in the Turkish mainland during the high season. A round trip costs € 30/person.
The island is also connected with the mainland and other islands by ship. Many major companies offer routes between Lesbos and Athens.
The main shipping company is NEL Lines. Third class tickets (No bed) is about 42 Euros return from Athens. First class with a bed and TV cost 120 Euros. Do not travel third class as the bathrooms are disgusting. The trip is 11–13 hours depending on which ship you board. There are four, Agios Rafael is the slowest and Mitilini is the fastest taking 11 hours. It is a tiresome journey, so it would be better to try book on ships that depart late in the afternoon and travel by night, arriving at their destination a couple of hours after dawn. You won't miss any scenery, since the ship crosses the Aegean Sea and for hours you would only be viewing endless water.
Turyol, a leading sea transportation company in Turkey, has services between Ayvalık and Mytilini, one way adult ticket price is 20 Euros, return trip tickets are 30 euros, mentioned prices are valid till 30 April 2013. For vehicle transportation prices, see turyol.com
Jale Tur maintains a year-round ferry service between Mytilene and Ayvalık, Turkey, a city opposite Mytilene on the Aegean coast. During high season there are boats every day; outside season a few times a week (weather permitting). The crossing takes about 90 minutes. The ferry does take cars, but is fairly small. Advance reservation is recommended. Contact: Jale Tur Atatürk Caddesi, Güzide Apt. No:5, Ayvalık, Turkey / Tzeims Aristarchou Street 1 (around the corner from Kountouriotou), Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece(both in Ayvalık and in Mytilene directly opposite the entrance/exit of the immigration/customs building on the waterfront),☎ , fax: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org € 40 p.p. one way, € 50 return trip; compact car € 70 During high season several other companies also maintain ferry services between Mytilene and Ayvalık. This ferry is mostly used by locals to go the Bazar in Ayvalik.
Also year round ferry service to Dikili, Turkey, slightly closer then Ayvalik, 13€ one way.
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