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Kos holiday facts

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Kos Facts File

Besides its overwhelming golden sandy beaches, the Greek island of Kos is also sheered in monuments, miscellany from its magnificent past, making it the perfect holiday destination, not only as an option between other Greek Islands but on an international scale. You will find everything relating to tourist amenities, delights and nightlife. In spite of the profound development of Kos, you must also explore deserted places around the island and a more habitual way of life. The island has another rather more ordinary claim to renown - it's the home of the Kos lettuce which is a memorable sight on supermarkets the world over. The island of Kos is truly a place to travel around.

Vaccinations and health

No special immunizations or medications are necessary for most trips to Greece. However, we advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.


The Island of Kos, Greece, is a part of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea. This is an island that experiences dry hot summers and mild winters. The warmer half of the year starts in late-April and runs through to October. This is when the average temperature generally doesn’t fall below 20°C and reaches highs of up to 29°C.


220v, 50 HZ, usually these are two pin type but some are the three round pin type. Best to take a multi-pin adapter with you.


The currency in Kos is the Euro.

Dialling code

The dialling code for Kos is 00+30 +2242

Time difference

The time difference is + 1 hour.


The official language is Greek but English is spoken especially around the main tourist areas.

Visa and passport

Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.

Getting to Kos

There are several airports within the UK that fly to Kos. If you are seeking a direct flight from a smaller UK airport, then do remember to try a few days either side of your preferred date as smaller airports usually only fly on a particular day of the week. Smaller airports may also only offer flights for 7 or 14 nights.

Kos Transport – getting around

Local buses are a cheap way to travel, but the bus timetables are a little difficult to find and often change without notice! Fares are government-regulated and very reasonable by European standards. Taxis can be easily hailed in the street or booked in advance. Taxi stands are located in the main towns and taxis can be ordered by phone. Taxi cost are fixed but do ask before getting in to the cab. Hiring a car is a good option for those wanting to properly explore Kos. You can see our low car-hire rates after running a search.

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