Ferry to Zakynthos

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In brief, Zakynthos is reachable via ferry. No itineraries are available from the ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion); ferries that start their journey from the mainland depart from the port of Kilini in eastern Peloponnese.

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Zakynthos is the southernmost of the Ionian Islands (excluding Kythira, which is located southeast of the Peloponnese but falls within the Ionian Islands) and lies beneath Kefalonia and Ithaca.
The island has a main port located within Zakynthos Town and a smaller port called Agios Nikolaos in its southern part, in the area of Volimes in particular.
The first receives passenger ferries that depart from the mainland, while the second welcomes vessels that operate the route between Zakynthos and Kefalonia.


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Zakynthos is a Greek island that visitors can reach by ferry. Crossings from/to it are available throughout the year. All ferries departing from the mainland leave from Kilini, a port situated in the northwestern part of the Peloponnese.
Usually, during the high season, local ferry boats approach Kefalonia, too.

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

Kilini is the only port on the Greek mainland that can serve travelers who want to reach Zakynthos.
It is located in the northwestern part of the Peloponnese, 316 km from the International Airport of Athens and 287 km from Athens' center.
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• How long is the trip?
Travel time between Zakynthos and Kilini is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

• How much do the tickets cost?
A standard ticket to Zakynthos costs €12.5.

• What ferries are operating from Kilini to Kefalonia?
All routes are operated by two conventional ferries that belong to the Levante Ferries company.

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Conventional ferries are large ships with many indoor and outdoor spaces and a garage with a big vehicle capacity. The interior spaces are air-conditioned. Lounges, bars, and a shop are part of the available facilities within the ferry.
Bad weather conditions (strong winds, storms, etc.) usually don't affect conventional ferries and delays occur rarely. The trip is very pleasant as travelers have the opportunity to admire the Ionian seascape while enjoying a snack or a beverage.
Price range: €12.5
Vehicle: €10-€14.5 (Moto), €38.4 (Car)

• Indicative Timetables
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  • From Kilini
  • • 07:45 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 10:30 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 13:00 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 15:15 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 17:15 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 19:45 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 21:30 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • To Kilini
  • • 05:30 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 08:00 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 10:30 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 13:00 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 15:15 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 17:30 Levante Ferries (1h15m)
  • • 19:30 Levante Ferries (1h15m)

From Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and sits above Zakynthos. The island is praised by thousands for its breathtaking landscape, including the world-famous heavenly Myrtos Beach and the awe-inspiring Melissani Cave.
Ferries to Zakynthos reach the small harbor of Agios Nikolaos and depart from Pesada Port in southern Kefalonia. The route is seasonal and is usually available from late May to late September.

• How long is the trip?
The trip duration is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

• How much do the tickets cost?
A one-way ticket costs €10.

• What ferries are operating from Kefalonia to Zakynthos?
A conventional ferry named Ionion Pelagos connects the two islands.

• Indicative Timetable

  • From Kefalonia
  • • 07:30 Ionion Pelagos Lines (1h20m)
  • • 18:00 Ionion Pelagos Lines (1h20m)
  • To Kefalonia
  • • 09:45 Ionion Pelagos Lines (1h20m)
  • • 19:45 Ionion Pelagos Lines (1h20m)




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Travel tips to organize your trip to Zakynthos:

  • • Ferry tickets to Zakynthos are quite cheap, even for vehicles. If you plan on taking your car/motorbike with you, the ferry is the ideal option.
  • • If you plan on visiting Zakynthos during the summer, booking your tickets in advance is recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the ferry port in Zakynthos?
Zakynthos' main port is located within its capital - Zakynthos Town. It receives all passenger ships coming from the Greek mainland (Peloponnese). At the same time, a small harbor is located in Agios Nikolaos (Volimes), a village on the northeastern part of the island; that only receives passenger vessels that depart from Kefalonia (Pessada).

How do I get from the port to the beaches?
Zakynthos Town is the center of all activities. The main KTEL (public) bus station is a 15-minute walk from the port. From there, visitors can purchase a ticket, get on a bus and head to the most renowned areas on the island, like Laganas and Kalamaki. Car rental desks are also situated throughout the town. Visitors who arrive from Kefalonia can only leave the port of Agios Nikolaos via a private vehicle.

How do I get from the airport to the port?
The airport of Zakynthos is located less than 4 km from the main port. In order to reach it by public transport, you have to board a KTEL (public) bus from the airport to Zakynthos Town. The frequency of the routes changes depending on the season so it is recommended that you visit KTEL Zakynthos' official website or call the central office before arriving on the island. A taxi rank is situated outside the Arrivals area, too.
On the other hand, Agios Nikolaos port is situated approximately 30 km away from the airport. Public buses don't approach this region so the only way to reach the harbor is via a car.
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!