Corfu - Access
In order to reach Corfu you have three choices: by airplane, by car and then take a ship from Igoumenitsa or by Intercity buses (KTEL) which carry out schedules from Athens and Thessaloniki. You can also approach the island with your own boat, as it has marinas, small and large in different places.
Obviously, the fastest way is by plane. Corfu International Airport «Ioannis Kapodistrias» is situated 3 kilometers south of the center of the city in the region of the lagoon of Chalikiopoulos and its IATA code is CFU. There are many daily flights from and to Athens and the flight lasts approximately 50 minutes. During the summer there is an airport connection with many European cities, with charter flights, mainly from Germany and England but also flights from European companies at low cost. If you reach Corfu by plane, you can get to your destination by cab which you will find just outside the airport.
If you decide to go with your own car you should know that the distance from Athens is approximately 500 kilometers and it will take you 6-7 hours till the port of Igoumenitsa and about 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the port of Corfu. The schedules by boat from Igoumenitsa are carried out daily and during the whole day from 6am to 10pm. If your destination is the southern part of the island, it is better to take the ship which goes to the port of Lefkimmi, with the voyage lasting less than an hour. If you are coming from northern Greece, the Egnatia motorway has significantly shortened the route and the trip Thessaloniki – Igoumenitsa lasts only 3 hours and the trip Ioannina – Igoumenitsa just 45 minutes.
- Corfu Tel: (0030) 26610 32655
- Igoumenitsa Tel: (0030) 26650 99460
- Lefkimmi Tel: (0030) 26620 23277
The Intercity KTEL of Corfu connects the island to Athens (8 hours till Igoumenitsa) and Thessaloniki (6 hours) with daily schedules 2-3 times a day. The central offices of KTEL are located in the center of the city, on Parodos Ioannou Theotoki 9, where the arrivals and the departures take place. For information and schedules see here.
- Corfu office Tel: (0030) 26610 30627
- Athens office Tel: (0030) 21 0 5129443
- Thessaloniki office Tel: (0030) 231 0 528600
If you come by boat, the largest and the most organized marina is in Gouvia, approximately 7 kilometers north of the city. In the city you can anchor in the marina of NACC, while in the south there is the marina in the picturesque fishing village Benitses (10,4 kilometers).