Corfu is called “the choice of aristocrats” for a reason. Once upon a time, only representatives of the upper classes could afford to rest on this island. Today, everyone can enjoy the beauty of green landscapes, swim in the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, look at the masterpieces of architecture. The number of houses and villas for rent , as well as hotels on the island is very large. How to get from Thessaloniki to Corfu? Here are some options.
How to get from Thessaloniki airport to Corfu
Both Thessaloniki and Corfu have international airports with air service between them. The flight time is 1 hour. Sky Express, Astra Airlines, Smartwings and Aegean Ailines fly from Thessaloniki to Corfu. The price of a one-way ticket is 65-95 euros. If there is time left, you can go to Corfu with a transfer in Athens. In this case, the journey will take at least 4 hours. During the summer season, the Thessaloniki-Corfu route is in high demand, so it is better to book tickets in advance.
Landing in Corfu is made at the airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias". It is located 4.5 km from the capital of the island. Buses run from the airport to the bus station of Kerkyra, and from the bus station you can get to any cities and resorts of Corfu.
Please note: direct flights connect Thessaloniki and Corfu from the beginning of June until the end of October.
How to get from Thessaloniki to Corfu by ferry
There are no direct ferries from Thessaloniki to Corfu. First you need to get to the city of Igoumenitsa (about 320 km) along the motorway with toll sections. In Igoumenitsa there is a port where you can see the time of the next ferry departure to Corfu on an electronic scoreboard. Travel time to the island is 1-1.5 hours. The ferry service is operated by Kerkyra Seaways and Anek Lines. The ticket price starts from 10 euros. Ferries depart 8-10 times a day, the earliest being around 4:00 am and the last one after 10:00 pm. Be careful: ferries arrive at 2 different ports. One of them is located in the center of Kerkyra, and the other is quite far away, on the southern end of the island in Lefkimi.
The ferry can be reached by a rented car or with a private transfer. The advantage of a rented car is that when you arrive on the island, you will not need to look for a new transport. However, before you travel, check if it will be possible to use ferries on this car. An individual transfer is good because you do not need to pay for the transport of a car (it usually costs 40-50 euros one way).
How to get from Thessaloniki to Corfu by bus
A bus to Corfu departs twice a day from Thessaloniki bus station. It follows through Igoumenitsa and involves a transfer to the ferry. The total duration of the trip is 4 hours plus 1.5 hours by ferry. The price of a bus ticket is about 40 euros, you will have to pay separately for a ferry ticket. When you go ashore, you can get on your bus and continue on your way.
Please note: children under 6 years old are not charged for the bus. If possible, you should buy your bus ticket in advance. There are few flights, but there are always a lot of people who want to go to Corfu.