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GETTING TO AND AROUND THE ISLAND

 

There are various ways of reaching Kefalonia, the easiest being to fly direct to Kefallinia airport. If you require an extended duration, you can fly to Athens then take the domestic flight to Kefalonia. You may prefer a more scenic route and slightly cheaper way to the island then the bus or train journey from Athens is very enjoyable. The more popular means is by ferry, many travel between Europe and the mainland with connections to neighbouring islands. See Driving also below.  

  • By air direct from UK destinations: See a variety of travel companies for schedule package holidays including your flight. Or flight only direct from the UK with tickets allocated through an assortment of travel companies or bucket shops. Charter flights are frequent but have fixed outward and return dates. Tickets are valid for a minimum of 3 days and maximum only of 6 weeks. They must be accompanied by an accommodation voucher stating the name and address of your accommodation, albeit you do not in fact have to stay there.

  • Fly direct to Athens: Scheduled flights direct to Athens operate several times a day with main airways including British and Olympic Airways, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic. Connecting by a 45mins twice-daily shuttle service with Olympic Airways, Avionic Airlines and Aegean Airlines.

  • From Kefallinia Airport: The islands airport is about 8km south of Argostoli the Capital of Kefalonia. Private chauffeur, taxi services and Car Hire can be pre-booked. (See Private Hire)   Or there is a Taxi Rank outside the main terminal building. No bus service is available as yet.

  • Transportation to and from Lixouri: A ferry connection runs every hour on the half an hour between the town of Lixouri and Argostoli port.

  • Transport to and from Ithaki: If you arrive by air the above still applies from the airport for the port of Sami. A choice of daily ferries services by G&A Jet Ferry or the larger Strintzis Lines who pick up on the way to and from Patras on the Greek mainland. During the summer months the local ferry runs a few times a day or private caique fishing boats will convey you between Kefalonia and Ithaki.

  • Patras to Sami: By ferryboat from Patras takes about 2˝hrs daily departures.

  • Killini to Argostoli: Ferryboat from Killini.

  • Killini to Poros: Ferryboat from Killini.

  • Intercity Bus Connections by KTEL: Daily departures from Athens through Patras - Sami or via Killini – Poros ferryboat. To and from Kefalonia Bus station, Athens 8hrs. Patras 7hrs.

  • For trains through Europe: British Rail International on 0990 848 848.

  • Domestic trains in Athens: Larissa station, Deligianni Street.

  • Domestic trains in Piraeus: For Kalamata and the Peloponnese - Piraeus-Athens metro on Akti Kalimassioti.

DRIVING TO KEFALONIA

Driving from Athens via the ports of Pireas or Killini. Only use a reputable company, these will include all insurances and extend your car hire if needed.

Driving from the UK taking the ferry from Italy to Greece takes about three and a half days. Check all insurance's and regulations with regards to driving through Europe. Plan your route carefully, considering the toll roads, which can be very expensive.

AROUND THE ISLAND

Distances around the island are considerable so some form of transportation is required. The majority of the roads are asphalt, but the road structure is very curved and often the camber on the older roads is angled in the wrong direction and can be dangerous. More than half of the roads are narrow, with steep and sharp bends. As the weather is hot and dry for most of the year, following a rainstorm the roads are very slippery and you have to drive with all due care and attention. Do check you have comprehensive insurance many companies only give you third party.

  • Cars are available for hire all year from a number of outlets.

  • Scooters and motorbikes are available but again all precautions must be taken, including the Greek law of wearing of crash helmets. You must be aware that the roads are rough and often slippery in the wet.

  • The bus services are frequent with services daily to all areas, information is available from the KTEL bus station in Argostoli. Also available are guided tours around the island and are very reasonable priced.

  • There are a number of Taxis that will take you to all parts of the island and inform you of the fare to your required destination.

IF HIRING A BOAT

As the entire coast is suitable for sailing, there are a number of yacht basins around the island Argostoli, Sami, Fiskardo, Ayia Efimia, Lixouri, Poros and nearby Ithaki, all providing fuel and water. The Ionian Sea is less windy than the Aegean, however foggy conditions do occur with occasional gusting winds from north or southwest. All information is available from the Port Authority.

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