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Moving around

Travelling around Corfu is easy as it is a small island and there is a good, inexpensive bus service. Car rental is another simple option. There are also numerous organized excursions from most of the major resorts, so you can see quite a lot of the island while basing yourself in one place.



Bus services
The island’s buses go to every corner of Corfu, and they are generally inexpensive, reasonably punctual and clean. Corfu Town, with its two bus stations, is the hub of network, and almost all routes radiate out from there.
Blue buses, which serve the towns and villages closes to Corfu Town, leave from the bus station at San Rocco Square (Platìa Saròko) or nearby streets. The exception is the bus to Kanóni, which leaves from near the Esplanade. The Achilleon Palace, Benìtses, Dasià, Gouvià, Kondòkali and Pèlekas can all be reached on blue buses.
Green and yellow buses travel around the island and cross to the Greek mainland by ferry. They leave from the station on Avramìou, near the New Fortress, and are operated by the Greek national bus service KTEL.
Tickets can usually be bought on the bus, but for most local services you need to buy them in advance from the kiosk on San Rocco Square.

In Corfu Town there are taxi ranks at the airport, the Old Port, the New Port, San Rocco Square and by the Esplanade. In Corfu Town radio taxis can be called on 26610-33811.
Most larger towns on the island have a taxi rank, and villages usually have one or more taxis available, though you may have to ask around to find where the driver is (usually eating in some taverna) or which phone number to ring to reserve one.
There are two rates that can be charged. The “slow” rate is for journeys within the Corfu Town boundaries or for return journeys to and from Corfu Town. The “fast” rate is for one-way journeys from Corfu Town, for journeys between midnight and 6am and for all out-of-town rides. The driver will also make a surcharge for luggage.

There are no ferries for getting around Corfu itself, but there are services to Vìdos Island off Corfu Town, and to the satellite Diapondía Islands off the northwest coast.
There is a ferry service to the nearest main island, Paxos, and in summer to Kefallonia, one of the other Ionian Islands.

The main roads on Corfu are good, though the more rural roads are often very narrow and winding. Driving in small villages can be quite an experience as the main road can suddenly narrow to one car’s width or disappear round a blind corner. Be prepared for buses, coaches, tractors and other vehicles coming the other way and to stop suddenly and reverse if necessary. Many fuel stations close on Sundays and in the evenings. Some of them will only accept cash.
In Greece they drive on the right-hand side of the road and you just need a valid driving license. Very often the rental companies ask for both the driving license and a credit card. The speed limit is 100kph on the main highways, 90kph on other main roads and 50kph in built-up areas. These limits vary in some places, so always watch for the signs.

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