Why travelling to Greece by car is cheap and fun?
Why would anyone think about getting to Greece by car? In fact, there are quite a lot of reasons for getting to Greece in your own car or camper. And if this seems too tiring for you, then you have probably not considered the easiness of taking the ferry from Italy to Greece. Why not save a lot of time, while at the same time relaxing onboard?
Getting from central Europe to Greece offers you a roadtrip experience around central Europe and Italy. Before taking the ferry to Greece, you may spend a night or two to the beautiful Italian ports of Ancona or Venice. The ferries from Italy to Greece are quite new and luxurious and offer a pleasant journey. Most of the ferries have a restaurant and bar but you can take your own food and drink on board to save money.
If you are planning long vacations in Greece’s mainland, then the option of a car or a camper is very suitable for you, as it will allow you to visit off-the-beaten-track places in Halkidiki, Peloponnese, and Epirus.
The average price for 4 passengers in a cabin and a car to travel from Ancona to Patras is 520€ for a single way trip, while for a round trip it may be around 1050 € or less. Keep in mind that if you book up to February 28th, 2019 you are eligible for the early booking discount. This way you can get an extra 20% off the ticket price.
Which is the most convenient port of Italy for getting to Greece?
This is a quite critical question for travellers coming to Greece from central Europe. Below, you may find some info on the ports of Italy that can help you decide which port you would choose!
Venice to Igoumenitsa and Patras
If you are bored of driving, and you would like to spend more time on the boat then Venice is the most convenient port of Italy to catch the ferry to Greece, as you skip 3 more hours of driving. Not to mention that you may also add the thrilling city of Venice in your travel bucket and spend a night or two there before getting into the ferry. Once you get into the ferry, the trip duration from Venice to the ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras in Greece is approximately 27 hours and 31 hours, respectively.
Ancona to Igoumenitsa and Patras
There are quite frequent connections from Ancona to Greece. If you are located in central Italy or you want to have flexibility in your plans, then Ancona is the right port for you to depart. The ferry itineraries from Ancona to Greece up to December 2019 have been announced by the two ferry operators that serve this route i.e. Minoan Lines and ANEK Lines - Superfast Ferries. The trip duration from Ancona to Igoumenitsa and Patras is approximately 22 hours and 27 hours.
Bari to Igoumenitsa and Patras
Bari is located in southern Italy and is connected with daily ferries to Igoumenitsa and Patras. The trip from Bari to Igoumenitsa and Patras lasts ~11 and ~17 hours respectively. Superfast Ferries has announced the itineraries for the season of summer 2019, up to the end of December. The main route is from Bari to Patras via Igoumenitsa and sometimes Corfu. The route is served by the ferries Superfast I and Superfast II, that will definitely provide you a relaxed and enjoyable trip.
Brindisi to Igoumenitsa and Patras
Brindisi is also located in southern Italy, in the region of Puglia and is connected with daily ferries to Igoumenitsa and Patras. It is the port of Italy that is closest to Greece, and the trip from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa and Patras lasts 9 and 17 hours respectively. The line is operated by Grimaldi lines
Which is the most convenient port of Greece to get to Halkidiki, Peloponnese, Meteora, and Athens?
Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to Halkidiki
The most convenient port of Greece to get from Italy to Halkidiki is the port of Igoumenitsa. Once you have departed from Italy and reached Igoumenitsa you can get to Halkidiki through the E90/A2 motorway. The trip lasts almost 4 hours and 30 minutes and offers a thrilling view of the Greek mountains of Pindos.
Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to the Peloponnese
The easiest way to get from Italy to the beauties of Peloponnese is through the port of Patras, which is located in the north-western side of the Peloponnese. Patras is the third largest city of Greece and it is also the gateway to the islands of the Ionian Sea, as it is regularly connected to Cephalonia (Kefalonia) and Ithaki.
Traveling by car and ferry from Italy to Meteora
If you plan to visit Meteora, then the port of Igoumenitsa is the most suitable for you. Meteora is just a 2 hours and 30 minutes ride from Igoumenitsa. The largest part of the ride is on the A2/E90 motorway, passing by the picturesque village of Metsovo and the thrilling mountains of Pindos.
Travelling by car and ferry from Italy to Athens
If you plan to get from Italy to Athens and Piraeus by car, then the port of Patras is by far more convenient, comparing to Igoumenitsa. The distance from Patras to Athens is just 211 km via the A8/E65 motorway and the ride lasts 2 hours and a 30 minutes.
Getting the ferry from Italy to Greece with a camper or a caravan
So, if you are a camper-caravan person and you would like to travel to Greece, then there are some nice offers for you! “Camping on Board” and “All Inclusive Camping” are two offers specially designed for camper travellers. Exclusively for the Adriatic Routes (Italy - Greece), you can get at the same price of a deck and a camper or caravan reservation the following:
- Garage space for your camper or caravan.
- Access to on-board 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
As this offer is quite complex to book online and many mistakes have been done by passengers in the past, we have decided to simplify things for you! If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and ask for the itinerary that suits you best. Our staff will happily make the best combination of offers and find the lowest price for you and your co-travellers!
Early Booking Discount from Minoan Lines
Minoan Lines offer a special 20% discount for bookings made before the 28th February 2019, for travel up to the 15th January 2020. It’s great to know that this discount is cumulative with any other discounts as student, pensioner, etc. However, it’s important to remember that tickets which benefit from Early Booking discounts cannot be cancelled. You can always change these tickets, but any alteration after the 28th February cut off dates would mean that you lose the discount on the altered leg, and would have to pay the difference. There are a limited number of Early Booking tickets available, so these could run out before the stated cut-off date. Make sure you book early to get the cheapest ferry ticket!
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