Best Ways To Travel From Athens To Corfu

A complete guide on how to get from Athens to Corfu including direct Athens Corfu flights, buses, driving, and ferry options.

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Getting from Athens To Corfu

  • By far the easiest way to travel from Athens to Corfu is to fly. There are daily flights, and the journey time between Athens and Corfu by plane is just 1 hour.
  • Driving can be an option, but it does involve driving to Igoumenitsa first, and then taking a ferry to Corfu. Car rental companies generally don’t allow their cars to be taken on ferries, so driving from Athens to Corfu is only suitable if you have your own vehicle.
  • Taking the bus from Athens to Corfu is a long journey, and on a good day it will involve a 4.5 hour trip on the bus, and then about 1.5 hours for the ferry crossing from Igoumenitsa to Corfu.
  • There is no direct Athens to Corfu ferry.
  • Dave’s Advice: Just save yourself the time and hassle and get yourself a flight from Athens to Corfu! Then, head out to a beach and enjoy yourself!

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Athens to Corfu Flights

If you are looking to travel from Athens to Corfu, then you probably already are planning a trip around Greece and heading out to Corfu later. In case you didn’t know though, Corfu has an international airport with many flight connections from European cities. Thought I’d mention it in case it helps with your itinerary planning!

If your itinerary doesn’t allow you to fly to Corfu directly from your home country, then taking a plane from Athens to Corfu is the next best thing.

Most people are going to find that flying from Athens to Corfu is way quicker and easier than any other form of travel. There are regular flights leaving from Athens heading out to Corfu all throughout the year, with considerably more flights in the summer than in the winter.

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Some of the airlines that fly between Athens and Corfu include Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, and sometimes Ryanair and Sky Express.

Tickets for Athens to Corfu flights can cost anywhere between 100 and 200 Euros, although cheap flights can sometimes be picked up at different times of year.

You can check out flight schedules and prices for Athens – Corfu flights with Skyscanner.

Athens – Corfu flights leave from Athens International Airport which you can reach from central Athens by metro, bus or taxi.

Athens to Corfu flights arrive in Corfu at Corfu International Airport. The airport is just 3 kms outside of Corfu Town, and you can read here how to get from Corfu Airport to Corfu Town.

Athens to Corfu Bus

There’s two options for taking a bus from Athens to Corfu. Neither of which are made easy by either KTEL bus company and their websites. 

The first option is to use Green Buses, which is the Corfu KTEL company. This bus should take you from Kifissos central bus station directly to Igoumentisa ferry port, where you will have time to buy a ferry ticket. Theoretically, this same bus should then drive you off the ferry and into the Corfu bus depot. Note this company may only provide 3 buses a week.

The second option is to use KTEL Thesprotias, who provide more regular buses between Athens and Igoumenitsa. Once in Igoumenitsa, you’d again need to buy a ferry ticket for Corfu, and then take the ferry. On arrival in Corfu, you’d need to organize getting from the ferry port to wherever you need to go yourself.

ferry from igoumenitsa to corfu

Honestly, the bus between Athens and Corfu is such a pain, it’s really not worth it unless you are traveling with weird luggage or have an aversion to flying.

Athens to Corfu Driving

Driving from Athens to Corfu isn’t for everyone, but it is something I have done in the past. This is only because I live in Greece and wanted to take my car though. It wouldn’t have been worth it otherwise!

You should note that driving between Athens and Corfu does involve a ferry crossing. Most car rental companies in Greece do not allow their vehicles to be taken on ferries (although some readers have mentioned you can pay extra insurance to cover this). Take a look at the photo below to check out the parking situation inside a Greek ferry, and you’ll understand why they don’t cover you!

parking inside the ferry to corfu

The quickest route from Athens to Corfu by car will take about 6 hours and 38 minutes to cover the 514km distance. It will take you out of Athens, along the toll roads to Patras, over the magnificent Rio Antirrio Bridge and northwards along the west coast of Greece to Igoumenitsa. Once there, you would take a ferry from Igoumenitsa to Corfu.

You can check the Athens – Corfu driving route out on this map.

In my opinion, driving to Corfu from Athens is really only for people who have their own vehicles. 

Considering renting a car in Greece? My suggestion is to check out Discover Cars. They collaborate with both local Greek car rental firms and major international brands. Plus, their prices are quite competitive!

Athens to Corfu Ferry

There are no direct ferries from Athens to Corfu. This means if you were thinking to arrive in Piraeus Port from the eastern islands of Greece and then take another ferry to Corfu, you’re in for some bad news!

The only ferries going directly to Corfu from the Greek mainland leave from Igoumenitsa Port.

If you're looking to reserve ferry tickets in Greece, I strongly advise using Ferryhopper. It's important to note that ferry schedules are usually released just 2-3 months prior. So, if you're planning a vacation for a year from now, keep in mind that schedules might not be accessible yet!

Athens Corfu Travel Questions

Readers who want to travel between Athens and Corfu often ask questions similar to:

Is there a ferry from Athens to Corfu?

There is no direct ferry route from Athens to Corfu. To reach Corfu by ferry, travelers typically go to Igoumenitsa port in western Greece, from where there are frequent ferry crossings to Corfu on a daily basis. The ferry journey from Igoumenitsa to Corfu Town takes about 90 minutes.

What is the best way to get to Corfu from Athens?

Corfu is one of the Greek islands in the Ionian group, located on the west coast of Greece and quite far from Athens. The best way to get from Athens to Corfu is by a direct flight.

How can I find a cheap flight from Athens International airport to Corfu?

To find a cheap flight from Athens airport to Corfu, you can use various online travel agencies such as Skyscanner, Kayak, and Expedia. If Ryanair are flying on your travel dates, you may find they are the cheapest airline overall.

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