Day trip to Tilos

Sand castle at the beach in Tilos, Dodecanese
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Escape the crowds and discover the gem of Tilos on a day trip from Rhodes. Explore crystal-clear beaches, charming villages and the island's rich culture!

Tilos, a small island in the Dodecanese archipelago between Rhodes and Kos, offers a variety of benefits to visitors and residents alike. Here are some of the most notable:

Tilos holds the distinction of being one of the first islands in the entire Mediterranean to achieve complete energy self-sufficiency. This accomplishment was made possible through a substantial investment in renewable energy sources, including wind turbines and solar panels. The island's commitment to sustainability benefits the environment by reducing its carbon footprint, and lowers electricity bills for residents.

Tilos is a relatively undiscovered gem, offering a peaceful escape for those seeking a break from the crowds of other Greek islands. The island boasts stunning natural beauty, with pristine beaches, dramatic coastlines and charming villages.

Despite its tiny size, Tilos has a long history reaching back to antiquity. Visitors may visit historic ruins, Byzantine monasteries and traditional villages that provide insight into the island's history.

Tilos is known for its laid-back atmosphere, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a relaxing vacation. The island offers a variety of activities, such as hiking, swimming and exploring the local villages, but there is no pressure to rush around or fill your days with sightseeing.

Tilos offers a delicious and authentic Greek cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, local produce and traditional dishes. Visitors can enjoy meals at waterfront tavernas or sample local specialties in the charming village squares.

Ferry departures to Tilos from Rhodes

Day trip departures to Tilos may differ depending on the season, so use our online booking engine to get the most up-to-date dates, timings, rates and availability.

The duration of your trip and stay on Tilos is dependent on the ferry route, vessel and weather conditions you select. Choose from a range of daily itineraries on your desired crossing day and have a wonderful Greek holiday!

Day trip Crossing duration Stay time
Rhodes to Tilos approx. 2 hours up to 7 hours

Taking a ferry from Rhodes to Tilos is a great way to experience the beauty of the Dodecanese Islands and enjoy a relaxing day trip. Here's what you can expect:

Ferry journey

  • The journey typically takes around 2 hours. Some ferry boats may make stops on other islands along the way, so check the schedule before purchasing your ticket

Amenities on board

  • Most ferries include a range of onboard services to make your trip more comfortable, such as cafés, restaurants, bars and shopping. Some boats may also feature deck areas where you may rest and take in the marine views

Booking your ferry ticket

  • You may purchase your ferry ticket in advance through our user-friendly booking system. Booking in advance is often encouraged, especially during high season, when boats may rapidly fill up

Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

  • Ferry timetables might change depending on the season, so make sure to check the most recent information before your trip
  • Prices can also vary based on the ferry provider, the time of year and if you are traveling by car
  • Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and a swimsuit on your day excursion to Tilos

Tilos day trip program


  • Head to the port to get the high-speed ferry to Tilos. They usually depart between 08:00 and 09:00 in the morning and the trip takes a little less than 2 hours
  • It is recommended that you are at the port at least 30 minutes before your departure for check-in and embarkation
  • Arrive at the port of Tilos and use the bus or grab a taxi from the street

During your stay

  • Begin the day at Livadia, Tilos' principal harbor and capital. Explore the tiny, cobblestone lanes dotted with historic whitewashed cottages and quaint stores
  • Tilos has multiple breathtaking beaches, each with its own distinct personality. Choose between Livadia's organized beach, complete with cafés, loungers, and water sports rentals, and secret coves like as Eristos Beach or the remote Mikro Horio Beach. Relax on the smooth beach, take a refreshing plunge in the crystal-clear Aegean Sea and enjoy the stunning scenery
  • Visit Megalo Chorio, a quaint abandoned hamlet situated on a mountainside. Explore the remnants of the medieval village, which include historic dwellings and the 14th-century church of Panagia tis Portaitissas. Enjoy panoramic views of the island from this intriguing position
  • As the day winds down, head back to Livadia and find a waterfront taverna to savor a delicious Greek meal. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes, local delicacies and a glass of wine while watching the breathtaking sunset paint the sky with vibrant colors. This is the perfect way to end your day trip to Tilos and create lasting memories


  • Return to the port of Tilos and embark on 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 Tilos:

Transportation in Tilos

While Tilos is noted for its laid-back atmosphere and easy walking, there are public transit alternatives available to assist you move about the island during your day trip:

Local bus

Tilos has a public bus service that links most of the island's major communities, including Livadia (the port), Megalo Horio, Eristos, and Agios Antonios. It's an inexpensive method to travel about, albeit bus frequency may be restricted, particularly outside of high season.


Taxis are another alternative for traveling about Tilos, especially if you need to travel outside of the main bus route or need more flexibility. Taxis are generally waiting at the dock in Livadia, or you may hail one on the main highways. To avoid surprises, agree on the fares ahead of time.

Given the limitations of a day trip, here's how these possibilities can fit into your itinerary:

  • If your top aim is to see Livadia, the lovely major port and relax at a local beach (Livadia beach or anywhere nearby), you may not require public transportation at all because they are both within walking distance
  • If you want to include the historical village of Megalo Chorio in your itinerary, a taxi might be the most convenient option, especially if you're short on time
  • Buses could be a good option for budget-conscious travelers if they happen to run during your planned travel time between Livadia and other villages
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