Flights that feed Lefkada island land at Preveza airport (Aktio) which is 25 minutes away by car from Lefkada Town, the capital and about 50 mins away from our hotel. International charter flights operate from May to October and connect most major European cities and capitals. From the U.K the feeding airports are that of Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham and usually operate on a Thursday or Sunday, there and back. The typical operators are Monarch, Torair, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Olympic Airlines and EasyJet.
There is an online flight search facility specifically for Lefkada on www.lefkas.net
Ryanair operate flights to neighbouring Corfu and Kefallonia; there is a local plane skyexpress that flies between Corfu, Kefallonia and Lefkada (Preveza). Skyexpress flight timetables are released in May of each year.
Alternatively from Kefallonia you can catch a ferry from Fiskardo (North Kefallonia) to Vasiliki (South Lefkada) and then a bus to Nidri, approx. 20 mins away. The ferryboat ‘Captain Aristides’ operates a service to and from the Islands of Kefallonia (Fiscardo). The ‘Captain Aristides’ carries both cars and foot passengers. The phone number of their agent on Lefkada is + 30 (26450) 93278.
You can also fly to Athens International Airport and then catch a flight or coach to Lefkada.
The recent construction of the beautiful bridge of Rio-Antirio has accelerated the travel by road from the capital Athens, 385 km away. If you are taking this route to reach Lefkada you must stop for refreshments at “The Garden of Eden”, a unique side road cafe owned by Kostas. It is on the right hand side of the road, 13 Km after you pass the above mentioned bridge, but you need to look out for it, as it is well concealed amongst trees - you will not regret it!
If you were to travel on your own by car please be aware that there are motorway toll charges.
Buses from Athens cost about 30 euros, leave regularly and take 5 hours and this might be a good way to get to Lefkada if you first want to visit Athens, as part of an extensive holiday.
There are several buses per day to/from Athens. In Athens, the Lefkada bus operates from and to the Leoforos Kiffisos Bus Station. A taxi between the Leoforos Kiffisos Bus Station and Athens Airport costs about 35 Euros and takes about 40 minutes.
Bus Tickets between Lefkada and Athens can be booked online with KTEL
Lefkada KTEL bus station phone : Lefkada offices : +30 26450 22364
Athens KTEL bus station offices : (Leoforos Kiffisos) +30 210 5150108
GETTING TO US FROM THE AIRPORT
From Preveza airport we recommend you catch a taxi to the hotel and the cost for this is approximately 50 euros, which might be worth it for a company of 3-4 people. We will send you a group email prior to your trip, so that you are able to liaise with swimmers from your week if you decide to make a group taxi booking. The email will contain taxi booking information so you are able to book a taxi direct via email.
You can catch the local bus from the airport to Lefkada Town (the capital of the island). This will take approx. 25 minutes and the cost is 2.20 euros. From Lefkada Town bus station you will then catch a connecting bus to Nidri, a further 20 minutes ride and this should cost 2.20 euros. It may be possible for Big Blue to pick you up at Nidri and take you round the bay to the hotel, which takes just a few minutes.
There are 6 buses a day, Monday to Saturday, that run from Preveza Town via Preveza airport (Aktion) to Lefkada Town. They depart Preveza Town at: 7.00, 9.45, 12.30, 14.45, 16.45 and 20.00 and 15 mins after departure they arrive at Preveza airport. On a Sunday there are 3 buses at 14.30, 16.45 and 20.00, (again 15 mins later they arrive at the airport).
If wishing to explore before or after the trip you might also choose to hire a car from the airport:
The Big Blue recommends Parga Car Hire (If contacting Parga Car Hire please mention The Big Blue for special rates). Parga Car Hire also own the franchises for National/Alamo and Budget and they deliver cars from as far as Igoumenitsa ferry port all along the coast up to Preveza aiport. They guarantee excellent customer service and also guarantee their cars are in excellent condition.