Rhodes City Guide
The largest island in the Dodecanese island group, Rhodes is situated northeast of Crete, southeast of Athens. Home to only 50,636 citizens, this historic island was nicknamed The Island of the Knights after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who ruled the island from 1310 to 1522. Full of mysterious buildings and fantastic beaches, Rhoades has a rich historical past. The atmosphere provided by strong walls, stone-paved alleys, elegant mansions, and a medieval castle scattered all over the city is mesmerizing.
A stroll in Rhodes Old Town creates the ambience of the age of the knights. Touted a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is considered to be the most important monument of the island. Millions of tourists visit every year to admire the grandeur of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The ambience in Rhodes Town captivates both locals and tourists alike. The Venetian Castle, the Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Master are just a stone throw’s distance from the Rhodes Old Town
Spend a beautiful day reveling in the magnificent beauty of the surrounding sights, including the Acropolis of Lindos, the Monastery of Filerimos, the Springs of Kallithea and various castles spread on the island. Don’t forget to sunbathe at the various gorgeous beaches the island is home to. From Tsambika, Saint Paul's bay, Ladiko to Kallithea among others, all beaches in Rhodes have crystal waters and are unique in natural beauty. Go windsurfing at Prassonissi, on the southern side of the island and have a fun day with your friends and family playing water games.
Rhodes are a bustling gastronomical scene with numerous places to eat and drink as well as places to have a fun night out. From elegant places to eat with gourmet or international dishes to traditional taverns by the sea, the island is a food lover’s paradise. The charming taverns provide wonderful views of the sea along with great food. For a memorable night out, visit the popular nightlife spot, Hippocrates Square which is full of a huge variety of lounge bars and clubs. If you are looking for something romantic, check out Faliraki, home to bars with a warm and cozy ambience.
Rhodes Dodecanese is among the most beautiful and popular Greek islands with its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches. There is something for everyone here.
Rhodes Taxi Transfers
Travelling within Rhodes is extremely convenient while using public transportation. With an extremely organized system of buses, metro and trains, one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city. The public transportation of the city is operated by Municipal Transportation (RODA) and KTEL Rhodes and convenient transfers to Rhodes are provided.
Public transport is extremely safe, smooth and efficient and connects every corner of the city. There is an extensive network of bus routes and it is the cheapest way to reach most places on Rhodes. Buses operate frequently from the central bus stop in Rhodes Town to major destinations all over the island, including Lindos, Gennadi, Afandou, Kallithea, Tsambika beach, Anthony-Quinn bay in Ladiko and Seven Springs. The RODA bus operator serves Rhodes and all its surrounding suburban areas whereas KTEL serves villages and resorts in the east coast of the island. There are sea boats available which run daily from the small port of Skala Kamirou to Halki island. Some water taxis are also available on the old port of Rhodes Town providing transfers anywhere around the coastline. Yet departure days and hours differ during summer and winter seasons. Ferries operate regularly during summers every morning from 9 am. The trip from Rhodes to Symi takes an hour and departure is at 5 pm thus visitors can spend seven hours on this beautiful island on daily trips.
Download the smartphone application “Rhodes Public Transport” for real time updates like current traffic conditions and events such as accidents or works in progress on the roads for public transportation in the city.
Taxis can be handy when you want to avoid crowds and travel without any waiting time. Taxis are very easy to flag down and there are taxi stations in the district of Rhodes Harbour and in the environs of the castle. Taxis here are extremely low-cost and accessible. The cost of taxi fares is fixed at 1 euro per km set by the Greek authorities. For easy, stress-free travel, Rydeu provides private transfers in and around the city. Rydeu strives to make every journey safe and enjoyable.
Rhodes Airport Transfers and Taxis
Transfers from Rhodes International Airport are extremely easy and convenient. Your journey begins at the airport itself and a lot depends on the method of airport transfers chosen. Located just north of the village Paradeisi, approximately 14 km southwest of the capital city, Rhodes International Airport is the fourth busiest airport of the country.
How to reach the city centre via bus?
Rhodes’s public transportation system is exceptional. With an extremely organized system of buses, one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city and easy transfers from the airports are provided.
The Rhodes Airport bus runs several times in a day from Monday to Saturday. The bus stop is located immediately outside the terminal building, just 300 m to the left of door 1. The bus takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the city and a one-way ticket costs 2.50 Euros. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver itself who accepts only cash and if you pay onboard the bus, the cost is €2.60.
Taxi services from the Airport to the city centre
Taxis are a convenient choice from travelling from the airport especially at night when there is no public transportation and you have a lot of luggage. Two companies, RTLS and Diagoras run taxis frequently in the city. You can find the taxi stand outside the terminal building and taxis are available 24/7. The cabs can be identified with their dark blue with white – colored roofs with a sign on the top of the car with the word “TAXI”. These taxis operate with a first come first served system. It costs approximately €15-108, depending on your destination from the airport but you will be charged extra for different situations. The standard surcharge is €3.69 and for baggage weighing over 10 kgs can cost you €0.43 more. Waiting per hour is €11.81 whereas double fare is charged from midnight to 5 am. It is the taxi driver’s duty to carry your luggage from the pavement to the vehicle and he cannot pick up extra passengers without your permission. You can also get an invoice with the route and metered fare paid for the trip. Rydeu provides an easy solution for all your travel woes with easy airport transfers. They are cheap, affordable and leave you hassle-free to enjoy the journey to your destination. It is suggested to pre book your taxi before your arrival to avoid long lines since Rhodes airport is a very busy airport.
Acropolis of Lindos
This beautiful clifftop overlooks the beautiful sea, contrasted with the blue sky and the stark pillars. Fortified in the 6th century, this historic site is 116 m high from the village of Lindos. Now surrounded by historic battlements erected by the Knights of St John, this wonderfully preserved site is home to ancient remains that include the magnificent Temple to Athena Lindia and a grand 20-columned Hellenistic stoa
Originally a 15th-century Knights' Hospital, the magnificent Archaeological Museum welcomes its visitors with a weathered, sun-kissed stone lion, which is visible from the street itself. With charming displays ranging through several upstairs galleries and gorgeous gardens which are open during summers, the museum is a delight to all. Highlights worth mentioning include the exquisite Aphrodite Bathing marble statue from the 1st century BC and a reconstructed burial site from 1630 BC.