page has been recently introduced to help visitors with their travel
plans for the in and outbound journeys to and from Tilos Island
flying in to Diagoras Rhodes Airport. Although we cannot cater for
every scenario the information provided here is for your general
guidance.It may be helpful to you if you print this page and take it with you in your hand luggage.
below are two Google Earth images, the first showing Mandraki Harbour
where most of the smaller ferries and hydrofoils dock, and the second
the area of the main and commercial ports where all of the large car ferries
and cruise ships dock.
image has numbered keys with an explanation of each tag which shows
key geographical points to help you navigate your way around.
This is the Mandraki harbour where the Tilos Sea Star catamaran
There are two concrete jetty's where the Sea Star and
the hydrofoils dock. Tickets for your to journey to Tilos can be
purchased here from the agents on the jetty. The larger jetty is
the normal dock for the catamaran. Tickets are currently 23.5 euro
each way. Most of the airport taxi drivers know the Sea Star and
will stop at either jetty on sight. If you wish to take the bus
from the airport you will arrive at tag no 10.If
you arrive early, you may store your luggage on the Sea Star before
you buy your ticket, giving you time to relax before departure.
This area is known as the "New Market" or Fish
Market, which is a good place to relax, waiting for your onward
journey. There are many tavernas and bars all serving traditional
fayre at reasonable prices. Be careful to go inside the market through
one of the splendid gates, let's just say you get better value than
eating outside !!! This area is excellent for local shopping, hotels
for overnight stays and banks with ATM's.
This is the main licensed taxi rank at Mandraki. Queuing
here for a cab is a nightmare, it's a Greek queue !! Especially
if you are in a hurry to get to the airport. If you are sure that
you are next, do NOT wait for the driver to smile at you and stop.
Get your hand on the passenger door, open it and state your destination.
If it is a long journey i.e. Lindos, ask for the price first. Should
you be travelling as a family or two couples, make sure the driver
knows this because, as is accepted but illegal in Greece, he / she
will charge you 2 fares !! It is common practice for cabs to stop
during YOUR journey and pick up other passengers and charge them
separately. When you arrive at Mandraki from Tilos you can leave
your luggage on board if you wish, go for lunch and then once in
your taxi to the airport ask the driver to stop and collect your
luggage. Please note that if you are arriving on the Sea Star, she
may be sailing on to a day trip to Symi, in which case you will
have to take your luggage off on arrival. An obvious clue to this
is you will see hoards of people at the quayside ! If in doubt......ask
your fellow travellers who may be with a package tour company.
This is one of the main bus terminus where the airport
This is the Bank of Greece on Eleftherias, entered here
to landmark which jetty you have arrived at.
This building is the Halls of Justice, The Courthouse.
If you see this when you leave the Sea Star you have docked at the
higher jetty no 2.
following are good overnight hotels close to Mandraki
The Savoy, Dodekanission Ethel, Rhodes 00302241020721
Hotel Spartalis, 2, Nick Plastira St, Rhodes. 00302241024371 Class
Hermes Hotel, 5, Nick Plastira St, Rhodes. 00302241027677.
This the Harbormaster's office, the Port Police. Accessed
by some steps to the right of the La Palais Cafe on Martiou St.
Here the daily ships and ferry manifests should be listed. Useful
for up to date information especially if sea conditions are poor.
Post Office if you need one !
and Commercial Ports of Rhodes
above image is an aerial view of the Main and Commercial Ports on
Rhodes. This is where most of the larger car ferries and cruise
ships dock. It takes around 15 minutes to walk along the coast road
from Mandraki (tags 2 &
3) If you are exploring the
Old Town, the Main port entrance (tag no 1
)is located opposite St Catherine's Gate which is at the north end
of Pindarou St near the Church of Aghios Panteleimon. Before crossing
the road, you will find a number of ticketing agencies serving this
port, but beware, each agent will only give you information for
the companies they represent, so ask more than one agency.
Commercial port, known as Colona, is located just to the left of
tag no 1 the other side of the
small port beach. Smaller ferries/boats such as the Panagia Spilliani
and Dodecanese Seaways Catamarans dock here. Entrance is opposite the castellated towers of the magnificent
Marine Gate.The larger car ferries such as the Blue Star " Diagoras " dock at the large Main harbour shown above tag 1
Useful links to ferry companies.
Taxidi ! (safe journey )
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