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

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

tips to easily transfer your vehicle to Greece by ferry

In this article, you can find detailed information and tips about traveling from Europe and Italy to Greece with your vehicle. Transferring your vehicle from Italy to Greece is great as you can explore the most beautiful corners of the country in the comfort of your own car or caravan. On Ferryhopper you can find real-time information about the Italy-Greece ferry routes, companies, and ticket prices. 

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, ferry itineraries may change. Ferryhopper is updating regularly in order to have the latest information on the Italy - Greece ferry crossings.

Why travel to Greece by car and ferry?

Traveling to Greece by car and ferry is easy, fun, and gives you flexibility in your trip planning. It is also cheaper than renting a car. Here are some good reasons to transfer your vehicle by ferry to Greece: 

  • Get the most of the Mediterranean scenery, combining a road trip from central Europe to Italy with a ferry crossing in the Adriatic sea. 
  • Before taking a ferry to Greece you can spend 1 or 2 nights at the beautiful Italian ports 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. 
  • Spending the night on a ferry bed cabin is an excellent choice as you save money from a hotel room and you can also enjoy the on-board entertainment.
  • The ferry companies that operate from Italy to Greece often offer early booking discounts for passengers and/or vehicles. 
  • There are also specific ticket categories for caravans such as the Camping-on-Board or the Camping-All-Inclusive offers.
  • Traveling with your camper or caravan is suitable if you wish to explore Greece further. 

Camper van in the seaside, island coast, Samothraki, sea waves, sandy beach, blue sky

A camper van on a beach in Samothraki, an island in the northeast Aegean sea. 

How to transfer your vehicle to Greece by ferry?

The easiest way to transfer your camper, caravan or car from Italy to Greece is from the ports of the east Italian coast: Venice, Ancona, Bari, or Brindisi. From there you can take a ferry to the ports of western Greece, namely Igoumenitsa or Patras. In the summer months, some of the ferries from Italy also stop at the Ionian islands of Corfu or Kefalonia (Cephalonia). 

We recommend choosing the port of departure, based on location, trip plans, things to do while there, or ferry trip duration

Ferries at the port of Ancona, Italy, coastal city, nature, houses, trees

Ferries at the port of Ancona, on the northeastern Italian coast. 

What are the ferry routes from Italy to Greece? 

There are regular ferry connections from Italy to Greece all year round. The ferries from the ports on the east Italian coast travel either to the port of Igoumenitsa on the northwest coast or to Patras in the Peloponnese. During high-season, the crossings are more frequent and there are often direct sailings from Italy to the islands of Corfu or Kefalonia (Cephalonia) in the Ionian sea. 

Here is some more specific information about the usual ferry routes from Italy to Greece: 

  • Ferry from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa / Patras: This is one of the quickest ways to get from Italy to Greece. The ferry from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa takes approximately 10 hours while the ferry trip from Brindisi to Patras has an average duration of 17 hours. There are at least 10 ferries departing every week from Brindisi to Greece. 
  • Ferry from Bari to Igoumenitsa / Patras: Ferries from Bari to Greece are regular all year long with at least 1 ferry crossing per day. The ferry trip from Bari to Igoumenitsa takes approximately 10-11 hours, while the ferry from Bari to Patras takes 17.5 hours. 
  • Ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa / Patras: The ferries departing from Ancona are the most frequent connections from Italy to Greece with at least 2 or 3 sailings per day all year round. The ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa takes around 17 hours and the ferry from Ancona to Patras around 22 hours. 
  • Ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa / Patras: Ferry departures from Venice to Greece are the best option if you are in the north of Italy or central Europe. There are at least 4 weekly ferry crossings and the duration of the Venice-Igoumenitsa route is about 27 hours while the Venice-Patras route is around 34 hours. 

On our blog post on Italy-Greece ferry routes, you can find useful information and tips and choose the combination of ports that suits your schedule and budget. 

Where to go from the port of Igoumenitsa?

The port of Igoumenitsa is located on the northwest coast of Greece, in the Thesprotia region and it’s an important gateway to northern Greece as well as the islands of the Ionian sea. From the port of Igoumenitsa, you can easily cross by ferry to Corfu or to Paxoi in just 1,5 hours. 

Traveling on your caravan, car, or camper in Greece is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of the mainland. So we recommend organizing a road trip either towards the north of the country to Ioannina and Zagori mountain villages, the city of Thessaloniki, or Halkidiki peninsula or in Central Greece and places such as Meteora or the mount Olympus as well as the coastal city of Volos and Pelion.   

camper van in the area of Meteora, central Greece, mountain, rocks, trees, blue sky

A camper van parked in the area of Meteora, central Greece. 

Where to go from the port of Patras?

Patras is the third-largest city of Greece, located in the northwest of the Peloponnese, and from the city port, you can easily travel by ferry to Kefalonia or Ithaki in the Ionian sea. In only 1 hour drive from Patras, you can reach the port of Kyllini, from where you can take a ferry to the island of Zante (Zakynthos).

The Peloponnese peninsula is also great for a road trip: in less than 2 hours drive from the port of Patras you can visit Kaiafas Lake and the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, or in about 3 hours you can reach the Neda Waterfalls. Across the whole coast of the Peloponnese, you will find many camping sites that accommodate camper vans, caravans, cars, and tents. From Patras, you can also easily reach Athens in about 3,5 hours drive. 

On our blog post Road trip in Greece and the Greek islands, you can find a useful guide and more ideas on how to get around Greece by ferry and vehicle.

road in the Peloponnese, sea view, blue sky, mountains, clouds, trees

Driving across the coast of the Peloponnese with beautiful views of the Ionian sea. 

What are the ferry offers for caravans and camper vans?

Usually, the ferry companies that operate on the Adriatic ferry routes (Italy-Greece) have exclusive offers for camper vans and caravans on board. With offers such as “Camping on Board” and “All-Inclusive Camping” you get

  • Garage space for your camper or caravan.
  • Access to onboard showers, WCs, 220-volt power outlets, and to all public areas onboard, 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. 

You can find more information about the ferry offers on our relevant FAQ section. You can find all available offers for vehicles as well as early booking discounts in the Adriatic lines on Ferryhopper

Have a look at the following examples of our booking process

1. Camping-All-Inclusive Offer

The Camping-All-Inclusive offer for transferring caravan on the ferry, ferry route Ancona-Igoumenitsa, vehicle transfer

2. Early booking discount

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

When should I book ferry tickets for Italy-Greece?

We recommend booking your ferry tickets for the Italy-Greece routes at least 4 months in advance, especially if you are transferring your vehicle or you want to travel in a bed cabin. These routes are popular throughout the year and ticket availability can be limited particularly in the summer months as well as during Christmas and Easter holidays.

Make sure you check our blog for all offers and discounts on ferry tickets, including the early booking discounts, usually available from December to February each year.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 measures, ferry itineraries are subject to change so we recommend that you check in advance of your trip planning on our engine or blog updates. 

Where to book your ferry tickets from Italy to Greece?

On Ferryhopper you can compare all ferry itineraries, companies, ticket prices, vehicle, and seat types, as well as available offers to book your ferry tickets online, at the best prices.