Ferries from the Greek islands to Turkey in 2023
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Are there ferries between Greece and Turkey? Of course! The ferry connection between the Greek islands and the western coast of Turkey is the easiest way to travel between Greece and Turkey!
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View of the impressive sea fortifications of Bodrum in Turkey
Greece - Turkey ferry schedules 2023
Which Greek destinations offer ferry services to Turkey? In 2023, you can get by ferry from Turkey to Greece or the other way around through 8 destinations in Greece: Chios, Rhodes, Samos, Kos, Lesbos, Kalymnos, Kastellorizo, and Thessaloniki.
The ports of western Turkey that are connected by ferry to Greece are Çeşme, Marmaris, Fethiye, Bodrum, İzmir, Seferihisar, Kaş, Ayvalik, Kusadasi, and Turgutreis.
Explore all 2023 Greece - Turkey ferry routes below:
Ferries at the port of Chios in Greece
Ferry from Chios to Çeşme
The ferry route Chios - Çeşme is usually served by 2 ferry companies. There are normally up to 4 daily ferry crossings between Chios and Çeşme in the summer season. Ferries make the crossing in about 20-30 minutes and tickets are usually around €25.
White-sand beach at the town of Çeşme in western Turkey
Ferry from Samos to Kuşadasi
You can catch a ferry to Kuşadasi in Turkey from 2 ports in Samos: Pythagoreion and Vathy. The Samos - Kuşadasi ferry route is served by 2 ferry companies and the duration of the sailing is around 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. The route is usually available twice daily, with tickets costing around €35.
Ferry from Samos to Seferihisar
Usually, the route between Seferihisar in Turkey and the Greek island of Samos is operated by 1 ferry company. There are normally 4 weekly crossings that last 2 hours and tickets are around €35. Ferry availability may vary depending on the season, however.
Tourist boat at the harbor of Kuşadası in Turkey
Ferry from Rhodes to Fethiye
Ferries from Rhodes to Fethiye are available by 3 ferry companies. There are at least 1-4 daily sailings to the Turkish town of Fethiye, depending on the season, with an average crossing duration of 1.5 hours. Standard tickets for this route are around €50.
Ferry from Rhodes to Marmaris
Traveling by ferry from Rhodes to Marmaris is available 1-2 times per day. It takes 1 hour to reach Marmaris from the Greek island of Rhodes and tickets start at €52. The route is primarily operated by 1 ferry operator.
The coastal town of Marmaris in Turkey
Ferry from Kos to Bodrum
Ferries to Bodrum from Kos in Greece are operated by 3 ferry companies. The Kos - Bodrum ferry route is in operation at least 2-5 times per day. The duration of the trip is just 20 minutes to roughly 1.5 hours, with ticket prices starting at €17.
Tip: if you want to get from Santorini or Crete to Turkey by ferry, you can catch a domestic ferry route to one of the islands of the Dodecanese or the North Aegean Sea and board a ferry to Turkey from there. Check our Map of ferries to plan your trip with ease!
Ferry from Kos to Turgutreis
The route between Kos in Greece and Turgutreis in Turkey is usually served by 1 ferry company. The Kos - Turgutreis ferry crossing is available once daily. The crossing lasts 30 minutes and tickets start at €21.
Important: currently, the Kos - Turgutreis ferry route is not in operation. To stay up to date, you can always find all available ferry schedules in real time on Ferryhopper.
Ferry from Kastellorizo to Kaş
From Kastellorizo in the Dodecanese, you can catch a ferry to the port town of Kaş in Turkey 1-2 times per day. It takes 30 minutes to travel between the two ports and tickets are around €25 in the peak season.
Ferry from Lesbos to Ayvalik
The Lesbos - Ayvalik ferry route is served by 2 companies, with 2-3 ferry departures on most days. It takes 50 minutes to 1.5 hours to travel between the port of Mytilene in Lesbos and Ayvalik. Tickets for this route start at €20.
Tip: learn more about what to do on a day trip from Lesbos to Ayvalik.
The romantic coast of Ayvalik in Turkey, opposite Lesbos
Ferry from Thessaloniki to İzmir
The Thessaloniki - Izmir ferry route is currently suspended, with no announced ferry connections.
When active, the ferry route is usually served by 1 ferry company and the connection is available 3 times per week. It takes approximately 14 hours to travel between the port of Thessaloniki in Greece and İzmir in Turkey. Tickets for this route start at €81.
Good to know: more routes connecting Greece and Turkey may be added in the future. These are some of the most popular Turkey - Greece routes that used to operate in the past: Bodrum - Symi, Bodrum - Patmos, Bodrum - Leros, Bodrum - Rhodes, Turgutreis - Kalymnos, and Turgutreis - Leros.
Which ferry companies offer Greece - Turkey routes?
There are at least 15 ferry companies serving Greece - Turkey ferry routes. Some of the ferry companies are large operators, while others are seasonal and local ferry service providers.
On Ferryhopper, you can book cheap ferry tickets for Greece - Turkey routes with: Exas Shipping, Sea Dreams, Lafasi, Sunrise Lines, Jalem Tur, Ugur Jale Uluslararasi, Meander Travel, Makri Travel, Sky Marine Ferries, and Levante Ferries.
Here are more Greek and Turkish ferry companies operating on the connection between Greece and Turkey: Bodrum Express Lines, Yesil Marmari Lines, Dentur Avrasya Group, Erturk Lines, Meis Ferry Lines, Samos Star, Tuana Maritime, and Turyol.
Do I need a passport or a visa to travel between Greece and Turkey?
Citizens of third countries wishing to enter Turkey need a passport valid for at least 60 days following the final day indicated on their permit or e-visa. Depending on your country of origin, different measures may apply. For more information regarding visa and passport requirements check the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs or consult your embassy.
Greek citizens don't need a passport or visa to enter Turkey and can travel between the two countries with their ID. However, we recommend that you always have your passport with you when traveling to a different country.
Tip: if you're planning to purchase alcohol or tobacco products in Turkey before catching the ferry back to Greece, keep in mind there are quantity limits to the products you can transfer.
Are there any Covid-19 measures to travel between Greece and Turkey by ferry?
Ferry passengers traveling to the Greek islands from Turkey don’t need to fill out any documents or have a Covid-19 certificate. See more details about Covid-19 measures in Greece.
As for travelers taking a ferry to Turkey from Greece, please note that, at the moment, all Covid-19 restrictions in Turkey have been lifted, and passengers arriving in Turkey are no longer required to present proof of vaccination or negative PCR test results.
The beautiful port of Mandraki in Rhodes
Book cheap ferry tickets from Greece to Turkey
On Ferryhopper, you can book cheap ferry tickets between Greece and Turkey in 2023. Check all ferry routes offered by Makri Travel, Sunrise Lines, Jalem Tur, Lafasi, Sky Marine Ferries, Meander Travel, Sea Dreams, Levante Ferries, and Exas Shipping on our ferry map and plan your Aegean Sea vacation step-by-step!
Good to know: some of the ferry routes are only available to book on location at the port of departure either in Greece or Turkey.