Chios Practical info

General Info

Chios has a typical temperate Mediterranean climate with rainy and misty winters and warm summers. During the summer months one will encounter very rare rainfalls and plentiful sunshine.

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Chios is: +30 22710. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country's national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes

Getting there

Chios Island is directly connected by air with the airport of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos as well as the airports of Thessaloniki, Lemnos, Lesvos, Samos, and Rhodes. The airport of Chios is situated near the town and port and the flight lasts approximately 45 minutes from Athens.

Olympic Air
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit:
Athens Office Tel: +30 210 9616161, +30 210 9892313
Thessaloniki Office Tel: +30 2310 408408-10
Chios Office Tel: +30 22710 24515, 23988

Aegean Airlines
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit:
Athens Office Tel: +30 210 9988350
Thessaloniki Office Tel: +30 2310 239225
Chios Office Tel: +30 22710 81051 -2

Athens Airways
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit:
Email: [email protected]
Athens Office Tel: +30 210 6696 600, +30 6971 496 600, +30 210 6696400-1
Chios Office Tel: +30 2271025896

The port of Chios, situated in Chios Chora, is connected by ferry with the ports of Piraeus (Athens), Oinousses, Corfu, Kavala, Lesvos, Limnos, Psara, Rhodes, Samos, Thessaloniki and Tsesme in Turkey. The trip by boat from Piraeus to Chios lasts approximately 9 hours but the duration of the voyage may vary depending on the route line that changes almost twice a year and many port connections may be cancelled or added as well, so make sure you check all schedules prior to departure.

NEL Lines
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit:
Piraeus Office Tel: +30 210 4115015, +30 210 4223185
Thessaloniki Office Tel: +30 2310 522716, +30 2310 522736
Chios Office Tel: +30 22710 43981, +30 22710 25848, Fax: +30 2710 41319

Hellenic Seaways
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit:
Email: [email protected]
Chios Office Tel: +30 22710 41047, 22034
Piraeus Office Tel: +30 210 4131111

GA Ferries
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please contact:
Chios Office Tel: +30 22710-22160, 81500

Pireaus Port Authority Tel: +30 210 4226001-3
Thessaloniki Port Authority Tel: 2310 531504-6
Chios Port Authority Tel: 22710 44434

Local Transportation

Chios is a beautiful island with an advanced transportation infrastructure therefore it is easy to get around with all kinds of transportation means including buses, taxis or rented cars and motorbikes.

The long-distance bus station of Chios is located in Chios town and connects the centre of the island with the villages of Pyrgi, Mesta and Kardamyla as well as the beaches of Kampia, Nagos and Lithi. Twice a week there are buses to Volissos.

There is also a bus from the local bus station (intercity) of Chios, south of the public gardens to the beach of Karfas.
Bus Station (intercity) Tel: +30 22710 22079, 22710 23086
Bus Station (coaches/long distance) Tel: +30 22710 24257, 22710 27507

There is a taxi rank at Vounakiou Sq. in Chios town.
Tel: +30 22710 41111

Cars and motorbikes for rent are available in many parts of the island for those wishing to discover the island on their own pace and convenience.

Local Services

There are many banks and ATMs scattered around Chora as well as in most major villages of the island.
Bank branches operate on a daily basis except for weekends from Monday to Thursday: 8.00-14.30 and Friday: 8.00-14.00

Currency can be exchanged in many places throughout the island including most of the banks, post office, travel agents as well as all major hotels.

The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the post office of Chios at 2, OMIROU STR, 82100 Chios Chora. The post office performs money transactions and cash currency exchange. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE. +3
The Post Office on Chios is found in Chios Chora.0
Tel: +30 2710 044350

Chios police headquarters are situated in Chora and there are more police stations at the villages of Agios Georgios, Kalamoti, Nenita, Neochori, Oinousses, Pyrgi, Thymiana and Vrondados.

Police Authority
35, Neorion Street, Chora
Tel.: +30 22710 44425, 44428, 44427
Fax: +30 22710 44429

Chios Municipality is located in the town of Chios.
2, Demokratias Str., Chora
Tel.: +30 22713 50860
Fax: +30 22713 50865
E-mail: [email protected]

Useful numbers
• Radio Taxi: +30 22710 41111
• Tourist Police: +30 22710 23211
• Port Authority: +30 22710 44432-3
• Hellenic National Meteorological Service: +30 210 9699101-3
• Elpa ( Car breakdown tourist information service): 174

In Chios there are many libraries and convenient stores were travellers can find all kinds of international press, newspapers, books and magazines. Some international newspapers are also available at the island's major hotels.

• Police: 100
• Fire Department: 199
• Ambulance: 166

The public hospital of Chios (Skylitsio) is situated in Chora and there is also a health centre at Pyrgi and twelve resident doctors in various villages of the island.

Chios Hospital Tel: +30 22710 44302-3
Pyrgi Health Centre Tel: +30 22710 72465

Resident Doctors (indicative list)
Kalamoti, Tel: +30 22710 71277
Nenita, Tel: +30 2271 0 61277
Kalimasia, Tel: +30 2271 0 51455
Chalkios, Tel: +30 2271 0 77265
Lagada, Tel: +30 2271 0 74201
Kardamyla, Tel: +30 2272 0 22354, 23060
Kampia, Tel: +30 2272 0 41400
Kourounia, Tel: +30 2274 0 71203
Parparia, Tel: +30 2274 0 21444
Volissos, Tel: +30 2274 0 21223
Psara, Tel: +30 2274 0 61277
Inousses, Tel: +30 2271 0 55300

There are many pharmacies in the town of Chios which are open from 8:00-14:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 08:00-14:00 and 16:45-20:00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Some of the pharmacies in town are listed below:

Kalouta Pharmacy: 21 Kalaboka St., +30 22710 21072
Nikolaedis Pharmacy: 13 K. Trehaki St., +30 22710 26808
Sodis Pharmacy: 22 Aplotarias St., +30 22710 23042

There are also pharmacies available in some of the major villages of the island (Pyrgi, Nenita, Kardamyla, Thymiana, Vrodados)

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