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How to travel to Corfu, Paxos, Kefalonia and Lefkada

The Ionian islands, a long time favourite among travellers have very good connections with major European cities with charter flights from UK, Scandinavia, Italy, Austria and many other countries. Low cost flight companies have operating in Corfu for many years and are now expanding their operations in other Ionian islands. We give you here an account of airports and ports which you may use to arrive or depart from the Ionian islands so as you find the more convenient way to suit your holiday itinerary.


Corfu Airport:  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.

Corfu Port: 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


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 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)


Kefalonia Airport:  Flying to Kefalonia has becoming easier and easier due to the island's popularity. There are many flights from Europe with the most being from UK airports. There are flights from Scandinavia, Italy and many other countries. Kefalonia's airport is approx. 9.5km from Argostoli the capital and in the area called Svoronata. There are also domestic flights from Athens and as of 2013 Easy Jet will be having a flight out of London. 

Kefalonia Port: Kefalonia's port is in Sami, on the Easter coast of the island and approx. 20km from Argostoli. There are ferry and passenger boat connections with Corfu, Ithaka, Zakynthos and Lefkada and with the mainland from patras in Peloponnese and Igoumenitsa closer to Corfu. You may check routes and rates at www.openseas.gr There is bus and taxi service to most of the island while there are a few car hire companies located at the port.

Kefalonia by Car: If you plan to visit Kefalonia by car, then you should make sure you have reserved or bought your ticket in advance especially if you travel during the months of July and August.  Ferry timetables from both Italy and from within Greece can be found at www.openseas.gr


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 UK. 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.