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Kos is a big island with many inhabitants and of course it is reflected in the traffic, which is quite intense, especially in and around Kos Town and along the main road down to Kefalos. Some people drive like crazy and it's always important to be alert and follow the traffic rules, even if nobody else seems to do it.

If you are going to see all of Kos, you should rent a car since the distances are quite long. For example, to one of my favourite beaches Agios Theologos, it is 45 kilometres to drive from Kos Town. I've driven that route with a scooter and I can assure your that it was a tough ride.

If you have not planned to drive far, you'll do with a scooter, or bike if you prefer it. Kos Town, and the coastline west of Kos Town, is flat like a pancake and very bicycle-friendly. Cycling tourists are a common sight, sometimes it's a bit like watching the Tour de France. The municipality has built cycle lanes to the nearest beaches.

There are a large number of outlets in Kos Town, as well as in all major tourist resorts. You can also rent a car at the airport, it is a good thing to book it from home and pick it up when you arrive at the airport.

Excursion boats in the harbour promenade in Kos Town.

Excursion boats in the harbour promenade in Kos Town.

Bike paths in Kos Town.

Hiring a bike is common. There are even bike paths in Kos Town.

You can go to all major villages
, to some of the most popular beaches and to and from the airport by bus. The airport bus runs to Kos Town via Mastichari, as well as to Kardamena and Kefalos. Timetable is available at

Taxis are everywhere
and there is no problem to find a free taxi. Taxi between the airport and Kos Town costs about 35 €. Phone number: 22420-23333.

If you like riding mini trains
, you have two different routes to choose from: one that goes to the temple area of Asklepion and one that runs around in Kos Town

The selection of excursion boats is huge. If you walk along the waterfront of Kos Town in the evening, you will for sure be dizzy as a result of all the boats, and you will become weary of the persistent asking for you to choose just their boat. Most companies have the same range, the only thing that separates them is the type of boat. The most common day trips are Pserimos, Kalymnos and Nisyros. Some companies offer day trips around Kos and if you want to go abroad, you can go to Bodrum in Turkey.

Toy train in Kos Town.

Toy train in Kos Town.

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