Day trip to Symi

Tavern tables by the sea at Symi
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Plan a day trip to Symi from Rhodes and explore colorful seaside villages, crystal-clear waters and rich history. Hike, swim & savor delicious local food!

Travelers may enjoy a range of benefits on Symi Island, including relaxation, cultural immersion and outdoor adventure. Here are some of the factors that make Symi an excellent holiday destination:

Symi is a visual feast, with colorful neoclassical homes pouring down the mountain to the bay. The island's natural beauty is accentuated by its craggy mountains and crystal-clear seas.

Symi is a world apart from the rush and bustle of other Greek islands. Slow down and enjoy the simple joys of life, such as swimming in the water, sunbathing on the beach and wandering around the picturesque villages.

Symi has a deep and intriguing history that goes back to prehistoric times. The island was originally a prominent sponge diving destination and its prosperity is reflected in the majestic architecture of the main town. Visitors may learn about Symi's history by visiting its numerous historical monuments, including the remnants of the medieval fortress and the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis.

The island boasts multiple lovely beaches ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. The beaches are mainly small and private, being ideal for relaxation.

Symi's rugged environment makes it an ideal place for trekking and riding. There are routes for all skill levels, from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. The views from the tops of the mountains are stunning.

The food is influenced by her Greek and Turkish roots. Try some of the island's delicacies, including fresh seafood, grilled meats and local cheeses.

The residents are noted for their friendly hospitality. They are always eager to greet guests and share their island with them.

Day trip to Symi from Rhodes

Day travel departures to Symi may vary according on the season, so use our online booking engine for the most up-to-date dates, times, rates and availability.

The duration of your travel and stay on Symi is determined on the ferry route, vessel and weather conditions you choose. Choose from a variety of daily itineraries on your preferred crossing day and enjoy your Greek vacation!

Day trip Crossing duration Stay time
Rhodes to Symi 50 minutes to 1.5 hour up to 7 hours

Ferries run between Rhodes and Symi all year, making it an ideal day excursion or jumping off point for additional island adventures in the Dodecanese.

The boat trip from Rhodes' main port (Mandraki Port) to Symi normally takes around 50 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the ship and whether it is a straight route or one with stops on neighboring islands.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when planning your ferry trip from Rhodes to Symi:

  • There are both high-speed and traditional ferries on this route. High-speed ferries are often quicker, but more costly. Conventional ferries go slowly but have more facilities onboard, such as cafés and restaurants
  • Ferries to Symi depart from Rhodes' major port, Mandraki Port, which is located near the ancient town

Ferries from Rhodes can dock at two ports in Symi:

  • Yialos, the main port and the most common arrival point
  • Panormitis, a smaller port located on the south side of the island near the famous Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis

Rhodes Symi day trip program


  • Plan your transportation to the port of departure to board the ferry to Symi
  • The high-speed ferries depart at around 08:00 in the morning and require maximum an hour to arrive
  • It is recommended that you are at the port at least 30 minutes before your scheduled itinerary
  • Have a nice trip while enjoying the ship's facilities
  • Disembark at the port of Symi and use the bus or a taxi to get around

During your Stay

  • Arrive in Symi (Yialos). Start your day with a stroll through the charming harbor town of Yialos
  • Explore Symi Town. Climb the Kali Strata, a steep stepped path that leads up to the old village of Chorio. Enjoy the panoramic views of the harbor from the top
  • Lunch at the harbor. After working up an appetite, head back down to the harbor and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at one of the many waterfront restaurants
  • Relax on the beach. In the afternoon, choose one of Symi's many beautiful beaches to relax and soak up the sun. Popular options include Nos Beach, a small and secluded cove with crystal-clear waters, or Agia Marina, a larger beach with a relaxed atmosphere
  • Visit the Monastery of Panormitis. Take a boat taxi from Yialos to the beautiful 18th-century Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, which is located on the island's south side. The monastery is an important pilgrimage site with stunning architecture and a unique Byzantine museum
  • Back to Yialos. Return to Yialos via boat taxi and take some free time to explore the port town at your leisure. Do some souvenir shopping, get a coffee or gelato at a waterfront cafe, or simply sit back and enjoy the sunset over the port


  • Catch the ferry back to your main destination and enjoy the evening trip

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 Symi:

Transportation in Symi

Symi offers a limited, but efficient, public transportation system for getting around the island. Here's a breakdown of your options:

Local buses

  • There are two primary bus lines in Symi:
    • The first route connects Yialos (the main port town) with Chorio (the old hamlet) and concludes at Pedi, a beautiful beach village
    • The alternate route leads directly from Yialos to the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis
  • Both routes depart from Yialos' bus station, which is near to the main port
  • Bus travel is a cost-effective way to move about Symi


  • Taxis are a convenient choice, particularly in the nights when buses are not running. However, there are only a limited number of taxis on the island, therefore it is essential that you book ahead of time, especially if you require a transport during peak hours
  • The taxi stop is adjacent to Yialos' bus terminal
  • Agree on the food beforehand because taxis do not usually utilize meters

Boat taxis

  • Some of Symi's isolated beaches are only accessible by boat taxi. These may be chartered from Yialos harbor to take you to specific beaches or on island hopping excursions

Exploring on foot

  • The main town of Yialos and the historic village of Chorio are small and easily accessible. Exploring them on foot allows you to take in the scenery and find hidden jewels at your own speed
  • Symi features a network of hiking routes that provide breathtaking views of the island's landscape
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