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How to get from Samos Airport to Samos Town

As soon as you land at Samos International Airport (SMI), you will have two available options so as to reach Samos town; Taxi and Bus. A Samos airport taxi is the fastest and easiest transportation type. The total ride takes about 20-30 minutes and as Samos taxis are metered, the estimated cost of the journey is 25-30€. Conversely, the town buses reach the town centre, via Pithagoreion or Mitilinioi, in 25-30 minutes while their ticket price is 2€. However, the bus routes are not sufficient. Especially on weekends, they are almost non-existent.

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Comparison of the options

Bus €4 30min 07:20–17:20
Taxi €27 25min 06:00–22:00

How to get from Samos airport to Town of Samos by bus

Samos KTEL local buses are the alternative option in order to reach Samos town after landing to Samos airport. The public transportation means is fairly cheaper (only 2€ for a one-way ticket) and can transfer you to Samos Central Bus Station in about 25-30 minutes. However, bus routes are not frequent enough on daily basis and especially on weekends.

How much is the bus from Samos airport to Samos Town?

The KTEL local bus ticket price is 2€ per person while children up to 6 years old don't have to pay. Tickets can be bought from the driver as soon as you enter the bus. It is always advisable to have small change with you.



Trip Duration

25-30 Min.

Waiting time for the local bus is approximately 2 hours.


Local buses are available from 07:20 am to 17:20 pm.

Where do I get it from?

The KTEL local bus stop is situated just outside the arrivals hall of the airport. Therefore, you can very easily spot it as soon as you exit the terminal building.


The bus may be a very affordable choice but it is definitely not a comfortable one. The KTEL local buses itineraries from the airport to Samos town are inadequate. In fact, there are only 8 transit bus routes per day to Samos, via Pythagoreion or Mitilinioi, from early in the morning until late in the afternoon, while on Saturdays, the number of buses is reduced to only 3 and on Sundays, they don't operate at all. Moreover, the travel time may be almost the same with that of a private transfer, as your drop-off point is the Central Bus Station in Samos, so you will have to reach your exact destination on foot.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus is the ideal option if you are looking for a low cost transportation way. The bus route from the airport to Samos centre is only about 5-10 minutes longer than a taxi ride whereas the bus ticket costs only 2€. Thus, it is a considerable alternative if you are travelling on a budget and you don't mind sacrificing your comfort.

Useful Tips

There is no longer a website for Samos local buses. You can only visit their Facebook page.
Children up to 6 years old travel for free.
You can purchase your ticket from the bus driver.
During weekends, the bus itineraries are rare (on Saturdays, there are only three bus routes while on Sundays, buses don't operate at all)

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How to get from Samos airport to town of Samos by taxi

Samos airport operates from 06:00 am to 22:00 pm. Therefore, Samos airport taxis, though theoretically available 24/7, are in fact handy only when the airport is active. However, the grey vehicles with the "taxi" sign on their top, are still the most convenient mean of transportation, as they will drive you to the front door of your hotel at about 20-30 minutes, depending on the traffic, whereas the waiting time at the taxi rank will be limited. Lastly, they don't have fixed fares but you can expect that you will be charged about 25-30€ for your trip from Samos International Airport (SMI) to Samos town.

Taxi fare from Samos airport to Samos centre

Samos airport taxis are metered. Thus, the cost of every taxi ride is calculated by a taximeter, based on the traversed distance. As Samos airport is located 15km from the town of Samos, the estimated price for your journey is 25-30€, if the roads are not particularly congested. However, you can expect to be extra charged for waiting time, large pieces of luggage or traveling after midnight.
On the other hand, there are always private taxi operators that offer set fares for their services.

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Samos airport taxis may be affordable but they are certainly more expensive than buses. Yet, the fact remains that they are the safest, more comfortable and flexible transfer option. Available at any time as long as the airport is open, they guarantee your stress-free and time-saving ride from Samos airport to your hotel in Samos town. Additionally, door-to-door services make taxis the most preferred travel choice, after a long and tiring flight.

Editor’s Note

If you travel with company or even find travelers that are heading to the same destination with you, you can share a taxi, split the fare and thus, make your ride rather cheaper.

Useful Tips

In Greece, taxis are allowed to carry up to 4 passengers.
As Samos taxis don't offer set prices, once you enter your taxi, make sure that the taximeter is reset.
You should always ask for a receipt at the end of your journey.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Samos airport to Samos centre?

Samos taxis don't offer set fares but their price is formed by a taximeter. Thus, you can expect that you will be charged about 25€-30€ for your ride to Samos Town. Nevertheless, extra charges may apply (driving after midnight, large pieces of luggage, waiting time).

How much does the bus cost from Samos airport to Samos town?

The KTEL local bus ticket costs 2€ for an adult and can be bought from the bus driver. Children younger than 6 years of age travel for free.

How long does it take to get from Samos airport to Samos town?

Samos International Airport is located 15 km from the town of Samos. The journey takes 20-30 minutes by taxi and 25-30 minutes by bus, under normal traffic conditions.

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