The nearest airport is Preveza, which is about a 45-minute drive away and operates flights during the holiday season – normally from May till September. Athens International Airport provides the most options for incoming visitors which means a hire car or driver to get you to the island of Lefkada. The drive takes about 4-5 hours depending on traffic. There are also daily regular/quite rapid coach services from Athens to Lefkada. Finally recent newspaper articles denote that a seaplane service may well link Lefkada to Corfu which would widen flight/travel options for visitors.
Herewith some useful travel information but please do contact us so we can assist.
There are several ways to Lefkada. The most direct is a flight into Preveza Aktio airport from which Villa Gabriella is about a 40-minute drive, either by taxi or in a rental car from the airport. We can assist with arranging a car if needed and will provide detailed driving instructions. There’s a useful little video here, about the final 600 metre drive to the villa.
Flights to Preveza are predominantly at the weekend. Flights arrive and depart on Saturdays from Vienna with an Austrian airlines / Tyrolean codeshare service; from Frankfurt and Stuttgart with Condor; from Munich, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf with Air Berlin; from Amsterdam with Transavia and from Corfu and Kefalonia with Sky Express.
On Sundays there are flights from London Gatwick and Manchester with Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson; from London Heathrow with BA (via www.charterflights.co.uk) and from Oslo with Norwegian Air Shuttle. New for 2015, starting May 17th, Easyjet also flies into Preveza on Wednesdays and Sundays: www.easyjet.com/en/ .
These flights operate during the summer season from early May until late October and all the websites are listed at the end of this post. For a wider choice of days to fly consider flights into Corfu (e.g. Easy Jet) to connect with the Sky Express service to Preveza, or catch the Ferry from Corfu Town to Igoumenitsa and then take a taxi (about 90 minutes and around 130-140 Euro) or hire a car to Lefkada.
The ferry timetable is at: www.corfu-kerkyra.eu/html/english/timetable.htm
Your greatest flexibility for travel to Lefkada is a scheduled flight to Athens. Most major European airlines (and others) offer daily scheduled services. You can rent a car at the airport and the pleasant drive, bypassing Athens on the modern motorway, takes about five hours. You cross the Corinth canal, drive along the north coast of the Peleponnese, across the stunning suspension bridge at Patra and then wind your way up the mainland and onto Lefkada and to Villa Gabriella. Choosing to drive offers the opportunity to stop at some interesting ancient Greek sites along the way should you please.
If you’d rather not drive then take the modern and relaxing coach from Kiffisus Bus Station in Athens to Lefkada having taken a 45 minute taxi ride (around 40 Euro) from the airport to the Bus Station. From Lefkada Coach Station take a 20-minute taxi ride to Villa Gabriella or talk to us in advance to arrange a rental car to meet you at the coach station.
The coach timetable from Athens to Lefkada offers up to four coaches a day and takes about five hours.
Monday to Saturday: 07:00; 13:00; 16:30; 20:30. Sunday: 07:00; 13:00; 16:30.
With return times from Lefkada to Athens:
Monday to Saturday: 07:00; 09:30; 12:30; 17:15. Sunday: 09:30; 12:30; 16:30; 17:15
However you choose to get to Lefkada and Villa Gabriella you’ll find everything you need for a wonderful holiday as you pull in through the gates of the Villa to the breathtaking views across the Ionian and a week or two of utter relaxation.
Car hire is strongly recommended due to the location of the villa. Taxis are also in plentiful supply.