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FERRY

The easiest way to travel between Greece and Turkey (or Italy and Turkey) is on a ferry from a Greek island to the Turkish mainland (or vice-versa). Ferries depart from at least six Greek islands to ten ports in Turkey. The busiest, most convenient Turkish ports are Bodrum, Marmaris, Kuşadası and Çeşme; those in Greece are Rhodes, Kos, Samos and Chios. The most uncertain and expensive ferry (for what you get) is and always has been the one between Lesvos (Mytileni) and Ayvalık.

A good travel agency can provide information on sailings and fares, and make reservations for you. They can also book ferries among the Greek islands, ferries between Turkey, Greece and Italy.

Here is a summary of frequencies and fares (port taxes NOT included!) Fares and port taxes are subject to change without notice. Port taxes can be surprisingly high—equal to 30% to 62% of the fare on some voyages (for example, the port tax on the voyage between Rhodes and Marmaris is US$24)!

The most reliable off-season service is Bodrum-Kos; second-most reliable is Marmaris-Rhodes.

Greek Island Port Turkish Port Frequency
(June-Sept.)
Voyage Duration One-way Fare
Chios Çeşme Daily 1-1/4 hours US$32
Kos Bodrum Daily except
Sunday
20 min. (hydrofoil) US$38
Kos Bodrum Daily 50 minutes (motorboat) US$32
Lesvos (Mytileni) Ayvalık 6 days a week? (uncertain) 80 minutes US$50
Rhodes Bodrum Monday & Saturday 2-1/4 hours (hydrofoil) US$63
Rhodes Fethiye May, June, Sept: 3 days a week

July, August: daily except Saturday

1-1/2 hours (hydrofoil) US$82
Rhodes Marmaris Daily 45 minutes (hydrofoil)

2-1/4 hours (motorboat)

US$39
Samos Kuşadası Daily 1-1/2 hours US$38

From Piraeus to Chios the sole ferry company is Miniotis Line. From Chios to Çeşme a ferry is available every day from the same company.

The largest Greek ferries database on the net with all Greek ferry companies schedules, connections and prices: <http://www.ferries.gr/>

Ferry between Italy and Turkey or Continental Europe and Turkey

You may also consider the ferries between Italy - Greece and Italy - Turkey as a convenient way of travelling with your car. Available connections are usually between Ancona-Çeşme, Brindisi-Çeşme, Ancona-Patras, Ancona-Igoumenitsa, Venice-Patras and Venice-Igoumenitsa.

You may obtain some information through <http://www.cemar.it/dest/ferries_turkey.htm>.

From Çeşme Harbour to Izmir

Çesme is 80 km northwest of Izmir and is the most western point of Turkish peninsula. It only is 8 miles away from Chios, but the ferry takes an hour for the travel between Chios and Çeşme. Between 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM there are always buses from Çeşme to Izmir. Bus station is very close to the harbour. It takes an hour from Çeşme to Izmir.

There are private money exchange offices around the harbour; but also banks.


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