Ferries from Athens to Rhodes (and return)

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. Make sure to check this interactive map .

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

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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 Blue Star Ferries (people & car ferry), the prices start at €51 single trip (for economy, or air seats lounge), or around €20 during the high season.

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

The following ferries to be available during the 2017 low season (March – May, September – October) between Athens and Rhodes:

Mon 7 pm, till 20 Apr, 24 Apr – 29 May
Tue 3 pm, till 21 Mar, 28 Mar – 20 Jun, 12 Sept – 24 Oct, 31 Oct (not officially approved yet )
Tue 8:30 pm, 14 Mar – 4 Apr, 20 Apr – 22 Jun
Wed 7 pm, till 22 Mar, 29 Mar – 25 Oct
Thu 3 pm, till 6 Apr, 20 Apr – 22 Jun, 7 Sept – 26 Oct
Sat 5 pm, till 8 Apr, 22 Apr – 17 Jun, 9 Sept – 28 Oct
Thu 5 pm, 13 Apr
Fri 6 pm, till 7 Apr, 21 Apr – 9 Jun
Tue 6 pm, 28 Mar – 6 Jun, 5 Sept – 31 Oct
Sun 6 pm, 2 Apr – 11 Jun, 10 Sept, 17 Sept – 29 Oct
Thu 6 pm, 30 Mar – 22 Jun, 7 Sept – 26 Oct
Fri 7 pm, 31 Mar – 23 Jun, 1 Sept, 8 Sept – 27 Oct
Mon 7 pm, 11 Sept – 30 Oct

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

The following ferries to be available during the 2017 high season (June – August) between Athens and Rhodes:

Thu 3 pm, 20 Apr – 22 Jun
Tue 3 pm, 28 Mar – 20 Jun
Sat 5 pm, 22 Apr – 17 Jun
Tue 6 pm, 28 Mar – 6 Jun, 13 Jun – 20 Jun
Thu 6 pm, 30 Mar – 22 Jun
Fri 6 pm, 21 Apr – 9 Jun
Sun 6 pm, 2 Apr – 11 Jun, 18 Jun
Mon 7 pm, 3 Jul – 4 Sept
Wed 7 pm, 29 Mar – 25 Oct
Fri 7 pm, 30 Jun – 25 Aug
Sun 9:30 pm, 25 Jun – 3 Sept
Tue 9:30 pm, 27 Jun – 29 Aug
Thu 9:30 pm, 29 Jun – 31 Aug
Sun 11:55 pm, 1 Jul – 2 Sept

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Rhodes?

Yes, there are two overnight ferries.

Where can I buy tickets from?

125x125You can purchase the tickets at most two months before departure (sometimes earlier). 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.

However, when you book online, service fees may apply based on the country you book from. And if you choose to get the tickets deliver via courier, you’ll pay the shipping fee (you can choose to pick them up in the port).

How about the ferries from Rhodes to Athens?

During the 2017 high season, the following ferries are available from Rhodes to Athens:

Mon 7:00 am, 5 Jun
Mon 4:00 pm, 24 Apr – 19 Jun
Mon 10:00 pm, 26 Jun – 4 Sept
Tue 5:00 pm, 25 Apr – 27 Jun, 4 Jul – 5 Sept
Wen 3:00 pm, 29 Mar – 21 Jun
Wen 4:00 pm, 29 Mar – 7 Jun, 14 Jun – 21 Jun, 28 Jun – 30 Aug
Thu 7:00 am, 24 Apr – 8 Jun
Thu 5:00 pm, 2 Jul – 3 Sept, 30 Mar – 26 Oct
Fri 4:00 am, 29 Mar – 7 Jun
Fri 4:00 pm,, 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Sat 9:30 am, 1 Jul – 26 Aug
Sun 3:00 am, 23 Mar – 11 Jun
Sun 5:00 pm, 2 Jul – 3 Sept

During the 2017 low season, the following ferries are available from Rhodes to Athens:

Mon 7:00 am, 17 Apr
Mon 4:00 pm, till 10 Apr, 24 Apr – 19 Jun, 11 Sept – 30 Oct
Mon 7:00 pm, 3 Apr – 12 Jun, 18 Sept – 30 Oct
Tue 5:00 pm, till 21 Mar, 25 Apr – 27 Jun, 4 Jul – 5 Sept, 12 Sept – 31 Oct
Wed 7:00 am, 12 Apr
Wed 3:00 pm, 29 Mar – 21 Jun, 6 Sept – 25 Oct, 1 Nov
Wed 4:00 pm, 29 Mar – 7 Jun, 6 Sept – 1 Nov
Wed 5:00 pm, till 22 Mar,
Thu 7:00 am, 16 Mar – 6 Apr, 20 Apr – 8 Jun
Thu 5:00 pm, till 23 Mar, 30 Mar – 26 Oct
Fri 4:00 pm, 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Fri 7:00 pm, till 7 Apr, 8 Sept – 27 Oct
Sat 9:30 am, 2 Sept,
Sun 3:00 am, till 9 Apr, 23 Apr – 11 Jun
Sun 5:00 pm, till 26 Mar, 23 Apr – 28 May, 2 Jul – 3 Sept, 10 Sept – 29 Oct

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).

Your best bet is to check this link the day before departure (or the day of before) just to make sure things haven’t changed.

More information

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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 March 2017.

13 thoughts on “Ferries from Athens to Rhodes (and return)

  1. Hello,
    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,

    • Hi Di,
      Regarding the dog, you cannot choose a pet as passenger, so you would need to reach out to the ferry company. Kindly click the banner on top.
      As for traveling in December, yes, there are ferries on the route. When do you want to travel? I searched for Dec 1 and there is a ferry at 3pm.
      Let me know if you have other questions.

      • Thanks very much for that. It will hopefully be 11th December, a friend is going to drive myself and my dog to Athens – hopefully I will be able to fly my German Shepherd with Agean airlines but if not I might have to use the ferry.

        • Hi Di, you’ll need to ask the airline about that. It’s winter so they may allow it (him/her).
          I cannot find a ferry on Dec 11 though. There are ferries on Dec 12 and 13.
          Hope it helps. And wish you the best of luck with Aegean!

  2. Lots of great information! Taking my first overnight ferry from Italy to Croatia in April. In September we’ll be in Athens for a wedding but hoping to do a little more of exploring so might just have to do if via Ferry.

    • Oh wow that should be interesting!
      Early Sept usually has quite a lot of ferries on most routes but always double check.

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