How To Visit The Greek Islands Close To Turkey In One Day

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How To Visit The Greek Islands Close To Turkey In One Day

If you want to totally confuse your friends and family, check in on your social media in your Turkish holiday resort, and then check in on a Greek island a few hours later!

It’s possible (and wholly recommended) to visit a Greek island on a day trip from Turkey. Which islands you can visit, however, depends upon where you’re staying in Turkey. The closest Greek island to Turkey is Samos, which is 70km from Izmir; read on to find out what Greek islands you can get to from Turkey: 

How To Visit The Greek Islands From Turkey In One Day

Although there are several options—some easier than others—most people will consider visiting the Greek islands while holidaying on the Turkish south coast. In that case, you have two destinations to choose from: Rhodes and Kos.

Both are beautiful islands in their own right, and you can choose to either stay a few nights or just visit for the day, eat a Greek lunch, and take the ferry back to Turkey in the early evening. Yes, that might be a rather long travel day, but it’s one that’s completely worth it!

Bodrum To Kos

If you’re in Bodrum or any of the surrounding areas, such as Gumbet or even up to Kusadasi, there is a daily ferry to Kos during the summer months.

During the winter months (mid-October to mid-April), the ferry is less frequent, and the crossing is more likely to be choppy. During poor weather, the ferry may also be canceled at short notice – those Mediterranean winter storms can be nasty!

However, if you’re visiting in the summer months, you’re unlikely to run into poor weather because rain is almost non-existent during the peak months!

The crossing takes just under an hour, and there are usually two crossings in the morning and two heading back in the evening. Do check the last crossing times, though, because if you miss it, you’re stuck on Kos until the next morning.

Marmaris To Rhodes

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If you’re in the Dalaman area, you can visit Rhodes, known locally as Rodos, from Marmaris port. The crossing takes a little longer here, around 1.5 hours, but it’s incredibly scenic, and you can even sit on the top deck and soak up some sun.

It’s important to note, though, that the crossing between Marmaris and Rhodes involves an open-sea crossing at one point, which means the ride can occasionally be a little choppy. If you’re prone to seasickness, simply make sure you have your medication with you, or grab some ginger biscuits from the market before you go!

There are two crossings every day during the peak summer months and two coming back in the late afternoon/early evening. Again, be sure not to miss the last ferry back; otherwise, you’ll be looking for a hotel on Rhodes for the night.

In general, the last ferry will get you back to Marmaris around 6 pm, but make sure to check the times as they’re subject to change.

Again, the winter months see a drastically reduced timetable, and that means checking crossing times online beforehand.

How to Book Ferry Tickets From Turkey To The Greek Islands

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If you’re staying in either of these areas for more than a week, a day trip to a Greek island from Turkey is a fantastic idea.

It’s a great way to visit two entirely different destinations during one holiday while also giving you the chance to improve your passport stamp collection.


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Booking Tickets

You can book tickets in two ways.

First, you can book via an excursion vendor or tour operator, who will do all the paperwork for you and will also arrange a pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel.

Alternatively, you can book tickets at the port office yourself. It’s cheaper to book tickets yourself, but you will have to make your own way to the port.

In Bodrum, getting to the port is pretty easy because of its central location. On the other hand, in Marmaris, you’ll have to jump in a taxi, which will cost you around 20 Lira and take you straight to the port entrance. The Marmaris port office is located at the marina. In Bodrum, you will need to visit the port itself if you want to book tickets directly yourself.

When booking your tickets, you will have to show your passport, but we’ll cover more on that shortly.

Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around 45 Euros for an adult return ticket. If you choose to book via an excursion vendor or tour operator, you will pay about 10 Euros more.

Passport And Visa Issues When Traveling Between Turkey And Greece

Of course, you’re leaving Turkey, albeit for the day, and entering another country, which means you need to have your passport with you. (Here are other tips if you are traveling to Turkey during COVID-19)

Ensure that you have more than six months of validity left on your passport for entry into Greece. You will need to take your Turkish e-visa or residency permit with you, which will be checked and stamped as you exit the port passport control desk and re-stamped as you enter Turkey later that day.

As visa requirements for Greece depend upon your country of origin, you will need to check whether you need a specific visa to visit Greece on the Greek government website. For the most part, this shouldn’t be an issue as Greece is part of the Schengen Zone, but it’s always a good idea to double-check.

You’ll have around six hours on either island and, while that might not sound a lot, you’ll be surprised how much you can cram into those few hours.

There is plenty to see and do on both Greek islands on a day trip from Turkey. Rhodes, in particular, has a wonderful blend of old and new to check out.


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