Transportation guide for Corfu
Getting to Corfu
As is the case for most Greek islands, Corfu can be reached by sea or by air. The International Airport of Corfu, Ioannis Kapodistrias, is located 3 kilometers south of the centre of the island, in the region Kanoni. There are daily flights from and to the airport of Athens, Eleytherios Venizelos, and the duration of the flight is round 1 hour. There is also air connection to Thessaloniki, 3 or 4 times a week. Ticket prices can be very low, if you make the reservation enough time before, or if you travel during low season. Finally, during high period, Corfu is air-connected to a lot of European cities, with charter flights, mainly from Germany and England. You can book your air tickets from fantasticgreece.com.
Alternatively, you can reach Corfu by ferry-boat, because it is connected with mainland Greece at two places. From Igoumenitsa there are daily routes to Corfu, from 6 in morning up to 10 in evening. The trip lasts 1 to 1.5 hour, depending on the type of ferry boat you have select. During summer months, boats from and to Igoumenitsa depart every 15 minutes, because a lot of tourists visit the island of Corfu. From the port in Patra, the trip to Corfu lasts 7 -8 hours, but it is very comfortable because the ferry boats are luxurious. These ferries go to Italy and stop in Corfu port for embarkation. The sea connection Corfu-Italy is frequent and the main cities are Bari, Ankona and Brindisi. Finally, there are boats, which transport you to nearby destinations such as Paxoi, Kefalonia and neighboring Albania. You can book your ferry tickets to Corfu from fantasticgreece.com.
If you decide to reach the island of Corfu by boat, you should first reach either Igoumenitsa's port or Patra's port. You can go there either by private vehicle or by the KTEL buses of Corfu, which stop at the port and have direct sea-connection to Corfu. The distance Athens-Igoumenitsa is round 500 kilometers and there are 2 daily routes, which stop in Korinthos, in Patras, in Agrinio and in Arta. The distance Thessaloniki-Igoumenitsa is also 500 kilometers; there are also 2 daily routes and the bus stops in Larissa and in Ioannina.
Getting Around in Corfu
In Corfu there are available two bus-services, which are well-organized, with modern vehicles and frequent itineraries: corfu map The first is the municipal bus service. The buses are of blue color and the station is found at San Rocco square. These buses transfer you in the capital and in the suburbs: Afra, Saint Ioannis, Kanoni, Perama, Achillean... The second service is the KTEL, which offers transportation to long-distanced regions of the island such as: Lefkimi, Kavos, Karoysades, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Gordios, Glyfada and a lot of other. KTEL buses are blue and the central station is found at Theotoki Street.
Corfu is a large island and for this reason the best way in order to get around to the historical monuments, the beaches and the picturesque villages is the private vehicle. If you have not brought your car on the island, there are a lot of car rental options available from our website. You can pick your car up at the port, the airport and in the capital of the island. There is a great variety of vehicles offered, from small cars to luxurious jeeps. Select the vehicle that suits you, in order to explore Corfu. Of course, remember that you should have the driving license always with you and you should not drive if you have drunk alcohol, in order to avoid unpleasant fines from the frequent police controls.
Alternatively, if you do not want to rent a car, you can take a taxi to get around the island. You can find taxi-stations, in the most cental points of the island, such as San Rokko Square and Theotoki Street, but there is also the telephone service of radio-taxi. The prices for the most popular destinations are fixed and you can ask about them before getting into the taxi. There is also the option taxi-meter charge for non frequent destinations.