Access – Schedules
Lefkada is the only island accessible by car, without the cost of a ferry. It is connected to the Akarnanian mainland by a floating pontoon for a constant flow of vehicle traffic, and is also a swinging bridge. The Rion-Antirion suspension bridge, as well as the Aktion tunnel under the sea make access to the island much easier. Likewise, the new road axes Igoumenitsa-Alexandroupoli, Egnatia Odos Motorway, makes the journey from Northern Greece and Thessaloniki faster and easier. In progress is the construction of the Ionia Odos motorway which will reduce the travel time to and from Antirio and will be linked to the Egnatia Odos motorway. A part of this new motorway is ready and available to public.
E.U. Member-State citizens may use their own national driving license, while citizens of other countries must have an international driving license together with their own valid national driving license.
There are five departures daily from/to Athens (378 km) by coach (KTEL of Lefkada) which cost 33,80 euros and twice weekly from/to Thessaloniki (420 km) which cost 35,40 euros. It takes about 5 hours and a half to arrive to the island from Athens and 5 hours from Thessaloniki. There are also regular itineraries from/to Igoumenitsa (115km) which take about 1 hour and a half to Lefkada and they cost 12,20 euros and also two scheduled trips from/to Patra (187km) which are 2 and a half hours away and they cost 16,20 euros. The ticket from/to Preveza costs 2,70 euros. Tickets with return cost less so if you are planning to return on a specific day do not forget to ask for a return ticket as well!
KTEL Athens: +30210 5133583
KTEL Lefkadas: +302645 022364
By Taxi – Limo – Mini Bus
All taxi vehicles (usually Mercedes Benz) are brand new and fully equipped to provide the highest safety standards and comforts. The drivers are very experienced and very helpful.