How To Get There
Ionian Group Ferries - Currently Out Of Service - Ithaca (Piso Aetos) | Kefalonia (Sami) | Mainland (Patras)
Ionian Pelagos FERRY - Astakos | Kefalonia | Ithaca
(IF FERRY COMPANY WEBSITE TIMETABLE IS OUT OF DATE, CLICK HERE)
KTEL Bus Timetable from Astakos to Athens: Click Here
Ionian Pelagos FERRY - Lefkada | Kefalonia | Ithaca
Captain Aristides FERRY (West Ferries) - Vasiliki (Lefkas) to Frikes (Ithaca)
Meganissi FERRY - Nidri (Lefkas) to Frikes (Ithaca)
(For Ithaca, this ferry usually replaces Captain Aristides (West Ferries) during August)
For Leaflet CLICK HERE
Sea Taxi "ODYSSEAS" Service to the Ionian islands
Helpful Telephone Numbers when you are traveling
KTEL Buses (Kiffisou Bus Terminal, Athens)
Tel: +30 210 515 0785 | 210 512 9448 | 210 512 4910 | 210 512 4911 | 210 513 2601
You can book a seat on the bus a few days prior to departure date. Ktel buses from Kifisou Bus Terminal, Athens, leave regularly for all destinations in Greece. The bus service is very efficient, although seeminly a little chaotic. For Ithacan ferry connections, you will need to take a bus to either Kyllini or Astakos.
KTEL Buses (Patras)
Tel: +30 2610 274 938 | 2610 277 854
In case of last minute timetable changes due to weather or mechanical breakdowns, ring the port authority for up to date information.
Astakos Port Authority: +30 26460 41052
Patras Port Authority: +30 2610 341002
Kyllini Port Authority: +30 26230 92211
For Ferry Booking and Information call:
Cephalonia: +30 26740 23405
Ithaca: + 30 26740 32104
Astakos: +30 26460 38020
Lefkada: +30 26450 22322
Driving From Athens
Athens to Kyllini 3 hrs 25 mins - 287km
If you have some time to spare try taking a more scenic route via Nafplion - Olympia - Kyllini.
Flying from Athens
If bus and ferry travel hours put you off you still have one more alternative. There are flights from Athens to Argostoli in Cephalonia several times per week and in summer, daily. Planes land at Argostoli airport. From there you'll need to catch a taxi, bus or hire a car to Sami from where you catch the ferry, Ionian Pelagos to Ithaca
Flight - 40 min approx
Driving Argostoli to Sami port - 45 minsr
Ferry - 30 mins to Piso Aetos | 1 hr to Vathy Ithaca.
Carriers who serve Athens/Kefalonia route are:
During the summer months, there are also many tour group charters flying into Kefalonia. It's always worth checking if there are some spare seats on these flights. You may get a bargain.
Unfortunately the flight times and ferry times do not always co-ordinate so be prepared for a night's stay in Kefalonia or alternately, you can catch a sea taxi across to Ithaca at any time.
Other Travel Options
There are also Ferries from Italy which have routes to Patras and Igoumentisa. There are good choices of ferries and they leave Italy from Ancona, Brindisi and Venice.
From Patras you will need to drive, taxi or take a bus to Astakos (below)
or Kyllini (below)
ports for your ferry connections to Ithaca.
From Igoumentisa you can drive, taxi or take a bus to Lefkada (Lefkas) from where you can make your ferry connection to Ithaca. (Remember this route is weather and season dependent. The Captain Aristides or Meganissi ferries does NOT run all year around.)
You can also fly into Preveza (Araxos airport) take the tunnel to Lefkada and then ferry to Ithaca.
Getting to Ithaca may not be the easiest thing to do, but we believe you'll think the effort worth it!