As Symi has no airport, travellers to the island have to fly into other airports nearby. The most convenient is Rhodes, as it is served by many more flights from the UK. There are also regular boat connections between Rhodes and Symi and Travel à la carte’s transfer service, which covers all taxi, boat and luggage transfers between the airport and your accommodation on Symi, is only available from Rhodes.
Flights into Rhodes
You can fly into Rhodes on several days of the week and from most airports in the UK. Some of these flights leave early enough in the day to connect with the regular boats leaving Rhodes for Symi each day. But if the flight from your local airport arrives later in the day, or you prefer a later start, it is easy to stay in a hotel in Rhodes town overnight and continue the journey to Symi the next day. Wednesday has always been the traditional flying day to Rhodes from the UK but in recent years the choice has widened. Travel à la carte tries to offer maximum flexibility of arrival and departure days, so we welcome this wider range of flights.
Flying time to Rhodes is four to four and a half hours, depending on the UK airport. Greek time is two hours ahead of the UK.
Please note that while this flight information was correct at the time of posting, airlines may alter their schedules at any time.