Travel & Transportation

AIRLINE CONNECTIONS


from Athens International Airport directly to Kefalinia Airport [Service provider "Olympic Airlines" (
http://www.olympicairlines.com) Frequency: one flight per day (minimum) ] and then to Argostoli port (10 min- taxi) and from there to Lixouri via local ferry (20 min- regular ferry-boat service, frequency: 1 departure per hour, minimum).

NEW SERVICE !: in addition to "Olympic Airlines'' another company "AEGEAN AIRLINES" has scheduled connections  to Kefalonia airport.
Please visit
http://www.aegeanair.com or  http://eticket.aegeanair.com for more information.

directly to Kefalonia airport using a charter flight. Many companies operate in Kefalinia. Please contact your travel agency.

Useful information for the Athens Metro (in the case you need to enter Athens to follow a land connection using the KTEL intercity bus service)

Metro: Athens has a reliable subway system (ISAP) that consists of three major lines. The old line runs north-south between Athens (suburb of Kifissia) and Piraeus daily 0500-0015. Since 2000, the long-awaited projects for a further two lines have been completed. Line 2 runs between Sepolia and Dafni and line 3 runs between Ethiniki Amyna and Syntagma.
(you can use line 3, exit at "Syntagma" stop (Constitution square) using the Grand Bretagne gateway. Then take a taxi to the KTEL Kiffisou Bus station. This is a minimized cost route)
Tickets can be purchased at every Metro and ISAP station. Information on timetables and schedules can be found from Athens Metro (website:
http://www.ametro.gr/


LAND CONNECTIONS

 

By Bus: from Athens Central Bus Station (Kifissos) to Argostoli (and then 20' ferry-boat to Lixouri) or to Lixouri directly. This trip involves a sea part from Patras harbour (Peloponese) to Sami port (Kefalonia) or alternatively from Killlini port (Peloponese) to Poros port (Kefalonia).

By car: Drive to Patras or Killini and then via ferry-boat as above. 

Details:
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. The distance between Athens and Kilini is 286 km and the trip lasts 4.5 hours.
From Athens bus station on Kifissou St. (Terminal A)
To KEFALONIA (current time schedule)
Depart:  08.45, 13:00, 17:00 (to Argostoli),  08:30 (to Lixouri)
Return:  07.15, 16.30
Those departure schedules are subject to (unprobable) changes depending on corresponding changes in the departures of the ferries. Exact times will be confirmed 20 days before 1st of May.
KTEL information Telephone: +30 210 5150785
Bus Schedule

Trains through Europe (general information): 

Domestic trains in Athens: "Larissis" station, Deligianni Street. 

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

The two main railway stations in Athens are Larissa (with trains to northern Greece, Evia and Europe) and Peloponnissos (with trains to the Peloponnese). Train information and tickets are available from the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) at 1 Karolou Street, 104 37 Athens (tel: (1) 529 7005) or at 6 Sina Street, Athens (tel: (1) 362 4402). Rail information is available on (tel: (1) 529 7777 or their website:
http://www.osenet.gr/). Travelling north, there are regular daily trains from Athens to Thessaloniki, Livadia, Paleofarsala, Larissa, Plati, Edessa, Florina, Seres, Drama, Komotini and Alexandroupolis (connections from Thessaloniki and Larissa). Travelling south, there are regular daily trains from Athens to Kiato, Xylokastra, Diakofto, Patras, Olympia, Argos, Tripoli, Megalopolis and Kalamata.

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 continental Europe taking the ferry from Italy to Greece takes about three and a half days maximum (starting from UK) . 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 (within greece they amount about 2 euros per pass). Make sure you have your driving license and are properly insured to cover Europe. It is also worth checking other regulations regarding driving through Europe and always carry a warning triangle, spare light bulbs etc.

 

SEAWAYS

 

From Patras harbour, through regular (3 departures per day) ferry-boat connections to "Sami" port of Kefalonia.

From "Killini" Port to "Poros" Port (3 departures per day)

 EXACT TIMETABLES FOR THE SPRING PERIOD CAN BE FOUND HERE:
Ferry Schedules

  • Patras to Sami: Distance between Athens and Patra is 213 km and the trip takes about 2½hrs daily departures.

  • Killini to Argostoli: Ferryboat from Killini 3 hours 15 min. Killini is situated on the northwestern coast of the Peloponnese. 

  • Killini to Poros: Ferryboat from Killini.1.5 hours.

 

Getting There (in Short):

By air:
Regular flights from the airport of Athens to Kefalonia.
(The airport is 9 km from Argostoli).
Olympic Airways, Athens, tel. +30 210 9666666,
Olympic Airways, Argostoli, tel. +30 2671028808, 2671028881,
Argostoli Airport, tel. +30 2671041511,
website:
http://www.olympicairlines.com,
website:
http://www.aia.gr

By road:
Intercity buses via Patra or Kilini.
Bus terminal (KTEL) Athens, 100 Kifissou Ave. tel. +30 2105150785,
KTEL Kefalonia, +30 2671022281,
website:
http://www.ktel.org


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.

 

HIRING A BOAT

 

Yachts: Numerous types of yachts and sailing vessels can be chartered or hired with or without crews. 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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