with you. Strictly speaking, this at the discretion of the ferry company but in general you should have no issues - though please take a muzzle with you just in case and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Small sized dogs and cats can travel in the ship as long as they stay inside a special travel box.

    The other option, for absolute peace of mind, is to book a pet cabin. These are like normal cabins but have linoleum flooring. They are also available for day crossings at reasonable prices. This way you don't have to worry about finding space in the kennels and you and your dog or cat can relax. In July and August ferries can get very busy with people and other dogs.

  • On fast ferries or catamarans

    Fast ferries and catamarans will also have kennels but these will be limited in number. In addition, the majority of fast ferries (though there are exceptions) don't have open deck space accessible throughout the journey, so you will not be able to stay out with your pet during your crossing. However, if your pet is small and inside a travel box you will be able to keep him or her inside.

Yes, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or Mastercard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.
You can take your bike with you for free to or from Kos if you travel on large ships such as those from the company Blue Star Ferries. However, on ships without a garage, bicycles are normally not allowed inside. You'll see if the ship has a garage when making your reservation. Kos can be busy in the summer so it is a good idea to tell a member of the port staff that you have a bike in case you might need extra assistance.
Flights to Kos You can fly to Kos International Airport (KGS) which has domestic flights all year largely from Athens and Thessaloniki. In the summer months, the airport also offers international connections within Europe from the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Ferries to Kos Taking the ferry is the most popular way to reach the island from destinations within Greece and with a port near the center of town and frequent connections to Athens and nearby islands it is easy and convenient.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Kos:

  • Book in advance Prices always go up the closer you book to your departure date.
  • Compare ferry companies side by side using a service like Zas Ferries
  • Don't take a fast ferry Fast ferries to Kos can save hours of your journey time, but if you want to take it easy and save money then avoid fast ferries.
  • Choose an inside cabin If you want travel in a cabin and don't need a view, inside cabins are always cheaper.

Latest prices for Kos ferries

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  • Booked: 10th March, 2021
  • Travel: 1st April
  • People: One foot passenger
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  • Booked: 21st March, 2024
  • Travel: 20th July
  • People: Two foot passengers

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Located in the hora

Overall Rating
Rated 4 out of 5
About the Reviewer: Foot passenger
Ferry Company:Blue Star Ferries
Travel Month:July
Year of Travel:2022
Port Facilities:
Rated 1 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
Foot Passengers - Getting There & Around:
Rated 5 out of 5
August 12, 2022
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I think it's a bit difficult to describe this as a port. It's at the end of a long pier. About 500 meters. It's right in the center. You can't miss it. For the Greek islands it's one of the best because there is plenty of space for people and the ferries. The taxis you can find at the end of the pier and it's in the chora (tha main town) so you can normally just walk to your hotel or airbnb if you are staying in the town.
There are no shops or anything (and I think no toilets?! but maybe there are public ones, I don't remember). But if you have to wait there are many cafes and bars near by.

Review Submitted ByIsabella Miller

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