Travel guide to Paxos
Please select a starting point to check the available transportation options:
The options for those travelling by car or motorbike are mainly two:
Through the Old National road, where you drive through highway Athens – Patras, past Rio-Antirio bridge continue on to Ionian Highway to Amfilochia – Vonitsa – Aktion – Preveza till Igoumenitsa. The route covers 470 km and it takes an average of 5 1/2 hours to cross. There are five tolls on the way (Elefsina, Isthmus, Zevgolatio, Rio-Antirio Bridge, Angelokastro) with a total cost of about 23,00Euros.
Athens – Paxos (Old National road)
Through the New National road, where you drive through highway Athens – Patras, past Rio-Antirio bridge, continue on to Ionian Highway all the way until 3 km before Ioannina, where it intersects with Egnatia Odo on which you head to Igoumenitsa. The route covers 440 km and it takes an average of 3 1/2 hours to cross. There are six tolls you will go through (Elefsina, Isthmus, Zevgolatio, Rio-Antirio Bridge, Angelokastro, Tirion Station) at a total cost of about 26,5euros.
The traveller can go from Igoumenitsa to Paxos by Ferry Boat of S&L Corfu Ferries. There are 1-2 trips daily, during the summer season, depending on the day of the week. Tickets can be purchased at the port. The cost per passenger is around 11,00Euros for adults and 5.50Euros for children (Free for children under 4years old). The cost of transporting your vehicle is about 42,30Euros for cars, 9,00Euros for motorcycles up to 250cc and 12,80Euros for motorcycles bigger than 250cc.
If you are travelling by means of public transportation, there are 2 main choices :
Traveling by intercity buses: KTEL Paxos is the best choice when traveling on a budget. During the summer months there are at least 2 routes every week; departing from opposite the building of the Traffic Police of Athens at Stathmo Larisis. Contact KTEL Paxos for the departure schedule and to reserve your seat. Traveling by KTEL Paxos is the best choice since they work in connection with the Ferry Boat and therefore, will transport you and your luggage directly at the port of Paxos.
KTEL Thesprotias depart from Kifisos KTEL station daily, have frequent trips throughout the day and will transport you and your luggage to the port of Igoumenitsa. Unlike KTEL Paxos, with this choice, depending on your departure and arrival time, you might have to wait a few hours to the port of Igoumenitsa or even spend the night there, until you can board on the next Ferry Boat to Paxos island.
Upon arriving at the port of Igoumenitsa the traveller has 2 main choices on how to reach Paxos :
The traveller can go from Igoumenitsa to Paxos by Ferry Boat of S&L Corfu Ferries. There are 1-2 trips daily, during the summer season, depending on the day of the week. Tickets can be purchased at the port. The cost per passenger is around 11,00Euros for adults and 5.50Euros for children (Free for children under 4years old).
Kamelia Lines (Ships : Despoina & Krista) during the summer season they make 2-4 trips a day, 4 days of the week. The trip lasts approximately 80 minutes and the ticket costs around 15,00Euros.
By plane you can get till Corfu. From Athens airport (El. Venizelos), located at the end of Attiki Odos near the area Spata, Koropi, you can fly to Corfu airport with Aegean Airways, Olympic Airways and Ryan Air. The flight lasts about 50’.
Corfu airport (Ioannis Kapodistrias) is located 3 kilometres away from the city. To go from there to down town Corfu you have two main options:
You can take the city bus #15 that has frequent routes to and from the Port. Tickets can be purchased on board from the driver, at a cost of about 1.70Euros.
You can always grab a taxi anytime of the day for about 10,00Euros and the ride to down town takes about 10 minutes.
When you reach the port of Corfu you can choose the ship which will take you to your final destination. Your main choices for departing from Corfu to Paxos are two:
Kamelia Lines (Ships : Despoina & Krista), during the summer season they make about 2 trips a day. The ticket booth is located at the new port on Eleftheriou Venizelou 50, the trip lasts about 90 minutes and the ticket cost starts at 10,80Euros.
Paxos Ilida also has 2 trips on average. Their ticket booth is at the new port on Ethnikis Antistaseos 1 . The trip lasts around 60 minutes and it costs about 20,00Euros.
The main highway connecting Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa is Egnatia Odos. The distance between the two is around 320 kilometres and it takes about 3 1/4 hours to cross. There are 4 tolls on the way and the cost is 8.50Euros for the cars while it is about 6.00Euros for the motorcycles.