Travel Tips: Getting to Patmos
Patmos is a small Greek Island in the Aegean sea. Off the west coast of Turkey it is one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. Most famous for being the location where the disciple John had visions sent to him to write the Book of Revelations for the New Testament.
The island has no airport and remains a more traditional, tranquil island compared to the more popular tourist destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini.
To get to Pátmos you will need to fly into Athens or one of the neighbouring islands: Leros, Samos, Kalymnos, Rhodes or Kos. From there you will then take a ferry.
Many European airlines fly directly to Rhodes and Kos.
Leros, Samos and Kalymnos usually require a flight via Athens. But the ferry to Pátmos is then only approximately 1 hour from these islands – as opposed to seven hours from Athens.
Most people find the easiest connection via Kos. Flights go directly to Kos and are relatively inexpensive from many European cities. Your options from Kos are either 2 hours on the catamaran or 3 hours on the colossus to reach Patmos.
From Kos airport you can take a taxi to the port (€38) or there is a bus that leaves following the arrival of most daytime flights (€3.20). The trip takes around 25 minutes by taxi and 40 minutes with the bus.
For the bus timetable click here (scroll down for ‘From Airport to Mastichari-Kos’).
And for OpenSeas’ ferry timetables click here (Note: OpenSeas charge a small agent’s fee, which you can avoid by booking directly on your selected ferry company’s website.)