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Athens to Lefkas KTEL Bus

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Athens to Lefkas KTEL Bus

Several places on the web say the KTEL bus from Athens to Lefkas is 5 to 6 hours but the KTEL time table says 3 hours 9 minutes, e.g., departs at 7:00, arrives at 10:09. Can someone tell me which is correct

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1. Re: Athens to Lefkas KTEL Bus

The 5-6 hour estimate is correct. They cannot possibly do it in 3 hours (no, not even a bus driver!). This website is usually reliable:

lefkadaslowguide.gr/uploads/pdfs/ktel_eng.pdf

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2. Re: Athens to Lefkas KTEL Bus

We are thinking of Lefkada as being a good spot for us to spend three days before flying out of Athens back to Australia. We are concerned re the reliability of transport from other islands ( weather dependant) and in a worse case scenario at least we could get back via mainland . does anyone have any advice. ?

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3. Re: Athens to Lefkas KTEL Bus

Lefkada is an excellent choice because of the road link, you're not relying on ferries at all. However, it's a 5-6-hour drive from Lefkada to Athens airport, and it can take longer in bad weather -- you don't say when you are travelling, but in winter you may be held up by very heavy rain and even snow (it happened to us one January on the way back to Athens airport -- we were lucky, they'd just reopened the Athens bypass road when we got there, but there were snowploughs still working to clear it). So you'd be wise to allow extra time and keep an eye on the weather forecast. Having said that, you'd be very unlucky to have a serious delay, even in the winter.

If you'd like to spend time on an island without worrying about ferries but would like to be a little closer to Athens, you could look at Evia, which is also linked to the mainland by a bridge.

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4. Re: Athens to Lefkas KTEL Bus

@louJSydney - when are you coming to Greece? I ask as where you might find ferries delayed or cancelled due to bad weather in the months prior to, or following the main visitor season, the chances of a delay from the start of May through to the end of September are remote. Of course, no one can ever predict what may or may not happen, but statistically, there's probably a bigger chance of a bus breaking down than a flight being cancelled.

It is a lengthy ride from Lefkada to Athens and that eats into your available time. When you consider that there's no Greek island more than a 60 minute flight from Athens and some are way closer than that, then you could to a point consider pretty much anywhere for those final few days and still cut the travelling time back to Athens in half, even allowing for check in times.

Bear in mind too that once back in Athens from Lefkada if using the bus, you still then have an further hour's ride to the airport via the X95 bus, or a shorter ride via taxi or Metro.

Edited: 02 December 2013, 10:28
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