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Same Day to Symi?

My colleagues at Symi Visitor Accommodation set me a challenge to see what flights existed that allowed people to travel to Symi from their home countries all in one day, and to return home all in one day. They were amazed to see how many options there were. These mostly use the Blue Star ferries from Rhodes – including the new Monday departure from Rhodes that will sail in July and August, a few that arrive especially early in the morning into Rhodes or leave especially late in the evening make use of Dodekanisos Seaways.
None use Sea Dreams -if they ever get their ferry fixed and try some evening sailings I’ll consider repeating the exercise.
I’ve stretched one point by including return flights that leave Rhodes before midnight but get you back home early the following morning.

So don’t ignore Symi because you need to spend a night in Rhodes – here are 23 different airports with same-day service in July and August, and the flight details you need to make a reservation.


  • By Bob, June 23, 2017 @ 9:43 pm

    Thanks Andy – Fascinating! It does however illustrate how good it would be for Symi if there was an evening boat on a Saturday – Dream on ……..
    Or maybe Sea Dreams will appear at some stage!

  • By Barry, June 24, 2017 @ 9:57 am

    There’a single weekly Falcon (Thomson) flight from Dublin to Rhodes on a Wednesday morning 07:00-13:30 and returning 14:30-17:25.

    It might just make the 1500 Blue Star (there used to be a later Wednesday ferry?).
    On the way back take the 0815 Blue Star.

    Not really an option for planning as it’s pretty expensive to book in advance. Sometimes it can be cheap as chips as a last minute option.

  • By AndysPosting, June 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am

    I knew this existed, but have been told that it is between difficult and impossible to book as flight-only – they only sell it as part of a package holiday on Rhodes. Just tried myself and it is indeed impossible for dates in July and August, which is the subject of this blog. However it is possible to book flight only in September, so I will add it to the general flight tables. Thanks for the info.

    Last year there was a 19:00 ferry from Rhodes to Symi on Wednesdays. Not so this year, apparently while it did carry passengers, the return sailing to Rhodes the following morning was virtually empty, meaning the ferry company made a loss on the round trip. There was no subsidy or guaranteed revenue for this sailing, and nobody was willing to offer either, so no ferry this year. As far as the UK and Ireland is concerned, there are only three airports with flights that would make the 19:00 ferry that don’t also have earlier flights that can make the 15:00 Blue Star, and for two of the three (Glasgow and Newcastle) the late afternoon arrivals only operate early and late season, they switch to evening arrivals between mid-June and mid-September.

  • By annadev, July 5, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

    Hi, Andy: Since we live in Vancouver, Canada, none of this works for us. However, next year (early-May) we plan to fly to London, spend a few days and then take advantage of one of the less expensive flights to Rhodes. Can you tell me a good travel site to use for this?

  • By Annadev, July 13, 2017 @ 2:37 am

    Oops, Andy sorry – I just noticed the search form at the right of your column. I’m good!

  • By AndysPosting, July 13, 2017 @ 9:05 am

    I would always recommend that you book directly with the airline. Use travel sites such as skyscanner to tell you what is out there (though not all airlines allow their flights to be shown on these search sites). But avoid at all costs any booking links that take you to anything but the airline itself. The booking links aren’t selected because they’re good, they’re selected because they pay the search site for the privilege. Quite often the fares aren’t live, and they will come back at you saying the price isn’t available. You can then take weeks to get your initial payment back. And where there are low-price fares you find there’s something missing, such as baggage being charged separately. Then there’s the problem if flight times change, will the low cost low service on line booking agent actually tell you at all, and even if they do you’re faced with negotiating with the airline through a third party, who may take a cut of any refund you’re entitled to.

  • By Su Lynch, July 13, 2017 @ 10:10 pm

    Another addition – from this autumn it’s possible to fly to and from Bristol to Athens. AT LAST!!

  • By Annadev, July 19, 2017 @ 9:38 pm

    Actually, I did use Skyscanner initially, but you are right, going to the airline directly is best. Thanks!

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