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Fishing boats in a beach near Symi

Symi 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 8 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Symi. Anes Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Dodekanisos Seaways, Makri Travel, Saos Ferries, Sea Dreams, Sebeco Lines and Sky Marine Ferries all operate ferries to and from Symi. In the summer season, there are a total of 87 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Rhodes to Symi with 35 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Symi is Panormitis (Symi) with a distance of just 7.2 kilometres - that's 4 miles or 4 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Piraeus at a distance of 407 kilometres - that's about 253 miles or about 220 nautical miles.

The port of Symi is located on the northern side of Symi and serves as the island's busiest seaport. Note that the island may also be spelled 'Syme' or 'Simi'. The port is a medium sized port and is generally moderately busy but is busiest in the summer.

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

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

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Why visit Symi?

  • Enjoy a Greek coffee at one of the traditional "cafes" in the promenade. Most shops are located in the main squares, Kampos at the old shipyard and Skala
  • Climb the hundreds of steps to reach Ano (upper) Symi, known as Kali Strata. The panoramic view from the summit will reward your journey

Island hopping around  Symi

Symi is one of the Dodecanese islands and so it’s the ideal base if you want to hop from island to island not only to Dodecanes islands but also to North Aegean Sea. You can easily book quick ferries to Kastellorizo, Samos, Patmos, Kalymnos and others.

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Symi port address & GPS

Symi Port
Yialos, Symi, 85600, Greece.
Telephone: +30 22460 71205
GPS Co-ordinates
27.8386 ° N, 36.6158 ° E

Symi port facilities

Symi port is located directly in the capital town of the island. You can find hotels, car rentals, restaurants, grocery stores, and cafes.

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

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

Getting to and from the port


By car

The port is located in the main town of Yialos so it’s very easy to reach the port by car.

By Taxi

As the port is near the town it is just a short ride by taxi. (Tip: There aren't many taxis on the island so in August it may be an idea to pre-book or to organise a transfer with your hotel.)

By Bus

There are buses to the port from the town and the villages.
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 Symi ferries

Flights to Symi Symi does not have an airport. If you are flying from an international location, you can travel first to Athens before taking a ferry from the port of Piraeus or you can travel first to Rhodes or Kos before taking the ferry. Rhodes and Kos are nearby and offer flights from European destinations in the summer. Ferries to Symi The most popular way to reach Symi is by ferry. The most popular way to reach Symi is from Piraeus. Many people also do a tour around the Dodecanese and include Symi on their itinerary.
Symi is served by Blue Star Ferries, Dodekanisos Seaways, and Anes Ferries. The less known ferry company Sea Dreams also provides ferries to and from the port of Panormitis.
  • Route: Piraeus (Athens) to Symi: Average one way cost per person traveling on foot in July: € 50
Opposite the port, you will find the Symi Tours travel agency. Here you can get your tickets for Blue Star Ferriesa and Dodekanisos Seaways printed.
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.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Symi:

  • 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 Symi can save hours of your journey time, but if you want to take it easy and save money then avoid fast ferries.
You can travel to Symi from these mainland ports:
  • Piraeus: Runs all year about three times per week with a duration of around 14 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.
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You can take your bike with you for free to or from Symi if you travel on large ships such as those from the companies Blue Star Ferries and others. 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. Symi 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.
Symi 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.

Latest prices for Symi ferries

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  • Booked: 25th June, 2021
  • Travel: 26th June
  • People: One foot passenger
Fare details
  • Booked: 6th February, 2024
  • Travel: 22nd April
  • People: One foot passenger

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