Ferries from Athens to Rhodes (and return)

by Cristina on June 24, 2014

by Cristina | June 24th, 2014  


The Rhodes to Athens ferry schedule is available at the bottom of the article.

The ferries are the ideal way to get from Athens to any island – Rhodes included – if you are on a low budget and have plenty of time on your hands. They are also a great way to make friends: a guitar and some wine go a long way and make a lot of friendships on a ferry deck.

Port of Piraeus

The Port of Piraeus (or Pireas*) is large and can be rather confusing. Do yourself a favor and download and print a map from the Ministry of Mercantile Marine page .

All ferries to Rhodes (the Dodecanese islands) depart from Port Gate E1.

>>more information on Getting from Athens to Piraeus

Rhodes or Rodos?

When you are looking up ferries between Athens and island you should consider that the name of island (and/or port) is not in English. So while the English speaking world uses “Rhodes”, you’ll find the island called Rodos (sometimes also spelled as Rhodos) , especially on the on-line booking sites. The port code is ROD.

How long does it take to get from Athens to Rhodes?

The journey between Athens (Piraeus) and Rhodes takes between 12 and 17 hours, depending on the type of ferry you are taking.

Is there a high speed ferry between Athens and Rhodes?

No, there isn’t but the fastest ferry between Athens and Rhodes takes about 12 hours and departs at 7 p.m (almost daily during the high season and three times a week during the low season)

How much does it cost to get from Athens to Rhodes by ferry?

The prices depend on the class you opt for and the company which operates the ferry. On the ferry operated by Aegeon Pelagos, the deck seat is €44 per adult one way, while the airplane type of seat is €46 per adult one way. On the ferry operated by Blue Star Ferries, the economy class seat is €59.50 per adult one way, while the airplane type of seat is €64.50 per adult one way.

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Rhodes during the low season?

For the purpose of this article, we consider the low season March to May; however, September and October (comprised in the section below) also see fewer ferry connections than during the high season.
The low season 2014 has already ended.

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Rhodes during the high season?

The following ferries to be available during the 2014 high season (June – October) between Athens and Rhodes:

Sun 8 a.m., Jul 6 – Jul 20, Jul 27 – Aug 10, Aug 17 – Sep 7
Thu 3 p.m. until Oct 30
Tue 3 p.m., until Oct 28
Fri 6 p.m., until Aug 29, Sep 5 – Sep 12 (not approved yet),Sep 19 – Oct 31 (not approved yet)
Tue, Thu, Sun 6 p.m., until Oct 16
Mon 6 p.m., until Sep 8
Wed 7 p.m., until Oct 29
Fri 7 p.m., Jul 4 – Sep 5, Sep 12 – Oct 24
Mon 7 p.m., until Aug 11, Aug 18 – Sep 8, Sep 15 – Oct 27
Tue 9 p.m. Sep 16 – Oct 28 (not approved yet)
Sat 11:55 p.m., Jul 5 – Sep 6, Sep 13 – Oct 25

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Rhodes?

Yes, there are two overnight ferries.

Where can I buy tickets from?

You can purchase tickets online here at most two months before departure. You can also get tickets via travel agents but not your local ones. They’ll have to buy via Greek Travel Agents anyway so you are better off contacting the Greek agencies directly.

Your best bet is to buy tickets directly from the port of Piraeus. You don’t need to worry about booking in advance unless you plan to travel right in the middle of the high season (July and August).

The ticketing office is at the Port Gate E1 (exactly where the ferries to Rhodes depart from).

Does everyone charge the same prices?

All research points out the fact that the prices are exactly the same online, at the ticketing office in the port and at travel agents or hotels. But the ticket might be cheaper when you buy directly from the port.

How about the ferries from Rhodes to Athens?

During the 2014 high season, the following ferries are available from Rhodes to Athens:

Sun 3 a.m., until Aug 31, Sep 7 – Sep 14 (not approved yet), Sep 21 – Oct 26 (not approved yet)
Thu 5 a.m., Sep 18 – Oct 30 (not approved yet)
Thu 9 a.m., until Sep 11
Sat 9:30 a.m., Jul 5 – Sep 6
Wed 3 p.m until Oct 29
Mon, Wed, Fri, 4 p.m. until Oct 17
Mon 4 p.m., until Oct 27
Tue 5 p.m., until Aug 12, Aug 19 – Sep 9, Sep 16 – Oct 28
Thu 5 p.m., until Oct 30
Sun 5 p.m., Jul 6 – Sep 7, Sep 14 – Oct 26
Fri 7 p.m., until Oct 31

The low season 2014 has ended.

Important note:

The ferry schedule available on line is not very accurate. This is due to the fact that ferry companies submit their schedule to the Ministry of Merchant Marine weekly so what today is accurate, it might not be next week (let alone next month).

You can find the weekly ferry schedule on the Friday edition of the Athens News (in English) so make sure to get yourself a copy as soon as you get to Athens.

More information

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>> Ferries to and from Mykonos
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>> Ferries from Santorini to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Santorini to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Ios
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Tinos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Athens to Naxos
>> Ferries from Athens to Thessaloniki
>> Ferries from Santorini to Syros
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* Pireas and Piraeus are exactly the same place, but you can find them spelled in both ways. All road signs though point to Pireas.
**The article was first published in 2009; latest schedule update was made as of June 2014.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Hagit April 4, 2010 at 7:06 am

Thank you for all the good info.
Would like to know as well if the ferrie from Athens to Rhodes is also stoping in other Islands as well and if it does, would like to get a list in which ones ?

Thanks in advance,

Cristina April 5, 2010 at 3:43 am

@Hagit: the schedule and the booking website don’t list any stops b4 getting to Rhodes

vika May 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

Thank you for all the good info.
IT IS REALLY HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! big,big respect!!


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