by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
Temple of Apollo
The easiest way to travel
between Greece and Turkey is
on a ferry from a Greek
island to the Turkish mainland (or
Here's a schematic map of all ferry routes.
are dates and fares.
Ferries (motorboats and hydrofoils)
depart from at least six Greek islands to ten
ports in Turkey. The busiest, most
convenient Turkish ports are Bodrum, Marmaris, Kuşadası and Çeşme;
those in Greece are Rhodes, Kos,
Samos and Chios. (For ferries
from these Greek Islands to other Greek
To voyage between Turkey and Santorini (Thira), you take ferries linking Bodrum and Kos, and the Blue Star Line ferries between Kos and Santorini, or ferries from Marmaris, Fethiye or Bodrum to Rhodes, then a ferry to Santorini. More...
The most uncertain and expensive ferry
(for what you get) is and always has
been the one between Lesvos (Mytileni)
Here are maps: İzmir
region (showing Kuşadası and Çeşme)
region (showing Bodrum, Marmaris,
Kos and Rhodes).
travel agency that can provide
information on sailings and fares,
and make reservations for you, is Anker
Travel. But before contacting
them, see if you can find the information
If not, Anker can help with ferries
among the Greek islands, ferries
between Turkey, Greece and Italy,
and travel services in Greece (hotels,
Below is a summary of
frequencies and fares (port taxes NOT
and port taxes are subject to change
without notice. For up-to-date
schedules, fares and reservations,
here or contact Anker
Travel in Kuşadası.
20 min hydro
50 min motor
Mon & Sat
2-1/4 hr hydro
April 2 days/week;
May—mid-June & Oct: 3 days/week;
mid-June—Sept: 4 days/week
1-1/2 hr hydro
45 min hydrofoil
2-1/4 hr motor
||Sunday in summer
Important Note: Port
be surprisingly high—equal
to 30% to 62% of the fare on some voyages!
(For example, the port tax on the voyage
between Rhodes and Marmaris is US$24!)
Port tax is usually not levied if you're
that is, if you make the voyage over
back in the same day. If you go one-way,
or stay overnight, you must pay the
Make your reservation at least one
day in advance of the voyage.
You may have to submit your passport overnight
for registration, whether you embark
from Greece or from Turkey.
You can often get a same-day round-trip ticket
for little more than the standard one-way
fare, meaning that you can make the
voyage over in the morning, see the
sights in the port, then return to
your original port in the evening.
An open-date round-trip ticket,
meaning that you can make the return
voyage at some date of your choosing
in the future, will be more expensive,
but it's usually less expensive than
two one-way fares.
service is less frequent. In winter there
may be only one boat a week, or a boat
may leave if there are enough passengers
to make it worthwhile, or there may
be no service at all.
The most reliable
off-season service is Bodrum-Kos; second-most
reliable is Marmaris-Rhodes.
Before depending upon a boat in winter,
confirm departure dates and times
carefully, in advance, and remember
weather can cause cancellation
of winter voyages. (Weather is
not usually a problem in summer).
Here's information on Travel in Greece.
—by Tom Brosnahan