Getting there & away
There are frequent ferry services to Kyllini in the Peloponnese from both Poros (per person/car €8.10/38.10, 1½ hours, two to five daily) and Argostoli (per person €12.50, three hours, one daily). One ferry links Sami with Astakos via Piso Aetos on Ithaki (€10, three hours). In August there are direct ferries from Sami to Astakos (€10, 2½ hours) on alternate days.
Strintzis Lines (www.ferries.gr/strintzis) has two ferries daily connecting Sami with Patra (per person/car €14.50/55, 2½ hours) and Vathy (per person €5.10, one hour) or Piso Aetos (per person/car €2.20/14.50, 30 minutes).
Sailing from Fiskardo to/from Frikes (per person/car €3.40/14) takes just under an hour; Fiskardo to/from Vasiliki (per person/car €6.40/27.50) takes one hour. Information and tickets for these routes can be obtained from Nautilus Travel (26740 41440; Fiskardo), on the waterfront.
From the remote port of Pesada in the south there are two daily high-season services to Agios Nikolaos (€6, 1½ hours), on the northern tip of Zakynthos. Getting to and from both islands’ ports without your own transport can be difficult (and costly if you rely on taxis). To get to the ferry point in Pesada from Argostoli, you can catch one of two daily buses (in high season only and except Sundays). On Zakynthos, there are two buses per week to and from the port of Agios Nikolaos to Zante Town (via villages).
In high season there are regular ferries between Sami, Igoumenitsa, and Brindisi in Italy (Kefallonia–Brindisi including taxes €70, 14 hours). To get to other ports in Italy, take the ferry first from Sami to Patra.
Tickets and information can be obtained from Vassilatos Shipping (26710 22618; Antoni Tristi 54, Argostoli), opposite the port authority, and from Blue Sea Travel (26740 23007; Sami), on Sami’s waterfront.
Four daily buses connect Athens and Kefallonia (via Patra) using the various ferry services (to/from Argostoli, Sami and Poros) to the mainland. All cost around €35 and take about seven hours (prices include ferry tickets). For information contact the KTEL bus station (26710 22276/81; firstname.lastname@example.org; A Tristi 5) on the southern waterfront in Argostoli. The office produces an excellent printed schedule.
There are at least two daily flights between Kefallonia and Athens (€75), and connections to other Ionian Islands, including Zakynthos (€28) and Corfu (€35). Olympic Airlines (26710 28808; www.olympicairlines.com; Rokou Vergoti 1, Argostoli) can help with information and bookings.