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How to get to Patmos

Patmos is located in the Dodecanese island group, which lie east of the Peloponnese. Patmos is closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece.

As well as Patmos, the Dodecanese Islands comprise Simi, Kos, Leros and Rhodes, plus a number of smaller islands.

There is no airport on Patmos. The closest airports are located on Leros and Kos islands, about 37km (23mi) and 100km (62mi) respectively from Patmos.

The most convenient route to Patmos is by air to Athens International Airport (ATH), then a connecting flight to Leros Municipal Airport (LRS), followed by catamaran or ferry to Patmos.

Note: Depending on your incoming flight, you may experience a long stopover of up to 5 hours in transit at Athens Airport.

High-speed catamarans make the trip between Leros and Patmos in 53 minutes, five times a week.

While Kos International Airport (KGS) is the busier of the two airports and receives international flights during the summer season, as well as domestic flights from Athens, the sea journey to Patmos is longer, taking around 3 hours 20 minutes by ferry, or 2 hours 6 minutes by high-speed catamaran.

Alternatively, you can fly to Athens International Airport (ATH) and catch a ferry from the port of Piraeus, taking about 9 hours.

If you're already island hopping, then numerous ferries and catamarans connect Patmos with other islands in the Dodecanese, including Lipsi, Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes.


Flight times to Leros

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Leros Municipal Airport (LRS) from Athens.

Within Greece: Olympic Air offers the most convenient daily flights to Leros.

Athens to Leros is 1 hr, direct flight


Flight times to Athens

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Athens International Airport (ATH).

From United Kingdom: British Airways, Aegean Airlines and easyJet offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

London to Athens is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Manchester to Athens is 3 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

Dublin to Athens is 4 hrs, direct flight


From France: Transavia France, Aegean Airlines, Air France and easyJet offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

Paris to Athens is 3 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From Germany: Lufthansa, Eurowings and Aegean Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Athens.

Berlin to Athens is 2 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Athens is 3 hrs, direct flight
Frankfurt to Athens is 2 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Athens is 3 hrs, direct flight
Munich to Athens is 2 hrs 25 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Scoot Tigerair offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Athens.

Singapore to Athens is 11 hrs 25 min, direct flight


From United States: Delta Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, American Airlines and Olympic Air offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

Chicago to Athens is 10 hrs 25 min, direct flight
New York to Athens is 9 hrs 10 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Athens is 12 hrs 33 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Athens is 10 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Athens is 13 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Athens is 14 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Athens is 14 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, Swiss Air and Olympic Air offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

Toronto to Athens is 9 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Montreal to Athens is 9 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Vancouver to Athens is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Singapore Airlines, Scott Tigerair, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad and Olympic Air offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

Adelaide to Athens is 21 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Athens is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Athens is 24 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Athens is 21 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Athens is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Singapore Airlines, Scott Tigerair, Qatar Airways and Olympic Air offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Athens.

Auckland to Athens is 25 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Leros Municipal Airport (LRS), also known as Leros Airport, is located 9km (5.6mi) from Leros township and port, around 14 minutes by taxi. Taxis operate from the airport terminal building to Leros, taking around 15 minutes.

Athens International Airport (ATH) is located 33km (20mi) southeast of the city centre, around 30 minutes by taxi. The airport offers 24/7 train and bus services to Athens and beyond.


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 (but limited) way to explore the island and reach all the best beaches. Or you can hire a car, moped, motorcycle or bicycle. Taxis are also available and, as the island is so small, probably cheaper than renting a car.


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Latest update: How to get to Patmos: 10 October, 2019


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