Kos is located in the Aegean islands and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, other ports in the Aegean islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
There are 2 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Kos. Blue Star Ferries and Dodekanisos Seaways both operate ferries to and from Kos. In the summer season, there are a total of 103 sailings per week.
The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Rhodes to Kos with 14 sailings per week.
The port or island closest to Kos is Kalymnos with a distance of just 29 kilometres - that's 18 miles or 16 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.
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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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.
If you go to a non central agency may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.
You can travel to Kos from these mainland ports:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.