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Bodrum (Turkey) to Patmos (Greece)

August 2012

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EUR 30 (Bodrum to Kos Return) and EUR 65 (Kos to Patmos Return)
We traveled from Bodrum in Turkey to the idyllic island of Patmos in August 2012. The first leg of the journey is to get from Bodrum to Kos, one of the larger Dodecanese islands. There are several Turkish ferry companies operating on the route as well as the Greek ones. For more information and departure timetables refer to and The sailing takes about 45 minutes and costs EUR 30 open-return per adult. The ferries leave Bodrum Harbour at 9.00/9.30 a.m. pretty much daily and return to Kos at 4.30 or 5.00 p.m. (for those who are only planning a day trip to Greece from Bodrum). There are also some boats leaving Bodrum area for Kos from the neighbouring resort/town of Turgutreis. However, there are fewer boats compared to Bodrum Harbour. Arriving in Greece from Turkey and crossing EU/non-EU border was very straightforward with no major immigration/customs delays when we travelled. Once in Greece, the only ferry company that serves most inhabited Dodecanese islands is Dodekanisos Seaways ( There are no more than 1-2 boats going to Patmos daily (even during the high-tourist season) and we strongly recommend those intending to visit the island to check the departure times well in advance. The ferry stops at Kalymnos, Leros, and Lipsi islands en-route to Patmos to pick up and drop off passengers. For those with time on their hands, stopping at one of those islands might be a good idea. The tickets to Patmos cost about EUR 65 per person (open-return) and the sailing takes about 2.5 hours with all the stop-overs. Once on board, the views from the outside terrace over the Aegean Sea are amazing and the trip is very relaxing and smooth. We would like to emphasize that there is no airport at Patmos and ferries are pretty much the only way to get to the island. The nearest international airports are at Kos or Samos (albeit there are domestic flights from Leros). With population under 3000, Patmos is the ideal place to get away from it all. Although there are many family-run tavernas, cafes and guesthouses on the island, there is no vibrant nightlife or party scene as such. The place certainly does not feel over-run with tourists, unlike some of the larger Greek islands in the summer. The best hotel on the island is a 3-star establishment (the quality is reasonable) in Skala by the sea front. The major point of interest is the 11th century Orthodox Monastery of St. John the Evangelist in Hora and the Sacred Cave of the Apocalypse. The beaches are not overcrowded and the easiest way to get around the island is to take a taxi from Skala or rent a motorbike/small car as the public transport is rather limited.