You do not have another choice except seaway to arrive in Patmos cause the island doesn’t have an airport. There are several options on the main ferry and hydrofoil connections to go to the island. Most of ferries going to / from Lesvos make a stop at Patmos as well as some of the ones from Rhodes. You can also find ferry from Samos and Kos. There are regular bus services from Skala to the main areas (Chora,Grikos and Kampos) inside the island. The cost is 1,5 Euro pp.
Taxis can be considered as expensive for tourists, especially if you intend to go to the top of the island where the monastery and grotto sit. But you can share your taxi with another persons to make it more reasonable. You may also rent a car or motorbike.
Buses in Patmos:
The bus stop is acropss the little park,to the left of the police station.From Skala 10 per Day g oto Chora(10 Minutes),7 of which continou on to Grikou (10 Minutes),and 4 to Kampos (15 Minutes).Consult Schedule posted at bus stop or tourist Office.
Ferries From Patmos:
Daily services to Piraeus (10 Hours),Leros(1 ½ hours),Kalymnos (2 ½ Hours),Kos (4 Hours),Rhodes (10 Hours).Boats also run to Lipsi(4 per week) and Samos (6 per week).Ferries run twice weekly to Agathonisi,and 1 per week to Lesvos,Limnos,Mykonos,Syros,Nisyros,Tilos,Naxos and Paros.Private Excursions Boats g oto Lipsi,and diffrent beaches around the island.Check out the deals posted along the waterfront.
Flying Dolphins From Patmos:
Hydrofoils are a tempting mode of traveling.They run more frequently and reliably then ferries at twice their speed,but cost twice as much.Two per day Leros,Kalymnos,and Kos.Two Per week to Agathonisi,and 4 per week to Lipsos and Rhodes.Also to Samos per day,Ikaria daily boat .
Taxis in Patmos:
Congregate in the main square 24hr. In summer,but diffucult to catch in the apres-disco flurry,and 3-6:30 am. Beware of what you pay as far as Patmos’s taxis are concerned – you really do not want to get into a Patmos taxi here without clear agreement on the fare before you take your journey. One of the taxi drivers biggest earners on Patmos is from conveying cruise ship passengers (who often only have a short time available before their cruise leaves again) up to see the Monastery in Chora and although this journey is not that far (around 4.5kms) they are liable to charge outrageous amounts if they can. We know from our own experience that this type of overcharging will be attempted by the greedy taxi drivers for any other journeys too.
Car Rental in Patmos:
Take a left after the post Office and look for it on your right.Open daily 08:00 am-11:00pm.
Moped in Patmos:
Motorbiking is popular way of touring Greece,especially the islands bikes are cheaper then cars and offer more freedom then buses,particularly for visiting remote areas.Usally require a Greek motorcycle license.Many agencies request your passport as a deposite,but it’s wiser just to setle up in advance.