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A bit about Rhodes buses and taxis

Increasingly, people who want to holiday on Symi need to spend a night on Rhodes at one or other end of their stay. So a few notes on Rhodes public transport might help.

There are two service bus operators on Rhodes: KTEL-Rodos which provides services along the east coast from Rhodes Town towards Lindos, Pefkos, and points beyond, theirs are the mostly orange and white vehicles; and RODA which provides the town services within Rhodes Town, and the longer distance buses along the west coast from Rhodes Town to the airport, Salakos, Embona, Kamiros Skala and the far west, using mostly blue and white buses. RODA also runs the circular tour of Rhodes Town using the road train – there’s a new red train this year, fare is €7.

Longer distance buses of both operators use Averoff Street, behind the New Markets/Nea Agora building,  as their terminus. KTEL are based at the Old Town end, RODA at the other end.

RODA ticket office at Averoff Street, Rhodes Town

Town services use a waiting shelter on the front of Mandraki Harbour opposite the front of the Nea Agora as their central point, but are basically circular routes.

Timetables for KTEL can be found here.

and for RODA here

Looking towards the KTEL end of Averoff Street, complete with KTEL bus

Towards the KTEL end of Averoff Street, with one of their buses

The timetables are current, and are updated periodically during the year.

Some people believe that the numbers you see on the buses are route numbers – and that’s actually correct for the town services. But if you turn up at Averoff Street and ask the person in KTEL’s ticket office for the next bus to Lindos, they’ll sell you a ticket and give you a bus number – that’s the painted-on fleet number of the individual bus which is going to make the next journey. Confusingly if you ask the ticketseller for RODA at the other end of Averoff Street for the bus to the airport, they’ll again sell you a ticket and tell you a number. But this number is displayed on the destination display of the bus (though they have painted on fleet numbers too) and is the number for the set of services the particular bus is allocated to for the day. There are 12 different numbers involved in trips to or beyond the airport. Luckily they also show a plane symbol on the front display! Lots of people think the airport is on route 36, though as I’ve explained there is no route 36 – it’s simply that bus working 36 consists entirely of lots of trips to and from the airport, so you quite often see it there or on the way there. My last bus journey to the airport was on bus working 27, and the bus was continuing beyond the airport to Salakos.

Bus stop at Airport - as you approach from Arrivals. Same stop for buses to and from Rhodes Town

If you want to travel on KTEL or longer-distance RODA buses, you should buy your ticket before boarding if there is a ticket office that is open. RODA tickets can also be bought from kiosks and minimarkets, and the cafes at the airport.

Drivers do sell tickets, but fares may be 20c or so higher. Ticketholders also benefit from being able to board through the exits as well as the entrances on RODA buses at Averoff Street, where there are extra ticket checkers/people packers at busy times.

One other bus operation is The Captain’s Tour open top doubledecker Rhodes Town sightseeing tour, which is hop-on hop-off, and costs something like €12.

Taxis are regulated by the municipality. Fares for popular destinations are fixed, and published:

If you phone for a taxi, or get a hotel reception or cafe to do it for you, there’s an extra charge of a couple of euros. Prices for non-fixed-fare destinations are on the meter.

Airport-Rhodes Town or return is €25 this year.

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