Information about Patmos
Patmos is a small island in the South-eastern Aegean, part of the Dodekanese island complex and a favourite destination for Christian pilgrimage. The island is mentioned in the Book of Revelations as John the Apostole was exiled to Patmos and was there given a vision from Jesus. The islands historic center, Chora, the monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse were declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco in 1999. The island spans an area of just 34.05km2 (13 mi2) and in 2001 had 2.984 inhabitants. Patmos has beautiful sandy beaches.
The island has one port:
- Skala, which is situated on the Eastern side of the island.
Coordinates: 37º19’25,46” N - 26º32’41,64” E
There are busses regularly that connect the port with the rest of the island. Taxis are also available.
Useful info: Patmos port authority tel.: +30 22470 31231, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22410 23329 (in Rhodes)
Ferry from Piraeus to Patmos
- Conventional ferries: min. 7 hours - max. 10 hours
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Ferry connections and schedules for domestic routes, like Patmos, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season. There are some exceptions though, like Blue Star ferries, which announces schedules in the beginning of the year.
Athens to Patmos ferry schedule frequency during the summer
- Morning: There are no morning schedules.
- Afternoon: 3 times a week 1 conventional ferry.
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Patmos can be found further down.
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Catamarans & Hydrofoils
These vessels are smaller and much faster than conventional ones. Only a few of them can carry vehicles. Their main advantage is that they go twice as fast.
Passengers are usually not allowed to sit outside even though there is some space on some of them. The accommodation inside is a little like a very wide airplane. The better the class, the wider the seat. There are no cabins.
Smoking is not allowed in any inside area of any ship.
- Piraeus (Athens main port) - click here for port information
- Cyclades islands - Syros
- Dodekanese - Agathonisi, Arki, Kalymnos, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Rodos, Symi
- North Aegean - Samos
Note: Not all above connections operate throughout the year.
Prices quoted below concern 2012, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Athens - Patmos ferries||Ferry types|
|Piraeus - Patmos ferry||between 38 and 48 €/adult||-|
|Cyclades - Patmos ferries|
|Mykonos - Patmos ferries||-||-|
|Dodekanese - Patmos ferries|
|Rodos - Patmos ferry||between 38 and 48 €/adult||-|
|Kos - Patmos ferry||approx. 16 €/adult||-|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.