Patmos, Greece

Patmos, Greece Travel Information

According to franciscogardening, Patmos (Greek: Πάτμο) is an island in the Aegean Sea that is part of the Dodecanese Islands. The Dodecanese forms a region of Greece (Europe). The capital of Patmos is the eponymous Patmos. A number of major cities on Patmos are: Grikos, Etia and Skala.

Patmos, Greece

Patmos is a hilly island with little vegetation. The island is an important place in Christianity. There is still a monk community and there are many monasteries on the island. Many pilgrims come to visit the island every year. The port of Skala is an important stop for cruise ships. Tourists usually come for the Monastery of Saint John, which dominates the landscape of Patmos. The monastery is built on top of the highest peak on the island. The island is also known for the “Cave of the Apocalypse”, the many beaches and the views.

Where is Patmos located?

Travel information of Patmos

Official name: Patmos
Continent: Europe
Area: 34 km²
Capital: Patmos
Country code: GR, GRC
Population: 3,040 inhabitants (2011)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 269 m (Profitis Ilias)
Distance (Amsterdam – Patmos): 2,375 km
Flight time: approx. 4 hours (then boat from Kos)

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 Patmos 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 from Patmos, 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 Patmos. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Patmos? You will find an extensive collection at travel bookstore De Zwerver.

Weather and climate
Patmos 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 Patmos can be found on our extensive weather page.

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

Greek is the official language on Patmos.
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:
Greek Embassy in the Netherlands:
Greek Consulate in the Netherlands:
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 Patmos.

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

Price level
The prices on Patmos are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -22% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (33% cheaper), food (18% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% more expensive), cigarettes (36% cheaper) and public transport (50% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

It is customary to tip on Patmos, even if it is already included in the bill. Good service is about 5-10% tip.

Time difference
On Patmos it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Daylight saving time on Patmos is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Patmos can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Patmos 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 Patmos.
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 Patmos.

On Patmos the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Patmos can be found on our electricity page (look under 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 Patmos can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Greece (Patmos) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Patmos end
Patmos official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Patmos is 0030 or +30.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Patmos? 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 Patmos Phone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Patmos Yellow Pages.

Photos and Videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Patmos.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Patmos.

Holidays and school holidays
An overview of all holidays on Patmos can be found on
An overview of all school holidays in Greece (Patmos) can be found 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 Patmos, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Patmos?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Patmos. 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 Patmos can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on Patmos can be found 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 Patmos? 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 Patmos, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Patmos, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations, which you may encounter during your visit to Patmos.
– 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…
…There are a large number of monasteries on Patmos?
…Patmos is mentioned several times in Greek mythology?
…There is a large monastic community on Patmos?