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How to arrive

 

The main point of entry for Corfu is Corfu Town (Kerkyra), where the island’s one airport and main ferry port are located.

By airplane

Corfu International Airport, Ioannis Kapodistrias (http://www.hcaa-eleng.gr/kerk.htm), is about 2km to the south of Corfu Town.
There is no bus service between the airport and the town centre but there are buses to other parts of the island. Taxis are available outside the airport terminal. Check that the meter is turned on and be aware that drivers can try to overcharge new arrivals. If you experience problems, refuse to pay and telephone the tourist police. Often the threat to involve the police will be enough to bring the fare down. A lot of hotels propose their own mini-bus to effectuate the transfer from and to the airport. Various car rental companies can also be found at the airport. Walking into the centre of town takes about 15 or 20 minutes. Take the road to the left of the Bretagne Hotel.
The airport offers domestic flights to Athens and Thessaloniki with Olympic Airways (www.olympic-airways.com) and Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com), but the vast majority of traffic in the summer season is charter flights for holidaymakers.
During high season several airlines connect Corfu to UK (EasyJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Jet2.com), to Germany (Germanwings, Air Berlin and TUIfly) and to other European countries (Air Malta, Wizz Air, Transavia, Luxair and Lauda Air).
The majority of the charter traffic arrives on Mondays and Fridays, for the sake of tranquillity during the rest of the week, since the airport is so close to Corfu Town itself, and to coincide with the change-over days for holiday apartment rentals.
The airport has currency exchange kiosk, ATM, car-rental desks, souvenir shops and refreshments. It is common to have to wait a long time for luggage to come through.

Aeroporto di Corfù

 

By sea

There are two harbours in Corfu Town: the New Port (Neo Limani), used by ferries arriving from Italy and from the Greek mainland ports of Igoumenitsa and Patra, and the Old Port (Paleo Limani), closest to the central Corfu Town and used by excursion boats, private yachts and little hourly ferry across to tiny Vidos Island, just off Corfu Town.
A frequent ferry connection from Igoumenitsa works every day from 5am to 10pm, reaching the island in about 2 hours. Ferry departures are also available from and to the port of Patra. The trip takes about 6 hours and these itineraries connect Patra to the Ionian islands and Italy.
There are also ferries that depart from Italy and go to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and have Patra as their final destination. From Venice you can reach Corfu with Anek Lines (http://www.anek.gr/english/) in about 26 hours. From the south of Italy (Bari or Brindisi) you can arrive in Corfu in 8 hours with Agoudimos (www.agoudimos-lines.com). Other companies (Minoan, Blue Star and Superfast Ferries) connect Italian ports with Igoumenitsa, where you can take a ferry boat to Corfu. There isn't a ferry to connect Piraeus and Corfu. Check the websites for updates and prices.
A few ferries from the Greek mainland arrive in the small town of Lefkimmi in southern Corfu, but this is only of use if you plan to explore that part of the island.

 

traghetto a Corfù

 

By bus
There are daily bus services from Athens to Corfu, which take about 10 to 11 hours and reach the island on the ferry service from the mainland port at Igoumenitsa.