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Transfer Options from Samos Airport to City Centre

As soon as you land at Samos International Airport (SMI), you will have two transfer options to reach Samos city centre; a taxi or bus. A Samos airport taxi is the fastest and easiest mode of transportation. The total journey time is around 20-30 minutes and as Samos taxis are metered, the estimated cost of the journey is 25-30€. The town buses reach the city centre via Pithagoreion or Mitilinioi and take around 25-30 minutes. Although tickets are cheap at 2€, the buses are infrequent and on weekends are almost non-existent.

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Comparison of the options

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

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, although theoretically available 24/7, are in fact only running when the airport is active. However, the grey vehicles with the “taxi” sign on top, are still the most convenient mode of transportation, as they will drive you to the front door of your hotel in about 20-30 minutes, depending on the traffic. Samos airport taxis don’t have fixed fares but you can expect to be charged around 25-30€ for your trip to the city centre.

Taxi fare from Samos airport to the city centre

Samos airport taxis are metered, so the cost of every taxi ride is calculated based on distance. As Samos airport is located 15km from the town of Samos, the estimated price for your journey is around 25-30€, if the roads are not particularly congested. However, there may be extra charges for waiting time, large pieces of luggage or travelling after midnight.

On the other hand, there are always private taxi operators that offer set fares for their services.

Taxi prices
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Trip Duration

20-30 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.


Taxis are available during the airport operation hours (06:00 am to 22:00 pm).

Where do I get it from?

You will easily locate the taxi rank just outside the terminal building. There are usually several vehicles available, so the waiting time is limited.


Samos airport taxis may be affordable but they are certainly more expensive than buses. However, they are arguably the safest, most comfortable and flexible transfer option. Available at any time of day, they guarantee your stress-free and time-saving ride from Samos airport to your hotel in the city centre. This door-to-door service makes taxis the 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 as you, you can share a taxi, split the fare and make your ride much 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.

How to get from Samos airport to the city centre by bus

Samos KTEL local buses are the alternative option in order to reach Samos town after landing to Samos airport. The public transportation option is very cheap at just 2€ for a one-way ticket and can transfer you to Samos Central Bus Station in about 25-30 minutes. However, buses are not frequent and are almost none existent 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 travel for free. Tickets can be bought from the driver as soon as you enter the bus. It’s 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. 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 bus schedule from the airport is highly infrequent. In fact, there are only 8 transit bus routes per day to Samos, via Pythagoreion or Mitilinioi, while on Saturdays, the number of buses is reduced to only 3 and on Sundays, they don’t operate at all.

Although the travel time may be almost the same as a private transfer, as your drop-off point is the Central Bus Station in Samos, so you will have to reach your hotel on foot or by another mode of transportation.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus is the ideal option if you are looking for a low cost transfer. The bus ride from Samos airport to the city centre is only about 5-10 minutes longer than a taxi ride, but the bus ticket costs only 2€, making it a great alternative if you are travelling on a budget.

Useful Tips

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

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Frequently asked questions

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

Samos taxis don’t offer set fares, their price is formed by a taximeter. You can expect to be charged about 25€-30€ for your ride to Samos Town. However, 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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