FLIGHTS FROM SCANDINAVIA:
Contacts for charter flights directly to Skiathos
are My Travel, Apollo Reiser and Star
Tours. For flights to Athens and Thessaloniki
please contact your local travel agent for availability and prices.
BOAT SERVICE TO THE ISLANDS
BY HYDROFOIL, CATAMARAN AND FAST FERRY:
Boat schedules from all major ports in Greece including all major companies
can be found at http://www.forth-crs.gr/grs/.
At this site you may also make reservations and purchase tickets. The
main boat ticket office in Athens which services the Sporades
Islands is ALKYON TRAVEL. It is located in the center of Athens
at 97 Acadamias, PLATEIA KANNIGKOS (Kannigkos Square), Tel/ 0030-210-419-9000.
The agency provides a bus service from the center of Athens to the port
of Ag. Konstantinos in conjunction with tickets for the Hydrofoils, Catamarans
and Fast Ferries at a minimal additional cost to the boat ticket. The
bus departs from the Alkyon Travel office at Plateia Kannigkos. Tickets
may be pre-reserved with Alkyon Travel and purchased up to ½ hour
prior to the bus departure time. (*since the bus is run in conjunction
with the boat schedules, no boat will depart to the islands prior to the
bus arrival into Ag. Konstantinos).
From the airport, the easiest way to get
to Alkyon Travel is either by taxi directly to the office,
or by the Metro to Omonia Station. From Omonia it is a short walk to Plateia
TRANSPORTATION FROM ATHENS AIRPORT
TO ATHENS CENTER:
The new Athens International Airport is situated 27Klm from Athens
city center and has transportation services 24 hours per day to the city
center. The airport is serviced by taxi, public bus and the new and modern
metro. Below, please find information regarding each mode of transport
to the center:
Taxi: The airport is accessible by taxi on
a 24-hour basis. When leaving the airport, please make use of the taxi
queue next to Door 3 of the Arrivals Level. Unfortunately there are no
official published taxi fares from the airport into the city, but expect
to pay approx 20-30Euros for the 30 minute ride. According to the Greek
Legislation, taxi drivers should provide upon request, a receipt for the
amount paid for transportation services. The receipt should also indicate
the taxi registration number and the driver's name.
Public Bus: Six public bus routes serve exclusively
the airport, connecting the greater area of Athens and Pireaus with the
airport. Public busses run to and from the areas of Kifissia, Ethniki
Amina, Syntagma Square, the Dafni Metro Station and the port of Pireas.
The tickets are 2.90 Euro and you may buy tickets from the bus driver,
at any metro station or public transport ticket outlets.
Metro: The Athens Airport Metro is on line
3 and departs every half hour. The journey time to Syntagma Square is
27 minutes and to Pireaus is 60 minutes. Tickets are 6 Euro one way.
Suburban Rail: Athens International Airport
is connected via the Suburban Rail to Larissis Station (Athens Central
Railway Station). From here you may reach not only Athens city center,
but also Greece's railway network servicing the rest of the country.
Car rentals: Six car rental companies currently
operate at Athens International Airport with
offices located at the Arrivals level. The car rental area is within walking
distance from the Main Terminal Building, located at the northern side
of the building.
Please see http://www.aia.gr/EN/
for further information.
HOW TO TRAVEL TO CORFU/LEFKADA/PAXOS
CorfuAirport: Flying to Corfu for most Europeans is an easy flight lasting less than 3 hours. Corfu's International airport (Kapodistrias) is located on the edge of Corfu (Kerkyra) town, and is modern and compact. During the summer months (May to October) there are regular charter flights from most European countries to Corfu. Domestic flights (from Athens) operate all year round.
CorfuPort: Corfu's port is at the edge of Corfu (Kerkyra) town. Corfu port is also a popular stop for visiting cruise ships. It is also possible to travel to Corfu from Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland and from Brindisi and Bari in Italy. Ferries from these regions operate frequently during the spring, summer and autumn period. Check with the individual operators for fares and schedule.
Corfu by Car: Some visitors drive to Greece as the regular ferries from Italy and the Greek mainland to Corfu make the trip easy to plan. The roads of Corfu are generally in good condition, even if unavoidably steep and twisting in some locations. Ferry timetables from both Italy and from within Greece can be found at www.openseas.gr, www.greekferries.gr and www.hellenicseaways.gr.
ROUTES AND OPERATORS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Agoudomis Lines: Brindisi to Corfu
Blue Star Ferries: Venice - Ancona - Brindisi - Corfu
Fragline Ferries: Brindisi to Corfu
Minoan Lines: Venice - Ancona - Igoumenitsa - Corfu
Ventouris Ferries: Bari to Corfu
Lefkada is an island and thus one would imagine that getting to Lefkada would not be that easy. On the contrary, Lefkada is so close to the Greek mainland that is only separated by a small bridge. This makes driving to Lefkada an option, not only for people arriving from Greece, but also from Italy, Bulgaria, Romania etc. Lefkada does not have its own airport but Preveza Airport on the mainland is just a 15min drive to Lefkada town. Charter flights run regularly from the U.K. to Prevesa Airport with the most popular flight day being Sunday. Domestic flights from Athens are available as well and operate year round.
Lefkada by air or car:
It only takes 15 minutes to drive from Preveza airport to Lefkada Town. There is a floating bridge that connects the Greek mainland (just South of Preveza) to the island of Lefkada. Approximate distances from the airport to the main resorts on Lefkada are: Agios Ioannis – 20 minutes; Tsoukalades – 25 minutes; Nidri – 35 minutes; Nikiana – 25 minutes; Sivota – 25 minutes; Vassiliki – 1 hour; Agios Nikitas – 45 minutes.
Lefkada by sea plane:
In 2004, Air Sea Lines began operating a new sea-plane service between Corfu and Lefkada. This is a quick and efficient way to travel to Lefkada – but please keep in mind that there are strict luggage limitations. The service operates up to four times a day between Corfu Town and the port of Lefkada Town. Contact Air Sea Lines at +30 26610- 99316 for full details of fares and schedule or visit their website at www.airsealines.com .
Since Paxos has no airport, a slightly longer journey is involved in reaching the island. The upswing to this is that Paxos has thankfully evaded mass-market tourism and remains a peaceful and unspoiled island.
Visitors to Paxos must fly into Corfu and transfer to the ferry port for crossings via conventional ferry boat, hydrofoil (approx 1 hour journey) or water taxi (please note that crossing times are dependent on ferries and prevailing weather conditions). In the event that your flight arrives to Corfu after the last ferry crossing to Paxos, Thalpos Holidays will be pleased to help make arrangements on your behalf. We recommend though booking an early flight from home in order to avoid an overnight in Corfu if possible. Ferry timetables from Corfu can be found at www.openseas.gr (Paxos is listed as Paxoi)
Paxos by sea plane:
In 2004, Air Sea Lines began operating a new sea-plane service between Corfu and Paxos. This is a quick and efficient way to travel to Paxos – but please keep in mind that there are strict luggage limitations. The service operates up to three times a day between Corfu Town and the port of Gaios on Paxos. It is a superb way to travel, with strict safety precautions and very comfortable. You will also see the most amazing views of both Corfu and Paxos - a fantastic experience and a wonderful way to start your holiday. Contact Air Sea Lines at +30 26610 99316 for full details of fares and schedule or visit their website at www.airsealines.com.
Paxos by car ferry from the mainland:
There is a direct car ferry service to Paxos operating from Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland. Please telephone +30 26650 21527 for full schedule and fare details.
Paxos by water taxi:
It is possible to travel from Corfu to Paxos via water taxi. The water taxi takes up to 12 passengers, leaving Corfu either at the Town's old port (Cafe Yialli) or 'Skala', near to the Corfu Palace, and arriving in Paxos, either Gaios, Lakka or Loggos, one hour or so later. The following two companies run the sea taxi service:
Lakka Express" - Based in Lakka. Contact Andreas on +30 6977623033 (mobile)
"Paxos Express" - Based in Gaios. Contact Nikos on +30 6932232072 (mobile)