Chios is a region of Greece, an island in the Aegean Sea 5 miles off the Turkish coasts.

The population is about 52,290 (census of 2001), with an area of 904 km². Chios or Chora; it is a port and the island's chief town. The island is famous for its scenery and good climate. Its chief export is mastic but it also produces olives, figs, and wine. Its international fame is based on the size and quality of its shipping community.



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Get in

By plane

Domestic flights There are daily flights from Athens airport by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines . Sky Express is operating regular flights from Mytilini, Samos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Limnos. In the summertime there are also flights from Thesaloniki and Rhodes 2-3 times a week. Astra Airlines has scheduled flights from Thessaloniki.

From May till October charter airlines fly directly to Chios from some European airports.

By boat

You can take the boat from Piraeus once a day (twice a day in the summer) from NEL Lines or Hellenic Seaways or Kabala (operational only in the summer). There is also regular trips from Samos and Lesvos all year round.

Çeşme on Turkish mainland just opposite Chios also has ferry connections with the island. The all year round service costing €23 one-way pp (or €40 return) departs at 09:30 AM from Çeşme and takes roughly an hour. Those doing the trip to island as a day trip can take the return ferry to Turkey departing at 5PM (except Sundays, on which it departs at 4PM) from Chios.

Get around

You can bring a car using the boats, or you can rent one there. Chios is a big island and if you want to get around (out of the place where you are staying you have to have wheels) you better rent a car or motorbike. Renting a bicycle is also an option if you are not traveling big distances.


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