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Language: Greek | Currency: Euro | Local time: UTC+3hrs | Avg. Flight time: 5 hr 25m
Most London airports offer direct, summer services to Corfu. British Airways has daily departures from Heathrow (LHR) in July and August, and four-weekly services otherwise from May to October. Its flight time tends to be shorter than other carriers.
Norwegian flies from Gatwick (LGW) on weekends. easyJet covers the same route more frequently and also links the island with Luton (LTN). Ryanair and Jet2 fly from Stansted (STN), while TUI Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines both offer charter flights from all three: Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. Prices from these low-cost carriers are cheaper than British Airways.
Airports across the UK serve Corfu during summer. TUI has the widest coverage, with services from the likes of Exeter (EXT), Norwich (NWI), Bournemouth (BOH), Aberdeen (ABZ) and Belfast (BFS). Thomas Cook, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2.com all also depart from multiple UK destinations, with April to October the normal window.
Corfu is also easily reached from Manchester (MAN) – there are 20 flights a week, though the price is usually slightly more expensive than the flights from London.
Flying to Corfu between mid-November and late-March can be a challenge. As there are no direct flights during this period, you’re required to change in Athens (ATH), and travel onwards with domestic carrier Olympic Air – a subsidiary of Aegean Airlines. The journey may take anything from 8 hours to 18 hours including the layover and the price isn’t cheap either.
Alternatively, you can get a bus from Athens – boarding at Terminal A on Kifissou Street, connected to the airport by shuttle bus X93 – to the port of Igoumenitsa and then the 90-minute ferry onto Corfu Town. This takes around 8-9 hours in total, excluding the flight time from the UK to Athens. Seaplanes also serve Corfu from Ioannina and Patras.
Various Ionian Sea cruises dock at Corfu Town, but generally only for a day or so. This is ideal for brief exploration, but prohibitive for anyone wanting to see the real island. Ferries also arrive from Bari, Ancona and Venice in Italy, although mostly only in summer.
Currently, British visitors need only a valid passport for the duration of their visit to enter Corfu, and Greece as a whole, and can stay for up to three months.
Looking to visit Corfu? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.