Ferry to Karlovasi

Ferry to Karlovasi - Beautiful old church in Karlovasi town, Samos island, Greece.
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Passengers traveling by ferry to Karlovasi, arrive on an Greek island overflowing with stunning scenery, mountains, idyllic beaches and bays and Greek charm!

Karlovasi is the second largest town of Samos and has 5,000 inhabitants, most of whom are engaged in tourism and fishing. It is located 32 km northwest of Samos town. The town of Karlovasi is located in one of the most fertile areas of Samos and consists of three settlements: the old town (at the port), the middle town and the new town.

The whole area is adorned with 19th century neoclassical buildings and elegant mansions that bear witness to its glorious past. Numerous impressive churches adorn the town, such as the church of Agia Triada (the Church of the Holy Trinity), which dominates the settlement at the top of the highest hill of Karlovasi and dominates the settlement.

Abandoned tanneries still stand today, remnants of a time when trade and commerce flourished and commercial activity brought wealth to the inhabitants of Karlovasi. It is the town where the first newspaper of Samos was published.

Make your booking with Karlovasi ferries now and not later since the island gets really crowded in summer months therefore it is possible that you will not find any ferry tickets or accommodation.

Getting to Karlovasi by ferry

Getting to Karlovasi can be achieved either from the port of Piraeus in Athens or from many islands.
The ferries of Karlovasi connect Samos with Athens, Greece, Ikaria, Lesvos, Thessaloniki and Kavala. They also provide links to Chios, Fourni, Lemnos, Vathi (on Samos), Agios Kirykos and Evdilos (on Ikaria), Mykonos and Syros (in the Cyclades). The routes from Karlovasi are operated by many carriers. There are up to 12 ferry crossings daily from Karlovasi.

Ferry from Piraeus to Karlovasi

There are regular ferry routes from Piraeus to Samos all year round. Normally, there are 5 weekly crossings from Piraeus to the port of Karlovasi, lasting 8.5 hours on average, depending on the number of stops.

Karlovasi ferry port

Karlovasi is the second largest village in Samos, after Vathi and it’s located on the northwestern part of the island. The port of Karlovasi serves ferry routes to the port of Piraeus, islands of the North Aegean like Ikaria, Fournoi, Chios or Lesbos, as well as to some the Cyclades. There are shops, cafes, car rentals, mini markets and a parking lot at the port.

Transportation in Karlovasi

There are many ways to explore Samos, as a wide range of options is available in terms of local transportation.

Concerning your transportation in Karlovasi, you have several different options to select:

Public Buses

Public transportation is the cheapest and most enjoyable way to get around Samos. Routes are carried out on a daily basis, so that you can reach almost every village and beach on Samos easily. The central bus stop is located in Chora. More details in Karlovasi Buses.


Despite being a more expensive option, compared to buses for instance, taxis are a much preferred choice, because of the convenience they provide. You can find many taxis in various central spots all over the island, such as the port and the airport. If you want to book a taxi, you can either call on one of the following numbers (+30 22730 28404, +30 697 804 6457) or book your taxi online.

Car and Motorbike Rentals

With a car or motorcycle, you can explore the island at your own pace and gain access to the most secluded spots! In case you don't have your own vehicle, it is an excellent idea to rent a car for your sightseeing trips.

Holidays in Karlovasi

Samos is a Greek island of unparalleled natural beauty, famous for its magnificent beaches, impressive sights and important archeological sites. It is an excellent destination for relaxing holidays and many outdoor activities. You can walk in nature, try hiking and climbing, as well as visit natural reserves. The island has been inhabited since prehistory and has a rich history, being the birthplace of important ancient philosophers and scientists such as Pythagoras, Epicurus and Aristarchus.

Sightseeing in Karlovasi

Karlovasi offers many sightseeings like the ruins of a Byzantine castle, the waterfalls, the ceramic workshops and a few lovely tiny villages in short distance from Karlovasi.

Get ready to make memories on Karlovasi, like no other and let us help you organize your to-do list:

  • Take a walk at the Metamorphosis Church & Ruins of the Venetian Castle
  • Visit the Karlovasi Tannery Museum
  • Discover the best Wineries in Karlovasi
  • Drive from Karlovasi across the island and go to Ormos Marathokampou for fresh fish
  • Visit the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • Stroll around the waterfalls in Potami, close to Karlovasi

Beaches in Karlovasi

Dive into crystal blue waters, shores with pink shells and turquoise bays as you explore the best beaches near Karlovasi.
Exotic, romantic, crowded or secluded, the beaches of Karlovasi are unique - discover them all! Here is a list of many, organized or not, with pebbles or fine sand and crystal clear waters, ideal for all ages and tastes, in an incomparably beautiful natural environment!

  • Potami Beach 
  • Mikro Seitani 
  • Megalo Seitani 
  • Balos Beach, Koumeika
  • Pappa Beach, Ireon
  • Psili Ammos Beach, Marathokampos

Accomodation in Karlovasi

There are plenty of hotels, airbnb, rooms and accommodation in the town. A wide range of Karlovasi apartments, hotels, resorts and villas all over the island welcome you to enjoy your stay by the sea offering all the requested facilities.

Here are some suggestions in order to choose your ideal hotel in Karlovasi:

  • Amanda 
  • Samaina Inn 
  • Leventis Studios
  • Aegeon 
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