Monday, March 07, 2016

Kefalonia | Cephallonia (Greece): The Ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri

Kefalonia Island is the biggest island in the Ionian group of islands in Greece. It’s capital is Argostoli or Argostolion in the local lingo. The second largest city is Lixouri which is located on the Paliki peninsula just across the channel from Argostoli.


The Argostoli to Lixouri ferry.


Lixouri panorama from the ferry.

There are two ways to get here:

  • By land, driving around the peninsula shoulder which would take approximately 45 minutes by car, and more than an hour by scooter.
  • The other option is by local ferry from Argostoli harbour which takes about half an hour. For an additional fee, you can bring your scooter, car or truck along on the boat as well. The boats go every half an hour during the summer season until midnight which is really a treat if you want to spend the whole day and evening in the Paliki peninsula.

The fare is super CHEAP (we paid less than 5 euros for 2 people + 1 scooter one-way) so I highly suggest everyone wanting to check out Paliki to go the ferry route. Why subject yourself to the long drive, unless of course you want to do some sightseeing or you are coming from the north. You can easily relax on the boat, get a lazy tan and be dropped off directly in Lixouri.

Dutchman and I have a rental scooter so the boat option is definitely more comfortable and faster.

There is no need to book the tickets in advance. You buy the tickets on board from the crew. Don’t throw them away too quickly after purchasing them because another crew member goes around doing the mandated control checks.

The schedule of sailing Argostoli to Lixouri and back:


Here are the pictures of boat ride from Argostoli to Lixouri, as well as the harbour views of Lixouri:



This is the route if going by land.


The ferry leaving Argostoli...


Goodbye Argostoli! See you later tonight again. We are spending the whole day and evening in the Paliki peninsula closing it with a dinner in Lixouri.


The tickets... we did not pay more than 5 euros for 2 persons + 1 scooter.


We sat on the deck for some sunshine and breeze.


A quick boat trip. Hello there Lixouri =)


The cars are so ready to jump out of the ferry.


Lixouri harbour views.


Travel Period: June-July 2015
Destination: Lixouri, Paliki (Kefalonia – Ionian Islands), Greece

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