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Ferry rumours part 2

Starting today the Panagia Spiliani, which is Nissyros’ home-based small ferry, will take up the attempt to link Rhodes and Tilos at times that are easier for tourists.

There will also be some sailings between Nissyros and Tilos to get the ferry into position.

Before people wanting two-centre holidays including Tilos and Symi jump for joy, these new services will use the port of Kamiros Skala on Rhodes, which is also used by the daily Halki boats.

Kamiros Skala is 45km from Rhodes Town (31km from the airport) and there are at best just two buses a day, which are designed to connect with the Halki ferries, but don’t connect quite so well with these new Tilos sailings. Taxi fares are €52 to Kamiros Skala from the Airport, and €60 to Kamiros Skala from Rhodes Town.

Sailings will be from Tilos to Kamiros Skala at 06:30 Wednesdays and Sundays, 15:30 Sundays only, and 16:00 Wednesdays and Saturdays. In the other direction ferries leave Kamiros Skala at 09:15 on Wednesdays and Sundays, 17:45 on Sundays, and 18:15 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Journey time is 2 hours each way (which explains why they don’t go to Rhodes Town, this is a slow boat, and those extra 45km would take a long time).

Island hoppers will also like the Nissyros to Tilos sailings at 14:00 on Saturdays and 17:00 on Tuesdays (though there are already other sailings on these days) and 20:00 Sundays, 20:20 Wednesdays sailings from Tilos to Nissyros.

Why is this listed under Ferry Rumours part 2? Well, it has just taken a sizeable chunk of the market the relaunched (and she’s still out of the water at the moment) Sea Star was aiming for. Sea Star’s owners said she’d be visiting Symi as well, but it now looks less likely she’ll appear at all.