If you are looking for a relaxing break from the city life, then a trip to the beautiful landscapes of Kefalonia island is what you need.
Kefalonia (or Cephalonia) is the largest of the Ionian islands, located next to Zakynthos and Lefkada. The island of Kefalonia is a popular holiday destination for families, as well as everyone who enjoys exploring nature, beautiful seas and coves. The renowned beach of Myrtos, often voted amongst the best beaches in Greece, has made Kefalonia famous across the globe, for its turquoise waters and white sand. Myrtos though is only a small taste of the elements, colours, and beauties that make Kefalonia a unique travel destination.
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Ferry schedules and ferry tickets to Kefalonia
Kefalonia is connected with frequent itineraries with the mainland Greece and the other Ionian islands during the whole year. If you are interested in island hopping at the Ionian sea, Kefalonia is a great option since it offers connections with other nearby islands like Ithaki or Zakynthos.
From Athens to Kefalonia by bus and ferry
The island of Kefalonia is well-connected to the mainland Greece with both the ports of Kyllini and Patras in the west Peloponnese. You can travel from Athens to Kyllini and Patras by bus and then take the ferry to Kefalonia.
The bus routes from Athens to the west Peloponnese are frequent and it takes 2,5 hours to reach the port of Patras and 3,5 hours to the port of Kyllini.
Ferries from Kyllini and Patras to Kefalonia
Kefalonia is easily accessible from mainland Greece as it is frequently connected with ferry itineraries from the ports of Kyllini and Patras. The ferry trip from Kyllini to Kefalonia (port of Poros) lasts approximately 1,5 hours while the Patras to Kefalonia (port of Sami) route can take approximately 3,5 hours.
During the winter, Kefalonia has regular itineraries every day that connect the island with both the ports of Kyllini and Patras. During the summer months, the ferry route to Kefalonia is primarily served by the port of Kyllini with at least 4 ferries operating every day. The ferry ticket prices start from 10€ for a standard economy ticket.
We recommend that you search ferryhopper for all the available ferry itineraries to Kefalonia as the frequency of the ferry connections as well as the departure ports are subject to change every year.
The ports of Kefalonia
Before you book your ferry tickets to Kefalonia it is good to keep in mind that the island has two main ports: Sami and Poros. The two main ports of Kefalonia are both located in the east side of the island but serve different ferry routes.
- Port of Sami: The port of Sami primarily serves ferry routes to Patras, Ithaki and Italy.
- Port of Poros: The port of Poros primarily serves the ferry route to Kyllini.
Island-hopping around Kefalonia
Located in the middle of the Ionian sea, Kefalonia has frequent connections to nearby islands which allows for a great island-hopping experience. From Kefalonia you can take ferries to Ithaki, Zakynthos, Corfu as well as the port of Brindisi and Bari in Italy.
Holidays in Kefalonia
The island of Kefalonia is a real charmer, both cosmopolitan and with wild natural beauty. Kefalonia combines diverse landscapes, beautiful beaches as well as a variety of activities and cultural events on offer throughout the year which make it a great holiday destination, ready to please all different tastes.
Distances in Kefalonia
Kefalonia is a big island and it is important to bear in mind some of the island distances in order to wander around its beautiful yet spread out sites. The capital of Kefalonia is Argostoli located in the west of the island while the second biggest town is Lixouri, located further west. The small picturesque harbour of Fiscardo is a famous attraction that also serves daily trips to nearby islands. See below few key distances:
- Port of Sami - Port of Poros: 27km (approximately 38 minutes drive)
- Port of Sami - Argostoli: 27 km (approximately 37 minutes drive)
- Port of Poros - Argostoli: 40 km (approximately 55 minutes drive)
- Argostoli - Kefalonia International airport: 8,5 km (approximately 15 minutes drive)
- Argostoli - Lixouri: 35 km (approximately 45 minutes drive)
- Argostoli - Myrtos beach: 30 km (approximately 42 minutes drive)
- Sami - Myrtos beach: 20 km (approximately 30 minutes drive)
- Port of Sami - Fiscardo: 40 km (approximately 58 minutes drive)
Kefalonia tip: If you travel without your own vehicle to Kefalonia it is useful to know that the island has a good bus service network. It is also usual for people to use local taxis for their transport to the island but since the distances are long it is good to check in advance the rates for every destination.
The beaches of Kefalonia
- Makris Gialos
- Ai Helis
- Foki beach
- Agios Thomas
Activities in Kefalonia
- Caving tours
- Sea kayaking
- Scuba diving
- Winery tours
- Mount Ainos national park
How to book your tickets to Kefalonia
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