Rhodes: Local Travel Info
(Ro-dos in Greek)
Rhodes Diagoras Airport
Rhodes Diagoras Airport is on the north coast of Rhodes, about 16km south-west of Rhodes town. It is served by a number of international carriers as well as budget airlines.
Getting to and from Rhodes Diagoras Airport
Most visitors to Rhodes hire a car on arrival and driving from the airport to Rhodes town or other parts of the island is relatively straightforward. A main road takes visitors along the north-west coast and where they can follow the signs either for the airport or the city. The airport's bus stop is located approximately 300m from the terminal building, with buses serving Rhodes town as well as several other destinations in the area. Bus departures to Rhodes town are quite frequent, but be warned, they can be slower to arrive on the weekend. Olympic Airways buses also run between the airport and the city as the airline's planes arrive and depart.
Travel costs in Rhodes
The easiest way to explore the island of Rhodes is by car so hiring a vehicle on arrival comes highly recommended. Car rental firms differ widely on prices so it is advised to do some investigating before you set off. On average, you can expect to pay around 150 euros per week with around ten euros extra for a second driver. Rhodes is a major port with sea links to Athens, the islands of the Aegean and Crete, as well as foreign destinations such as Turkey, Cyprus and Israel. If you fancy exploring further afield, international and inter-island ferries dock at the commercial harbour of Kolona in Rhodes town. Again, the cost of these differs depending on how far you want to travel but you can catch a ferry to Kos for around 25 euros. Keep in mind that ferries don't run in bad weather so always have a Plan B to hand. Public buses service the coastal towns around the island although some routes only run on weekdays. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver with the price of a bus ticket depending on the destination. By way of example, a trip from Rhodes town to Faliraki will cost two euros. Taxis are also available, with a trip from the airport to Rhodes town setting you back around 12 euros and approximately 15 euros to Faliraki. Rhodes taxi drivers have a bad reputation for overcharging or receiving payoffs from hotels so hiring a car to get around is always preferable.
Renting cars in Rhodes
Renting cars in Rhodes is very easy and tends to be less expensive than many other European holiday destinations. You can rent a car in Rhodes at the airport, via any hotel and at many local dealers although this is best organised in advance. Car rental companies in Rhodes currently operating at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz which charge around 150 euros to rent a car on the island for a week. It's worth haggling with local car hire companies if you are thinking of renting cars in Rhodes as you can often knock their prices down.
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Drivers licenses requirements in Rhodes
You can drive a car in Rhodes with any European driving licence.
Driving rules in Rhodes
In Rhodes you drive on the right hand side of the road and overtake on the left. Cars give right of way to any vehicles approaching from the right, except where clearly signed otherwise. Using seatbelts in cars and helmets on motorbikes and scooters is a legal requirement and if you are found not to be wearing one you will receive a fine. In Rhodes, the speed limit for cars is 100kph on the main roads outside of towns. The speed limit is 70kph for other vehicles and motorbikes, where there are no signs indicating otherwise.
Buses in Rhodes
Buses in Rhodes are cheap but not hugely reliable. Some routes only run on the weekend and others only have one bus running a day. You can pick up a schedule of routes and times for Rhodes buses from the tourist office in Rhodes town. Buses in Rhodes town to eastern destinations (except for the eastern coastal road as far as Falilraki) leave from the East Side Bus Station on Plateia Rimini, while Rhodes buses heading to points west, including the airport, leave from the nearby West Side Bus Station on Averof.
Taxis in Rhodes
Taxis are readily available on the island of Rhodes but drivers are renowned for overcharging so be prepared to stand your ground. Getting a Rhodes taxi home after a night out drinking rather than walking is recommended but avoid using taxis in Rhodes during the day where possible. They can be expensive, particularly as Rhodes is a relatively large island. In Rhodes town, the largest of many taxi stands is in front of the Old Town, on the harbor front in Plateia Rimini. During the summer months, the demand for taxis in Rhodes increases so be prepared to wait a while.
Cycling in Rhodes
Rhodes is a large island made up of a network of busy main roads so unless you are on an organised cycling holiday in Rhodes, exploring the island by bike is not recommended. However, it is possible for those keen on cycling in Rhodes to hire bikes for smaller trips such as a visit to the mountains or around the Old Town. Plenty of places offer bicycle hire in Rhodes town although hiring motorbikes and scooters is more common than cycling in Rhodes.
Water transport in Rhodes
Water transport in Rhodes is efficient, cheap and a relatively simple way of getting around. As the largest island in the Dodecanese, Rhodes is connected with many other Aegean destinations all year round. Many tourists who arrive in Rhodes also wish to explore nearby islands which can be done with relative easy by ferry or other forms of water transport in Rhodes. You can also take a ferry to Athens which takes between 12 and 17 hours depending on the vessel. Hydrofoils are also a popular mode of Rhodes water transport with many travelling on these vessels to other Greek islands or to access nearby Turkey. The prices of these trips very much depends on the length of the journey and in bad weather these boats do not run.