Rhodes has long been a favorite island of Greece among tourists. Ancient heritage, beaches, cozy resort towns, infrastructure - all this has turned Rhodes into one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe. Transport accessibility is also important: planes fly to the island and ferries run from different parts of Greece. Including from Thessaloniki - the northern capital. How to get from Thessaloniki to Rhodes?
Ferry from Thessaloniki to Rhodes
Ferry service for traveling to Rhodes from Thessaloniki is rarely chosen by tourists. Usually their time is limited, and there are no direct ferries to the island . But there are options with stops on other islands of Greece - an ideal offer for those who are not in a hurry. The ferry departs from the port of Thessaloniki and goes to Rhodes via Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kalymnos and Kos. The minimum ticket price (economy) is 58-65 euros . On the way, you will have to spend more than one day.
An alternative option is to first get from Thessaloniki to Athens (by car, train or bus), then drive to the port of Piraeus and take a direct ferry to Rhodes. The ticket will cost from 45 euros. Travel time is about 16 hours.
From Thessaloniki to Rhodes by plane
The easiest and fastest way to get to Rhodes is by air. There are daily direct flights to the island from Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki. Prices are highly dependent on the season: from October to April you can buy a ticket for 38 euros (round-trip), in the summer season - for 50-160 euros. For high season flights, it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. If you want to save money, you can consider flying to Rhodes with a transfer in Athens. Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Smartwings fly directly to Rhodes from Thessaloniki. Travel time - 1 hour 20 minutes.
On Rhodes, tourists are received by the Diagoras airport, located just 14 km from the city of Rhodes and its historical center. There is a bus stop 200 meters from the terminal. Buses leave from it every 20 minutes to the bus station, where you can transfer to the right bus to any resort in Rhodes or decide to stay in the capital of the island. From the airport you can take a taxi to the city. It will cost 20-25 euros. And if you have booked accommodation in another place, more remote, it makes sense to order an individual transfer at a fixed price.
Obviously, air travel is the only way to be on the historical streets of the Rhodes capital within a couple of hours after departure from Thessaloniki. As for ferries, they should only be considered by fans of cruises, which are not strictly tied to time.