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Getting to Kythira

Find out how to reach Kythira


Kythira lies at the southernmost tip of the Peloponnese, past the island of Elafonisos and Cape Maleas, and north-west of the island of Crete. The island is easily accessible by daily aeroplane and ferry services.

It is important to know that neither the airport or port offer public transport services, so it is advisable to have pre-booked a rental car, minibus or taxi that will take you to your destination.

Full information on how to reach Kythira is detailed below:

Kythira Airport

The airport is located in the centre of Kythira, near the village of Frilingianika and on the way to the port of Diakofti.

It is important to know that Kythira airport does not offer public transport services, so it is advisable to have pre-booked a rental car, minibus or taxi that will take you to your destination.

drakakis tours offers a private transfer service from the airport starting from only €30

Distances from Kythira Airport:

  • Chora (or Kythira): 21 kilometres, approximately 35 minutes
  • Port (Diakofti): 13 kilometres, approximately 15 minutes
  • Livadi: 17 kilometres, approximately 30 minutes
  • Potamos: 10 kilometres, approximately 25 minutes
  • Aghia Pelagia: 17 kilometres, approximately 30 minutes

From Athens

The quickest way to get to Kythira is by plane from Athens.

Olympic Air (a subsiduary of Aegean Arilnes) operates a regular service, flight number A37054, which takes around 45 minutes. In peak season, the flight operates daily, however this drops to twice weekly during winter.

Further information and bookings: www.olympicair.com

Sky Express also operate a service from Athens, flight number GQ440, which runs 5 times a week during summer, and twice a week in the off season. The flight takes around 50 minutes.

Further information and bookings: www.skyexpress.gr


From Thessaloniki

Ellinair and Astra Airlines have previously offered flights to Kythira from Thessaloniki, however they haven't released their 2019 timetable yet. For further information you can check their websites:

Ellinair
Astra Airlines

Useful Contact Details

Kythira Airport
   +30 2736033297
   +30 2736038039
   0242174 LGKC GR
   [email protected]


Olympic Handling
   +30 27360-33292
   [email protected]


Olympic Air
   +30 2736033292
   +30 2736033688
  Lost & Found, +30 2736033292
   www.olympicair.com, www.aegeanair.com


Sky Express
   +30 2810223800
   +30 2810228360
   www.skyexpress.gr
   [email protected]


Ellinair
  801 100 81 82 / +30 2311 224 700
   www.ellinair.com
   [email protected]

Laconia KTEL

You can get on one of the buses running KTEL daily to reach either the port of Gythio or the port of Neapole. The departures start from Kifissos Station and are priced at Gytheio at 28 € and for Neapoli at 38.50 €. After landing you can take the ferry line from either Gythio or Naples.

Reservations can be made online through the KTEL website

Important: It is a good idea to start by knowing that there is not always a KTEL connection with the ferries. We recommend that you contact your local agency to know the exact time of departure and to find out if you can be there on time before the ship leaves.

LACONIA KTEL
Athens: +30 2105124910
Gythio: +30 2733022228
Naples: +30 2734023222

Kythira Port (Diakofti)

The port of Kythira is located at Diakofti on the Eastern side of the island. It has been operational since 1996 and was built on the "Makrykythira" islet. Ferry service to Kythira operate via Piraeus, Gythio Lakonia, Antikythira, Kalamata and Kissamos on the ferry 'Ionis" or via Neapolis, on the ferry "Porfyrousa".

It is important to know that Kythira Port does not offer public transport services, so it is advisable to have pre-booked a rental car, minibus or taxi that will take you to your destination.

Distances from Kythira Port:

  • Chora (or Kythira): 32 kilometres, approximately 45 minutes
  • Airport: 13 kilometres, approximately 15 minutes
  • Livadi: 28 kilometres, approximately 40 minutes
  • Potamos: 21 kilometres, approximately 35 minutes
  • Aghia Pelagia: 28 kilometres, approximately 40 minutes

From the Peloponnese - Port of Neapolis, Lakonia

You can visit Kythira via the port of Neapolis with the ferry "Porfyrousa". The ferry operates a daily service to Kythira that takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs approximately €12.50 per person and €46 for a normal-sized car.

You can arrive at the port of Neapolis from Athens, either by car or by the Interstate Bus Service (KTEL), by crossing the Peloponnese and following the Korinthos - Tripolis - Sparta - Neapolis route (325km). Driving time is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Ticket Reservations

Vatika Bay Agency
   +30 2734024004, +30 2734029004
   [email protected]

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   [email protected]

KTEL LAKONIAS
   +30 2105124910 - Athens
   +30 2734023222 - Neapoli


From the Peloponnese - Port of Gythio, Lakonia

You can visit Kythira via the port of Gythio with the ferry "Ionis". The ferry operates a once weekly service to Kythira that takes 3 hours and costs approximately €14 per person and €32 for a normal-sized car.

You can arrive at the port of Gythio from Athens, either by car or by the Interstate Bus Service (KTEL), by crossing the Peloponnese and following the Korinth - Tripolis - Sparta - Gythio route (256km). Driving time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Ticket Reservations

Rozakis Agency - Gythio
   5 Vas. Pavlou Street, Gythio, 23200
   +30 27330 22207
   [email protected]

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   [email protected]

KTEL LAKONIAS
   +30 2105124910 - Athens
   +30 2733022228 - Gythio


From Athens - Port of Piraeus

You can visit Kythira via the port of Piraeus, Athens with the ferry "Ionis". The ferry operates a twice weekly service to Kythira that takes 7 hours and costs approximately €26 per person, and €81 for a normal-sized car. The ferry departs from Gate E3 and the port of Piraeus is well serviced by buses, trains and taxis.

Port of Piraeus – Gate E3

Ticket Reservations

Voulgari Travel, Pireaus
   6,, Astiggos 2, Pireas 185 31
   +30 4125800 / +30 2104179444
   [email protected]
   www.voulgaritravel.gr

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   [email protected]


From Crete - Port of Kissamos

You can visit Kythira via the port of Kissamos, Crete with the ferry "Ionis". The ferry operates a weekly service to Kythira that takes 4 hours and costs approximately €15 per person and €59 for a normal-sized car.

You can arrive at the port of Kissamos, which is located 43 km from Chania, either by car or by KTEL. Driving time is approximately 45 minutes.

Port of Kissamos, Crete

Ticket Reservations

Gelasakis Tours
   1866 Square, 14 73100, Chania
   +30 28210 75344
   [email protected]
   www.letsferry.gr

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   [email protected]