Traveling from Zakynthos to Kyllini by ferry
Zante (Zakynthos) is located in the south of the Ionian Sea and at the moment there is no direct ferry connection between the island and the city of Athens. Don’t worry though! It is very easy to get from Zante to Athens via the port of Kyllini in the Peloponnese. Below you can find helpful information about the ferry schedules from Zante to Kyllini, island hopping in the Ionian Sea as well as tips for your trip from Zante.
Ferry schedules from Zakynthos to Kyllini*
How to get from Zante (Zakynthos) to Athens
The island of Zante is connected with regular itineraries to the Peloponnese, and the port of Kyllini in particular. The Zante - Kyllini ferry connection is very frequent throughout the year and from Kyllini you can either take a bus (KTEL) or drive to the city of Athens.
Ferry from Zante to Kyllini
Zante (or Zakynthos) is a very popular holiday destination and one that it’s difficult to leave behind...However, if you wish to return to Athens or the Peloponnese there are many ferry itineraries every day throughout the year. Indicatively, in the summer months there are around 4 to 5 ferries every day serving the Zante - Kyllini route while during the winter, there are 3 to 4 ferries daily.
There is a great variety in the ferry departure times from Zakynthos so before you book your tickets, have a look on Ferryhopper for all the available ferry schedules and choose the ones that suit your holiday plans!
How long is the trip from Zante (Zakynthos) to Athens?
The ferry trip from Zante to Kyllini lasts about 1 hour. Kyllini is located approximately 280 km from Athens so the journey between the two cities is around 3 hours and 30 minutes drive.
The total trip duration from Zante to Athens, combining a ferry ride and a car or bus journey, can be around 5 hours.
From Zante (Zakynthos) to Kefalonia
If you wish to make your return from Zakynthos to Athens a little more interesting you could consider also travelling to the island of Kefalonia. The port of Pessada in Kefalonia is connected with regular itineraries to the port of Zante and the ferry trip is only 1 hour! From Kefalonia you can get ferries to Patras, Ithaca or Corfu as well as Kyllini and Italy.
Tips for your ferry trip from Zakynthos
- Travelling from Zante to Athens is not currently possible by direct ferry. It is very easy though to take a ferry from Zante to the port of Kyllini in the Peloponnese and then drive or take a bus (KTEL) to Athens.
- The port of Zakynthos can get quite busy, particularly during the summer months when ferries and smaller cruise boats depart to a variety of nearby destinations. We would therefore recommend that you arrive slightly in advance of your ferry departure and if you have any questions about your ferry contact the local port authorities.
- If you choose to travel from Zakynthos to Athens by ferry to Kyllini we would recommend that you stretch a bit your journey to Athens and explore the natural beauty and historical sites of the Peloponnese. For example, the Archaeological site of ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games started is only 1 hour drive from the port of Kyllini!
- Zakynthos is also a great option for island hopping to nearby islands like Kefalonia, or Ithaca. Find out more about the ferry connections from Zakynthos to the islands of the Ionian Sea on Ferryhopper and start planning your summer holidays as soon as possible!