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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.

The port of Rhodes
The port of Rhodes

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.

Enjoying the view in the Greek Islands
Enjoying the view in the Greek Islands

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.

Reviews

  • 21 Oct 2019
    Day trip to Kos
    • Very pleased with the comfort and quality of service ,boat was a little late picking me up on return from Kos but it did have a Donkey on board which was fab to see.

      Review by BRIAN ROBERTSON

  • 26 Sep 2019
    Enjoyable journey
    • Lovely way to move from island to island. Ferry stops very briefly at Symi with efficient loading and unloading and prompt getaway. Comfortable journey.

      Review by Anon

  • 01 Aug 2019
    Travelling to Symi
    • No problems with this ferry journey. It was on time and was quick. Easy to book the journey on the internet and then we swapped the confirmation for tickets at the port. No issues. It was pretty quick to Symi taking only about 1hour 15 mins and there are different options for where to sit - on deck, on the lower deck, or in the air con compartment.

      Review by Rebecca

  • 12 Jul 2019
    ferry
    • embarking and disembarking could be easier as I have slight walking problems

      Review by CAROL BUSH

  • 01 Jul 2019
    Very easy check in and good value ticket
    • Very easy to book with Aferry and a well equipped ferry.

      Review by CLARE

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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, Dodecanese Flying Dolphins and Dodekanisos Seaways.

Where can I get a ferry to in Dodecanese Islands?

With AFerry you can book a ferry to Kalymnos, Kos, 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 Rhodes - Patmos with Dodekanisos Seaways and takes 7 min, while the longest crossing is Piraeus - Kastelorizo with Blue Star Ferries and can take up to 22 hrs 40 min.