Best way to get from Athens to Lefkada? Hi, I will be in Greece late May this year and need to get from Athens to Lefkada. I have heard you can get a bus which takes about 5 hours, or you can fly to Preveza. I have found flights online from Athens to Preveza which were about $50 euro. Does anyone know how much the bus trip is, and if you are able to book online beforehand? Or do you just wait until you are in Athens and do it then? I would also be interested to know if the bus trip is worth doing, as I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of the Greek countryside from within a bus along the way, or am I just better off flying?
Zoi is completely wrong (what the heck has Nafpaktos and Giannina got to do with Lefkada!!!!)- the bus is an easy option - I will find the exact price for you later today (as my friend came up this weekend from Athens to Preveza ) There is a direct bus to Lefkada - I believe they are about 3 times a day - Athens - Preveza more often. OK flight - flights are more than Euro 50 - the planes are small and they are approx 3 times a week - maybe more in late May. If the weather is bad they have been known to turn round and return to Athens - this happened to my friends on my wedding day!!!! I (as a local) would always choose the bus. It takes 5 (or slightly more) hours - it takes the national road from Athens to Patra (2.30hrs) - then over the magnificent BRIDGE (sorry Zoi - no more ferry rides) at Rio to Andirrio. That's incredible! Then the scenery greatly improves (only spoilt by the road passing Agrinio) for a further 2.30hrs direct to Lefkada! ALL NATIONAL ROADS - no roads as described by Zoi. We make this journey at least 26 times a year - as I always have business/ or pleasure in Athens) The bus trip is well worth doing! Standing in Athens airport - waiting for the flight - flying - waiting for luggage - making your way from Lefkada from Preveza airport with take you nearly the same time as travelling via coach - but you will miss the incredible views! Don't know about booking online - best to get to the bus station early - if you are not travelling on or around a public holiday or weekend - the bus should be quite empty. Peggy - Zoi - please refer to the map posted by Ioanna - the bus DOES NOT pass through Nafpaktos - nor Ioannina - nor is there a ferry to Lefkada from Athens!!!!!!!! I've does the journey thousands of times!!!!!! I live in Preveza - 10 mins away from Lefkada town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish people would not give wrong answers! I can tell you the route - Athens (bus station Kiffisou) I can tell you every town you pass! National road to Korinthos (new national road to missed the town centre) pass Korinthos head towards Patra - before Patra turn at Rio - take bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rio_Antirio_dsc06218.jpg (there hasn't been a need to use a ferry between the 2 for years!) over to Antirrio - up towards Agrinio (the turn to Nafpaktos will be on your right after the bridge - DO NOT take this TURN) Pass Agrino and head towards Amfilochia - then to Lefkada! Cross the tiny boat/bridge onto Lefkada island and you will arrive in Lefkada town at the NEW bus station which is situated a little out of the town centre. DONE! National roads - the only windy patch of roads is Amfilochia - Lefkada which is approx 1hr - not dangerous roads and NOT a mountainous area - just beautiful green scenery! http://www.lefkada-island.biz/lefkada-buses.htm Here's the map - Use this link and put in Athens (Greece) Lefkada (Greece) and it will show you a detailed MAP http://route.rac.co.uk/ Peggy - maybe you are referring to another bus route and NOT the Athens-Lefkada one. THANK YOU TREK - was beginning to think I was living in another country from everyone else!!!!