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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 and drakakis tours also operates a weekly bus service from Athens.

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, and can be found in our travel schedule ».

drakakistours Bus Service

drakakistours operate a weekly bus service to Kythira that connects with the ferry “Porfyrousa” from the port of Neapoli on the Peleponnese.

You can board the bus at Syntagma Square in the centre of Athens, or at Karaiskaki Square at the port of Pireaus. The ATHENS – NEAPOLIS trip takes approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes and the ferry crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The ferry arrives in Kythira at the port of Diakofti and the bus journey finishes in the town of Chora. You are able to disembark at any village along the main road.

The bus costs €45 per person and includes the ferry ticket.

Athens Departure Point

Corner of Syntagma Square and Ermou Street

Pireaus Departure Point

Karaiskaki Square - Gate E7


KTEL LAKONIAS

You can board one the KTEL buses that operate daily from Athens and disembark at either the port of Gythio or the port of Neapolis on the Peleponnese. The buses start from the Kifissos Bus Station and cost about €28 for Gythio and €38.50 for Neapolis. Once you disembark, you can take the ferry either from Gythio or from Neapolis.

Important:  Please be aware that the schedules of the KTEL buses do not always connect with the schedules of the ferries. We suggest that you contact the relevant local agency to find out the ferry's exact departure time and to ensure you take the correct bus to arrive in time for the ferry's departure.

KTEL LAKONIAS
  Athens: +30 2105124910
  Gythio: +30 2733022228
  Neapolis: +30 2734023222

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 now offers shared or private airport transfer services starting from only €14 per person

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.

Sky Express also operate a service from Athens, flight number GQ 021, which runs 5 times a week during summer, and twice a week in the off season. The flight takes around 50 minutes.


From Thessaloniki

During the summer months, Ellinair operates 2 flights per week from the "Macedonia" Airport of Thessaloniki, flight number EL 010. The flight takes around 65 minutes.

Useful Contact Details

Kythira Airport
   +30 2736033297
   +30 2736038039
   0242174 LGKC GR
   kakctl@otenet.gr


Olympic Handling
   +30 27360-33292
   Kit.stco@olympic-handling.aero


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
   check-in@skyexpress.gr


Ellinair
  801 100 81 82 / +30 2311 224 700
   www.ellinair.com
   customer.service@ellinair.com

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.

drakakistours Bus Service

Alternatively, drakakistours operates a weekly bus service from Athens to Kythira that connects with the ferry “Porfyrousa”. The bus costs €41 per person and includes the ferry ticket.

Ticket Reservations

Vatika Bay Agency
   +30 2734024004, +30 2734029004
   vatbaydr@otenet.gr

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   mkasimati@kithiratravel.gr

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
   rozakis_agency@hol.gr

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   mkasimati@kithiratravel.gr

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
   voulgaritravel@gmail.com
   www.voulgaritravel.gr

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   mkasimati@kithiratravel.gr


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 Piraeus – Gate E3

Ticket Reservations

Gelasakis Tours
   1866 Square, 14 73100, Chania
   +30 28210 75344
   customerservice@letsferry.gr
   www.letsferry.gr

Kythira Travel (Chora & Potamos)
   +30 2736031390 / +30 2736031848
   mkasimati@kithiratravel.gr