An easy guide for how to get to Corfu by Ferry, schedules and prices for the Ferry to Corfu (Ferry to Kerkyra) and recommendations for public transportation and services. Explore the website and find all necessary details; Connected Routes with departures and frequency, Accommodation options with real-time Availability and helpful tips for transfer opportunities in Corfu!
How to get to Corfu from Italy
Corfu is infrequently connected by ferry with the Italian ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice.
Since itineraries from Italy to Corfu are not often or they aren’t operated at all (low season), a good alternative is to reach Igoumenitsa by ferry (from Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice) and take the local one to Corfu!
How to get to Corfu from Igoumenitsa
The local ferries that connect Igoumenitsa with Corfu depart daily at an hour frequency.
There are 2 different types of ferries:
- Open-deck ferries: they sail only with good weather condition and the journey take 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Normal ferries: they sail in every weather condition, they are bigger and the duration is 1 hour and 10min
You do not have to worry about your tickets, you can issue them as soon as you arrive in Igoumenitsa and travel immediately.
- Price per person/way: 11 Euro
- Price per car: 40 Euro
- Tel.: +30 2665021000, +30 2665028258, +30 2665025540
How to get to Corfu from Athens
There is no Corfu Athens ferry! If you want to get to Corfu by ferry you will have to get/travel to Igoumenitsa first. Then grab the local Ferry to Corfu.
Corfu ferry port
Corfu port is located in the eastern part of the island, in the north-east area of the city of Corfu. Ferries depart from Neo Limani (New Port), about 1,5 km west of Corfu Old Town.
There is a shuttle bus into the main port terminal and from here you can pick up another shuttle into Corfu old town.
Road network on Corfu
Corfu is connected by two highways: GR-24 in the north and GR-25 in the south. Both are well maintained easy to navigate.
Public Bus Service on Corfu
Corfu has two types of bus services for getting around, the Blue & the Green buses.
- The Blue buses (City / Urban buses) serve the city, the port, the airport and the nearby suburbs. They cover an area from Dassia in the north to Benitses in the South and to Pelekas in the West.
- Most urban buses (Blue) depart near San Rocco Square. It's located at 300 meters walk from Spilia. That's the stop where shuttle buses and public buses N° 16 and 17 take you to the ferry port.
- The Green buses (Suburban) connect Corfu city with other towns and villages on Corfu.
- KTEL Green buses take you to the most popular destinations of the island, such as Palaiokastritsa, Kavos, Acharavi, Roda, Sidari, Moraitika, Mesoggi, Glyfada, Ag. Georgios Argyradon etc.
- Terminal: 57, Donatou Dimoulitsa str.
Taxis on Corfu
Taxis are plentiful and everywhere in the city of Corfu. Let the driver know where you are headed and get a price from him before entering the cab.
Radio Taxi: 18300, +30 2661039911, +30 2663032400,
Note: All above information for Corfu was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.
Corfu ferry routes
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Ferry timetables may change by season, so take an optical canvassing via our search engine to receive the latest cull of dates, schedules, prices and availability. With so many accommodation options to cull from, you can be sure to find the best deal for the ferry to or from Corfu at a price that fits your budget.
Italy to Corfu
- The ferries to Corfu from Italy and vice versa, are operated mostly in high season. An alternative would be to arrive in Igoumenitsa from Italy's Ancona, Venice, Bari or Brindisi and then, take the local ferry to Corfu from Igoumenitsa
Corfu to Albania
- The ferries from Corfu to Saranda depart daily and the journey takes approx. 2.5 hours
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Book in advance your ferry to Corfu
Arrange your ferry journey in advance
It is very important that you have organized your ferry tickets in advance, having arranged all the details. You don't want something to go wrong, and you can achieve perfect holidays with a great organization. In addition to hotel accommodation and air-tickets, when you book the boat tickets you know that everything is under control even before leaving home.
There are many reasons why you should arrange to book in advance your ferry. Here are some of the most important:
Pay for Hotel in Corfu without using it!
During the high season in Greece, and especially in July and August, it is likely that you won't find ferry tickets to popular destinations, such as Corfu, if you don't book them in advance. So, don't make the mistake to book your hotel on Corfu without having booked the ferry pass. The last thing you want is to get to the port and not find an available ferry to your destination!
Save time in Corfu!
Although we charge a commission for acquiring ferry bookings, this allows you not only to secure your ferry tickets but also to save time; besides receiving a service and attention of first.
Have a bigger choice of Ferry Tickets!
Buying in advance gives you a better chance of getting the ferry tickets, on the ferry you prefer and at the schedule you want. It does not make sense that your trip to Corfu is interrupted by not finding available ferry departures, but it is possible.
Find more Ferry routes!
If you want to organize your vacations, it is wise to check all the possible routes and timelines in order to make the right combinations between Corfu and other destinations as well as between the air and the ferry tickets.
Get the best deal!
Ferry tickets can be expensive, so it’s natural to want to get the best deal on them. It has become a regular practice for ferries to announce special rates and deep discounts for booking ferry tickets to or from Corfu up to 3-6 months in advance.
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Accommodation options on the ferry
Find out about the ideal accommodation option on the ferry and get fresh and relaxed at your destination. Comfortable armchairs, business class comfort seats, outside and inside cabins or economy deck chairs. There is a range of accommodation options to choose for a ferry.
The cosmopolitan island of Corfu is probably the most well known island of the Ionian complex and one of the most popular in the whole Mediterranean. It is a pole of attraction for hundreds of thousands visitors every year as well as source of inspiration for all kinds of art, carrying a huge cultural heritage and disposing special splendor which combined with its natural beauty, marvelous climate, beaches and interesting sights, makes the island one of the top destinations for Greek and foreign travelers. Its area covers a surface of 591 km2 and its coasts stretch 217 km.
Corfu (Kerkira) was named after a woman. According to mythology, Poseidon fell in love with the daughter of Aesopos, Korkira, and brought her to this island naming it after her. The offspring of this love was a little boy, named Faiakas. He was to establish later the Kingdom of Faiakes, which according to Homer was the last stop of Ulysses before he returned to Ithaca.
The international name of Corfu was given to the island due to the two citadels (perched on two different tops) which can be found in the town of Corfu. Another ancient name that we can meet is Drepanon (scythe), which was attributed to the island because of its shape.
Corfu defines the Hellenic sea borders with Italy and Albania. This strategic position is responsible for the many conquests the island has undergone, influencing its culture, mores and customs. The Venetians, the French and the English passed on to the island many strong cultural elements resulting in the integration of the western culture to the Greek identity. Corfu joined Greece in 1864. The island has made a significant contribution to education, literature, arts and politics. The first governor of modern Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, the authors Andreas Moustoksidis and Iakovos Polilas, Nikolaos Mantzaros, who wrote the music for the Greek National Anthem, and the Theotokis family, which gave birth to many significant politicians and authors, come from Corfu. In 1824 the first Greek university known as Ionian Academy, was founded on the island. In 1840 the first philharmonic orchestra of Greece was established. It is not an accidental fact that today Corfu numbers 18 philharmonic orchestras.
The island's population is the one third of the total of the whole Corfu prefecture – nearly 30,000 residents (Corfu, Paxoi, Adipaxoi, Othoni, Ereikoussa and Mathraki). It is divided to the old town (Ksopoli, as it is named by the locals, between the old and the new fort) and to three new suburbs: Madouki at the northwest, Sarroco situated between the hills Avrami and Sotiros, and Garitsa, which starts from the Douglas Column at the southern seaside. The historical centre is situated in the old town, where the surrounding walls did not allow the extension of the town, resulting in a special architecture, with high multi-store buildings, narrow roads (kadounia) with hanging laundry and small squares. It is the biggest preserved medieval town in Greece and one of the most beautiful in the whole Mediterranean.
The earliest mention of Corfu we meet already with Homer. Odysseus last stop was Corfu, or island of the Faiacs, where he was washed ashore after his ship had sunk. Later, in the 8th century BC the island was colonized by the Corinthians.
The Venetians ruled the island from 1386 to 1797, then fell into French hands and for a few years it was occupied by Russian-Turkish forces.
In 1815 the British were the regents of Corfu and they stayed for almost 50 years. The Italians occupied the island in 1923 and 1941.
Corfu was bombarded by the Germans and the Allies during World War IIThe island was never conquered by the Turks. In stead, the Venetians ruled here, which of course has influenced both the culture, architecture and language. The island became part of Greece in 1864 after being ruled by other nations as well: French, Russian and British.
Churches, monasteries & monuments of Corfu
- The inhabitants of Corfu are deeply religious. There are many churches across the island and Easter is celebrated traditionally with exceptional glory. The patron-saint of the island is Aghios Spyridon, who according to the tradition, in 1629 saved the inhabitants from the plague. The church of Aghios Spyridon is the religious point of reference for the island inhabitants and definitely worth a visit. It has the highest belfry of the town and you will have the chance to observe its marble templon, frescos, heirlooms and religious offerings. The shrine of Aghios Spyridon is kept in a silver plated reliquary and on Palm Sunday it is carried in a procession around the town. The procession is accompanied by the 18 philharmonic orchestras of Corfu
- Panaghia Antivouniotisa: It is also situated in Mouragia and is of special interest, due to the “painted” upholstery on the walls and the coffer, which are decorated with gold plated fretworks. The Byzantine Museum is situated here, hosting a significant collection of portable icons of the Cretan School
- Panaghia Spiliotisa (1577) located at the port of Corfu. The three-aisled basilica is known for the two sided picture of Panagia Dimosiana dating back to the 15th century
- Panaghia ton Ksenon. It was built by monk Nikodimos in the early 18th century
- Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (St John the Baptist - 16th century), in Sternes. A single aisled basilica with wooden roof and remarkable frescos
- Pantokratoras, a church well known for its beautiful marble templon
- Aghios Nikolaos ton Gerodon(16th century) in Kampielo. Its wood carved chancel is one of the oldest in town
- Panaghia Kremasti. It has a marble-carved templon and fascinating religious icons. A beautiful Venetian well decorates the courtyard
- There are also, three catholic churches in Corfu: the church of Saint Jacob and Saint Christopher, the catholic monastery of Saint Francesco and the church of Panaghia Tenedou. Near the new Venetian fort and the historical centre of the town you can also see the building of the Jewish Synagogue
- Panagia Palaiokastritsa monastery. Panagia monastery was built in 1225. The building that visitors see nowadays is of 16th - 18th centuries. The first buildings must have been parts of an old fortification. This is probably why it was given the name "Palaiokastrita” (Old Castle). The monastery was destroyed by Genoans in 1403. It was rebuilt in 1469 and destroyed for the second time in 1537 by the Turks. It was reconstructed in 1572 and is preserved up to now with many repairs and additions, such as its north entrance (1722)
- Platitera monastery. The Platitera monastery is located at one of the city entrances (on the way from the north). It was built in 1743 and destroyed in 1798, later on rebuilt in 1801 and in 1864 it was completed by annexing a castellated bell tower. It is dedicated to Panagia, Aghios Chrisanthos and Aghia Daria
- The monastery houses an interesting collection of post Byzantine icons made by remarkable painters such as G. Klontzas, Nik Koutouzis and Sp. Ventouras. It has a fine wood carved chancel which is covered with golden and silver layers. The graves of first governor of the Greek state Ioannis Kapodistrias, as well as of some of Corfu bishops are in this monastery
- Artemis Gorgos temple. It is a temple constructed in 6th century B.C. in Kanoni area on the boarders with Palaiopoli. Its unique stone pediment has been transferred to the Archeological Museum of Corfu. Here, visitors have the chance to see the well preserved Dorian temple and the large altar.
- Menecratis monument.Menecratis monument is located in Geritsa area close to ancient Corfu cemetery opposite Alkinoos port mouth. It is a circular tomb built in the 6th century B.C. with amazing archaic inscription which is considered to be one of the oldest in Greece
- Palaiopoli.Palaiopoli and Mon Repo archeological site consists of the Corfu city market area as it evolved from antiquity up to the 6th century A.D. The most remarkable monuments of the site are: the market, Kardakios Dorian temple, the Roman baths and the arched building built in the pro Hellenistic period and turned into a Christian church during the first Christian era
- Trypa tou Pelaou. THE CAVE OF "TRYPA TOU PELAOU" (Hole of the sea). The cave located on Mount Mattheos, 500 m away from the Monastery, dates back to the Paleolithic Period. According to legend, it leads to the sea
- Grava Gardikiou. “Grava Gardikiou” is a cave, where after research scientists found inhabitation signs from the Superior Paleolithic Era (20.000 B.C.). They found tools made of firestone, animal bones etc. It is located in Aghios Mattheos community, 22km away from the southwest side of the city and very close to the Byzantine fortress of Gardikiou. The cave has an amazing view of south Corfu
- Aggelokastro Fortress. Aggelokastro was the west fortress of Byzantine Empire and Epirus Domain to which Corfu belonged until 1267. It was built in the beginning of 12th century after the transfer of Palaiokastro (todays Palaiokastritsa monastery) in a better fortified location. During the period of its flourishing, in case of an emergency, it could protect the whole population of the area (4000 people)
- Kasiopi fortress. Nobody knows when Kasiopi fortress was built. Venetians, knowing that it is difficult to defend the castle and the port, blew up parts of the castle and abandoned the settlement. From that glorious past only few parts of the castle still remain preserved
- Anountsiata. It is a monument of European significance since here were buried the Latin Nobles who died in the Sea Battle of Nafpaktos (1571). This battle gave an end to the Turkish naval threat. Few years later the overall effort of Turks to expand to the West was terminated for good
- Achillio palace. The well known Achillio palace dominates in one of the highest spots of Gastouri village. Gastouri became famous in the end of the 19th century when Empress of Austria Elisabeth (known as Sissy) was so much excited by the island that she decided to built there Achillio Palace. Sissy was mesmerized by ancient Greek mythology and particularly by Achilles to whom she dedicated the palace. The statue of dead Achilles and other statues depicting gods and heroes from Greek mythology decorate the garden of the palace
- Neo Frourio (New Fortress). It is an imposing building rising up in the west side of the city between the New and the Old Port. It was constructed from 1576 to 1645 by engineer F. Vitelli and is an artificial hill which was delimited by opening large perimetrical fosses and raised by gathering the material from the fosses
- Old Fort. Built on a rocky peninsula with two characteristic hills (Corifes), it is the eastern edge of the city. Its population and fortification began after the 6th century following the destruction of the ancient city (Palaiopoli). It was the capital of Corfu island (Corifo, Corfu) from 11th up to 15th century
- Gardiki fortress. Gardiki castle was built in 13th century by the overlord of Epirus Michail Aggelos the Second (same person who built Aggelokastro). It has the octagon shape with towers in each corner. Interesting are the ruins of ancient walls in its interior, as well as the ruins of ancient temples built in the walls
- The Museum of Olive. The Museum of Olive is very interesting to visitors. It is housed in an old oil press where people can see the proceedings of olive elaboration. It is located in Kionapiastes village which is famous for its good drinking water, for the three aisled Panagia basilica church with its unique architecture and its hagiographies made by people of the Eptanisian School (18th century) and for Aghia Paraskevi monastery (17th century)
Other interesting sites to see in Corfu
Spianada: It is the central square, which was built by the Venetians and is considered the biggest square of the Balkans. Most of the events, as musical concerts, processions and parades take place here. Moreover, cricket matches are organized at the lawn of Spianada. On the other side we can find the Pentofanaro, an ideal place for skateboarding, the monument to the Unification of Eptanisa to Greece, the Venetian cittern and the kiosk where the concerts of the philharmonic orchestras take place.
Liston, one of the most characteristic buildings of Spianada. It was built by the French engineer Lesseps during the French occupation. It is built according to the prototype of the buildings of Rue de Rivoli in Paris. A line of patisseries, cafeterias and shops shows a cosmopolitan atmosphere and at the same time is a meeting point for residents and visitors.
The palace of Michael and Georgios, a remarkable neoclassical building constructed between 1819 and 1823. The palace with the rich decoration, grandiose gates and the row of Doric order columns was used as the headquarters of the English Commissioner of the Ionian Senate and of the Order of the Saint Michael and George. The palace currently houses the Museum of Asian Art as well as the Municipal Library.
The Readers’ Society of Corfu, the oldest cultural institution of modern Greece.- The Gate of Aghios Nikolaos . Opposite the Reader’s Society, below the central road, is the Faliraki creek and the famous private beach of Corfu “Bania tou Alekou”. - The old fortress, which is situated on a hill overhanging Spianada. For defense reasons, it was turned from a peninsula into an islet, with the construction of the Contra Fossa canal. The fortification began by the Byzantines and later was continued by the Venetians. It is connected to the town by an astonishing bridge. The most significant monuments within the fortress are the central gate, the bastions of Savorniane, Martinengo and Mandracchio, the towers of land and sea, the church ofAghios Georgios (1840), the basilica based on the design of an ancient Doric sanctuary, a Latin chapel, the old prisons, the English barracks and the English hospital. You will also see the Lighthouse, the clock tower, the Public Central Library and the Historical Archives.
The Campielo, the most ancient quarter of Corfu, with the church of Panaghia Kremasti and the square with the Venetian well.- The Mouragia, one of the most enchanting neighborhoods of the town. From here, you will follow Arseniou street, which starts from the old port and ends at the palace of Michael and Georgios, at the central square.- The old Prefecture building, which is situated at Mouragia. It is a building of special interest, a characteristic token of neoclassical architecture, a work made by the architect Ioannis Chronis. The old Perfecture is built at the place of the house where Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece was born.- The Town Hall square, the most important square in the Venetian times. The arcade of the Noblemen, Lotzia, was at the space where today is the Town Hall (known also as “San Giakomo”, 1693) and is one of the most beautiful buildings of the town.
The new fortress housing the Ceramics Museum and the outdoors theatre. Here you will also see the English barracks.
The Ionian Parliament, where the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece was voted. The building was designed by the architect Ioannis Chronis.- It is worth to see the Monument of Menekratis, in Garitsa, with the hammer dressed stones, bearing an archaic inscription referring to Menekratis being a consul from Galaksidi.- ThePlatitera Monastery. It is situated in Madouki and is decorated with remarkable frescos, pictures and precious heirlooms. The tomb of Kapodistrias is situated here. The neighborhood has many small taverns.- The Spilia area, at the old port.
The Jewish Quarter. Here the Jewish residents of the past used to have their shops.- The Archaeological museum, housing exhibits from archeological sites of the town and amongst them stands out the impressively large pediment of Gorgo from the Doric temple of Artemis.- Kanoni is one of the most touristic spots in Corfu, with an excellent view to the monastery of Vlacherna, Pontikonisi, Chalikiopoulou lagoon and the airport.- The island of Pontikonisi, a small islet which has become the distinguishing mark of the island. According to the mythology it was a Phoenician ship that turned into rock.
Mon Repos (3 km. S): You shouldn’t fail to visit this marvelous estate. The neoclassical building was used by the ex royal family as a country residence. The mansion was built in order to accommodate the English Commissioner Frederic Adam and his wife Diamadina Palatianou who was from Corfu. It is a masterpiece of the neoclassical architecture of 19th century. It hosts the small, but interesting Archaeological Museum of Paleopolis.
Paleopolis is the archaeological site situated near Mon Repos. It was the marketplace of the ancient Corfu. The temple of Kardaki (situated in Mon Repos along with another ancient temple), the Roman spas, the market and the building dating back to the Late Hellenistic era are worth visiting.
The small island of Vidos (Ptychia), opposite the old port, which is accessible by boat. It is full of lush vegetation, pines and palm trees and in the past there was a reformatory centre here. The island is a natural habitat for pheasants, partridges, hares and wild rabbits, but hunting is forbidden. There is a restaurant and some very beautiful beaches.
The Lazareto (Gouvino) is another small island lushly vegetated across the old port and is considered a national monument.
Corfu Airport ''Ioannis Kapodistrias'': 26610 39040, 26610 30180, 26610 38694
Olympic Airways Corfu: 26610 38964, 26610 30180
Aegean Airways Corfu: 26610 27100
Corfu Port Authorities: 26610 33906, 26610 23876
Corfu Ferry Boats Port: 26610 32655, 26610 40002
Igumenitsa Port Authority: 2665099460
Ferry timetables Igumenitsa-Corfu: 2661032655
Igumenitsa Bus Station: 2665022315
Corfu Port for destinations abroad: 26610 21991, 26610 23876
Gouvia Marina: 26610 91376, 26610 91475
Lefkimi Port Station: 26610 23977
Paxos Port Station: 26610 32259
Paxos Flying dolphins: 26610 35808. & 30 26620 32277 ( Paxos Office)
Paxos office numbers: 26620 32401 and 26620 32700.
Paleokastritsa Port: 26610 41297
Corfu Intercity Bus Station: 26610 37186
Athens Intercity Bus Station: 210 5129443
Thessaloniki Intercity Bus Station: 2310 595-411
Corfu Urban Buses: 26610 32158
Corfu Green buses: 2661028927
Hospital Emergency: 166
Corfu Hospital: 26610 30562 , 26610 88200, 26610 45811
Corfu General Clinic: 26610 36044
Pharmacies (automate operator): 2661033333
Tourist Police: 26610 30625, 26610 39503
Municipal Police: 26610 27778
Airport Police: 26610 38088
Fire Brigade: 199
Police Station Ag. Matthaios: 55113
Police Station Argyrades: 26620 51422
Police Station Giannades: 51223
Police Station Gimari: 26630 91261
Police Station Kassiopi: 26630 81240
Police Station Kastelani 54222
Police Station Magoulades: 26630 51222
Police Station Paleokastritsa: 26630 41203
Police Station Ipsos: 93204
HARBOR-MASTER'S OFFICE: 26610 32655
Harbor Police: 26610 40062
New Harbor: 2661030481
Harbor Station Gouvia: 2661091473
Harbor Station Paleokastritsa: 3026610.41297
Harbor Station Sidari: 2661095330
New Harbor Eth.: 2661039392
National Tourist Organization: 2661037638
CORFU POST OFFICE: 2661025544