Lefkada is the only island accessible by car, without the cost of a ferry. It is connected to the Akarnanian mainland by a floating pontoon for a constant flow of vehicle traffic, and is also a swinging bridge.The bridge is fully rotating every hour from 08:00 p.m to 22:00 a.m in order for the boats to enter. During the night, from 23:00 a.m to 07:00 p.m the bridge rotates whenever there is a ship.
The Rio-Antirrio suspension bridge, as well as the Aktion tunel under the sea makes access to the island much easier. Likewise, the new road axes Igoumenitsa-Alexandroupoli, Egnatia Odos Motorway, makes the journey from Northern Greece and Thessaloniki faster and easier. The Ionian odos motorway facilitates acess to the island from the rest of Greece.
If you are driving from Central Europe to Lefkada via Italy you have four options
option 1. Drive your car to Ancona (280 km to the north east of Rome) and then catch the ferry boat to Igoumenitsa (trip duration: 16 hours). Then you have to drive from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada (road distance: 110 km).
option 2. Drive your car to Brindisi (Adriatic Sea coast in the Apulia region) and then catch the ferry boat to Igoumenitsa (trip duration varies from 7hrs 30min to 10hrs depending on the ferry operations). Then you have to drive from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada.
option 3. Drive your car to Bari (Adriatic Sea coast) and then catch the ferry boat to Igoumenitsa (trip duration varies from 8hrs 30min to 12hrs 30min depending on the ferry operations). Then you have to drive from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada.
option 4. Drive your car to Venice (in the north east of Italy) and then catch the ferry boat to Igoumenitsa (trip duration varies from 25hrs 30min to 28hrs 30min depending on the ferry operations).Then you have to drive from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada.
If you are driving from the Balkans to Lefkada
You have to drive to Northern Greece and then take the newly constructed Egnatia Motorway until Ioannina. When you reach Ioannina you head to Preveza and then through the Aktio-Preveza undersea tunnel. After 20kms you will reach your destination.
Rent a car in Lefkada
*E.U. Member-State citizens may use their own national driving license, while citizens of other countries must have an international driving license together with their own valid national driving license.
There are 4 departures daily from/to Athens (378 km) by coach (KTEL of Lefkada) and twice weekly from/to Thessaloniki (420 km). It takes about 5 hours to arrive to the island from Athens and 4.40 hours from Thessaloniki. There are also regular itineraries from/to Igoumenitsa (115km) which take about 1 hour and a half to Lefkada and also two scheduled trips from/to Patra (187km) which are 2 and a half hours away.
Lefkada Bus Schedules
Athens Central Bus Station - Kifisos/ Tel: +30 210 5150108
Thessaloniki Central Bus Station/ Tel: +30 2310 595412
Patras Central Bus Station/ Tel: +30 2610 623 888
Preveza Central Bus Station/ Tel: +30 26820 22213
All taxi vehicles are brand new and fully equipped to provide the highest safety standards and comforts. The drivers are very experienced and very helpful.
Car/bus using boat connections
From Igoumenitsa directly to Lefkada
To Kalamos/Kastos via Mytikas
From Igoumenitsa or Lefkada to Kefalonia/Zakynthos via Kyllini
From Kyllini to Ithaki via Poros (Kefalonia)
From Patra to Ithaki