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By plane:

Athens <--> Zakynthos: Olympic Airways (Daily Service) Codes OA640,OA641,OA632,OA633,OA644,OA645
Kefallonia <--> Zakynthos: Olympic Airway (Monday and Wednesday)

UK (Manchester) to Zakynthos: Monarch Airways (Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday)
UK (Gatwick, London) to Zakynthos: Excel Airways, Caledonian Airways, Air2000 (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sun during peak season)
UK (Heathrow, London) to Zakynthos: Olympic Airways
UK (Stansted) to Zakynthos - JMC, Airtours

Zante Airport

Charter flights from the United Kingdom are also available from Birmingham (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sun during peak season), Bristol (Tuesday and Thursday,Sunday), Cardiff (Sunday and Thursday), East Midlands (Derby/Nottingham - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday),Glasgow (Sunday), Edinburgh (Thursday) Luton (Thursday flights), Newcastle (Sunday), Manchester (Wed,Thu,Sun) and Stansted(Sunday and Thursday flights).

During low season (October to April) flights to Zakynthos are severely limited. From Europe, you will need to fly to Athens and then take a connecting flight on Olympic Airways to the island. Olympic offer 2-3 flights each day to Zante (even in low season) and the flight time is about one hour.

Transfer Times:

Alikanas - Coach 1 hour, taxi 40 minutes.
Alikes - Coach 1 hour 15 minutes, taxi 45 minutes.
Argasi - Coach 30 minutes, taxi 15 minutes
Kalamaki - Coach 15 minutes, taxi 10 minutes.
Laganas - Coach 25 minutes, taxi 15 minutes.
Tsilivi - Coach 45 minutes, taxi 20 minutes.
Vassilkos - Coach 1h 30 minutes, taxi 45 minutes.

Note - these timings are conditional on local traffic conditions and the number of stops for coach drop-offs.

By car:

With the luxury of time, driving down to Greece can be a very pleasant experience. Amongst the mass of hire cars and local vehicles you will occasionally spot the odd British, German or Italian car.

The most sensible route is through Italy and across the Adriatic via ferry. Avoiding the former Yugoslavia involves a long detour through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria (crossing borders in this region can be extremely problematic) and is not recommended.

From the UK, the easiest route is Calais-Dijon-Geneva-Milan-Trieste. This leg of the journey can be covered in two to three days. You can then relax on the final part of the journey which is ferry to Patras on the Peloponnese. Upon arrival, you will have to drive to the port of Killini and then the ferry to Zakynthos which takes about an hour. The driving distance from Athens to Zakynthos via Killini and Patra is 292km (180 miles).

You can also take the hi-speed catamaran from Ancona in eastern Italy during the summer months.

Useful links for ferries to Greece:

Hellenic Mediterranean Lines offer a direct ferry service from Brindisi in Italy to Zakynthos. You can check timetables and fares here.

Superfast Ferries operate between Ancona and Bari in Italy to Patras and Igoumenitsa in Greece. You can obtain more information here.

Blue Star Ferries, a Greek shipping group, operate between Ancona, Brindisi and Venice in Italy to Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu. You can find more information here.

You can also find direct ferry information from Brindisi to Zante here.

From Zante Town you can catch the ferry to Killini:

Kilini - Zakynthos
Monday to Saturday 08:00 - 10:30 - 13:00 - 15:30 - 17:30 - 20:15 - 22:00
Sunday 08:00 - 10:30 - 13:00 - 15:15 - 17:30 - 20:15 - 22:00

Zakynthos - Kilini
Monday to Saturday 15:15 - 18:00 - 20:00
Sunday 15:30 - 17:30 - 20:00

The crossing takes about 90 minutes.


Zante Town to Alikes 4 daily 30mins
Zante Town to Argasi 9 daily15mins
Zante Town to Kalamaki 7daily 20min
Zante Town to Laganas 13 daily 30mins (hourly service)
Zante Town to Limni Keriou 2 daily 50mins
Zante Town to Vasilikos 3 daily 45mins
Zante Town to Volimes 2 daily 1hr 30mins


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