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Getting around the island

Getting around the island

Once the ferry dropped its anchor in the port of Kamariotissa a wonderful holiday of exploration and discovery lies ahead of you. Samothraki is not very well suited for people planing on sitting all day long at the beach (in fact it outright might be a disappointment).

Although not very big, the island will not reveal itself easily and you will certainly need some means to move around.

There are two main roads leading out of the port town of Kamariotissa:

  • there's a road heading east, covering the whole northern shore (Paleopoli, Kato Kariotes, Therma) having the beach of Kipos as an endpoint;
  • another road heads south, crossing the south-west side of the island, passing through Lakkoma and ending near the sandy beach of Pachia Ammos.

From these two roads, secondary roads lead to all the main villages and towns of the island.

The northern road follows the coastline, up to Kipos beach.
The northern road follows the coastline, up to Kipos beach.

In the south-west the road climbs to the village of Profitis Ilias, famous for its goat on the spit.
In the south-west the road climbs to the village of Profitis Ilias, famous for its goat on the spit.

With your own car

The easiest way to explore the island is by car. Small cars can be good for squeezing on the often too narrow village streets. On the other hand there are plenty of dirt roads where anything less than a capable SUV simply won't do.

There's only one gas station (Eko), located on the road that links Kamariotissa to Chora. Usually, prices are higher than on the mainland, but there might be exceptions (a few years ago the opposite was true because of tax breaks and Government subsidies). In the same location there is a self-service carwash. During the summer, the gas station is open between 7:00 and 20:00 from Monday to Saturday and from 9:00 to 20:00 on Sundays.

The only gas station is found on the road from Kamariotissa to Chora.
The only gas station is found on the road from Kamariotissa to Chora.

The self-service carwash next to the gas station.
The self-service carwash next to the gas station.

Goats often cross the road, so watch your speed! Tortoises, hedgehogs, stone martens and plenty of other critters might also cross your path.
Goats often cross the road, so watch your speed! Tortoises, hedgehogs, stone martens and plenty of other critters might also cross your path.

With a rented car or scooter

There are rent-a-car centers in Kamariotissa right on the seafront. You'll be able to spot them right away once you disembark. The price for renting a scooter is about 15€/day.

Rent a Car Samothraki

Kirkos Rent a Car
Kirkos Rent a Car

Matsas Rent Motorbikes
Matsas Rent Motorbikes

Scooters and motorbikes can be a cheap and fun way to move around.
Scooters and motorbikes can be a cheap and fun way to move around.

Taking a cab

In Samothraki there are only 4 cabs. Their station is in the port, by the lighthouse.

Taxi Samothraki

The taxi station is in Kamariotissa, across from the small lighthouse.
The taxi station is in Kamariotissa, across from the small lighthouse.

Taking the local buses

During the summer months, the buses run daily to and from Chora (the capital), to the east (to Therma and the camping) and to the south (towards Lakkoma and Profitis Ilias).

The bus station in Kamariotissa is near the parking lot in the port (go left once you disembark).

The buses leave from Kamariotissa towards the main villages of the island.
The buses leave from Kamariotissa towards the main villages of the island.

Hitchhiking

In Samothraki hitchhiking is often used, especially by the camping residents and sometimes by the locals. It's also a great way to socialize and make new friends. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made this way to move around more difficult.

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