Corfu - Transportation
Corfu is a large island, therefore the best way to move around and visit all the historical monuments, the beaches and the picturesque villages is by car. If you have not brought your car on the island, you can rent one. Corfu has good, paved roads from north to south. The longest distances from the center of the city is 44 kilometers to Kavos, the most southern point of the island and 45 kilometers to Agios Spyridonas beach in the North. In some parts, especially during your tour of the inland and the old Venetian villages of Corfu, the road is very narrow. It may only fit one car even though the road is bidirectional, so you must be very careful when you are driving.
By bus (KTEL)
The KTEL (bus station) of Corfu, covers a very large number of destinations, amongst which are the main tourist destinations, the most popular beaches and also very remote villages. The buses depart from the central station on Theotoki Ioanni Street in the city. With these buses you can get to Palaiokastritsa, with its lovely crystal clear beaches, to Liapades, to Roda and to Acharavi , large resorts on the northern coast of the island, to Sidari with the famous Channel of Love , to Agios Stefanos in Avliotes, from where the ships leave for the Diapontia Islands , to Lefkimmi , to the lovely beaches of Glyfada, Ermones, Issos, Ai Gordis, to the touristy Kavos and to many other villages of the island. You can buy tickets on the bus or at the central bus station (KTEL).
See in detail all the KTEL bus schedules here
By urban bus
The schedules of the urban buses (of blue color) are frequent and cover not only the city, but also more remote regions. Their main terminal is in Saroko square, in the center of the city. They go to Kanoni, to Spianada, to the port and to the airport. You should buy tickets from the station-master’s office at the terminal in Saroko or from kiosks. If you buy your ticket on the bus, it will be more expensive. Apart from the city, the urban bus goes to the villages of Potamos , Evropouli, Kinopiastes, Kouramades, Benitses, Ipsos, Dassia, Agios Ioannis, Afra, Pelekas, Kompitsi, Kanalia and of course it reaches one of the most important sights of the island, the Achillion.
See in detail information and urban bus schedules here.
In Corfu taxis are of blue color and you can take them from the road, from taxi-stands or you can hire one by appointment. In the city you will find taxi-stands here:
Trip to Diapontia Islands
In order to visit Diapontia Islands, Othonoi, Ereikoussa and Mathraki, the fastest way is to take the boat from the harbor of Agios Stefanos in Avliotes in the north-western part of the island.
Duration of the trip:
- Agios Stefanos – Mathraki Port 30 minutes
- Agios Stefanos – Ereikoussa Port 45 minutes
- Agios Srefanos – Othonoi Port 1 hour 25 minutes
For the Diapontia islands ships depart from the port of the city with the journey lasting:
- Ereikousa: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Mathraki: 3 hours 15 minutes
- Othonoi: 4 hours
Trip to Vido
In order to get to the islet Vido in front of the old city of Corfu and the port, you must take the boat which departs from the old port of the city. The itineraries are carried out only during the summer, every hour, beginning from 9:00 to 24:30.
Trip to Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi in Kanoni can be visited during Easter as well as during the whole tourist period by small boats departing from the bridge which leads to Panagia Vlahernon and with very frequent schedules throughout the day, from 9am to 9pm.