Kefalonia – Access

Kefalonia is located approximately in the middle of the Ionian Sea, opposite Peloponnese and at a short distance from mainland Greece. The visitor has a variety of options on how to get to the island, depending on where he is coming from.

The most frequent itineraries to and from Kefalonia are realized from the port of Kyllini at Elia. Every day, the ferries of the two companies that serve the line, connect the port of Poros, in the south-eastern side of Kefalonia, with the opposite shore. The trip takes about two hours, while at specific days of the week, there is a direct connection between Kyllini and the port of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. By car, Poros is at 40 km from Argostoli, 26 km from Sami and 13 km from the touristic Skala. KTEL interurban buses connect the port with the capital of the island, as well as other towns and villages of Kefalonia (details on the bus itineraries here).

You can also access Kefalonia from the port of Astakos in Aitoloakarnania. The ship arrives at the port of Sami, with daily routes (details here), while the trip lasts about 3.5 hours. From Sami you can reach by car or by bus Argostoli (26 km), Fiskardo (39 km), Poros (26 km) and other destinations on the island.

If you are on one of the neighboring islands of Ithaca, Zakynthos or Lefkada, there are itineraries realized from these islands to the ports of Sami, Fiskardo or Pessada, in southern Kefalonia.

if you do not have a means to reach the ports of Central Greece that have a connection to Kefalonia, you can take the KTEL of Kefalonia: there are daily itineraries departing from Athens, servicing also interim destinations on the way. The central bus station of Kefalonia is located in Argostoli, at the Koutavos Lagoon.

Central KTEL station of Argostoli: 2671022281, 2671022276

KTEL station at Sami: 2674022024

KTEL station at Poros: 2674072284

KTEL station at Lixouri: 2671093200

The island also has an airport, located just outside of Argostoli. There are daily flights to and from the airport “El Venizelos” in Athens and the flight time is approximately one hour. Charter flights connect the island with the rest of the Europe. These are the companies that maintain regular itineraries to and from Kefalonia:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Olympic Air
  • Sky Express S.A.

The IATA code of the airport of Kefalonia is «EFL» and the contact numbers: 2671029900, 2671042110.

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