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Getting There

By Plane -- Olympic Air provides at least three flights daily from and to Athens, and three flights weekly from and to Thessaloniki (via Athens). Round-trip fare can vary between about 168€ to 286€. The Olympic Air office in Corfu town (tel. 26610/38-694) is at 11 Polila, down from the Ionian Islands Tourism Office, but agents all over town sell tickets. Aegean Airlines also offers occasional flights (tel. 210/626-1000 in Athens, or 26610/27-100 in Corfu).

Corfu airport is about 4km (2 1/2 miles) south of the center of Corfu town. Fortunately, the flight patterns of most planes do not bring them over the city. Everyone takes taxis into town; the standard fare should be 12€ but may fluctuate with destination, amount of luggage, and time of day.

By Boat -- Many lines and ships link Corfu to both Greek and foreign ports. Ferries run almost hourly between Corfu and Igoumenitsou, directly across on the mainland (1-2 hr.), and several go weekly to and from Patras (about 7 hr.). At least during high season, there is a twice-daily hydrofoil express (about 30 min.) between Corfu and Igoumenitsou. Also in high season are daily ships linking Corfu to ports in Italy -- Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, Venice -- or to Piraeus and/or Patras. The schedules and fares vary so much from year to year that it would be misleading to provide details here; work with a travel agent in your homeland or Greece; or check www.ferries.gr. The ship lines are: Adriatica (tel. 210/429-0487 in Piraeus), ANEK Lines (tel. 210/323-3481 in Athens), Fragline (tel. 210/821-4171 in Athens), Hellenic Mediterranean Line, or HML (tel. 210/422-5341 in Piraeus), Minoan Lines (tel. 210/414-5700 in Piraeus), Strintzis Lines (tel. 210/422-5015 in Piraeus), and Ventouris Line (tel. 210/988-9280 in Piraeus). In high season, the typical one-way cost from Brindisi to Corfu is about 320€ to 380€, for two people in a double cabin with a private bathroom, and with a standard-size vehicle.

By Bus -- KTEL offers service from Athens or Thessaloniki; its ferry carries you between Corfu and Igoumenitsou, on the mainland opposite. Buses allow you to get on or off at main points along the way, such as Ioannina. The buses are comfortable enough, but be prepared for many hours of winding roads. The KTEL office (tel. 26610/39-627) is located along Leoforos Avramiou, up from the new port.

Visitor Information

In previous years there have been municipal tourist information stations on the Esplanade and down at the new port but you cannot count on these to be there in any given year. The best sources of information are in fact the private travel agencies such as Corfu Holidays Travel Agency, at 12 Mantzarou (near the Municipal Theater in the New Town), tel. 26610/23-523 or www.corfuholidays.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.