Rhodes Airport Mini Guide
A brief introduction
The current airport serving Rhodes, Diagoras Airport was opened in 1977 to replace an inadequate facility. The current airport has several shortcomings but current expansion and improvement plans will seek to address this. Diagoras is the fourth busiest airport in Greece and last year handled over 4.2 million passengers. It’s easily accessed by the dual carriageway that circles the island around the coast.
The airport is less than 10 miles from Rhodes town centre and has plenty of short and long term parking. Short term is situated in front of the terminal building whilst long term parking is just beyond this. For convenience you can drop off passengers and luggage before finding your long term parking.
How to get there
Rhodes is a very popular summer holiday destination and currently 51 airlines use its facilities. Flight times from Athens
are around 45 minutes. Flights are mainly chartered and seasonal although scheduled domestic and international flights operate year round along with budget flights from several airlines.
Getting to your destination
Travel around the island is highly dependent on the roads and especially the dual carriageway that circles the island. The airport has easy access to the dual carriageway making all parts of the island readily accessible. Buses operate frequently from the airport. The bus stop is 300m along from the terminal and you’ll need to turn left out of the terminal’s door 1 to reach it.
Journey times into Rhodes town are around 40 minutes. Bus schedules and timetables are available from the airport’s information desk. The journey can be reduced by travelling with your own hire car. Pre-booking is advisable at all times and essential in the peak summer months. On arrival at the airport, send a party member through to deal with the paperwork whilst someone else collects the luggage otherwise you may find yourself at the wrong end of a very long queue. The desks are straight ahead of you as you leave customs after baggage retrieval. Taxis are also available but we’d recommend that you agree a price before commencing your journey.
The airport information desk can be found in the arrivals hall public area. The staff here can deal with most enquiries.
Facilities, shopping and eating out
There is a bank at the airport but with only a single ATM. An office of a foreign exchange company can also be found here. Shopping at Diagoras Airport is limited, consisting mainly of a duty free outlet selling alcohol, tobacco products, perfumery and gifts. There are a number of small kiosks selling newspapers and magazines and refreshments as well as a souvenir shop.
Eating out at the airport is quite limited too with only a single restaurant, a café serving sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and alcohol and a bar serving beer and wine. The airport has its own medical centre with carefully trained staff. Wi-Fi on a pay per use basis is available in the airport terminal.
The airport acknowledges that its facilities for people with reduced mobility aren’t at a high standard but efforts are being made to rectify this in the latest expansion plans. Passengers with reduced mobility should make themselves known to the information desk upon arrival. A dedicated member of staff will then take you through check in and security, leaving you only when you board the plane. General assistance is available for all disabled travellers but it is recommended that you inform your airline before travelling so that necessary steps can be taken to assist you. The airport conforms to EU law on disability provision.
Rhodes Airport is the perfect arrival point for the island, being close to Rhodes Town and all its facilities but also within easy reach of the other main resorts and well signed from Rhodes Airport.
Collecting a pre-booked Rhodes airport car hire will soon have you on your way to your resort and you’ll then be able to use it to find undiscovered beaches to relax and unwind under the Rhodes sun or head into the main towns such as Lindos or Rhodes Town itself for a look at the eventful history of the island.