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Transport on Alonissos

Alonissos is an island of two halves with quiet winter months and bustling summer months and the transport on the island reflects this dichotomy.

There are 4 taxis on the island that can be found in the summer at the taxi rank opposite the Alkyon Hotel on the harbour front in Patitiri.  All the taxis operate during the summer months and at least one of the taxis operates during the winter.  Always collect business cards from the taxi owners so you have a number to call.  This is important during the winter months because you will need to phone for a taxi as there is no other form of transport on the island other than thumbing a lift or 'Shank's Pony'.  During the summer months if you are out of Patitiri then you can get a taxi to collect you from wherever you are on the island, as long as you are not half way up the gorge!!

During the summer months, when the schools are on holiday, the municipal bus provides a regular service from Patitiri to the Old Town and also to Steni Vala.  The timetable changes regularly from the start to the end of the summer and the number of journeys peaks in July and August.  Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus but are available in the supermarket in the Old Village Plateia and on the harbour in Steni Vala and Alkyon Travel in Patitiri.  The bonus is that the bus fare is very cheap.

The Alonissos Trans buses operate a summer service along the main road of the island connecting all the beaches on the east coast.  Prices are not expensive and tickets can be bought from the kiosk opposite the small park area in Patitiri next to the Port Police office.  There is a fixed timetable for outward and return journeys available at the kiosk.

One of the most rewarding forms of transport on Alonissos is Shank's Pony.  It is also the cheapest, and by far the healthiest mode of transport on the island.  You can walk the donkey track from Patitiri to the Old Town, which takes you through some lovely countryside and should you need a breather there are seats along the way.  There are also another 13 hiking trails around the island if you love walking.  Remember to take a hat, a bottle of water and a mobile phone with you.  Why not buy some bread, fruit, cheese, meats and wine and have a picnic on the way?

 
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