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Corfu Travel Guide

Arrival to Corfu



Corfu By Plane
The airport is situated to 2 km south of the city centre in the area of Kanoni, opposite the islet of Pontikonissi. It offers all the facilities and services that one can find in all the international airports. There are scheduled flights to Corfu from Athens several times a day. The flying time from Athens to Corfu is approximately 50 minutes and costs around 20,000 drachma. There are also flights from Thessaloniki every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are charter flights from many European cities that go direct to Corfu during the summer. One can reach or leave from the airport by local bus or by one of the many taxis that are waiting outside. 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.

Corfu By Ferry
Corfu has ferry services both by traditional ferries to Gaios in the island of Paxoi and as far as Patras and both traditional ferries and advanced Russian, retractable airfoil, hydrodynamic flow, high speed ferries called Flying Dolphins to Igoumenitsa and to Sarande in neighboring Albania. Most of the ferry offices are on the main road opposite the New Port; ferries to Italy or south towards Patra become very busy in summer and booking is advisable. At least during high season, there is now a twice-daily hydrofoil express (about 30 min.) between Corfu and Igoumenitsou. Also in high season are daily ships linking Corfu to one or other ports in Italy--Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Venice--or to Piraeus and/or Patras. There is also a small port of Lefkimmi at the southern tip of the island on Cape Kavos that offers a ferry service to the mainland.

Corfu By Bus
There are daily bus services to Corfu from Athens and Thessaloniki. Corfu itself has two bus services - Blue Bus which operates Corfu City and the surrounding area and KTEL (Green Bus) for routes to several resorts and villages on the island and several cities and towns on the mainland. Buses are modern and comfortable (some with aircon) but do tend to get full at popular hours. Schedule are posted on the bus stops but buses do wander around the villages sometimes as drivers like to drop local people off, even if the village is not on the posted route - so times can vary. Believe it or not you get used to it - it's the Greek way. The tourist office (Mon-Fri 8am-2pm; tel 06610/37 520) on the corner of Vouleftón and Mantzárou has accommodation and transport details.






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