Getting to and from Paxos OffSeason……..
There are a number of options to get to Paxos off season in the absence of direct flights to Corfu.
Many airlines operate a daily service between the UK and Athens (ATH) &/or Thessaloniki (SKG)
Flying to Athens will mean an internal flight on to Corfu and if booked far enough ahead is not as expensive as you would think. Both Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air offer connected flights from London to Corfu with a stop in Athens. It’s possible to also check your bags right through to Corfu leaving you with a short stop in Athens (quite a nice airport actually if there is such a thing!)
www.skyscanner.net for best flight search.
www.easyjet.com amongst others offer a direct service to Thessaloniki sometimes up to 4 times a week from various UK airports. Thessaloniki is a 3hr drive from Igoumenitsa, one of Greece’s main international ports and there is a ferry from here to Paxos 4 times a week in the winter.
http://www.ryanair.com daily flights from Stansted to Thessaloniki
The Egnatia highway which runs from Istanbul through Thessaloniki and to Igoumenitsa on the west coast of Greece (opposite Paxos) is now completed and is one of the most impressive roads in Europe, passing through some of Greece’s most beautiful mountain regions. Why not hire a car and do this drive to Igoumenitsa and jump on the ferry to Paxos. www.arguscarhire.com for best rates.
Alternatively, I recently returned from the UK into Thessaloniki with Easy Jet, then very simply caught the bus outside arrivals which took me into Thessaloniki main bus station and then with just a 1.5hr wait took the direct bus to Igoumenitsa (3.5hrs)
Unfortunately with the arrival times into Thessaloniki you can’t catch the ferry in time that same day, so it involves an overnight stay in Igoumenitsa for the ferry the following day. This is where hiring a car is the best option and you can make an overnight stay in the beautiful mountain city of Ioannina which is 2hrs from Thessaloniki (very nice accommodation options available) leaving you with a 50mins drive the next day to catch the ferry.
Transfers from Igoumenitsa/Corfu to Paxos
There is a car ferry that runs from the mainland (Igoumenitsa) and Corfu to Paxos
The local agent on the island is Paxos Magic http://www.paxosmagic.com/ 0030 26620 32269
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
From Igoumenitsa to Paxos: 10am
From Paxos to Igoumenitsa: 13.00
Transfers from Corfu to Paxos
Kamelia Lines runs the Despina passenger boat.
The timetable will commence from 1st April 2018
Tel.: +30 26620 32131 Fax: +30 26620 32136
Tel: +30 26610 40372
During the summer months tickets can also be purchased from designated agents, Thalassa Travel (Loggos) Routsis (Lakka), Paxos Magic and Gaios Travel (both Gaios)
Bouas Tours run the hydrofoils (IlidaII, Ilida dolphin and Azimet)
Corfu Tourist Enterprises Phone: 26610 49800/26610 80444
Fax: 26610 44004
Paxos Office Phone: 26620 32401 / 26620 32245
Fax: 26620 32610
Mobile:6975 873 704
Sea-taxi’s are also an option, contact numbers below:
Nick (0030) 6932232072 see http://www.paxosseataxi.com
Tassos (0030) 6944832964
Nico (0030) 6973067292
Once on Paxos depending on where you are staying you may wish to hire a car, do contact Alfa Car Hire for rates firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
There are just 5 taxi’s on the island and on main transfer days they do get booked up, it is best to call and book in advance:
Taxi numbers: (prefix 0030)
Christos – 6977 472747
Haris – 6974 135660
Kostas – 6974 002236
Nico – 6984 220011
Tassos – 6976 648486