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Getting There

By Plane -- Both Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines offer several flights daily between Athens and Lesvos (Mitilini); both also offer occasional flights to Thessaloniki. Contact Olympic Air, in Athens (tel. 210/966-6666; www.olympicair.com) or Aegean Airlines (tel. 801/112-0000; www.aegeanair.com). Athens Airways (www.athensairways.com) has also been listing some flights to Mitilini. The airport (tel. 22510/61-490 or 22510/61-590) is 7km (4 miles) south of Mitilini. There's no bus to the town; a taxi will cost about 15€.

By Boat -- The principal port of Lesvos is Mitilini, from which almost all the ferries arrive and depart, although there is some ferry traffic through the west-coast port of Sigri. There's one ferry daily to Mitilini from Piraeus, stopping at Hios (10-12 hr.); there are also several ferries weekly from Rafina to Sigri (9 hr.). There are daily boats, in both directions, between Mitilini and Hios (3 hr.). Two boats call weekly at Mitilini from Kavala (10 hr.) and Thessaloniki (10-13 hr.), stopping at Limnos on the way. There's also one ferry a week from Siros (9 hr.). Check schedules with a local travel agent, Greek Travel Pages (www.gtp.gr), the Mitilini Port Authority (tel. 22510/28-827), or Sigri Port Authority (tel. 22530/54-433).

Once you get to Lesvos, double-check the boat schedule for your departure, as the harbor is extremely busy in the summer, and service is often inexplicably irregular.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.