By Bus -- The Pithagorio bus terminal is in the center of town, at the corner of Polykrates (the road to Vathi) and Likourgou Logotheti. The bus makes the 20-minute trip between Vathi and Pithagorio frequently. There are also four buses daily from Pithagorio to Ireon (near the Heraion archaeological site).

By Boat -- Summertime excursion boats from the Pithagorio harbor go to Psili Ammos beach (on the east end of the island) daily, and to the island of Ikaria three times weekly. A popular day cruise goes to Samiopoula, a small island with a single taverna and a long sandy beach. Boats leave daily at 9:15am and return to Pithagorio at 5pm; the fare of 35€ includes lunch. Four times a week, the Samos Star sails to Patmos, departing from Pithagorio at 8am and returning the same day at 4pm; travel time to Patmos is 2 hours, and the fare is 50€. A Sunday excursion to the tiny isle of Fourni, also aboard the Samos Star, gives you 6 hours to check out the beaches and sample the island's renowned fish tavernas; the boat leaves Pithagorio at 8:30am and the cost is 35€ per person. A once-weekly around-the-island tour aboard the Samos Star is a great way to see this island's coastline, much of it inaccessible by road. The excursion boat departs from Pithagorio at 8:30am (a bus from Vathi departs at 7:30am) on Tuesday and returns to Pithagorio at 5:30pm; the fare is 60€.

By Car & Moped -- Aramis Rent a Car has a branch near the bus station in Pithagorio (tel. 22730/62-267; www.samos-rentacar.com). It often has the best prices, but shop around.

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By Taxi -- The taxi stand is on the main street, Likourgou Logotheti, where it meets the harbor. The fare from Vathi to Pithagorio is 25€. To book by phone, call tel. 22730/61-450.

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.