Getting Around, Kefalonia Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece)

Aerial view of ArgostoliMost families flying into Kefalonia Island International Airport choose to rent a car upon arrival, and this mode of transport is certainly hard to beat for sheer freedom and convenience, allowing to travel where and when you choose. Bus transport is the other main travel option on Kefalonia, and while the buses serve Argostoli and beyond, they are quite infrequent and so you may need to carefully plan your day around the timetable.

Taxis are quite reliable on Kefalonia and most taxi drivers a happy to accommodate prior arrangements, picking you up from beaches at specified times. There are no less than four different harbours on the island (Argostoli, Fiscardo, Poros and Sami) and ferry transport is always a very useful and scenic way to travel to neighbouring islands and mainland Greece.

Kefalonia Island International Airport (EFL) picture

Kefalonia Island International Airport (EFL) / Arriving by Air

Address: 28100 Minies, Kefalonia, Greece
Tel: +30 267 102 9900
Situated on the southerly outskirts of Argostoli, around 8 km / 5 miles from the town centre, Kefalonia Island Airport (EFL) is the main gateway onto this popular island, and each year, more than 400,000 travellers pass through this facility. Daily charter flights link Athens and a number of the other Ionian Islands, including Corfu and Zakynthos (Zante), being operated by Olympic Airlines. Further afield, airlines also fly to many European destinations, such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Helsinki, London, Manchester and Newcastle. Sundays tend to the busiest day at Kefalonia Airport and so if you are departing on this day, do arrive with plenty of time to queue for check in.

Kefalonia Airport Guide

Photo of Fiskardo waterfront and marina

Car Rental

The main resorts around Kefalonia all tend to contain a number of different car and bicycle rental outlets, which allow you to travel to all of the best beaches with ease. A relatively short walk from Argostoli, Lassi offers the very best choice of car rental, with both local and international companies being located here. From Argostoli, a number of major roads mean that it is very simple to reach places around Kefalonia, such as Fiskardo, Poros and Sami. However, when travelling around central Argostoli, the one-way streets can be a little confusing for some, and local drivers are often far from patient will inexperience holiday makers driving around their island.

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Buses and Coaches

The bus station in Argostoli is located on the southerly waterfront area and daily bus transport serves the Lassi Peninsula, with buses travelling to and from Fiskardo, Poros, Sami and also Skala. There are also further buses which travel around the eastern coast of Kefalonia, connecting Katelios with much of the island. Worth noting, buses only run between Monday and Saturday - and not on Sundays.

Boats and Ferries

Long-distance bus transport links Kefalonia with Athens, using the regular ferry services from Argostoli, Poros and Sami. Further ferry services travel to Agios Nikolaos, Astakos, Frikes, Ithaki (Ithaca), Kyllini (Peloponnese), Patra, Piso Aetos, Vasiliki, Vathy and Zakynthos (Zante). During the high season, ferries operate on a much more regular basis, with additional sailings to Igoumenitsa and Brindisi (Italy). Tickets and ferry information is available at the Blue Sea Travel office on the waterfront in Sami, and also at Argostoli's Vassilatos Shipping office, on the Antoni Tristi, which is located next to the port authority.