How to Get to Corfu

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How to Get to Corfu, Greece - 2023 Guide

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As of the top holiday destinations in Greece, Corfu is easily accessible by ferry and plane. In fact, the most preferred mode of transportation to reach Corfu is by plane. Additionally, the island boasts two ports, one in Corfu Town and another in Lefkimi, which provide connections to mainland Greece, Paxi, the Diapontian Islands, and even Italy (Ancona, Bari). 

It is highly recommended to familiarize yourself with the local transportation options before visiting the island. Doing so will allow you to effectively plan and organize your transportation throughout your stay in advance, ensuring a seamless experience.

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Ferries to Corfu from the Greek mainland depart from Igoumenitsa and Patra. Crossings from Igoumenitsa occur daily, taking approximately 1.5 hours to reach Corfu Port and 1 hour to reach Lefkimi Port. There are numerous itineraries available throughout the day. 

Corfu Port is the ideal choice if your destination is in the northern part of the island. For those heading to the southern part, Lefkimi Port is recommended. Departures start early in the morning and continue until late in the evening. Departures from Patra happen twice a week, with a travel time of around 7.5 hours.

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View of Lefkimi Port from the ferry

Additionally, there are ferries connecting Corfu to Italy, specifically from the ports of Bari and Ancona. These ferries are convenient for Italian and central European passengers who wish to bring their vehicles to the island. Crossings to Paxi and the Diapontian Islands (Mathraki, Ereikoussa, Othoni) are also available, with a higher frequency during the summer. For ferry prices and availability, you can visit


Corfu International Airport, also known as “Ioannis Kapodistrias” Airport, operates year-round flights from Athens, Preveza, and Thessaloniki. During the tourist season (typically from May to September), it also welcomes flights from various European cities, Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Airplane above Pontikonisi islet in Corfu

The airport is conveniently located approximately 3 km from Corfu Town and can be easily reached by public bus, car, or taxi. A bus station is situated near the entrance of the airport. For a seamless and personalized transfer experience, we recommend pre-booking a private transfer with WelcomePickups, ensuring the best service and competitive prices.

Bottom Line

If you are coming to Greece and Corfu is your first or final destination, then Corfu International Airport is the best option for you. However, if you want to explore other islands or the Greek mainland, then ferries either from Corfu Port or Lefkimi Port are an easy and economical way for your travel.

Finally, here are some helpful telephone numbers:

  • Corfu Port Authority: +302661365200
  • Port of Corfu: +302661045551, +302661039824
  • Port of Lefkimmi: +302662023277
  • Igoumenitsa Port Authority: +302665099400
  • Port of Igoumenitsa: +302665099300

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