Transportation guide for Lefkas
Getting to Lefkas
Lefkas (or Lefkada) belongs to Ionian Islands and is located above Ithaca and Kefalonia, westwards the Prefecture of Etoloakarnania. Lefkas is separated from mainland Greece by an artificial canal of 25 meters and 2 bridges that connect it.
Lefkas (or Lefkada) Island does not have an airport. However, the International Airport of Aktio, in Preveza, abstains only 20 kilometers from the city of Lefkas. The airport is accessible by bus or by taxi. There are daily flights that connect Athens International Airport Eleytherios Venizelos, to Aktio and the flight lasts 45 minutes. Aktio airport is connected also to Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Sitia, in Crete. During the high tourist period, from April to October, there are also charter flights, which connect Aktio to various European countries: England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. If you book the ticket in advance, you can find particularly low prices. You can book your air tickets from fantasticgreece.com.
The distance Lefkas-Athens is 385 kilometers. You can reach Lefkas by your own car, via the bridge that connects Lefkas with Etoloakarnania, without transporting your car with the car-ferry boat. Alternatively, if you do not want to drive, you can reach Lefkas by KTEL buses, that leave from the big Greek cities, Athens, Thessalonica, Patras, Giannena. From Athens, bus service is daily and the travel lasts 5 hours, while the bus-connection to Thessalonica is 2 times per week and the travel lasts 7 hours. The sub-marine tunnel Preveza-Aktio and the bridge Rio-Antirio have facilitated a lot the access to the island of Lefkas.
The ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras are the two biggest ports, which are considered as gates to Ionian. From Nydri and Vasiliki, depart daily ferry boats that connect Lefkas to Kefalonia, Ithaca and to the smaller islands Scorpios, Sparti, Meganisi, Madouri, Prigiponisia, Skorpidi. You can book your ferry tickets to Lefkas from fantasticgreece.com.
Getting around Lefkas
The central bus station of Lefkas is located in the capital, lefkada mapnear the Marina, on Golemi Street. The tickets are very cheap. Buses travel to the Eastern part of the island very often, whiles less frequent are the itineraries to the western coast. The destinations are the followings: Nydri, Vasiliki, Poros, Agios Nikitas, Katochori, Kariotes, Karabiatika and other.
In Lefkas, taxi services are available to transfer you in a safe and fast way, 24-hours a day. There are taxi ranks in the capital and in the most popular tourist resorts, but it is equally easy to find a taxi on the central streets of the island. There is also available a radio taxi service. For the most popular destinations the charge is predetermined, while for others, there is a certain minimal charge, to which is added another, depending on the kilometers and the region you want to reach.
The car is the most ideal mean in order to explore the island of Lefkas, since it is enough large. Having a car gives you the opportunity to visit places you could not see by bus. However always carry your driving licence with you and use your seat belt and never drive while you have drank!!! You can rent a car at Lefkas from fantasticgreece.com.
There are available small boats, called caiques, that can transport you to various beaches of Lefkas or to the nearby islets Scorpios, Sparti, Meganisi, Madoyri, Prigiponisia, Skorpidi.