Kefalonia / Cephalonia International Airport (EFL) Information
(Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece)
Kefalonia International Airport is a small facility near the capital of the Greek island of Kefalonia. The airport is fairly modern, with just one runway and one terminal, and can get extremely busy during the peak holiday season, from June to early September. It handles most of its 400,000 annual passengers during this time, with Tuesday and Sunday being the busiest days.
Several airlines serve the airport from the UK, including Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook and Monarch Airlines, along with budget carrier EasyJet. Flights also arrive from Vienna
and other European cities, including Athens
with Olympic Air.
Prior to the founding of the airport in the 1970s, the only way to access the island was by ferry from Patras, on mainland Greece. The site received a new terminal and runway in the 1980s to accommodate increasing tourist numbers. Metaxata, Monoampeles and Sarlata are popular getaways nearby Kefalonia's airport, while Argostoli, to the north, is known for its harbour and ancient sights.
Kefalonia / Cephalonia International Airport (EFL)
Address: 28100 Minies, Kefalonia, Greece
Tel: +30 267 102 9900
Kefalonia International Airport is located 8 km / 5 miles south of the island capital, Argostoli. It resides in the Minies area, in the south of the island, which means that it is a fair distance from some of the island's beach resorts. The site has just one small terminal and a handful of check-in desks.
Kefalonia Airport Guide
- Currency exchange booth in the main hall
- ATMs accepting foreign cards
- Snack bars, a café and a bar
- A newsagent, souvenirs and a duty free shop
- Car hire companies including Europcar, Hertz, Prima Motors and Kokolis Travel
- No business facilities, although there is a VIP lounge
- Disabled persons' access and wheelchairs available
- Other facilities include first aid and a post office
- Limited long- and short-stay parking
Argostoli is well signposted and is an easy 15-minute drive north of the airport. Skala, one of the main resorts on the island, is an hour's drive to the south-east, while Sami is a 45-minute drive to the north-east. Metaxata and Pessada are closer. The roads are windy on Kefalonia, meaning that motorists should avoid driving at night. Of note, you should always drive on the right in Greece.
There are no public buses serving Kefalonia International Airport, although many holiday makers who arrive here have transfers laid-on by their package tours. Some hotels offer guests pick ups with minibuses with a capacity for up to ten passengers. Expect these shuttles to take an hour or more to reach Skala, which is some 35 km / 22 miles away.
Taxis and Limousines
Taxis are available from outside Arrivals. It is a good idea to pre-book a taxi through your hotel if this service is offered, as the fare will normally be paid direct to the taxi by the hotel in advance. Be aware that taxi drivers may charge double late at night. Limousines can also be pre-arranged.