July and August ferries

July and August ferries

Blue Star Ferries “Blue Star Patmos” arriving
Now that at least some tourists are able to get direct flights from their home airports to Rhodes, it is probably time to show the summer ferry timetables. These are drastically cut back compared to previous years, because the ferry companies simply don’t expect anywhere near as many travellers. What is left is mostly the subsidised routes that have to run anyway.
Will there be more sailings? Well, Dodekanisos Seaways might add a Sunday sailing – they have done on an ad-hoc basis the last two weekends. To get anything more, they would need to cancel service to somewhere else, or to reactivate the Panagia Skiadeni. This is possible but unlikely – because ferry loadings are restricted to allow social distancing, it may not be possible to cover costs on non-subsidised routes.

What about September? Probably more of the same, but it is really too early to tell. Once we have timings from all the ferry operators, I’ll put timetables up – SAOS Ferries are only offering up to 31 August at the moment.
What about the Sebeco? Not sailing to Symi this year, likely to appear in the Piraeus area.

6 thoughts on “July and August ferries

    1. The new port area beyond the petrol station. Some of the ships they send to Symi would not physically fit anywhere else.

  1. I couldn’t find any information on the Dodekanisos Ferry website about a Friday sailing Rhodes to Symi in July or August. Do you have another source of information? I’m hoping for a Thursday or Friday sailing in September but, as you advise, I’m not holding my breath. It looks like SAOS Stavros on aThursday (assuming that it’s still going in September) and back on the Pride/Express on the Monday – little more than a long weekend in Symi. Not great but better than nothing and an opportunity to get to know Rhodes a little better.

    1. There are sailings from Rhodes to Symi on Thursdays (SAOS Ferries) and Fridays (Blue Star) but not, so far, by Dodekanisos Seaways. But timetable changes happen frequently and at short notice. If you are not travelling until September any information you get now (which is limited) will probably be wrong by the time you actually travel. I’m afraid shipping lines have been as hard hit as anyone by lockdowns etc, tourist volumes are down to 25% or lower compared to this time last year, and ferries are running close to the basic “lifeline” levels with government subsidy. Good luck.

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