There are several ways of getting around on Tilos.
I mention this old fashion method first, because I consider walking on Tilos to be a very nice way of getting to know some parts of the island and especially the lovely scenery and old paths, ideal for walking.
Local bus (mini)
There is a mini bus and a slightly bigger one linking Livadia with Megalo Horia doing five runs a day. Beside the time schedule it also runs to coincide with ferry arrivals.
The route links the two main villages mentioned but also includes Eristos bay and the smaller village Aghios Antonios.
Below is the summer bus time table, June 2004:
|Mon-Sat||Megalo Horio - Eristos, Ag. Antonios, Livadia||7:50, 9:45, 12:45, 14:45, 16:45|
|Livadia - Megalo Horio, Eristos, Ag. Antonios||8:15, 10:15, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15|
|Sun||Megalo Horio - Eristos, Ag. Antonios, Livadia||9:45, 12:45, 14:45, 16:45|
|Livadia - Megalo Horio, Eristos, Ag. Antonios||10:15, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15|
Price during 2004 was Megalo Horio - Livadia: €1, Livadia - Megalo Horio, Eristos €1.2
Note: This time table would probably change
slightly the coming years; look upon it as a
approximate time table. For an accurate time
table, see a sign at the bus stop in Livadia.
There are two taxis on the island. For correct telephone numbers, please look for a sign at the bus stop in Livadia.
I normally rent a scooter in order to quickly and independent get around on an island, if it's not really tiny (example: The Small Cyclades). But on Tilos the prices are not very customer friendly. June 2004 they were 80 % higher than for example Naxos and Folegandros in the Cyclades. I don't have that much experience of the Dodecanese, so maybe the renting of vehicles is expensive there.
Anyway, there are a handful of places to rent a scooter. I did pay €18 for one day, and I decided that one day was enough with that price.
The road between Livadia and Megalo Horio is in good condition so it's easy to drive. I then continued to Monastery of Aghiou Pandeleimona and most of the stretch fairly good. The road down to Eristos bay is pretty bumpy.
There are a few outlets on Tilos where you can rent a car, of which the first one is found just after the port.