Getting there & away
Hourly ferries travel daily between Corfu and Igoumenitsa (per person/car €6.50/26, 1¼ to two hours). Car ferries go to Paxi (per person/car €7.60/55.60, three hours) two or three times weekly, and daily in high season (but the hydrofoil is a more frequent option). In high season you can travel to/from Patra on one of the international ferries that call at Corfu (€33, six to 7½ hours) en route to/from Italy.
There are also six ferries daily between Lefkimmi in the island’s south and Igoumenitsa (€4.50, one hour).
Corfu is on the Patra–Igoumenitsa ferry route to Italy (Brindisi, Bari and Venice), although ferries to/from Ancona don’t stop at Corfu (passengers need to disembark at Igoumenitsa and cross to Corfu on a local ferry).
Ferries go to Brindisi (€56, eight hours, two daily), and in summer usually once daily to Bari (€64, 10 to 12 hours) and Venice (€74, 24 to 26 hours). Fares listed here are for deck (not airline seats or cabin berths), one-way passage in high season; there are sizable reductions in the low and mid-seasons, and for return tickets. An additional tax may also apply. See Igoumenitsa and Patra for more details.
Shipping agencies selling tickets are found in Corfu Town near the new port, along Xenofondos Stratigou and Ethnikis Antistasis. Mancan Travel & Shipping (26610 32664; Eleftheriou Venizelou 38) and Agoudimos Lines/GLD Travel (26610 80030; firstname.lastname@example.org; Ethnikis Antistasis 1) have helpful staff who will point you in the direction of the relevant international shipping lines; the assortment of companies, routes and prices can be confusing.
KTEL (26610 28898) runs buses three times daily (and another three per week via Lefkimmi in the island’s south) between Corfu Town and Athens (€44.20, 8½ hours). There’s also a daily service to/from Thessaloniki (€42, eight hours); for both destinations budget another €6.50 for the ferry between Corfu and the mainland. Long-distance tickets should be purchased in advance from Corfu Town’s long-distance bus station on I Theotoki, between Plateia San Rocco and the new port.
Olympic Airlines (26610 22962; www.olympicairlines.com) is based at the airport. The national airline has two flights to/from Athens daily (from €30 if booked extra early), and four flights a week to/from Thessaloniki (€70). You can also fly three times weekly to Preveza (€35), Kefallonia (€35) and Zakynthos (€47). Prices exclude changeable taxes.
Aegean Airlines (26610 27100; www.aegeanair.com) has two to three flights a day between Athens and Corfu (from €29). Its office is located at the airport and, if closed, calls will be diverted to its office in Athens.
AirSea Lines(26610 49800, 26610 99316; www.airsealines.com; Ethnikis Antistasis, Corfu Town) is a seaplane service that runs in high season to a schedule that seems to change annually. Check the website for the current permutations and combinations. At the time of research there were services between Corfu and Paxi (€40 to €50) and Corfu and Lefkada (€55 to €70). In Corfu, purchase tickets from the AirSea Lines office on Ethnikis Antistasis (near the new port). A minibus will take you from here to the departure point at Marina Gouvia, 8km away. Baggage weight allowances apply.