During the summer numerous charter flights descend on the
island. You can book flights online or at most travel
agents prices will vary as to the date you choose, usually you will find July
and August the most expensive these are also the hottest months.
If you don't mind the cooler days then May and October are much
cheaper the weather can be wonderful but also there is the chance
of rain and thunderstorms.
There are also domestic flights from Athens.
If a drive/ferry holiday is to your
taste then driving is an option. Allow three days to get here
although it can be done in less if you have a couple of drivers and
you don't mind driving through the night. The drive depending
on your route will take you through France, Belgium, Luxemburg,
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy (there is no need to go through
all these countries routes are many and varied taking either
motorways or scenic routes) Log onto
AA route finder
The car ferries
leave from Italy - Venice, Ancona or Brindisi. The most common
seems to be the route from Ancona. The journey
from Ancona (Italy) to Patras (Greek mainland) takes around 21
hours. There is the option of a cabin an aircraft type seat or you
can take a sleeping bag and find a spot on deck. In summer
this is a pleasant and a cheap option. The Ferries are very
comfortable and include a disco, bars and restaurants.
The journey takes you to mainland Greece the port of Patras.
Once you arrive there it is a hours drive south to Killini where you
get the local car ferry over to Zakynthos this takes around hour and
When October ends so do all the cheap charter
flights. The only flight into Zakynthos is the daily domestic
flight to Athens run by Olympic Airlines. This flight to
Athens can be as expensive or more than the flight to UK.
Ferries run all
year although they will have a reduced service. Weather
conditions can also be a major factor in the local time table. The
ferries between Kilini and Zante are not book able very much
in advance you buy your
ticket when you reach port or you can get it a day or two before.
TRAVEL BY BUS
Athens - Patra
All year round there is a bus which
runs between Zakynthos and Athens Bus Station. It is a
very cheap way to get to Zante/Athens and is well used by all. The
bus runs the same timetable as the Ferry Kilini/Zante total travel
time is about 6 hours (which includes the crossing). The
coaches are quite up to date and there are comfort stops
en-route. Once at Athens bus station there are many buses to
airport. At the airport cheap flights are available via
Easyjet and other airlines to all parts of the UK.
The bus to Athens is € 22.10 one
way the ferry will cost you € 5.80 one way and you may have
to get off the bus to buy this ticket separately. The bus
ticket is obtained at the bus ticket office and can be bought in
advance. (Prices are at time of printing)
There is also a twice weekly bus to Thessaloniki.