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From Kyllini port to Kefalonia
- Kyllini is a small port located on the eastern edge of the Peloponnese, at the Ionian Sea and serves ferries going to islands Kefalonia and Zakynthos. There are 3-5 daily ferry departures.
From Patras port to Kefalonia
- Located in western Greece (at the Ionian Sea), the port connects the mainland with Kefalonia and Ithaca islands. The port itself is very close to the center of Patras. There is 1 daily ferry departure.
From Italy to Kefalonia by ferry
- There is a direct route from Brindisi (Italy) to Sami (Kefalonia) in summer time with infrequent departures.
From Athens to Kefalonia by public bus
- Kefalonia is connected to Athens by bus (KTEL) every day of the year. The buses depart from Athens and arrive in Patras and Killini (286 km/approx. 3 hours).
- Timetable Athens-Kefalonia
- KTEL Terminal in Athens: Kifissos Terminal in Kifissou street, Phone: +30 2105150785, +30 2105129448.
How to reach Kifissos Terminal from Athens city center
- By Taxi: This will cost approximately 10 euro
- By public bus: Take the local bus 051 from Zinonos and Menandrou Str., near Omonia square. Departures every 20 min. from 5 a.m to midnight
How to reach Kifissos Terminal from Athens International Airport
- You can get the direct bus number X93 in order to reach Kifissos station. The bus operates 24 hours / 7 days per week and the service runs about every 30 minutes. The route lasts about one hour.
Public transportation services in Kefalonia
The ferry ports in Kefalonia
- Sami port: Connect Kefalonia with Patras (1 daily dep.), Ithaka (2-3 daily dep.), and Italy (infrequent dep.)
- Poros port: Connect Kefalonia with Kyllini port. There are 3-5 ferries a day between Kefalonia and Kyllini in the summertime and between 2 and 4 in the winter months.
- Lixouri port: Connect Lixouri with Argostoli (frequent dep.)
- Argostoli port: Connect Argostoli with Lixouri (frequent dep.)
Note: There is no ferry connection from Athens or Piraeus with Kefalonia!
Public Transportation and road network on Kefalonia
- The island has an efficient road network, with good main roads, secondary and no-asphalted ones leading to the most beaches and interests.
- Most of the buses depart from the central bus station in Argostoli. The key island destinations, including Sami, Lassi and Fiskardo, are covered by the local KTEL bus routes. Fares running from 2 to 4 Euros, it’s a very cheap way of getting around Kefalonia.
Public Bus Service in Kefalonia
- Take the local buses in Kefalonia to visit Melissani or go to Myrtos Beach, one of the nicest beaches in Greece. Hop on the KTEL bus and get to Antisamos beach or to Agia Efthimia, Katelios or St. Gerasimos monastery. You can go as far as Skala, Assos and Fiskardo and get back the same day with the same bus!
- Check the KTEL website (https://ktelkefalonias.gr/en/) for timetables from the ports of Poros and Sami. Timetables are posted on the bus stops but buses can stop at villages not on the posted route and times may vary.
Taxis on Kefalonia
- To hire a taxi on Kefalonia is probably the most comfortable way to be transferred from any arrival port to the hotel or to get around on the island.
- There are almost always taxis outside of each port in Kefalonia, at the taxi rank.
For the most popular destinations as Poros-Argostoli, the charge is predetermined.
Pre-booked Taxi Transfer
- The most hassle-free way to get from the arrival port to your accommodation is to pre-book a taxi in Kefalonia. If you have a pre-booked taxi, the driver will wait for you in front of the arrivals dock in Kefalonia with your name sign. Even if your ferry is delayed your taxi driver will be in place and will wait for you. The drivers always have an eye on the ferries and possible delays!
Kefalonia Taxis online
Radio Taxis in Kefalonia
Phones: +30 2671022700, +30 6977958700, +30 6945306145, +30 6977193569, +30 6980614611, +30 6977888519
Taxis in Poros port
Mr. Miliaressis: +30 2674072909
I Kefalonia: +30 2671083111
Taxis in Sami port
Mr. Berdempes: +30 6980074311
Sami Rank: +30 2674022308
Note: All above information for Kefalonia was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.
Schedules, prices and ferry availability to Kefalonia
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Arrange your ferry journey in advance
It is very important that you have organized your ferry to or from Kefalonia in advance, having arranged all the details. You don't want anything 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 to or from Kefalonia you know that everything is under control even before leaving home.
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Pay for Hotel in Kefalonia 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 Kefalonia if you don't book them in advance. So, don't make the mistake to book your hotel on Kefalonia without having booked the ferry ticket. The last thing you want is to get to the port and not find an available ferry to or from Kefalonia!
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Available accommodation options
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The magnificent sights, amazing beaches, rich cultural heritage, great monuments, mountains, castles, remote monasteries and cheerful, hospitable people are the treasures making Kefalonia one of the most attractive destinations.
It is the biggest island of the Ionian Sea, at the outlet of Patraikos Bay, between Zante and Lefkada. It stretches over an area of 904 km2 with a coastline length of 250 km. The island has a splendid natural beauty and a diversified geological structure with innumerable small bays and rich vegetation; the mountain Aenos (National Park since 1962 supporting rich flora and fauna) looks impressive from far away.
During the Byzantine period Kefalonia formed part of the province of Achaia and the prefecture of East Illyria. It was conquered by the Normans, the Franks, the Venetians and the Turks. It joined the rest of Greece along with the other Ionian Islands, on May 21st, 1864. The inhabitants’ resistance against the Italians and the Germans during World War II was considerable. The movie ‘’Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’’ shot in the natural scenery of the island refers to a history of the Resistance movement.
Cephalonia is already mentioned in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. He called the island Deuchalion, and said it then belonged to the kingdom of Odysseus and that it sent warriors to fight in Troy. We do not know for sure why the island has its name. It is either because it is the largest island in the Ionian archipelago, Cephali means "head" in Greek, or it got its name after the first king, who according to mythology was called Cephalus.
There have been paleolithic findings around the island dating 50 000 years back in time. Cephalonia was united with Ithaca and the mainland at that time, and you can still see from the shape of the two islands that they once were one.
During Mycenaean time the island of Kefalonia seems to have been very rich . Later on the men of the island are mentioned in wars against the Persians (5th cent. BC) and there were alliances with several other city-states like Athens, Corinth and Sparta. In 188BC the Romans conquered Cephalonia and they sold its inhabitants as slaves and looted the island. The island also suffered pirate attacks many times through history.
At the end of the 12th century AD the Francs conquered the Ionian islands, and were to stay until the Turks defeated them in the 15th century. Then followed Venetian rule from AD 1500 to 1797. Cephalonia was to suffer several Turkish attacks, and in 1797 Napoleons army invaded the island. A year later the British help the Russian/Turkish army take over. In 1807 the French came back, and two years later the British seized power.
In 1864 the island was finally liberated, but was to be occupied by Italian and German military during the second world war.
In 1953 there was a terrible earthquake which destroyed most buildings on the island, and killed many. Only the northern village of Cephalonia ,Fiscardo ,was saved and is today the only village on the island with older architecture.
What to see in Kefalonia
Argostoli is the island capital (as well as the capital of Kefalonia and Ithaca prefecture) since 1757. It is a modern town, which preserves its traditional character, built amphitheatrically with a view of the Koutavous lagoon, which is a crossing area for the migratory birds. The city has many neoclassical buildings, big squares, churches and remarkable cultural activity.
The Archaeological Museum exhibiting important findings discovered in the whole island, mainly dating back to the Mycenaean period.
The Korgialeneios Library, one of the biggest libraries in Greece, housing more than 55,000 volumes and a great collection of Byzantine icons.
The Folklore and History Museum. It hosts exhibits associated with the history of the island (costumes, weapons, heirlooms etc.) and many every-day life objects.- The central and spacious Valianos square with the statue of the benefactor P. Vallianos, many cafes, restaurants and bars.
The Napier Garden. It was named after the British Governor Napier, who in the middle of the 19th century realized many infrastructure projects on the island and despite its limited space has a variety of trees.
The Rizospaston street, with palm trees and the monument to radical revolutionaries.
Lithostroto, the central street of the town, with commercial stores and many meeting points for young people.
The Kampanas square situated in the middle of the Lithostroto, with the belfry bearing the same name (recently renovated according to the plans of the original tower which collapsed during the earthquakes of 1953), offering an amazing view of the town and the Koutavou Lagoon.
The 900 meter long Drapano stone bridge (or Devoset bridge) built by the English in 1813 in order to connect Argostoli to the opposite coast. - The coastal Public Market - where you will find the bust of the Kefalonian poet Nikos Kavadias. - The“Farao” Hill offering a panoramic view to the town.
The Katavothres, which are situated near the lighthouse of Aghioi Theodoroi. These are caves, where the sea waters enter and pass through them reaching Sami at the other side of the island after a 14 day journey .- The Aghioi Theodoroi lighthouseat the end of the peninsula of Lassi, where the sunset is majestic.- The “Giro of Lassi”, a seaside road which leads from the town to Lassi.- The “t”, in “Thalassomylos”, hosting an exhibition of wine and local products.
Kefalonia is the biggest Greek island in the area of the Ionian Sea and Mount Ainos is the highest mountain in the same area, with an altitude that surpasses 1,600 m. Mount Ainos is well known not only for its altitude but also due to its dense forest of Kefalonian fir trees (Abies cephalonica), which dominate at the upper altitudes. This species is endemic to Greece and was described for the first time in the same region. In the area three different habitats can be discerned: the fir tree forest, which can be pure or at lower altitudes be mixed with elements of maquis (Arbutus ssp. Quercus ssp. etc.), the rocky or pebbly slopes which are characterized by more sparse vegetation and on which one can often come across interesting floral elements and the rocky peaks and the non-forested upper regions of Mount Ainos, on which several endemic plants of Kefalonia or the Ionian Islands can be found. The area has been designated as a National Park.
The fir forest of Mount Ainos as an ecosystem and as a natural heritage is of particular significance as it is the only one of its kind in the Ionian region. It is also noted that the significance of this forest lies in the genetic pureness of the species Abies cephalonica, since in mainland areas of Greece, where this species can also be found, it is often crossbred with the Balkan fir species Abies borisii-regis. Mount Ainos is important from a biogeographical point of view since on its slopes and peaks endemic plant species can be found. Also, the spread pattern of several plant species which are found in the area indicate close biogeographical ties between the Greek and Italian peninsulas.
Churches of Kefalonia
The church of Aghios Spyridon with the ornate wood carved chancel, in Poulata
The church of Panaghia (Virgin Mary) in Ntomata, where you can also see the impromptu coffin of Patriarch Gregorios V.
Panaghia Sissiotissa (1517) on the coastal avenue
The catholic church of Aghios Nikolaos.
The church of Aghia Varvara, built on a rock next to the bridge of Drapano and opposite to the town.
Tourist Police: 26710 22815
Argostoli Port Authority: 26710-22224
Poros Port Authorities: 26740 72460
Sami Port Authorities: 26740 22031
Port Police of Argostoli: 26710 22202
Ithaca Port Authority: 26740-32909
Police: 26710 22200
Killini Port Authorities: 26230 92211
Kefalonia Airport: 26710 41511
Hospital: 26710 22434