Visitors travelling under their own steam can arrive at Kefalonia by plane or ferry. The independent style of 'island-hopping' which is popular in the Cyclades or Saronic groups of islands does not really occur in the Ionian as the mainland ferry ports are not as accessible. That means that the easiest and most popular way to reach Kefalonia is via a direct flight.
The island is served by Kefalonia 'Anna Pollatou' Airport, which has seen many changes and renovations since its original build in 1971.
It underwent a total refurbishment in 2019 and the new terminal opened its doors in 2020 under the new management of Fraport. The airport is located on the southwest coast of the island, around 7km south from the capital of Argostoli.
Flights operate daily direct from the UK during the summer season (May to September), as well as from several other countries. The flight time is around 3.5 hours from London. There is a reduced service in April, October and November, while flights to the island are limited in the winter months.
Travelling between December to March would require a connection via Athens International Airport. There are frequent daily flights from Athens to Kefalonia all year round operated by Aegean Airlines/Olympic Airways and which take approximately 45 minutes.
Finding the Airport by GPS
For directions using a Sat Nav or GPS, here are the co-ordinates for the airport, along with the address. Just input the following information into your device.
Airport Latitude and Longitude
38° 7'10.83"N, 20°30'20.13"E
Kefalonia Airport, Kefalonia 281 00
If you are feeling adventurous, there is the option of driving across Europe to Kefalonia. Or, of course, you can hire a car from another airport in Greece and then tour around the country. There may even be some visitors who are making their own independent tour around Greece by bus or other means.
There are several options to reach the island by boat.
The most popular crossing points in Europe are from the ports of Brindisi or Bari in Italy to mainland Greece and then a ferry from the ports of Kylini or Patras to Kefalonia – this route involves the least amount of driving.
Alternatively you can drive directly to the ports of Kyllini or Patras in mainland Greece. Patras is quite a big city and the more accessible from other major locations in Greece but the ferry journey is quicker and the ferries run more frequently from Kyllini.
The service from Patras to Sami on Kefalonia runs once daily and takes three hours. The more frequent ferries from Kyllini to Poros take 90 minutes for the crossing.
Visitors can also travel to or from the neighbouring island of Ithaca from the port of Sami.
Athens is approximately 395km east of Kefalonia. You can travel by coach from here direct to Argostoli, via Poros. Please see the KTEL website for more information.