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Zante (Zakynthos)

Ionian Sea, Greece

Zakynthos or Zante is an island of great natural beauty in the south-east of the Ionian Sea. It is an ideal holiday destination as it combines beautiful beaches, diverse natural landscapes, fun water activities and vibrant nightlife. On Ferryhopper you can book cheap ferry tickets to Zante from the port of Killini, organize your island-hopping in the Ionian islands and find out what to do in Zakynthos. 

Ferry schedules and ferry tickets to Zante

Zante is regularly connected by ferry with the west side of Peloponnese and more specifically with the port of Kyllini. More ferry connections include Kefalonia and then Ithaca and Patras.

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Athens to Kyllini and then to Zante by ferry

Zakynthos is well connected to mainland Greece with daily ferry routes from the port of Kyllini. Kyllini is located in the Peloponnese, easily accessible from Athens and the port of Patras by bus. Here is some indicative travel information to get to Zakynthos from Athens or Patras:

  • The trip from Athens to Killini takes approximately 3,5 hours. You can get more information about the Athens - Zakynthos route on our pages. 
  • The trip from Patras to Kyllini lasts approximately 1 hour. The port of Patras is located in the northwest corner of the Peloponnese and you can get there in about 2h and 15min drive from Athens. You can find more information about Patras on the Ferryhopper pages.
  • The actual ferry trip to Zakynthos from the port of Kyllini lasts around 1 hour.

You can get more information about the port of Kyllini, how to get there and what to do in the area, on our dedicated page. 

Ferry from Kyllini to Zante

The ferry connection between Kyllini and the port of Zakynthos (Zante) is served by at least 6 itineraries per day during the whole year. During summer the number of ferry crossings increases to a maximum of 10 daily sailings. The duration of the ferry trip is just 1 hour and usually, the ferries that travel on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line have a garage so you can transfer your vehicle

On the Ferryhopper search engine, you will find all the available ferry schedules from Kyllini to Zakynthos, all the ferry ticket types (including vehicle tickets), and seasonal offers in order to book the best itinerary for you easy and fast!

Island-hopping around Zakynthos

Zakynthos' location makes it a great destination for island-hopping in the Ionian islands. The main port of Zakynthos is located in the south-east side of the island, but there is also the smaller port of Agios Nikolaos, in the north, which serves frequent ferry routes to Kefalonia (or Cephalonia).

The ferry trip from Zakynthos to Kefalonia (port of Pessada) lasts 1 hour. From Kefalonia, you can take ferries to Ithaki, Corfu, Patras. In the summer months, there are also ferries from Kefalonia to Italy. Check the Ferryhopper Map of Ferries and find out more about the ferry connections in the Ionian Sea. 

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What to do in Zakynthos

The island of Zante or Zakynthos is a very popular holiday destination due to its beautiful beaches and the variety of activities it offers. The capital of Zakynthos is the commercial centre of the island that also concentrates the cultural activity with museums, churches and historical landmarks. In a walk around the lively streets of the town of Zakynthos, you will sense the local vibe straight away while you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see the view from the top of the old Venetian castle

The Venetians, who occupied the island in the past, often called Zakynthos Il Fiore di Levante (The Flower of the East) from the flowers, trees and wild herbs that grow in the island. 

The Beaches of Zakynthos

Zakynthos is famous for the turquoise waters of its beaches as well as the caves and secret spots for the lovers of swimming and diving. The iconic beach of Navagio (Shipwreck), is one of the most impressive sites of the island with crystal clear blue waters and the wrecked ship in the middle of the small sandy beach, making it a scenery out of a Hollywood movie.

Many of the beaches in Zakynthos are organised (i.e. Gerakas, Banana, Laganas, or Argasi) and are therefore ideal for families, kids and water activities. Here are some of the best beaches in Zakynthos

  • Shipwreck (Navagio)
  • Laganas
  • Banana
  • Limnionas
  • Argasi
  • Agios Nikolaos
  • Gerakas
  • Tsilivi

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Activities in Zante

Many of the activities in Zakynthos center around the island beaches, rocky cliffs, hidden caves, and mountain routes so it's ideal to visit the island from May to October when the weather allows you to enjoy outdoor activities.

One of the island highlights is the turtles and seals that appear along the beaches of the Laganas gulf particularly during the summer months. The big holiday resorts on the island also offer sports facilities, waterparks and fun parks for residents and visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities in Zante:

  • Scuba diving 
  • Water sports
  • Boat tours 
  • Trekking and hiking 
  • Turtle spotting cruises
  • Waterparks

Nightlife in Zakynthos

While the natural beauty of the island is a strong attraction, Zakynthos is also considered to be a party island with the heart of the nightlife beating at the bars and clubs of Laganas, Alykes or Argasi.

Where to book your ferry tickets to Zante (Zakynthos)?

On Ferryhopper you can find all the available ferry routes to Zakynthos, compare ferry schedules from Kyllini and book cheap ferry tickets, with no hidden fees! Explore the beauty of The Flower of the East in just 4 clicks! 

Zante (Zakynthos) has direct ferry connections with 7 ports:

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