Day trip to Kos

Colorful paved street in Kos Island
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Plan your day trip to Kos and discover the magic of this Greek island! Explore sun-kissed beaches, ancient history like Asclepieion and charming villages!

Kos Island, a Greek island drenched in Aegean sunshine, provides a fascinating blend of natural beauty, ancient history, and dynamic culture. Here's a look at what makes Kos so special:

Beaches & nature

Kos has a beautiful coastline dotted with golden beaches and quiet, blue seas. From the broad beaches of Tigaki and Paradise Beach to the quiet coves of Kefalos, there is a beach for everyone.

Bike across the island's breathtaking splendor. Kos has a well-developed network of bike lanes that go through picturesque towns, olive orchards, and coastline scenery.

Historical & cultural delights

Walk in the footsteps of the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, who hailed from Kos. Visit the Asclepieion, an ancient healing center dedicated to the god Asclepius, and explore the fascinating archaeological sites like the Roman Agora and the Casa Romana.

Immerse yourself in the island's medieval heritage. The imposing Neratzia Castle, a magnificent fortress guarding Kos Town, and the charming village of Zia, nestled in the hills, are captivating testaments to the island's history.

Other benefits of Kos Island

Indulge in delicious Greek cuisine prepared with fresh, local ingredients. From succulent seafood dishes to mouthwatering mezze platters, Kos offers a culinary adventure for every palate

With its calm beaches, water sports activities, and child-friendly resorts, Kos is an ideal destination for a relaxing family vacation.

Kos offers a vibrant nightlife scene, particularly in Kardamena and Kos Town. From lively bars and clubs to traditional tavernas with live music, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Day trip departures to Kos

Day excursion departures to Kos may change depending on the season, so use our online booking engine to find out the most recent dates, times, costs, and availability.

The duration of your trip and stay on Kos is decided on the ferry route, vessel, and weather conditions you select. Choose from a range of daily activities on your desired crossing day and have a wonderful Greek vacation!

Day trip Crossing duration Stay time
Rhodes to Kos approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes up to 5 hours

There's a regular ferry route connecting Rhodes and Kos, offering a scenic journey across the Aegean Sea. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:

  • Several ferry companies operate between Rhodes and Kos and they offer both high-speed and conventional ferry options
  • Depending on the season (tourist season provides more alternatives), there may be one to five daily ferries between the islands
  • The journey time varies according to the kind of boat. High-speed boats take around 2 hours and 20 minutes, but regular ships take substantially longer, rendering them unsuitable for a day trip
  • It is suggested that you buy your ferry tickets in advance, especially during high season (July and August)
  • Ferry boat rates vary according on the operator, ferry type (high-speed or regular), travel date and special offers

Kos Island tour program

Morning

  • Plan your transportation to the port of departure. Have in mind that the ferries to Kos depart at around 08:00 in the morning and the trip takes approx. 2.5 hours
  • It is necessary to be at the port at least 30 minutes before your schedules departure for check-in and embarkation
  • Enjoy your ship's facilities while crossing the Aegean Sea
  • Disembark at the main port of Kos and book a private transfer in order to reach your spot on the island. Alternatively, you can hop on a bus or a taxi

During your stay

  • Begin your day visiting Neratzia Castle, a spectacular fortification commanding the port entrance. Explore the ramparts, towers, and rooms while taking in the beautiful views of the Aegean Sea
  • Explore the vibrant heart of Kos Town. Wander through the charming maze of narrow streets lined with colorful shops, cafes, and restaurants
  • Then, see the intriguing archaeological site of the Asclepieion, an ancient medical institution devoted to the deity Asclepius. It was founded by Hippocrates' father and is regarded as the origin of Western medicine. Walk through the remains of temples, baths, and a hospital to learn about the ancient Greeks' groundbreaking medical techniques
  • After a historically rich morning, it's time to relax on the beach. Head to Lambi Beach, which is famous for its golden beaches and shallow blue seas. Relax on a sun lounger, enjoy a refreshing plunge, or participate in water sports activities
  • Indulge in a delightful Greek lunch at a taverna near the beach. Savor fresh seafood dishes, traditional mezze platters, and local delicacies like moussaka and souvlaki

Evening

  • Return to the main port of Kos and get ready to board the ferry back to your base

Additional information

Click on your departure island and get information about the public transportation options that you have in order to reach the port and embark on your ferry to Kos:

Transportation in Kos

Kos offers a convenient public transportation system that allows you to explore the island at your own pace. Here's a breakdown of the options available:

KTEL Buses

KTEL buses are the major means of public transportation on Kos. These spacious, air-conditioned buses provide a network of routes that connect Kos Town to the island's principal villages and resorts, including Kardamena, Tigaki, Mastichari, and Kefalos.

Tickets can be obtained from the bus driver upon boarding. Consider buying tickets from kiosks ahead of time, since they may be somewhat less expensive than on-board sales.

Timetables for buses are provided at bus stations and tourist information centers. You may also find them online at the KTEL Kos website. (https://ktel-kos.gr/en/).

Local buses (Kos Town)

In Kos Town, there is a distinct network of buses that go throughout the city. These buses provide a simple and economical means of transportation across the town center.

Tickets, like those sold on KTEL buses, can be purchased from the bus driver or at kiosks.

Taxis

Taxis are widely available in the majority of tourist destinations, including Kos Town. They are an easy method to move around, especially if you are traveling with luggage or to off-the-beaten-path destinations. You may hail a cab on the street, find them at taxi stands, or book one online.

Additional considerations

Public transportation in Kos, especially outside Kos Town, operates on a less frequent schedule compared to major cities. Be sure to factor in waiting times when planning your day trips.
Renting a bicycle or scooter is a popular option for exploring the island at your own pace, particularly if you're staying in a coastal resort.

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