Rhodes is the largest and most visited of 12 (dodeca) islands lying east of Peloponnese, and is closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece.
As well as Rhodes, the Dodecanese Islands comprise Simi, Kos and Patmos, plus a number of smaller islands.
You can fly direct to Rhodes from Athens, with daily flights taking only one hour.
By ferry, Rhodes is 1 hour from Simi, 4 hours from Kos, 7 hours from Patmos and 14 hours from Pireaus (the port of Athens). Santorini in the Cyclades is just one hour away by high-speed hydrofoil. A car ferry also connects with Marmaris in Turkey.
From Australia: The most convenient flights to Athens are via Bangkok on Thai Airways, Dubai on Emirates or Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways, with connecting flights to Rhodes on Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.
From New Zealand: The most convenient flights to Athens are via Bangkok on Thai Airways or via Singapore on Singapore Airlines, with connecting flights to Rhodes on Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.
From the UK: EasyJet, Thomas Cook and Thompson offer direct flights to Rhodes from London Gatwick. Numerous daily non-stop flights are available from London to Athens.
From the USA: The most convenient flights from New York are on Delta Air Lines and Olympic Air via Athens and on Iberia via Madrid. From Los Angeles, take Air New Zealand to London Heathrow and Aegean Air to Athens or Air France via Paris to Athens.
Athens to Rhodes is 1 hr, direct flight
London to Rhodes is 4 hrs, direct flight
Brisbane to Athens is 23 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Athens is 20 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Athens is 20 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Athens is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Auckland to Athens is 26 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Athens is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
New York to Athens is 9 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Athens is 15 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)
Rhodes Paradissi Airport is 13km southwest of the city. Both buses and taxis operate from the airport terminal. Some hotels offer a pick-up service.
Athens Airport – Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport – is located 33km southeast of the city centre, around 30 minutes to an hour by taxi. The airport offers 24/7 train and bus services to Athens and beyond.
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.
The local bus service offers an inexpensive 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; if the fare is not posted by the taxi stand you may need to negotiate the fare beforehand.
Excursion boats offer the opportunity of visiting seveal beaches and several nearby islands.
Latest update: How to get to Rhodes: 26 February, 2019
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