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How to get to Kos

Kos (or Cos) is part of the Dodecanese island chain located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, off the Anatolian coast of Turkey and lying east of Peloponnese.

The Dodecanese also includes Rhodes, Patmos and Simi, plus several smaller islands.

The most convenient route to Kos is by air to Kos Island International Airport (KGS), located 25km (15mi) from Kos Town, around 35 minutes by bus or taxi.

Alternatively, you can fly to Milas–Bodrum Airport (BJV), located 36km (22mi) northeast of Bodrum city centre, then take a catamaran or ferry to Kos.

Kos is closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece. By high-speed catamaran, Kos is 20 minutes from Bodrum, with a twice daily service. Kos is 3 hours 35 minutes from Rhodes by car ferry.


Flight times to Kos

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Kos Island International Airport (KGS).

Within Greece: Olympic Air and Sky Express offer the most convenient daily flights to Kos.

Athens to Kos is 55 min, direct flight
Rhodes to Kos is 30 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: British Airways and easyJet offer the most convenient daily direct flights to Kos.

London to Kos is 3 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Manchester to Kos is 4 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From France: Transavia France offers the most convenient flights to Kos.

Paris to Kos is 3 hr 30 min, direct flight


From Germany: Condor Flugdeinst, Eurowings, TUIfly, Ryanair and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to Kos.

Berlin to Kos is 3 hrs, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Kos is 3 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Kos is 2 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Kos is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Munich to Kos is 2 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Transavia Holland, Sky Express, Vueling Airlines and easyJet offer the most convenient daily flights to Kos.

Atlanta to Kos is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Kos is 11 hrs 28 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Kos is 12 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Kos is 15 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Kos is 11 hrs 41 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Kos is 15 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Kos is 16 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, easyJet, Olympic Air and Sky Express offer the most convenient daily flights to Kos.

Toronto to Kos is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Kos is 11 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Kos is 15 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Scoot Tigerair, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Olympic Air and Sky Express offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Kos.

Adelaide to Kos is 26 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Kos is 24 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Kos is 23 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Kos is 24 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Kos is 22 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qatar Airways and Olympic Air offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Kos.

Auckland to Kos is 30 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Scoot Tigerair and Olympic Air offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Kos.

Singapore to Kos is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Kos Island International Airport is located 25km (15mi) from Kos Town.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxis are available outside the terminal buildings. It is recommended to agree the price before the taxi journey. Expect to pay €35-45 as an average fare.

Shuttle: Olympic Airways shuttle buses correspond with the airline's arriving and departing flights. Some hotels offer a pick-up service by prior arrangement.

Bus: KTEL local buses serve the towns of Kos, Kardamena, Kefalos and Mastihari from the bus stop immediately outside the airport.


Car rental

Car hire companies represented at Kos Island International Airport include Alamo, Budget and Hertz.


Terminal facilities

Money: There are no banking facilities at Kos Island International Airport.

Food: A café sells hot and cold drinks, and snacks in the terminal building.

Shopping: Duty-free shopping is available in the terminal building.

Wi-Fi: There are no internet or postal facilities within the terminal.

Other: There is a medical centre and a police station located at Kos Island International Airport.


Disabled facilities

Facilities for the disabled are basic. Those needing assistance at the airport should contact their airline before travel.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

The local bus service offers an inexpensive way to explore the island and access all the best beaches.

Taxis, cars, mopeds, motorcycles and bicycles are available for hire. Excursion boats offer the opportunity of visiting several nearby beaches and islands.


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Latest update: How to get to Kos: 5 February, 2020


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