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?