Ferries from Athens to Rhodes (and return)

by Cristina on February 26, 2013

by Cristina | February 26th, 2013  


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 €43 one way, while the airplane type of seat is €44 one way. On the ferry operated by Blue Star Ferries, the economy class seat is €59.50 one way, while the airplane type of seat is €64.50 one way.

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

During the low season 2013 (March – May), the following links are available between Athens and Rhodes:

Mon 2 p.m., Mar 4 – Apr 8
Thu 3 p.m., until Apr 25, May 2 , May 5 – Jun 6
Tue 3 p.m., until Jun 4
Fri 6 p.m., Mar 1 – Apr 12
Mon 7 p.m., until Mar 11, May 13-Jun 3
Fri 7 p.m., until Apr 26, May 10 – Jun 28
Wed 7 p.m., Feb 27-Jul 3
Sat 7 p.m., until Apr 27, May 11- Jun 1
Tue, Thu, Sun 7 p.m., Apr 18 – May 9
Mon 11:30 p.m. , Mar 18 – Mar 23, May 6
Fri 10:30 p.m., May 3

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

The following ferries to be available during the 2013 high season (June – October) between Athens and Rhodes:

Mon 3 p.m., Jun 10 – Sept 23
Wed 3 p.m., Jun 12- Sept 25
Thu 3 p.m., Oct 2 – 24, Oct 31
Tue 3 p.m., Oct 1 – 29
Mon 7 p.m., Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept 2-Sept 23, Sept 30- Oct 28
Wed 7 p.m., Feb 27- Jul 3, Jul 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14,21, 28, Sept 4-25, Oct 2 – 30
Fri 7 p.m., Jul 5 , 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 30-Sept 27, Oct 4-25
Tue, Thu, Sun 7 p.m., Jun 23-Jul 4, Jul 7-11, Jul 14-18, Jul 21-25, Jul 28-Aug 1, Aug 4-8, Aug 11-15, Aug 18-22, Aug 25- Sept 12
Fri 7:30 p.m., Jun 14-Sept 20
Sat 7 p.m., Sept 28- Oct 26

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Rhodes?

Yes, there are two overnight ferries, one leaving at 7 p.m. (almost daily during the high season and three times a week during the low season) and 11:30 p.m. each Saturday (and on Mondays during the high season). Expect to travel about 12-13 hours.

The 3 p.m. ferry also gets to Rhodes on the next morning (8:50 a.m.) but the journey is way too long (17 hours).

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 2013 high season, the following ferries are available from Rhodes to Athens:

Mon 8 a.m., Jun 24
Tue 3 p.m., Jun 11 – Sept 24
Wed 3 p.m., until Jun 5, Oct 2-30
Mon 4 p.m., May 13- Jun 3 , Sept 30-Oct 28
Tue 5 p.m., until Jun 4, Jun 11 – Jul 2 , Jul 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 1,3, 20, 27, Sept 3-24, Oct 1-29
Thu 5 p.m., until Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 ,8, 15, 22, 29 , Sept 5-26, Oct 3-31
Sun 5 p.m., May 12 – Jun 16, Jun 30 , Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1-29, Oct 6-27
Mon, Wed, Fri 5 p.m., Jun 24- Jul 5 , Jun 24- Jul 5, Jul 8 – Jul 12, Jul 15- Jul 19, Jul 22- 26, Jul 29- Aug 2 , Aug 5 – Aug 9, Aug 12-Aug 16, Aug 19-Aug 23, Aug 26-Sept 13
Fri 7 p.m., May 10 – Jun 7 , Oct 4-25
Thu 10 p.m., Jun 13-Sept 26
Sat 11:59 p.m. Jun 15- Sept 21

During the low season 2013, the following ferries between Rhodes and Athens (Piraeus) are available:

Sun 2 a.m., Mar 3 – Apr 14
Mon 8 a.m., Mar 18-25, May 6
Thu 9 a.m., Mar 7 – Apr 11
Wed 3 p.m., until Jun 5
Mon 4 p.m., until Mar 25, Apr 8-29, May 13-Jun 3
Tue 5 p.m. until Jun 4
Thu 5 p.m., until Jul 4
Sun 5 p.m., until Mar 10, Mar 31 – Apr 28, May 12-Jun 16
Mon, Wed, Fri 5 p.m., Apr 19-May 10
Fri 7 p.m., until Apr 26 , May 10 – Jun 7

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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* 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 February 2013.

{ 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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