Dodekanisos Seaways ferry from Patmos to Leros.

Leros / Λέροσ

From Patmos to Leros
Από την Πάτμο στη Λέρο

I had been on Patmos for four nights.

I had visited the Cave of the Apocalypse, where John had his visions that led to Revelation.

I had also been to the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, at the peak of the island overlooking Skala, the port.

Now it was time to move on to Leros.

Patmos is on the route of large ferries running between Pireaus, the port of Athens, and Rhodes.

Or, more frequently and of more interest to me, smaller ferries between Patmos and Kos with stops in Αρκοί or Arkoi, Λειψί or Leipsoi, Λέρος or Leros, and Κάλυμνος or Kalimnos. Tickets on all the lines are available at offices near the port in Skala on Patmos.

TPC G-3B from the Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas.

Portion of Tactical Pilotage Chart G-3B from the Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas.

Guesthouses at

My innkeeper at the excellent Villa Zacharo in Skala, the port town of Patmos, had a current schedule.

Greek ferry schedule in Patmos.

Based on that, I made my plans and bought my ticket a day or two before. The day before, or even the first thing that morning, would have been adequate because I was here during the "shoulder season" at the end of September. In the high season, if you were to venture into such a difficult time, you would want to make sure that you had reserved all your ferry tickets and accommodations well in advance.

Also watch the weather. The Aegean has strong winds, and these can cancel smaller ferry operations for a day or more.

Here comes my ferry!

Small ferry approaching the dock in Patmos.

Δώδεκα νησιά or Dodeka nisia literally means "twelve islands".

Dodecanese. Twelve Islands.

Here's one of the smaller ferries servicing that area close to the Turkish coast.

Small ferry approaching the dock in Patmos.

Everyone get on! The port calls are short, you need to be there well ahead of time and ready to jump right on board.

Boarding a small ferry in Patmos.

Check ferry schedules and buy tickets:

You can sit inside or stand in the aft ramp area.

On board a small ferry from Patmos to Leros.

Make sure that you're ready to go down the ramp as soon as it lowers. We have arrived in Leros.

Arriving in Leros.