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First summer 2018 ferry news

To my complete amazement, the winner of the “First Ferry Operator to Release Summer 2018 Symi Timetable” award is – Sea Dreams. In previous years we’ve been lucky to find out when they expected to start up for the summer a week before they actually did. But they’ve actually managed to announce their plans while it is still 2017!

Admittedly the service plan is very simple and very predictable. The ferry “Symi” will start operations on 9th April, sailing on Mondays. Fridays, and Sundays at 09:00 from Rhodes to Symi direct and at 14:35 from Symi to Rhodes via Panormitis.

From 1st May the full summer service begins, with daily sailings at the same times (except on Sundays when the ship departs Rhodes at 10:00 via Panormitis to Symi, returning at 17:30 direct to Rhodes. This service is planned to continue until 31st October.

Note, no early morning or evening extras, just the basic round trips.

One tip – don’t rush off and book because you simply must have a booking. No you don’t. Firstly there’s no guarantee the timetable will remain unchanged – it certainly changed in 2017, secondly there are other operators (Dodekanisos Seaways and Blue Star, and maybe more) whose times might suit you  better once you know them, and thirdly none of the ferries to Symi ever gets remotely full until  3 weeks or so before travel, and often not until the day before, if then. Why make an interest free loan for many months to a ferry company?


  • By Fotini, December 22, 2017 @ 7:10 am

    Thankyou so much! What about Wednesdays?

  • By Andy Ward, December 22, 2017 @ 7:52 am

    09:00 Rhodes to Symi and 14:35 Symi to Rhodes every Wednesday 1 May to 31 October.
    But of course most of the sailings on Wednesdays are usually by Blue Star or Dodekanisos Seaways, and we don’t have their timetables yet.

  • By Anders Halden, December 22, 2017 @ 11:43 am

    Do you know when we can expect the timetables for Spannos?

  • By Andy Ward, December 22, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

    Summer 2017 timetables became available in January 2017; Summer 2016 became available in February 2016. A lot depends on the government – some of the routes, notably those operating north of Patmos, are subsidised and require the government to approve the timetable, and of course, accept Spanos’s price for operating the route.

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