Nisyros

Nisyros

Dodecanese, Greece

Nisyros (or Nisiros) is a volcanic island in the Dodecanese island complex, on the east Aegean sea. You can book ferry tickets for this unique travel destination on Ferryhopper. On our pages, you can find useful information about Nisyros, how to get there, what to do and island-hopping options in the Dodecanese. 

How to get to Nisyros

There is a direct ferry to Nisyros from the port of Piraeus in Athens, twice a week all-year-round. You can also easily get to Nisyros by ferry from the nearby islands of Kos and Rhodes while during the summer months there are many direct and indirect ferry connections to Nisyros from the islands of the Dodecanese, Northeast Aegean or Crete.  

The port of Mandraki in Nisyros, Dodecanese, blue sky, blue sea, white houses, coastline, ferry routes

Ferry schedules and ferry tickets to Nisyros

The port of Nisyros is Mandraki, which is also the capital of the island, and it's located on the northwest side of the island. The two main ways to get to Nisyros is by ferry from Athens or from other Dodecanese ports. 

  • Nisyros is well connected with Athens and the port of Piraeus with 2 weekly ferry itineraries, throughout the whole year. The ferry trip duration from Athens to Nisyros is approximately 13 hours.
  • You can also take a ferry to Nisyros from the port of Kardamena in Kos or from the port of Rodos. The ferry trip from Kos to Nisyros is around 1-1,5 hours while the ferry trip from Rhodes to Nisyros is 3-3,5 hours

On the Ferryhopper pages, you can find all ferry schedules to Nisyros and compare ferry trip duration, ferry ticket prices and ferry companies to choose the best itinerary for you. 

Island hopping around Nisyros

Planning an island-hopping trip around Nisyros is a great idea as the island is located in the middle of the Dodecanese. Apart from the larger islands of Kos and Rhodes, from Nisyros you can also easily travel by ferry to Tilos in less than 1 hour, to Chalki in 1,5 hours, to Kalymnos in about 2 hours, to Symi in less than 3 hours, or to Astypalea in about 5 hours

You can also travel indirectly from Nisyros to Patmos, Samos or Ikaria via the ports of Kos, as well as to Karpathos, Kasos or Crete (Heraklio or Sitia) via the port of Rhodes.  

On the Ferryhopper Map of Ferries, you can see all direct and indirect ferry connections to Nisyros in order to organize your ferry adventure on the beautiful Dodecanese islands! 

View of the Aegean sea from Nisyros, Dodecanese, holidays, ferry routes

What to do in Nisyros

The island of Nisyros (or Nisiros) offers relaxing holidays in an impressive landscape, and it's an ideal destination for the lovers of simplicity in their vacation. Located in between Kos and Tilos is a unique destination due to its formation and landscapes.

Nisyros is a small island, famous for its volcano, called Stefanos: a lunar landscape in the middle of the island, where you can walk straight into the volcano crater. Accessing the crater of a volcano is a lifetime experience and you will be impressed by the view and the ambiance of the space. During the summer months, Nisyros has a vibrant cultural life with film festivals, music festivals, art exhibitions and of course, the traditional feasts (panigiria) taking place in the island's beautiful sceneries or in the 4 main villages

Beaches in Nisyros

The beaches of Nisyros are part of the island's wild landscape, following the coastline that was formed by the volcanic eruption. In Nisiros you should expect to find beaches with a black pebble or red sand, and as many of them are not organized we would recommend having a parasol with you. We would also suggest that during the hot summer months you bring with you trainers or active sandals to protect yourself from the warm surfaces. Some of the more secluded beaches are nudist-friendly while the sea is crystal clear and the seafloor will impress diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Here are the best beaches in Nisyros:

  • Pahia Ammos
  • Chohlakoi
  • Avlaki
  • Lies
  • Gialiskari
  • Paloi

The settlement of Avlaki, beach in Nisyros, wild sea, swimming, diving, coast, view of Tilos, Dodecanese, ferry routes

Villages in Nisyros

The villages of Nisyros are the center of the island's life while their history and influences are evident in the buildings, streets, and decoration. Most of the island visitors prefer to stay in Mandraki, the main town and port of Nisyros, which has most of the shops, taverns, cafeterias, and bars however we highly recommend that you take the bus or drive to the coast and the mainland to enjoy the picturesque island settlements. For example: 

  • Mandraki
  • Paloi
  • Emporios
  • Nikia

Colourful streets in Mandraki, main town and port of Nisyros, white houses, cats, ferry tickets

Activities in Nisyros

The wild landscape of the island and its small size allows for many outdoor activities and for some unique experiences. We recommend that when in Nisyros:

  • Visit the Stefanos volcano crater
  • Take a thermal bath in Loutra
  • Explore the island's hiking trails
  • Take a boat trip to the islet of Giali, an impressive pumice scenery
  • Visit Paleokastro fortress
  • Visit the Volcanology museum
  • Visit the Panagia Spiliani monastery

Food in Nisyros

In Nisyros you will find many traditional taverns that serve the delicious local recipes, based on vegetables, meat, and fish. Make sure that before you leave Nisyros you taste:

  • Local cheese such as sakouliasti or mizithra
  • Chickpeas balls (revithokeftedes)
  • Goat stew
  • Xoriatiki salad with capers 
  • Soumada drink
  • Kanelada drink
  • Sweet cherry tomatoes
  • Tomato jam

Sunset colours and light over the volcano of Nisyros and the village of Nikia, impressive view, volcanic island, ferry tickets

Useful tips for your trip to Nisyros

Nisyros is a small island and we recommend that you bring or rent a vehicle to explore the island sceneries and beautiful corners. The island has a good bus network while during the summer months there are buses that serve the line Mandraki - Loutra - Paloi - Emporios - Nikia, at least twice a day. Here are some useful telephone numbers for your stay in Nisyros: 

  • Port Authority Nisyros: +30 2242031222
  • Medical Center Nisyros: +30 2242031217
  • Police Station Nisyros: +30 2242031201
  • Municipality of Nisyros: +30 2242031203
  • Tourist information Nisyros: +30 2242031204

Where to book ferry tickets to Nisyros?

On Ferryhopper you can book ferry tickets to Nisyros online, at the best prices and in just 4 clicks! On our search engine you can find all direct and indirect ferry connections to Nisyros from Athens and the nearby Dodecanese islands, to choose the most convenient ferry itinerary for you! 


Nisyros has direct ferry connections with 21 ports:

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