Kalymnos is accessible via air or sea, so you can choose the option that suits you most. The numerous bays and coves will also allow you to approach the island with your own craft.
Travel by Air
This island is connected by air to the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", the largest airport in Greece, since 2006. One or two direct flights (depending on season) are run daily towards and from Athens. The duration of the flight is approximately 50 minutes. The airport of Kalymnos lies near Argos, at a 10-15 minute distance from the island's capital, Pothia.
During the summer season, there are scheduled bus trips that connect the airport with the villages Massouri, Myrties, Emborios and Vathys.
Alternatively, you can call a taxi or, in case there is no taxi waiting at the airport, stop one on the street. Kalymnos airport has an outdoor parking and facilities for the disabled.
Another approach for reaching Kalymnos by air is taking a flight from Athens to the neighboring island Kos. After landing at the International Airport of Kos 'Hippocrates', you should go to the harbor of Mastichari village. In there, you will board on a speedboat or a conventional ferry boat that will take you to Kalymnos' Pothia. The route between the two islands lasts from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the type of vessel you board on.
Travel by Boat
There are many options available if you choose to reach to Kalymnos by boat, since the island is directly connected with regular itineraries with the ports of Piraeus and other Dodecanese islands (Kos, Leros, Patmos, Lipsi and Astipalea).
Routes from the port of Piraeus run almost daily and last 9 to 12 hours, depending on stops and the weather conditions.
For the ones who possess their own craft, the ports of Pothia, Vathys and Pserimos islet are available for anchoring. Fuel and water supply stations will be found only in Kalymnos, so if you choose the island of Pserimos it is suggested to plan your supplies in advance.
What to do in case of adverse weather conditions
Sometimes in the winter, if there are bad weather conditions or very strong winds, the Port Authorities may issue a Departure Prohibition Order and flights might be delayed or even cancelled. If the weather forecasts predict winds of over 7 Beaufort strong, then be sure that the Port Authority will issue a Departure Prohibition Order.
In such cases, you can look for the port "Kypreos," a dock that you will see on your right as you enter the main port of Pothia. Over there, you will find small boats that travel to and from Kos, even if a Departure Prohibition Order has been issued for larger boats or flying dolphins. From Kos island you can get the first available flight to your final destination.
Transfers within Kalymnos island
There are several ways to move around in Kalymnos. The local buses will take you to the key points of the island, but in case you prefer more autonomy you can hire a car, a motorbike or even a bicycle. Finally, the taxis operating on the island can serve you any time you need a transfer.