Patmos can be reached on Ferry from the Athens port of Piraeus, from neighbouring Samos to the north, which has an international airport, or on a fast ferry the popular holiday island of Kos to the south.
Daily ferry sailings leave from Gate E1 gate at Piraeus, with routes to the Dodecanese operated by Blue Star Ferries and ANEK Lineswith journey times of 7-10 hours depending on the ferry type and the route taken.
Dodekanisos Seaways operates two high speed catamarans from Rhodes that also call at Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes with journey times from Rhodes of five hours and from Kos just over two hours.
With cheap flight airlines now operating to Kos this route makes for a reliable way to reach Patmos, although it may require an overnight stop on Kos to catch the morning catamaran. Blue Star also operate ferries on this route with a crossing from Kos taking three hours.
A flight to Samos and a hydrofoil to Patmos used to be an option until the service suspended. Getting a boat from Samos can now prove a problem. ITSA Travel on Samos run daily trips to Patmos in the summer.
ANEK runs the ferryboats Nissos Kalymnos and Kalymnos Star between Kos and Samos calling at Leros, Patmos, Astpalea, Lipsi, Agathoisi and Pythagorion and can be contacted on their website here.
There are a number of small ferry companies operating in the region. The Patmos Star runs daily services between Patmos, Leros and Lipsi. The boat usually leaves Patmos and 9am, Lipsi at 10am and arriving on Leros at 2pm and returning to Patmos in the afternoon. It opens the possibility of a flight from Athens to Leros before catching the ferry to Patmos. Sailing time can change but Astoria Travel on Patmos may help with latest sailing times
Caiques from Skala visit all the main beaches in the summer months. There are often daily cruises on offer to Samos, Ikaria, Fourni, Lipsos and the surrounding islands of Marathi, Agathonisi, Aspronisi, Macronisi, and Tiganakia. Daily cruises also leave for beaches at Psili Amos and Lambi. in the high season. Details on +30 22470 32664.