Travelling from Europe and Italy to Greece by Car, Camper or Caravan

Travelling from Europe and Italy to Greece by Car, Camper or Caravan

tips to easily transfer your vehicle to Greece by ferry

Traveling on your car, camper or caravan to Greece is a great option in order to explore the most beautiful corners of the country and plan your journey in the most flexible, easy and fun way for you! You can easily transfer your vehicle by ferry from Italy to Greece and save time and money by combining your road trip with a ferry trip! On Ferryhopper you will find all the available ferry ticket types for passengers and vehicles, updated ferry schedules from Italy to Greece, useful information for your ferry trip as well as all the offers and discounts by ferry companies.

Why travel to Greece by car & ferry?

Traveling to Greece by car and ferry is an easy, fun and cheap option to get to your favorite destinations. Here are some good reasons to transfer your vehicle by ferry to Greece:  

  • You can combine a road trip to central Europe or Italy with a crossing of the Adriatic sea by ferry and get the most of the Mediterranean scenery.
  • Before taking a ferry to Greece you can also spend a night or two at the beautiful Italian ports of Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindisi and the nearby villages and towns for an authentic experience of the Italian east
  • The ferries that operate in the routes from Italy to Greece are large and offer many amenities for all types of passengers to ensure a pleasant journey for all. 
  • The ferry trip from Italy to Greece can be long so we recommend that you book a bed cabin in order to relax and enjoy the trip. Spending the night on the ferry is an excellent choice as you save money from a hotel room and you can also enjoy the on-board entertainment that often includes cinema room, bar, restaurant or casino. 
  • The ferry companies that operate from Italy to Greece often offer early booking discounts for passengers or for vehicles while there are also specific ticket categories for a comfortable ferry trip with your caravan: Check the Camping-on-Board or the Camping-All-Inclusive offers and enjoy the comfort of your vehicle while taking advantage of the ferry facilities. 
  • If you are planning long holidays in Greece then the option of traveling with your camper or caravan is very suitable for you as you can visit all the beautiful corners of Epirus, Peloponnese or Halkidiki. You can find more information about a road trip to Greece with a ferry and car on our blog. 

Camper van in the seaside, island coast, travel by ferry to greek islands, ferry tickets

How to transfer your car, camper, caravan to Greece by ferry?

It's very easy to transfer your camper, caravan, and car from Italy to Greece by ferry! All you have to do is to reach one of the ports of the east coast of Italy, Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindisi

From there you can take a ferry to the ports of western Greece, such as Igoumenitsa or Patras, while in the summer months many of the ferries from Italy stop at the Ionian islands of Corfu or Cephalonia. All the ferries that travel from Italy to Greece have a garage for your car or motto, while they often have special transfer options for camper vans and caravans, as also mentioned above. On Ferryhopper you will find all ferry schedules and ferry ticket options for vehicles, passengers, and pets (including numbered seats and cabins), in order to book the most convenient ferry itinerary for you. Below an example from the ferry booking stages, where you can see all the vehicle options and the ferry discounts available for your motorhome: 

Ferry ticket options for vehicles in the Italy - Greece ferry route, Ancona to Igoumenitsa, summer ferry offers

The Camping-All-Inclusive offer for transferring caravan on the ferry - ferry route Italy Greece - cheap ferry tickets for passengers, vehicles, pets

We highly recommend that you book your ferry tickets from Italy to Greece as early as possible in order to take advantage of the early booking discount, which is at least 20% off the total ticket price! 

Which is the most convenient port of Italy for getting to Greece?

There are 4 ports in eastern Italy that serve the Italy-Greece ferry routes and you can choose the one that is more convenient to you, based on location, size or things to do while there. The main ports of Italy that you can catch a ferry to Greece are:

  • Venice
  • Ancona
  • Bari 
  • Brindisi

From these ports, you can choose to travel either to Igoumenitsa on the western coast of Greece or to Patras in Peloponnese, throughout the whole year. During the summer months, there are also ferry connections from Italy to Corfu or Cephalonia (Kefalonia) in the Ionian sea. As the ferry trip from Italy to Greece can be long, we recommend that you book a bed cabin for a more comfortable ferry trip, and to arrive rested and fresh to your destination. 

Below you can find useful tips and a combination of ferry routes in order to plan your ferry trip from Italy to Greece in the easiest way for you and according to your schedule and budget:

Ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa - Patras

The city of Venice is located on the northeast coast of Italy, close to the borders with Slovenia and Austria while it's also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy due to its unique beauty. The ferry trip from the port of Venice to Greece is the longest, comparing to the ferry departures from the other eastern ports of Italy, but if you choose a ferry itinerary from Venice you save a few hours of driving. 

The duration of the ferry trip from Venice to Igoumenitsa can be approximately 27 hours and to Patras 31 hours. You can find more details on the Venice - Igoumenitsa and the Venice - Patras ferry routes on the relevant Ferryhopper pages. 

Venice - Greece Ferry

Ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa - Patras

The port of Ancona is on the central east coast of Italy, opposite the Croatian coast, and it serves many ferry departures to the ports of western Greece. Departing from the port of Ancona is a great option if you are visiting Florence, Toscany or San Marino

The duration of the ferry trip from Ancona to Igoumenitsa and Patras is 22hrs and 27hrs respectively. On the Ferryhopper pages, you can find more information about the Ancona - Igoumenitsa, and Ancona - Patras ferry connections. 

Ancona-Greece Ferry

Ferry from Bari to Igoumenitsa - Patras

The port of Bari is located in southeast Italy, and it has frequent ferry connections to the ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras. Taking a ferry to Greece from Bari is a suitable option if you don't mind driving through the Italian mainland or if you want to visit Naples and the impressive southwest coast of the country.

The Bari Igoumenitsa ferry route is one of the quickest ways to get to Greece from Italy as the trip lasts approximately 11hrs. The duration of the ferry connection Bari - Patras can be around 17hrs

Bari - Greece Ferry

Ferry from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa - Patras

The southernmost port on the east coast of Italy is Brindisi, and its close distance to the west of Greece makes the ferry trip one of the quickest. The ferry from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa takes approximately 10hrs while the ferry trip from Brindisi to Patras has an average duration of 17hrs

Brindisi - Greece Ferry

Where to travel in Greece from the ports of Igoumenitsa & Patras?

Traveling on your caravan, car or camper in Greece is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of the mainland, reach some of the most impressive beaches as well as visit villages, cities, and local attractions.

As soon as you reach the ports of Igoumenitsa or Patras by ferry from Italy you have many options for a road trip to the north or the south of Greece, as well as to visit famous sightseeing spots like Meteora or Ancient Olympia.  

Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to Halkidiki

Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) is a peninsula south of the city of Thessaloniki, and a popular destination for beach holidays. If you are traveling by ferry from Italy to Igoumenitsa you can easily drive to Halkidiki via Egnatia Odos/A2/E90. The distance from Igoumenitsa to Halkidiki is approximately 4,5 hours drive, although we would recommend that on the way you make a stop to the picturesque village of Metsovo or to the vibrant city of Thessaloniki. In Halkidiki, you will also find many organized camping sites if you want to spend some days with your caravan close to the sea.

 Beach in Halkidiki, close to Thessaloniki, aerial view, nature, ferry routes, holidays in northern Greece

Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to Meteora

Arriving by ferry from Italy to the port of Igoumenitsa allows you to travel to the impressive site of Meteora. Meteora is located in central Greece, close to the cities of Ioannina and Trikala and the distance from Igoumenitsa is just 2,5 hours drive. The largest part of the ride is on the A2/E90 motorway, which passes through the mountains of Pindos.

A Monastery in the rock formations of Meteora, central Greece, roadtrip from Igoumenitsa, ferry from Italy

Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to the Peloponnese

The easiest way to get from Italy to Peloponnese, in the south of Greece is through the port of Patras. Patras is the third-largest city of Greece and it is also the gateway to the islands of the Ionian Sea, so from there you can take a ferry to the islands of Cephalonia (Kefalonia) and Ithaki. In only 1hour drive from Patras, you can reach the port of Kyllini, from where you can take a ferry to the island of Zante (Zakynthos). In less than 2 hours drive from the port of Patras, you can visit the Archaeological site of Olympia, which hosted the first Olympic Games. 

Across the whole coast of the Peloponnese, you will find many camping sites with spaces for camper vans, caravans, cars, and tents for you to organize your road trip in the most convenient and flexible way! 

Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to Athens

If you plan to get from Italy to the city and ports of Athens by car, then the port of Patras is more convenient, comparing to the one of Igoumenitsa. The distance from Patras to Athens is just 211 km via the A8/E65 motorway and the ride lasts 2,5 hours

What are the ferry offers for traveling with camper or caravan?

If you have a camper-caravan and you would like to travel to Greece with your own vehicle, then before booking your ferry tickets you should definitely check the discounts on offer. The ferry companies that operate on the Adriatic Ferry Routes (Italy - Greece) have exclusive offers for camper travellers: “Camping on Board” and “All-Inclusive Camping”. With these offers you can get: 

  • Garage space for your camper or caravan.
  • Access to onboard showers, WCs, 220-volt power outlets and to all public areas on board, such as bars, restaurants, etc 
  • Accommodation in your caravan or in an internal cabin, depending on the ferry company’s policy
  • Discounts on meals and drinks served at the “à la carte” and self-service restaurants during the voyage

It's now easier to book your caravan ferry tickets with Ferryhopper, as on our pages you will find all the ferry ticket options and all the ferry companies' discounts. If you need any additional help with the ferry booking process you can also contact the Ferryhopper support team and ask for more information about the itinerary that you are interested in. 

Minoan Lines ferry travelling from Italy to Greece, Early Booking offers, ferry route, cheap tickets

Early Booking Discount from Minoan Lines

Minoan Lines offers a special 20% early booking discount for travel up to the 15th January 2021. The discount applies to all passenger and vehicle tickets for both one way and round trips, while you can add this offer on top of other discounts such as student, over 65, family tickets, etc. The Early Booking discount does not apply to the vehicles included in the Camping All Inclusive offer. 

This discount is a popular one so we recommend that you book your ferry tickets as far in advance as possible as the number of tickets on offer is limited and the demand is high. The Early Booking discount is available to book online via the Ferryhopper booking engine, which allows you to compare all different ferry ticket prices, ferry companies and best discounts on offer. 

Book Italy-Greece ferry tickets

Where to book your ferry tickets from Italy to Greece and the Greek Islands?

On Ferryhopper we specialize in providing you with all the available ferry itineraries and we show you the best prices for your ferry tickets. On our pages, you will find all the updated information for the Italy-Greece ferry routes, and on our booking engine, you can compare ferry schedules, ferry companies, ferry ticket types and discounts in order to book ferry tickets for passengers and vehicles easy and fast. You can now book ferry tickets for your caravan, camper van or car in just 4 clicks