While there are endless Greek Islands to explore, a trip to Rhodes has become an international favorite! There are dozens of stunning beaches, amazing local food, and a deep history that will impress even the most seasoned traveler. So what do you need to know before visiting Rhodes Greece? Let us guide you through planning your own holiday travel to the island of Rhodes in 10 easy steps!
1. Length of Trip to Rhodes Greece
Rhodes is one of the largest islands in Greece and the biggest of the Dodecanese islands. This means it’s a place that you can stay for a few days if you are short on time, or even a few weeks to enjoy life and soak in the local culture.
Deciding how long you have will give you a better understanding of what you can see and do in your own timeframe visiting Rhodes. Whether it’s a long weekend or multi-week stay, knowing the number of days is the first step in planning a trip to Rhodes Greece.
Rhodes Travel Guide Tip: Try to be flexible with your dates until you book a flight. We’ll talk more about this part of planning a trip to Rhodes soon!
2. Just Visiting Rhodes or More Greek Islands?
Now that you have the number of days it’s time to think deeper about your trip to Rhodes. Would you like to see more islands in Greece, or will all your time be spent traveling in Rhodes?
One thing we can’t stress enough is not to overplan your holiday. Many travelers think that they can hop between several islands on a one-week Greece trip. Well of course you could… Yet, it may not be as much fun if your time is filled with loads of flights or ferries.
Our recommendation in this travel guide to Rhodes is to try and slow down. Take time to really enjoy the island and don’t pack multiple other well-known islands into your vacation.
If you do want to see more of Greece in this region we highly recommend the islands of Symi and Halki. They’re small enough where you can even do a day trip to them from Rhodes!
- Symi Island Guide: Ferry, Beaches, and Motorbike Adventures
- 12 Amazing Things to do on Symi Island
- Halki Greece: Castle, Beaches, & Island Guide
3. Time of Year in Rhodes Greece
The typical tourist season on the island runs from early May to late September. We think it’s best to visit Rhodes at the beginning of the season or the end, avoiding the summer rush if possible. Don’t get us wrong, if you only have a week off in the peak months of July or August it’s ok. That shouldn’t stop you from planning a trip to Rhodes Greece!
The town will be busier and you may have to book your hotels and activities in advance. However, Rhodes has so many places to experience outside of the Old Town and the popular beaches. No matter the time of year, it won’t be hard to find your own slice of paradise on this magical island.
4. How to Travel Around Rhodes
When planning a trip to Rhodes Greece it’s important to look into transportation before setting a route. Hands down, the best way to see the island is with a vehicle! Butterfly Rental Car is located just outside of Old Town and a great option if you explore Old Town first.
If you don’t feel comfortable renting a car, that can drastically change your travel plans. You can use the public bus to get to most beaches on the east, but you will lose the freedom to fully explore.
Rhodes Travel Guide Tip: Taxi’s are used commonly throughout Rhodes. At most stands, there are set prices to every popular location around the island. Make sure to have cash and confirm the cost beforehand.
5. Trip to Rhodes Greece Cost
Something we really loved about visiting Rhodes is that it can accommodate a range of different travelers and budgets. Before finalizing your trip to Rhodes take a moment to figure out your budget and if it provides the vacation you are looking for.
While the island is generally upscale and good for a family holiday, there are plenty of affordable options as well. You can find everything from 5-star luxury resorts overlooking the ocean to hostel beds right outside the historic walls of Old Town. There’s also plenty of world-class fine dining, casual gyro shops, and everything in between.
Common Rhodes Travel Costs in Euros
- Mythos Beer: €2-3
- Morning Coffee: €1-2
- Boat Trip from Rhodes Town to Lindos: €25
- Personal Boat Rental: €30
- Seafood Dinner for Two: €30-50
- Half Craft of Greek Wine: €5
- Full-Day Beach Sunbed: €5-10
- Bus Ticket: €2.50
- Gyro Pita: €3
- Daily Motorbike Rental: €20-25
- Daily Car Rental: €25-35
- Ice Cream: €1
6. Book Your Flight or Ferry
Ready to make it official? It’s time to fully commit to your trip to Rhodes Greece! Most likely you will arrive on the island via a flight from Athens. You might also want to look into the ferry depending on where you are traveling from.
Flight to Rhodes: There are multiple flights daily from Athens International Airport to Rhodes. While traveling through the islands we always use Aegean or Olympic Air, but there are numerous companies that run the same routes. If you are already in Europe some even offer direct flights to Rhodes.
Ferry to Rhodes: If you’re already island hopping through Greece you may want to consider arriving by ferry. Really because of its location, traveling by ferry would only make sense if you are already in the Dodecanese chain.
7. Trip to Rhodes Greece Route
Now that you know how many days you have, the time of year you’re visiting, and your flight booked, it’s time for the real fun! The part of actually figuring out your daily adventures while visiting Rhodes.
This is the type of Greek island where you might want to have a general route, but should also leave yourself some flexibility to live in the moment. When planning your Rhodes travel we highly recommend staying in the city for the first few nights.
After fully exploring Rhodes Old Town you can rent a car and take on the rest of the island. While you can see it on any timeline, you should give yourself at least a week if not more after the city. One to two weeks is the perfect amount of time for a trip to Rhodes!
8. Where to Stay in Rhodes Greece
As we mentioned before, there is a wide range of accommodations in Rhodes. It should be no problem finding something that fits any budget. Of course, Lindos and some of the nicer beach towns will have higher-end resorts. Still, don’t let that scare you away!
One of the best parts about visiting Rhodes is that nothing is too far. So even if you’re staying in the city you can take some epic day trips around the island. We preferred driving and staying in each town along the way, but you can totally set up a home base anywhere you’d like.
Where to Stay on Rhodes Greece
Old Town Luxury – 10GR Hotel & Wine Bar – Set inside the historic walls of Old Town, this hotel doubles as the best wine bar on the island. The luxury rooms built inside caves style rooms give you a one of a kind escape from the city center.
Old Town Budget– Mascot Garden Rooms & Mascot Boutique Hotel – These sister hotels are unique and fun places to stay just outside of Rhodes Old Town. They are beautifully designed and a simple, but charming place to sleep after exploring all day.
Old Town Hostel – Stay Hostel Rhodes – What separates Stay Hostel from others in town is that it offers a kitchen, multiple lounges, games room, gym, and home cinema! It’s also a great place to meet other travelers from around the globe.
Lindos – Melenos Art Boutique Hotel – At Melenos, luxury mixes perfectly with a special design that includes historical artifacts from around Rhodes. Enjoy stunning ocean views while being just a quick walk from the Lindos Acropolis and town.
Monolithos – Limeri Traditional Guesthouse – At Limeri you’ll find a traditional design equipped with modern amenities. Each room has a nice view from the balcony, and some even have a private jacuzzi!
9. Awesome Rhodes Greece Activities
From jumping on a sailboat to horseback riding around Lake Apolakkia, there are so many amazing activities to enjoy in Rhodes! Some you may need to book in advance while others you will simply show up and enjoy. This also depends on the time of year as we said previously.
So what type of vacation are you searching for? Are you the adventurous type, yearning to see history, or just looking to relax at a resort? Well, the good news is you can get all that and more when visiting Rhodes in Greece.
10. Pack Your Bags and Go!
All the hard work and planning has paid off and it’s time for your Greek escape. The very last step is to pack your bags and take off for Rhodes! Be prepared, but make sure not to over-pack for your vacation.
Rhodes is full of amazing local specialties and souvenirs that you’ll surely want to bring home. From beautiful dresses to delicious olive oil, you’re going to need some extra room in that bag.
More Rhodes Travel Guide Tips
- Many of the beaches are made of pebbles so consider packing beach shoes.
- Bring or buy a snorkel to swim in the ocean and many sea caves.
- Don’t forget a beach towel or wrap to lay out!
- Island clothes are casual and the weather is hot. Dress accordingly.
Have any questions about planning a trip to Rhodes, or want to share your own amazing experiences in Greece? Let us know in the comments below!
Brigitte & Jake
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Rhodes Travel Inspiration
- 11 Best Beaches on Rhodes Greece: Anthony Quinn to St. Paul’s Bay
- Lindos Rhodes: Guide to One of Greece’s Most Beautiful & Historic Villages
- Rhodes Old Town Guide: Exploring the Medieval Island City in Greece
- Lindos Acropolis: Fun Guide to the Iconic Monument of Rhodes Greece
- Anthony Quinn Bay in Rhodes: 7 Fun Facts to Know Before Your First Visit
Greece Travel Planning
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Rental Car: You can book a rental car for around $20 a day in Greece! We use Discover Cars to explore the larger islands with a vehicle.
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