Samos can be reached either by air or sea.
The island has three major ferry ports: Pithagorion, Karlosvassi and Vathi. Most ferry connections to Samos are made via a stop-over in Turkey.
Samos is easily reached by ferry from Pireaus. The trip is about 8 to 14 hours (depending boat) and ferries usually stop at both Karlovassi and Vathi. There are less frequent connections to Chios, Lesvos, and the islands of the Dodecanesos which you can reach on frequent high-speed in the summer months. There are daily boats to Kusadasi, Turkey where you can visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, one of the world's most incredible archaeological sites. Samos has an airport so you can fly there from Athens. There are three sites daily and one in the summer.
Three daily ferries are going to the island of Ikaria (2,5hours) and one to the small island of Fourni (2 hours.)
Three weekly ferries are sailing to Chios (4 hours), one weekly to Lesvos (7 hours), Limnos (11 hours), Alexandroupolis (20 hours) and Kavala (20 hours).
Two daily ferries are going to the harbour of Piraeus (13 hours).
Daily ferries are calling in Naxos (6,5 hours). Paros (6 hours), Mykonos, Ios, Santorini and Syros. Five weekly ferries are linking Samos to Patmos (2,5 hours) and one weekly to Leros (3,5 hours), Kalymnos (4 hours), Kos (5,5 hours) and Rhodes (9 hours).
In summer, two daily ferries are linking the island of Samos with Kusadasi (Ephesus) in Turkey. Tickets can be bought from various travel agencies. A passport is obligatory.
Samos - Kusadasi Ferry:
* Everyday ( Between 01 April and 31 October )
At 08:30 hrs from Kusadasi to Samos and at 17:00 hrs from Samos to Kusadasi.
The additional departures:
* Everyday ( Between 01 May and 15 October)
At 08:30 hrs from Samos to Kusadasi and at 17:00 hrs from Kusadasi to Samos.
One way, open return, daily return tickets are available.
All taxes are included, your visa is not included.
An early reservation is essential to ensure there is a place for you especially during the high season.
Most of the ferries have only 120 tickets available (2 bus loads).
It takes about 1:45 hours.
The local KTEL busses carry out transportation within the island. They have a quite good schedule and they connect the many villages and cities of the island in a satisfactory manner.
The island of Samos has a good bus service which serves various villages and beaches until 8 pm. From the capital of Samos 13 daily buses are going to Kokkari and Pythagorio, 8 to Agios Konstantinos and Agios Dimitrios, 7 to Karlovassi, 6 to the Hereon, 5 to Mytilini and 2 to Ormos Marathokampou, Avlakia and Votsalakia. 6 daily buses are departing to Pythagorio for the Hereon and 2 to Mytilini and Karlovassi.
From Karlovassi daily buses are going to Agioi Theodori, Pirgos, Koumandarei, Vathy, Pythagorio, Hora, Ormos Marathokampou, Votsalakia, Agia Kyriaki and Drakei.
During summer, daily buses are leaving from the capital of Samos for the beaches of Tsamadou, Psili Ammos and Hereon.
Samos has a very good bus system but the best way to see the island is by car or moped.
Samos International Airport "Aristarchos" is lying 4 km west of the village of Pythagorion, with daily connections to a number of countries. However, the easiest way to reach Samos by air is to fly first into Athens and then catch a connecting flight to Samos. 4 daily flights are linking the island with Athens and 2 weekly with the town of Thessaloniki (in northern Greece). The airline company of Air Manos flies daily to Athens and twice weekly to Thessaloniki and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
The flights to Samos time take aprox. 1 hour.
Airport: +30 22730 87800/61222
Olympic Airways office in Samos Town : +30 22730 27237
Olympic Airways office in Pythagorion : +30 22730 61213
Cars and motorbikes
Numerous car and motorcycle rental offices are available in Samos. Several of the large hotels arrange motorcycle and car rentals. In the port of Samos you can find a price-list of the taxis fares for the several destinations on the island. The prices range from 5 to 40 Euro.
During summer, daily fishing boats are linking the capital of Samos to Pythagorion. There are excursion boats to some of the remote beaches and there is a boat that sails around the whole island.
Visa requirements and Passports for Greece
All foreign visitors entering Greece must possess valid passport, except those from the European Union Member Countries. Visas are not required from citizens of most foreign countries. Conference participants should check with their travel agents, Greek consulate offices or diplomatic missions in their own counties, whether or not visas are required for their visit in Greece.