Ferry to Kefalonia

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In brief, it is possible to reach Kefalonia by taking the ferry. None of the three ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion) serves routes to Kefalonia; all ferries depart from regions of western mainland Greece.

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Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and lies between Zakynthos and Lefkada. It has two main ports and two smaller ones.
The first main port is that of Poros, which receives passenger ferries that depart from Kilini (Peloponnese). It is located on the southeastern side of the island, 40 km away from Argostoli, the capital of the island.
The second main port is in Sami. It is situated north of Poros, 26 km away from Argostoli. Ferries from/to Patra (Peloponnese) and Astakos (Aetolia-Acarnania) arrive at/depart from Sami. Moreover, the seasonal ferries from Italy (Bari) also approach the port of Sami.
Pessada is a small port in the southern part of Kefalonia. Ferries to the neighboring Zakynthos depart from there. Fiscardo also hosts a small port, used mainly by yachts and other smaller vessels.


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Ferry arriving at the port of Fiscardo

Kefalonia is a Greek island that can be easily accessed by ferry. It is a large island with thousands of permanent residents, hence crossings from/to it are available all year round. Kefalonia is connected by ferry with three regions of Western Greece as well as other Ionian islands. You can reach the island by ferry from the mainland - namely Kilini, Patra and Astakos - and the island of Ithaca. During summer, local ferry boats may reach Lefkada and Zakynthos, too. Last but not least, some seasonal routes from/to Bari, Italy may be available during the high season.

Important notice: Ferry schedules may vary every year. Most ferry companies announce their official timetables in March. You can find and book all available ferries on our booking engine, as soon as they are officially announced.

From Kilini

Many travelers who start their trip to Kefalonia from mainland Greece, select Kilini as their port of departure.
Kilini is located in the northwestern part of the Peloponnese, 316 km from the International Airport of Athens and 287 km from the capital's center.
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• How long is the trip?
The crossing from Kilini to Kefalonia (Poros) lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

• How much do the tickets cost?
A one-way ticket to Kefalonia is priced at €13.5.

• What ferries are operating from Kilini to Kefalonia?
All routes are operated by a conventional ferry appertaining to Levante Ferries' fleet.

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The conventional type of ferry is a large ship that comprises indoor and outdoor spaces and a big garage. The interior spaces are air-conditioned. Many facilities are available on deck, including lounges, bars, and a shop.
Bad weather conditions (strong winds or storms) and waves usually don't affect conventional ferries. The trip is very pleasant due to the different areas where you can gaze at the beautiful Ionian waters while enjoying a coffee or a snack. Last but not least, a basic advantage of those ferries is the large garages that allow passengers to transfer their vehicles.
Price range: €13.5
Vehicle: €13.5-€17.5 (Moto), €45 (Car)

• Indicative Timetables
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  • From Kilini
  • • 06:15 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • • 10:30 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • • 15:15 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • • 20:00 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • To Kilini
  • • 04:00 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • • 08:15 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • • 13:00 Levante Ferries (1h30m)
  • • 17:45 Levante Ferries (1h30m)

From Patra

Another region of the Peloponnese that is connected with Kefalonia is Patra.
Patra, like Kilini, is located in the northwestern part of the Peloponnese. The New Port of Patra is located 249 km from the International Airport of Athens and 220 km from Athens' center.
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• How long is the trip?
It takes 3 hours for the ferry to travel from Patra to Kefalonia (Sami).

• How much do the tickets cost?
The ferry ticket from Patra to Kefalonia sells for €15.4 for passengers and €18.8 - €52.9 for vehicles.

• What ferries are operating from Patra to Kefalonia?
A conventional ferry belonging to Levante Ferries operates this route.

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  • From Patra
  • • 13:30 Levante Ferries (3h)
  • To Patra
  • • 09:40 Levante Ferries (3h)

From Astakos

Astakos is a coastal area of Western Greece, pertaining to the Aetolia-Acarnania prefecture.
The town is located 321 km from the International Airport of Athens and 292 from the center of Athens.
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• How long is the trip?
The duration of the crossing from Astakos to Kefalonia (Sami) is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

• How much do the tickets cost?
A one-way ticket costs €12 for individuals and €4 - €48 for vehicles.

• What ferries are operating from Astakos to Kefalonia?
A conventional ferry owned by Ionion Pelagos Lines operates the Astakos-Kefalonia route.

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  • From Astakos
  • • 12:45 Ionion Pelagos Lines (2h20m)
  • • 20:00 Ionion Pelagos Lines (2h20m)
  • To Astakos
  • • 09:45 Ionion Pelagos Lines (2h20m)
  • • 17:00 Ionion Pelagos Lines (2h20m)

From Ithaca

Ithaca is a small island adjacent to Kefalonia. The island is renowned thanks to Homer's Odyssey since the mythical and ingenious Odysseus was its king in antiquity.
Ferries to Sami (Kefalonia) depart from Pisaetos Port.
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• How long is the trip?
The trip duration does not exceed 30 minutes.

• How much do the tickets cost?
The ticket cost ranges from €3 to €5.

• What ferries are operating from Ithaca to Kefalonia?
The two neighboring islands are connected by conventional ferries owned by Levante Ferries and Ionion Pelagos Lines.

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  • From Ithaca
  • • 07:40 Levante Ferries (20m)
  • • 09:00 Ionion Pelagos Lines (30m)
  • • 16:15 Ionion Pelagos Lines (30m)
  • • 17:15 Levante Ferries (20m)
  • To Ithaca
  • • 07:05 Levante Ferries (20m)
  • • 08:15 Ionion Pelagos Lines (30m)
  • • 15:30 Ionion Pelagos Lines (30m)
  • • 16:45 Levante Ferries (20m)




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On-board a ferry to Kefalonia

Kefalonia is a large island with many things to do so guests need several days to explore it sufficiently. This combined with the fact that the Ionian islands are not so many and with so many ferry connections between them (like the Cyclades) limits the options for day trips.

  • Ithaca: Ithaca is next to Kefalonia and it takes 20-30 minutes to get there from Sami. The island has stunning natural beauty with lush landscapes and magnificent beaches, as well as charming settlements and some points of interest.
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  • Lefkada: During summer, some vessels may operate routes to Lefkada, starting from Fiscardo and reaching Nydri or Vassiliki. Those are seasonal routes and are not available for booking. If you are interested in such an excursion, it is recommended that you contact the port station of Fiscardo at 0030 26740 41400 or ask your accommodation for information about the itineraries for the period during which you will be on the island.
  • Zakynthos: Zakynthos, the home of the bewitching Navagio (Shipwreck), lies below Kefalonia. Routes to Zakynthos may be available from the small port of Pessada in the northern part of Kefalonia during the high season. Ionion Pelagos Lines is the company that operates the route, so make sure to contact them to get informed about the availability of the route.
    Tel: 0030 2674 22111


Relaxing under the sun, on a ferry to Kefalonia

Travel tips to organize your trip to Kefalonia:

  • • Ferry tickets to Kefalonia are very cost-efficient. However, note that all the ports from which ferries depart are located in Western Greece.
  • • If you plan on traveling to/from Kefalonia during the high season (July to mid-September), booking your tickets in advance is strongly recommended.
  • • Kefalonia lies in proximity to Ithaca, a small yet stunning island that is ideal for one-day excursions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the ferry port in Kefalonia?
Kefalonia has two main ferry ports - one in Poros and one in Sami. Poros is located in the southeastern part of the island, a 50-minute drive away from Argostoli, the island's capital. It serves ferries coming from/heading to Kilini. On the other hand, Sami is located in the eastern part of Kefalonia, a 35-minute driving distance from Argostoli. Sami's port serves ferries that come from/head to Astakos and Patra. Both areas boast a picturesque setting and beautiful beaches nearby.

How do I get from the port to the beaches?
The village of Poros has its own beach, only 2.5 km away from the port. Apart from the village's beach, the charming unorganized beaches of Limenia and Kato Lagadi are located in the wider area, 3 km and 4.4 km from the port respectively.
The closest beach to Sami (4.5 km away) is the famous Antisamos, one of the top beaches on the island. Antisamos is organized, offers the possibility of water sports and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The scenery is breathtaking and it is also famous for the beach parties that are held there. At about the same distance but from the other side of the settlement is Agia Paraskevi Beach. It has vegetation, clear waters, and is partly organized.
As for the distance from Myrtos, the unreal beach that ranks among the best in the Mediterranean, Poros is 43 km away; Sami is 18 km away.

How do I get from the airport to the port?
The airport of Kefalonia is located just outside the center of Argostoli. In order to go to either of the two ports by public transport, you will first have to board a public (KTEL) bus from the airport to Argostoli. After arriving at the bus station in Argostoli, you will take another bus to either Poros or Sami. The frequency of the routes changes depending on the season so it is recommended that you visit the official website of KTEL Kefalonia or call the central office before arriving on the island.
Both ports are quite far from the airport, so it is impractical to take a taxi to the ports.
In order to be comfortable and not think about the weight of your luggage or missing the bus service, consider renting a car! They can deliver it to you at the airport and you can start your excursions directly to the different parts of the island!