Roads on Lesvos are generally good but driving can be tiring on such a large and mountainous island. Although there are no express ways, roads are usually uncongested. Those heading into the mountains will find that roads can narrow quickly and the surface deteriorate.
Car rental is available in most of the larger resorts or you can book online - see panel right.
Lesvos has two bus stations in Mytilini. The station based at the harbour car park runs services to the city suburbs, to the airport and to Thermi in the north.
Cross-island services based at Mytilini's main square are operated by KTEL. The main routes are to to Petra and Molivos with journey times of about two hours.
Local services connect more remote villages to the main routes but timetables can be unreliable.
Regular buses link Mytilene with Ipio, Sikounda, Agiassos, Vassilika, Lisvori, Polichnitos, Vrissa, Vatera, Kato Tritos, Paleokipos, Plakados, Papades, Skopelos, Trigonas, Plagia, Plomari, Kaloni, Filia, Skalohori, Vatoussa, Andissa, Eressos, Sigri, Petra, Mithymna, Agia Paraskevi, Parakila, Agra, Messotopos, Mistegna, Nees Kidonies, Mandamados and Klio
Timetables are usually published at Lesvos Online but I can't vouch for the accuracy.
Taxi ranks are found at the airport and in Mytilene town centre near the country bus station. Taxis are usually painted silver or yellow and are found at all the main resorts such as Petra, Molivos and Kalloni. Most villages will have at least one local taxi driver on call in the main square. Outside the capital, drivers may prefer not to use a meter but will charge about one euro per kilometre. Always agree a price before getting in. Typical inter-village taxis fares are found at Lesvos Taxiservice which operates all over the island and claims cheap rates for island excursions