The island has three major ferry ports (Pythagorio, Karlosvassi and Vathy) and most ferry connections to Samos are via Turkey. Local KTEL buses provide transport for visitors on Samos, stopping at most villages and cities on the island. The best way to see the island is by car or moped, and rental offices are available in Samos town. Many of the large hotels also arrange motorcycle and car rentals for guests. Driving yourself is definitely an option on Samos and it affords wonderful freedom of movement but be aware that, as with much of Greece, the steep, winding roads can be stressful and accident rates are quite high. Inexperienced or nervous drivers may be happier using public transport. There are taxis available on the island and in the port of Samos there is a useful price-list of taxi fares. There are taxi-boats available during the summer between Samos town and Pythagorio, as well as a boat that sails around the entire island. The island is renowned for its natural beauty and there are many lovely walking trails to enjoy.
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