Kos, Greece

Kos, Greece Travel Information

According to usaers, Kos (Greek: Κως) is an island in the Aegean Sea that is part of Greece (Europe). The capital of Kos is the eponymous Kos Town. A number of major cities on Kos are: Kefalos, Kardamena, Tigaki and Antimachia.

Kos, Greece

Kos is known as a tourist attraction. There are many authentic Greek villages, seaside resorts and the large center “Kos Town”. This capital in particular attracts many visitors due to its nightlife, shops, bars and restaurants. The coastline of Kos is mostly rocky with many bays and is known for the clear blue water and the many sandy and pebble beaches. Many water sports can be practiced in the waters around Kos. The interior of Kos is flat, especially around the capital Kos town, making it an ideal cycling destination. Kos is also known for its traditional Greek cuisine and the many turtles. See thedresswizard for Europe geography.

Where is Kos located?

Travel information of Kos

Official Name: Kos
Continent: Europe
Area: 290 km²
Capital: Kos Town
Country Code: GR, GRC
Population: 30,947 Inhabitants (2001)
Form of Government: Republic
Highest Point: 846 m (Dikios)
Distance (Amsterdam – Kos Town): 2,500 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Kos that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Kos, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Kos. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Kos?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Kos at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Kos has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 to 15 degrees and in the summer months around 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Kos can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Kos can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Kos. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.

Greek is the official language on Kos. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Greek for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Greece: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Greek Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Greek Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Kos.

Money and Currency Affairs
At Kos you pay with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Kos can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Kos are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -20% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (35% cheaper), food (15% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% more expensive), cigarettes (36% cheaper) and public transport (61% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On Kos it is customary to tip, even if this is already included in the bill. Good service is about 5-10% tip.

Time difference
On Kos it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on Kos is the same as in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Kos on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Kos you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Kos.
An overview of all ferry connections between the various Greek islands can be found on GTP.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Kos.

On Kos the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Kos can be found on our electricity page (see Greece).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112 or 100
– Fire: 112 or 199
– Ambulance: 112 or 166

Tap water
The water from the tap is drinkable, but due to the high chlorine content in many places, we recommend drinking bottled water.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Kos can be found on Google news.

Websites from Kos end in.gr.
Official websites of Kos: kosinfo.gr, kos.gr and visitgreece.gr.

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Kos is 0030 or +30.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Kos? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Kos Phone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Kos.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Kos.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Kos.

Holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on Kos can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Greece (Kos) in the Eurydice school guide.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Kos, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Kos?
On Kos.startpagina.nl you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Kos. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Kos can be found on Protected Planet.
Kos is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Kos? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Kos, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Kos, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Kos.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5 for cars and 0.2 for motorcycles and novice drivers up to 2 years old.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Tourism is the main source of income on Kos?
…The founder of medicine (Hippocrates) was born on Kos?
…There are hot springs on Kos?