Getting To Greece
The main international airport is Athens. If you are coming from outside Europe, this is your most obvious first stop. If you are coming from the UK or other northern Europe, you may also want to check out charter flights direct to the islands.
The start and end points for our trips are either Leros, Samos or Kos, depending on the particular itinerary.
Domestic flights from Athens
Olympic Airways To Kos, Samos, Rhodes, Kalymnos, Leros.
Aegean Airlines To Kos, Samos, Rhodes. Some really great fares if you book early! Check out their international routes to Europe also.
Flight times approx 50mins.
Olympic is the only airline operating direct flights to Leros, usually in the mornings. It is a small plane – book early, especially in mid-season!
Ferries from Athens
Check out our favourite ferry site for latest schedules. (Note: Use “Pireus” as the From port name for Athens)
To / from the Dodecanese islands (Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos)
Blue Star ferries
Ferries between Athens & Samos
Getting from Athens to Leros by ferry
In the summer months, GA has a ferry most days from Athens. It is about 10 hours to Leros; usually leaves late afternoon from Pireus (the main ferry port of Athens). A rather antisoical arrival time – the good news, however, is that we have some local friends with a little family hotel just 2mins away; they will come pick you up in their minibus and put you to bed ! Blue Star – fast, comfortable and generally very nice boats – some even have a swimming pool on deck! Unfortunately, they only have 2 boats a week Athens-Leros at the moment. Luckily for us, their Sat evening ferry is perfect for our rendezvous on Sun mornings; dep Athens 11.30pm Sat, arrive Leros around 9am Sunday.
Getting from Leros back to Athens by ferry
From Leros to Athens – GA ferries normally leave late evening, overnight to Athens. Deck class is super-cheap; seats are reasonably comfortable and “sleep-able” but it can be busy and noisy in the main season. Cabins vary from 40-80 euro or so – we think worth the extra for a good night’s sleep!
Multiple ferries, schedules vary widely – check the GTP site for the latest.
Travelling from the UK / other European countries
There are dozens of charter flights operating from local airports direct to the islands. Try searching on, eg “charter flights” UK Kos Samos Rhodes . Once in any of these islands, there are lots of easy connections to Leros – check out our favourite GTP ferry site again.
If you’d like to stay overnight in any of the bigger islands (Kos, Samos, Rhodes) before getting a ferry to join us in Leros, we do have some suggestions of friendly little family pensions where our local friends will give you a true “SeaScape welcome” too!