Getting there & away
Strintzis Lines (www.ferries.gr/strintzis-ferries) has two ferries daily connecting Vathy or Piso Aetos with Patra (per person/car €14.50/55, four hours), via Sami on Kefallonia (per person €5.10 to/from Vathy, one hour, or to/from Piso Aetos €2.20, 30 minutes).
Ionian Pelagosruns a daily ferry (sometimes twice a day) in high season between Piso Aetos, Sami and Astakos on the mainland (per person/car €8/33, 2½ hours direct from Piso Aetos to Astakos, three hours from Astakos to Piso Aetos via Sami).
Other ferries run to ever-changing schedules from Vasiliki and Nydri (Lefkada) to Frikes (Ithaki) and Fiskardo (Kefallonia). The Frikes–Fiskardo trip takes just under an hour (per person/car €3.40/14) and Nydri–Frikes takes 1½ hours (€5.30/26.50). Frikes–Vasiliki goes via Fiskardo and takes two hours.
Information and tickets for these routes can be obtained from Delas Tours on the main square in Vathy.