TO AND AROUND THE ISLAND
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.
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.
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.
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
to and from Lixouri: A
ferry connection runs every hour on the half an hour between the town of
Lixouri and Argostoli port.
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
to Sami: By
ferryboat from Patras takes about 2˝hrs daily departures.
Ferryboat from Killini.
to Poros: Ferryboat
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
trains through Europe:
British Rail International on 0990 848 848.
trains in Athens:
Larissa station, Deligianni Street.
trains in Piraeus:
For Kalamata and the Peloponnese - Piraeus-Athens metro on Akti
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
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 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.
are available for hire all year from a number of outlets.
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.
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.
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.
HIRING A BOAT
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.