Summer ferries 2022 – early news.

Summer ferries 2022 – early news.

Blue Star Ferries “Blue Star Patmos” arriving
Dodekanisos Seaways have published their summer 2022 timetable, and even opened bookings right up to the end of October. However with COVID-19 still behaving unpredictably there’s no guarantee the services will operate as advertised, they certainly didn’t in 2020 or 2021.
I’d avoid booking this early, if you are one of those who feel they absolutely must have every loose end tied up, book directly with Dodekanisos Seaways, or use a reputable travel agency (such as Symi Tours – other Symi-based agencies such as Lakis Travel or Panormitis Travel are available). If you choose an on-line only booking agency, and the timetable changes due to unforeseen circumstances, you may find difficulties in contacting them and getting your booking altered, and this or refunds may be a chargeable service.

Blue Star Ferries have their all-year-round Wednesday and Friday calls at Symi throughout the summer, and this increases between mid-June and mid-September with ships calling on Mondays and Tuesdays too. Booking advice is the same for Blue Star.

Once SAOS Ferries qnd ANES Ferries release their summer timetables I’ll be able to produce a summary timetable.

3 thoughts on “Summer ferries 2022 – early news.

  1. Thank you for this. Really appreciate the information. Will wait to book ferry when other time tables have been published. Not visiting Symi until September.

  2. Hi Andy, managed to find a crossing on sebeco from Rhodes to symi on 26 September, but the timetable does not have an 8am return from symi to Rhodes on 6 October. ( have done these times for the past three years). Do you think they will add another early crossing on 6 th October. Starting to panic now.

    1. I’d be surprised if they do add early morning sailings after 2 October. This is because the early morning Symi-Rhodes and late afternoo0n Rhodes-Symi sailings are part of a government contract. The contract is to operate up to the first weekend in October each year. Unless the government changes the terms of the contract, Sebecco Lines would have to operate these “early and late” services at their own financial risk from 3 October onwards. As the whole reason for the government contract is that it is impossible to cover the costs of these sailings even in high season from ticket revenue alone, there’s little hope I’m afraid. Last year they did extend the operating period of the 10:30 Rhodes-Symi and 15:30 Symi – Rhodes by a couple of weeks, but these sailings are timed to attract day trippers and operate at the commercial risk of the ferry company throughout the season.

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