Lefkada in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Lefkada’s closest airport is near Preveza (Aktion; PVK), on the mainland 20km north. Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr) connects it with Corfu (€73, 30 minutes), Kefallonia (€67, 30 minutes), Zakynthos (€73, 1½ hours) and Sitia (Crete; €117, 1½ hours, June to September only). Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) flies from Preveza to Athens, with connections throughout Greece. In summer, Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) flies to Preveza from the UK, as do charter flights from all over northern Europe.

Transport Options

There's no direct bus between Lefkada Town and Preveza airport, but buses connect Lefkada Town with Preveza itself (€2.90, 30 minutes, six daily), from where you can take a taxi to the airport (€15).

Taxis from the airport to Lefkada Town cost from €40.

Boat

The normal port for boats to Kefallonia is Vasiliki in the far south of Lefkada. However, at the time of research the port here was closed for redevelopment and all ferries were leaving from Nydri instead. This is a bit of a drag for independent travellers, as Nydri is a brash and uninspiring package-tourism resort. It's hoped that normal services will recommence from Vasiliki by summer 2020.

Two ferry companies connect Vasiliki to Kefallonia in high season; West Ferry (www.westferry.gr) runs daily to Fiskardo (€10, one hour), while Ionion Pelagos (www.ionionpelagos.com) sails via Piso Aetos in Ithaki (€10, one hour) to Sami (€10, 1¾ hours). For bookings contact Samba Tours.

Between July and mid-September, the Meganisi II ferry runs twice daily between Nydri and Frikes in Ithaki (€10, two hours).

Bus

Lefkada Town’s KTEL Bus Station, opposite the marina 1km from the centre, serves Athens (€33.90, 5½ hours, five daily), Patra (€17.60, three hours, two weekly), Thessaloniki (€35.40, eight hours, daily) and Igoumenitsa (€13.30, two hours, daily).