A Day Trip to Kos, Greece

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Kos Port

Kos Port

As a solo traveller, I am often looking for ways to keep myself busy. During my three day stay in Bodrum, I decided to take a day trip to the small Greek Island. Kos is located about one hour away from the Bodrum Cruise Port on the coast of Turkey and is a popular tourist destination.

Quick breakfast before leaving the hotel

Quick breakfast before leaving the hotel

I made a booking for the ferry one day before departure, and paid about $50 for the round trip journey. This included transfers to and from the hotel, which definitely sweetened the deal as taxis are very expensive in Bodrum. After a very quick breakfast stop at the hotel restaurant, I was picked up around 7am. We made several stops before finally heading towards the cruise port. We were dropped off at the cruise port and lined up for check in. Since this was an international trip, everyone’s passports were checked and we were given boarding passes.

Bodrum Cruise Port - Passport Control

Bodrum Cruise Port - Passport Control

We then waited for a while before going through a brief security check, and passport control. There was one duty free shop, and you could make your way to the boat at anytime.

Ferry from Bodrum to Kos

Ferry from Bodrum to Kos

The ride over to Greece was rather uneventful. I sat on the top deck and enjoyed the views as we made our way across the Aegean Sea.

Views from the ferry

Views from the ferry

Views of Bodrum from the ferry

Views of Bodrum from the ferry

Views approaching Kos

Views approaching Kos

Upon our arrival into Greece, we had to clear passport control once again. The line was very long, as several boats had arrived around the same time as us. Similar to the rest of Europe, there was one line for foreigners, and a separate line for EU nationals, which was much faster and shorter. I received a new stamp and was free to explore for the day before catching the return ferry.

Kos Port

Kos Port

Two new passport stamps!

Two new passport stamps!

I was pretty hungry by this point, so I set off on a search for somewhere to eat. I walked along the main strip for a while, before venturing towards the beach. There were tons of options, and most were seafood restaurants. I decided to stop at a beachside spot for a Greek Salad and a couple drinks - delicious!

Walking down the Main Street on Kos Island

Walking down the Main Street on Kos Island

Cute side street in Kos

Cute side street in Kos

Beach access in Kos

Beach access in Kos

Greek Salad and Bitter Lemon

Greek Salad and Bitter Lemon

After having a snack and chilling by the beach for a while, I decided to venture to the other side of the port and see what was around.

Tourist Train Ride

Tourist Train Ride

Walking past the port

Walking past the port

Abandoned house in Kos

Abandoned house in Kos

Once I made it to the other side of the port, I found tons of little shops and restaurants. It was a great place to stroll around and take in the sights.

Shopping in Kos, Greece

Shopping in Kos, Greece

What I imagine when I think of a Greek Island

What I imagine when I think of a Greek Island

Selfie time!

Selfie time!

I kept walking along, and came across a beautiful old church. Kos was hit with a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the summer of 2017, which did some serious damage to several buildings including the church.

Abandoned Church

Abandoned Church

Abandoned church damaged by earthquake

Abandoned church damaged by earthquake

More earthquake damage

More earthquake damage

Restaurants in Kos

Restaurants in Kos

Views from Kos

Views from Kos

I made one last stop for a late lunch before catching the ferry back to Bodrum. I had a fantastic shawarma plate which really hit the spot.

Shawarma Plate Lunch

Shawarma Plate Lunch

Sadly it was time to leave soon after lunch, so I made my way back to the port and went through passport control before boarding the boat back to Turkey.

Leaving Kos

Leaving Kos

I thoroughly enjoyed my day trip to Kos, it was a great experience and gave me a taste of somewhere I’ve always wanted to go - Santorini.

If you have a few days in Bodrum, this is a great way to spend one of them. A quick google search will give you tons of options for booking, and it was definitely worth the trip. While I may not return to this specific island, I can’t wait to plan another trip to Greece and get the full experience.

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Ijaaz Premji

Ijaaz has been fascinated by air travel since he was a child, and his goal is to become an airline pilot. Ijaaz’s family enjoys travel and takes a trip at least every couple years. His first trip to Asia was for a family wedding in 2015, when they visited Thailand and Hong Kong. Ijaaz was hooked at this point, and has since returned to Hong Kong at least a dozen times. He applied for his first credit card right after his 19th birthday, and has been in the points game ever since. His travels have taken him to over 30 countries all over the globe, and he is known to book flights last minute to new and interesting destinations.