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Language: Greek | Currency: Euro (€) | Local time: (UTC+2:00) | Average flight time: 3:45hrs
There are many low-cost carriers offering direct flights during the summer months. EasyJet, for instance, runs seasonal and often relatively cheap flights to Kefalonia from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN); Jet2 offers summer-only services from East Midlands (EMA), Edinburgh (EDI), Leeds Bradford (LBA) and Manchester; and Ryanair operates flights to Kefalonia from London Stansted (STN).
Often the cheapest Kefalonia deals are to be found as part of a flight-accommodation package. Companies such as Thomas Cook and Thomson sell package holiday options and operate charter flights from all over the UK. If you are based in or near Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester or Newcastle, their seasonal charter flights will save you traipsing down to the capital.
With an average flight time of just three hours 30 minutes, you can wave goodbye to the dismal British summer after breakfast and arrive in the Ionian sunshine in time to kick off your holiday with an al fresco lunch.
Outside of the peak visiting months between May and October, there is a huge drop-off in the number of flights to Kefalonia from the UK. Go during this period and you can expect to make a stopover in Athens, from where regional carriers Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines shuttle you across to Kefalonia in less than an hour.
Kefalonia Airport is located near Svoronata village, about 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) from the capital, Argostoli.
If you believe that ‘the journey is the reward’ and are happy to take the slow, scenic route, then you may want to take the ferry to Kefalonia instead.
There is no direct ferry service to Kefalonia from the UK, but there are two companies (Red Star Ferries and European Seaways) running weekly sailings from Brindisi on Italy’s Adriatic coast to the sunny port town of Sami on Kefalonia’s east coast. Just be prepared for the journey to take in the region of 14 hours.
The other option for sea travel to Kefalonia is to come via the port of Patras, which is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Athens. Ferries to Sami in Kefalonia from Patras take a much more reasonable three-and-a-half hours. Kefalonia-bound ferries also depart from Kyllini in the Peloponnese and from Astakos, taking one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half hours respectively, and landing in the ports of Poros and Sami.