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Patras is the second largest port in the Peloponnese serving more than 700,000 passengers yearly. From the port of Patras you can travel by ferry to the islands of the Ionian Sea, such as Ithaca and Kefalonia, as well as to Italy. Patras is a large modern port city with several traveler amenities and a plethora of sights, activities and beautiful seaside locations. On this Ferryhopper page, you can find all the information you need about ferry routes from Patras, port location and access, as well as holidays in the area.

Map of Patras - satellite view

The south and north side of the port of Patras as seen on Google Earth

Patras - gates and destinations

The port of Patras is one of the most developed in the Mediterranean Sea, serving both local and international ferry routes. Depending on the ferry destination, it is divided into 2 ports: south and north.

The South Port (or New Port) of Patras serves ferry routes to Italy. There are ferries traveling to Ancona, Venice, Bari and Brindisi. The New Port is located in the southwestern part of the city, close to the city bus station. You can access the port from Gate A, which is around 4km from the city center of Patras.

The North Port of Patras serves ferry routes to the Ionian Sea. Ferries traveling to the islands of the Ionian archipelago depart from the old port, located at the promenade of the city center. There are 2 gates depending on your destination: Gate 1 and Gate 7. You can access the port from Gate 7, following Iroon Politechniou street.

Ferry routes from the port of Patras

The port of Patras is the main gateway for ferries traveling from south Greece to the eastern coast of Italy and destinations in the Adriatic Sea. There also frequent sailings to the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca. Find more details about ferries from Patras below.

Ferry from Patras to Italy

There are ferry routes from the port of Patras to destinations in the Adriatic Sea year-round. It takes 17 to 36 hours to reach Italy from Patras depending on the final destination. Ferries from Patras travel to Ancona, Bari, Venice and Brindisi. Traveling by ferry from Patras is the most convenient way to transport your car, caravan, motorcycle or truck from Greece to Italy and Central or Western Europe. Find more information on traveling between Italy and Greece by car, camper or caravan.

  • Ferry from Patras to Ancona: You can catch a ferry between Patras and Ancona daily. It takes 21 hours on average to travel to Ancona from the Greek port city. The connection is available throughout the year.
  • Ferry from Patras to Bari: Ferry routes between Patras and Bari are served daily year-round. The journey duration is approximately 17.5 hours.
  • Ferry from Patras to Venice: There are 2-4 weekly sailings between Patras and Venice. The crossing duration ranges from 30 to 36 hours and it is available throughout the year.
  • Ferry from Patras to Brindisi: Normally, there are 2 weekly sailings between Patras and Brindisi. The journey takes 17 hours and it is in operation year-round.

Good to know: Vehicle and cabin tickets for routes between Patras and Italy tend to sell out fast. For example, if you wish to travel during the summer, these tickets sell out by March. We recommend that you book your ferry tickets at least 5 months in advance.

Ferry from Patras to the Ionian Sea

From the port of Patras, you can also catch a ferry to Kefalonia and Ithaca. Ferry routes from Patras to the Ionian Sea are seasonal, normally available from June to October.

  • Ferry from Patras to Kefalonia: The Patras - Kefalonia ferry crossing is available daily during peak season. Ferries depart from the North Port and arrive at the port of Sami in Kefalonia. It takes around 3 hours to reach the island.
  • Ferry from Patras to Ithaca: Ferry routes from Patras to Ithaca are available mainly during the summer. There are daily crossings and the journey duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Ferries arrive at the port of Pisaetos.

On Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, you can find all available routes from the port of Patras. Plan your itinerary and book cheap ferry tickets in just 4 clicks!

The sandy beach of Myrtos in Kefalonia

The multi-awarded beach of Myrtos in Kefalonia

Port of Patras - location and facilities

The port of Patras is conveniently located close to the city center. You can easily get there on foot, by car or taxi, or using public transport, depending on whether you’re heading to the South or the North Port.

At the South Port (or New Port), there are passenger terminals, travel agencies, a city bus stop, taxi ranks and the port authority building. If you want to spend some time before your trip, you can visit the passenger terminals, where you can find duty free shops, ATM machines and a café. It takes 5 minutes on foot to reach the ferry terminals from the passenger terminal.

The North Port is closer to the city center, stretching across Iroon Politechniou and Othonos Amalias streets. There are pharmacies, a citizen service center (KEP), travel agencies, restaurants, banks and shops 10 minutes from the ferry terminals on foot.

Tip: By booking ferry tickets on Ferryhopper, you receive comprehensive info via email about ticket collection points at the port of Patras.

How do I get to Patras?

Patras is 214km west of Athens. You can travel directly from Athens to Patras by car and bus (KTEL).

Find more information on how to get from Athens to Patras below:

  • From Athens to Patras by car/motorcycle: It takes around 2.5 hours to travel from Athens to Patras by car or motorcycle driving on the Olympia Odos motorway.
  • From Athens to Patras by intercity bus: There are several daily bus services from Athens to Patras, departing from Kifissos Intercity bus station (KTEL Kifissou). It takes 2.5 hours on average to reach Patras by bus and tickets are around €20.
  • From Athens to Patras by train: The train connection between Athens and Patras is under construction, but you can catch the suburban railway train from Athens to the town of Kiato and continue to Patras by bus. The total journey duration is 3 hours.

Moreover, there is an intercity bus service connecting Patras to the port of Kyllini, destinations in central Peloponnese, nearby towns, as well as major beaches and attractions. There’s also a train connection between Patras and the western coast of the Peloponnese.

How to get from the train/bus station to the port of Patras

Once in Patras, it’s easy to reach the port from the train or bus station. The Achaia Intercity Bus Station and the Railway Station of Patras are close to the North Port, meaning you can get to the terminal in less than 10 minutes on foot. If your ferry departs from the South Port, you can hop on bus 18, which takes passengers from the bus station to the South Port and back. Alternatively, you can get to the port with your own vehicle.

The beltway of Patras at the outskirts of the city

The beltway of Patras connects the city with Olympia Odos motorway and National Road A5

Parking at the port of Patras

There are both public and private parking lots in the port area. You can choose between long-term and short-term parking. Public parking lots are either free or much cheaper than private ones. Since Patras is a lively city with increased road traffic and busy ferry terminals, you might not be able to find a parking spot easily during peak season. Make sure you allow enough time for parking to travel worry-free.

Vacation in Patras

Patras is in the northwestern part of the Peloponnese and it has a rich past. The city of Patras is a great destination for summer or winter holidays, and it’s a perfect starting point for short trips to more beautiful villages and towns in Greece.

The city is famous for its carnival, which is the most popular in Greece! Celebrations last several days and end with a grand parade and the ritual burning of the “carnival king”.

During your stay in Patras you can stroll in the streets and alleys of the city centre, enjoy walks by the port, have a cup of coffee at one of the many squares of the city and visit Ano Poli to enjoy the view. Don’t miss out on the city attractions, as well as the beautiful beaches of the region. 

Tip: We recommend that you try the delicious local liqueur tendura. There are also wineries, famous for their local varieties and the intoxicating mavrodafni, a wine produced by black wine grapes in the region.

Café in the city center of Patras

Cute café at a quiet alley in the center of Patras

Beaches in Patras

You can visit many amazing beaches close to Patras. You can take a short trip to the outskirts of the city and swim in the Corinthian Gulf and the Gulf of Patras, or head east and visit beaches of the Ionian Sea.

Here are some of the best beaches close to Patras:

  • Town beach
  • Rodini
  • Selinatika - Longos
  • Alissos
  • Niforeika
  • Lakkopetra
  • Kalamaki
  • Kalogria

Tip: If you don’t mind driving for about 1 hour, you can find beautiful beaches in the region of Ilia at Katakolo, Zacharo and the lake of Kaiafas. You can also cross the Rio-Antirrio bridge and explore the beaches of Nafpaktos and the quaint monastery at the village of Trikorfo in Fokida.

Activities and sightseeing in Patras

Patras was first inhabited in prehistoric times and it was an important Mycenaean center. You can discover the long history of the area by visiting the numerous archaeological monuments, churches, historical buildings and museums.

Ferryhopper suggests that your visit the following sights in Patras:

  • The ancient Roman amphitheater
  • The Roman Odeon
  • The medieval Castle of Patras
  • The old municipal hospital of Patras
  • The Archaeological Museum of Patras
  • The Barry Theater (housed in a restored industrial warehouse)
  • The Cathedral of Agios Andreas 
  • The Pantokrator Church
  • The Apollo Municipal Theater
  • The Turkish hot baths (hammam)
  • The old slaughterhouses of Patras
  • The lighthouse of Patras
  • The Mycenaean Park of Patras in Voudeni

The region of Achaia is also ideal for outdoor activities. You can try water sports or head to the mountains for skiing, trekking and cycling. If you’re into rowing and hiking, we recommend that you visit Lake Tsivlou in Akrata. If you’re a skiing enthusiast, then visit the town of Kalavryta or the ski center of Ziria.

The impressive lighthouse of Patras

The lighthouse of Patras at sunset

Useful information and travel tips for the port of Patras

Patras is the third largest city in Greece with approximately 170,000 permanent residents. It’s a modern port city with shops, bars, restaurants and visitor services. As for accommodation, there are hotels, as well as seaside resorts off the city center.

The closest airport to the port of Patras is Araxos Airport. It is located 45km south of the city center and it mainly serves flights from Germany and Central Europe.

Tip: It’s a great idea to stay at one of the masterfully restored hotels of Neoclassical architecture in the city center of Patras.

Important phone numbers for Patras

Here are some useful contacts for your trip to Patras:

  • Patras Port Authority: +302613615400-1
  • Patras South Port Services: +302610365135
  • Patras General University Hospital: +302613603000
  • Patras General Hospital Agios Andreas: +302613601000
  • Patras citizen service center: +302610243401
  • Achaia intercity bus station (KTEL Achaias): +302610623886-8
  • Tourist Police: +302610695073
  • Araxos Airport: +302693054000
  • Araxos Airport taxis: +302693022237, +302693031197

The Rio-Antirrio bridge at sunset

The Rio-Antirrio Bridge connecting the Peloponnese with western mainland Greece

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