Getting There



How to get to Paxos

In 2015 the vast majority of our guests  used Bouas Tours who are the agents for the Ilida hydrofoil…. or alternatively Kamelia Lines who manage the bookings for the Despina passenger boat. The Ilida and the Despina run twice on the majority of Wednesdays and three times on a Monday and both are punctual, professionally run and very reliable. Both the Ilida and the Despina run at least once everyday in the high season.

The website details for Bouas Tours are as follows:  www.bouastours.gr/home/index.php and their telephone in Paxos is 0030 26620 32401 while their telephone number in Corfu is 0030 26610 49800.

The contact details for Kamelia Lines in Paxos are as follows: http://www.kamelialines.gr/ and their telephone in Paxos is 0030 26620 32131.

Our advice is that if you are travelling to Paxos in July/August as soon as you have confirmed flights and accommodation to get in touch with Bouas Tours or Kamelia Lines.

Paxos is situated 8 nautical miles to the south of the island of Corfu. Whilst there is no airport on Paxos, it is an easy and pleasant trip from Corfu. For information on flights from the UK please see the section on International Flights below.

The majority of visitors get their first view of the island from the hydrofoil known locally as the Dolphin. Others choose the more intimate (but more expensive) sea taxi whilst another popular option is the distinctly leisurely ferry which calls at the mainland before arriving in Paxos.

The dolphin, the Despina and ferry all dock in Gaios at the New Port, which is close to Gaois, the largest village on Paxos. The sea taxi will drop you at Gaios’ waterfront or at one of the two smaller villages, Lakka or Loggos. The hydrofoil and sea taxi take about an hour, almost a quarter of the time taken by the ferry; the Despina takes about 90 minutes.

Kamelia Lines Despina

Dolphin Hydrofoil

The pictured hydrofoil runs from early May to mid-October with three sailings on Mondays and two most other days; our advice is, especially for first time visitors to Paxos to use the hydrofoil as it runs from Corfu to Gaios and has air conditioning and aeroplane seats.  It leaves  Corfu from the New Port - outside the Nautica Cafe. The New Port is known to every taxi driver and bus operator on Corfu island.

 Sea Taxi

Captain Nicks sea taxi The sea taxi service is excellent but the price per head does vary dramatically depending on how many people are on that particular journey. We have paid anything between 20 and 45 Euros per head in the past. It is very useful service however, especially if you have the misfortune to miss the dolphin or ferry because of a late arrival in Corfu. Paxos Sea Taxis can be contacted at www.paxosseataxi.com or ring the owner Captain Nick himself – he can be contacted on 0030 2662 32444 or mobile: 0030 693223 2072.

Ferry

The ferry is a far more sedate way to get from mainland Greece or Corfu to Paxos and this is reflected in the lower price of 7 Euros (2013). Tickets are readily available for those on foot and can be purchased from many retail outlets adjacent to the new port in Corfu.

Details of the ferries to Corfu from Venice and Brindisi (Italy) and Igoumenitsa (mainland Greece) can be found on www.corfuferries.gr and www.ionian-cruises.com. If you choose to catch the ferry from Igoumenitsa, only an hour away in the hills of northern Greece is the charming town of Ioannina and itis really worth a visit of a couple of days or more. You can walk around the castle walls, cruise on the lake, or try and see a brown bear in the mountains. We have stayed in and can recommend the Hotel Filyra, Kastro, Ionnina, 0030 6932601240. www.hotelfilyra.gr

Arriving in Paxos

However you arrive in Paxos, it is only a short taxi ride to the apartments (see below). We strongly recommend pre-booking your choice of transfer to the island as well as organising a taxi to the apartments.

Paxos Car Hire and taxi’s on Paxos

Car hire in Paxos is a good option and hire cars are normally brought to the exact place from which you wish to collect them. Expect to pay around 40 Euros a day for car hire in Paxos in the summer season.

As an alternative we use on a regular basis, we use any of the five taxis on the island (all who speak excellent English) and they are:

Tasos 69766 48486

Haris 69741 35660

Christos 69774 72747

Kostas 69740 02236 (Closest to Lakka & apartments)

Nikos 69842 20011.

Local Buses on Paxos

Try the experience of the local bus; the timetable is easily found in most of the tavernas and shops on Paxos as well as in the information folder supplied in the apartments. We always make an effort to catch the bus at least once per holiday as the entertainment value when the bus has to negotiate the quay side in Loggos or reverse when it meets another vehicle on a tight corner should not be missed.

International Flights and internal flights

Year round flights from the UK are available with BA flying from Heathrow to Athens and then via Aegean Airlines to Corfu. www.ba.com and www.aegeanair.com. Internal flights in Greece are organised by Aegean airlines and Olympic airlines.

www.easyjet.com fly to Corfu from Bristol, Manchester and Gatwick

www.jet2.com fly to Corfu from East Midlands, Leeds and Newcastle

www.monarch.co.uk fly to Corfu from Luton, Manchester and Gatwick

www.thomson.co.uk fly to Corfu from 16 different UK airports.

Other options do exist and a good option is to use www.skyscanner.co.uk or www.travelsupermarket.co.uk.

Corfu Town (and missed connections)

We highly recommend you visit the old town of Corfu, a fascinating place with much to see. Should you decide to include this in your trip or you for any reason miss your connection to Paxos, there have been two hotels recommended in the British press. The Sunday Times travel magazine (August 2011) recommended the Hermes Hotel www.hermes-hotel.gr whilst the Daily Telegraph suggested that the www.bellavenezia.hotel.com was worth consideration. We followed that advice ourselves and can confirm the excellence of the Bella Venezia and its staff led by Theodore. The breakfast in the separate garden room is not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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