At last I am able to complete the tourist season ferry timetables because Sebeco Lines have decided to continue running, with reduced number of sailings, after the government contract period ends on 2 October. There will be a daily sailing from Rhodes to Symi each day, mid-morning, and a return each day mid-afternoon, timed to attract day trippers. On Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays there will be an early morning boat from Symi to Rhodes and on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays an early evening boat from Rhodes to Symi. All these will be charged at €17.00 one-way – the government subsidised fares on some sailings while the contract was in force, but for October the costs have to covered by the fares collected.
Then there’s the King Saron. which will continue to run using her new ferry licence to a Rhodes-based day-tripper style timetable every day, with additional midday and evening sailings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Now there are people who dislike the Sebeco because they find it too bouncy or they got wet by insisting on being “up top” in heavy seas, and have asked if the King Saron is a better alternative. Well, not really. she is just as bouncy/seasick inducing. On the plus side she is 15 minutes faster, on the minus side she costs €5.00 more! You really need to look at Dodekanisos Seaways, Blue Star or SAOS ferries to find more stable ships. Don’t forget that you can buy one-way tickets on two different ferry lines if you can’t find times on the same line that suit you for both outward and return journeys.