How To Get From Athens to Lefkada

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

athens to lefkada
Lefkada is one of the two greek islands (the other one is Evia) that is actually connected to mainland Greece by a small bridge so you can literally drive to it

Lefakda is connected to mainland Greece through a small bridge so you don’t need to take a ferry to get there. You basically have 3 ways to get to Lefkada: by KTEL Bus or by plane through a direct flight to Aktion International Airport (not from Athens though). Depending on your situation one way or another might be right for you.

I believe that the absolute Best Way to get from Athens to Lefkada is by renting a car and drive for about 4.5 hours.

Here are all the options you have, basically:

How Long It TakesCost*
(from Kifissos Athens Bus Station)
~5 hours35 euros
Rent A Car and Drive3.5 to 5.5 hoursit depends
(to Aktion International Airport BUT NOT from Athens)
it depends from whereit depends
*Obviously the cost fluctuates a lot and may differ; always check Ferryhopper for ferry costs and Flights for flights and RentalCars for the best prices on car rentals

There are no ferries connecting Athens to Lefkada because there is no need to be honest, because Lefkada is connected to mainland Greece through a floating bridge.

lefkada bridge
This is the floating bridge that connects Lefkada to mainland Greece (it is weird and old but it does the job)
  • Ferryhopper is the largest and most safe website in Greece to book your ferry tickets from Athens to Paros, but you can also use it just for checking timetables and prices between Athens and all greek islands.
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It’s obvious that whatever I am explaining in this post also applies to the return trip from Lefkada to Athens.

lefkada town bridge
Lefkada Town with its pretty wooden bridge on a summer sunset

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  • There are no ferries from Athens to Lefkada and you can only basically drive or take the bus to get there. It’s a 4.5-5 hours drive.
  • Best way To get From Athens to Lefkada: by renting your own car because it will give you the maximum flexibility in terms of times but you will also get to see the beautiful rout of northern Peloponnese and the famous Rio Bridge
  • Lefkada is very close to Aktion International Aiport: you can fly directly to Aktion International Aiport from pretty much everywhere in Europe major cities

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The KTEL Bus Station in Lefkada is comfortable and modern
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The KTEL Buses in Lefkada take 4.5 to 6 hours to reach Lefkada town from Athens
aktion international airport
Aktion International Aiport is small but it has many flights pre day from major European Cities every summer (April to October)
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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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