Day trip to Nisyros

Strolling through Emporios Village's streets in Nisyros
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Organize your day trip to Nisyros from Rhodes, a natural paradise! Hike craters, swim in clear waters and thermal springs and discover charming little villages!

Nisyros is a Greek island that offers a variety of benefits to visitors. Here are a few of the most notable:

Nisyros boasts a unique volcanic landscape, including one of Greece's youngest active volcanoes. The volcano is not actively erupting, but it is still active and tourists may observe signs of volcanic activity wherever they go. The island is dotted with craters, volcanic vents and boiling fumaroles.

It is a stunning island with a spectacular coastline, lush green slopes and attractive settlements. The island is an excellent spot to unwind and admire the surroundings.

The island is an ideal location for hiking and other outdoor activities. There are several routes leading to the volcano's crater and other fascinating geological formations. Visitors may also swim, snorkel and dive in the pristine seas around the island.

Nisyros is home to various historic villages that have been preserved throughout generations. The villages provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about Greek culture and hospitality. Nikia is the most well-known settlement and it is constructed on the rim of the volcano's crater, providing breathtaking views.

Nisyros is known for its thermal springs, which have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The springs are said to have a variety of health benefits, including relieving pain and inflammation.

Ferry departures to Nisyros from Rhodes

Day excursion departures to Nisyros may vary depending on the season, so use our online booking engine to get the most recent dates, times, fees and availability.

The duration of your travel and stay on Nisyros is determined on the ferry route, vessel and weather conditions you pick. Choose from a variety of daily excursions on your preferred crossing day and enjoy a fantastic Greek holiday!

Day trip Crossing duration Stay time
Rhodes to Nisyros approx. 2.5 hours up to 7 hours

There is no direct ferry route from Rhodes to Nisyros, although various boats go between the two islands, with stops on other Dodecanese islands. Depending on the ferry operator and schedule, the voyage takes around 2.5 hours.

Here is some information regarding the ferry route:

  • Several ferry companies serve the Rhodes-Nisyros route, with ample of facilities on board
  • Ferries to Nisyros depart from Rhodes' major port, known as the Rhodes Tourist Port
  • Ferries arrive at Mandraki, Nisyros
  • The frequency of ferries between Rhodes and Nisyros varies by season. In the peak season (May-September), there are up to six weekly departures. During the off-season, there may be fewer departures

Nisyros day trip program

Morning

  • Plan your transportation to the port of departure. The high-speed vessels to Nisyros usually depart around 08:00 in the morning. The crossing requires around 2.5 hours
  • You have to be at the port area at least 30 minutes before your trip starts
  • After the passage, disembark at the port of Nisyros and get around by using a taxi

During your stay

  • Begin your day with a great Greek breakfast at a local café in Nisyros' major harbor, Mandraki
  • Explore the lovely town of Nikia, which sits on the caldera rim
  • Take an exciting walk to the rim of the Nikia volcano. This active volcano sits at the middle of the island and has three craters: Stefanos, Polyvotis and Alexandros
  • Take a soothing dip in the crystal-clear waters at Palos Beach, a black sand beach with volcanic stones
  • Visit Emborio, a quaint community with an interesting history. Explore the Venetian castle ruins and meander through the small, cobblestoned alleyways
  • Visit the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, a spectacular 17th-century monastery with paintings
  • Visit the therapeutic thermal springs of Polybotis. The warm, mineral-rich waters are said to have healing properties
  • Stroll along the Mandraki promenade and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere

Evening

  • Return to the port of Nisyros and get ready for embarkation

Here are some additional tips for your one-day trip to Nisyros:

  • Rent a car or scooter to explore the island at your own pace. Taxis are also available, but they can be expensive
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking and hiking
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, as the sun can be strong, especially during the summer months
  • Pack a swimsuit and towel if you plan on swimming at Palos Beach
  • Be sure to try the local Nisyrian honey, a delicious and unique product of the island

Click on your departure island to learn about the public transportation alternatives available to bring you to the port and onto your ship to Nisyros:

Transportation in Nisyros

While Nisyros boasts beautiful scenery and rich culture, public transportation options are limited. Here's what you can expect:

Buses

There are reportedly limited public buses operating on Nisyros. There might be three daily buses to Nikia via Pali, but details like schedules and routes are scarce.

Taxis

Taxis are a more reliable option for getting around Nisyros. You'll likely find them at the port (Mandraki) and in the main villages. Negotiate fares beforehand to avoid surprises. More information can be found in Taxis in Nisyros.

Car or motorbike rentals

Renting a car or motorbike offers the most flexibility for exploring the island at your own pace. Several rental agencies operate on Nisyros, particularly around Mandraki port.

Organized tours

Many travel agencies and hotels offer organized tours around Nisyros. These tours typically include transportation, a guide and visits to the island's main attractions like the Nikia Volcano and traditional villages.

Walking

Depending on your fitness level and the location of your accommodation, walking might be a possibility for exploring nearby areas. However, keep in mind the summer heat and distances between some villages.

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