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Topic: Buses From Igoumenitsa
Posted By: vangerover
Subject: Buses From Igoumenitsa
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 1:48am
We need to get from Igoumenitsa down to Lefkada in September. I have found that there is one bus a day going to Lefkada at 1130! I would like to know if I can book tickets in advance when on Corfu. Can anyone help?
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 9:16am
If you ring this number you can enquire. (+30) 26450 22364.

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 10:38am
Thanks Davyboy, whose number is that?
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:06pm
Its the bus stations

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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:12pm
Hi Terry,
It gives numbers in both Igoumenitsa and Lefkada for making reservations on this link. Would double check the time though as this route is saying until May 13. 

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=el&u=http://www.ktel-lefkadas.gr/%3Fmodule%3Ddefault%26pages_id%3D25%26lang%3Del&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%25CE%25BA%25CF%2584%25CE%25B5%25CE%25BB%2B%25CE%25B7%25CE%25B3%25CE%25BF%25CF%2585%25CE%25BC%25CE%25B5%25CE%25BD%25CE%25B9%25CF%2584%25CF%2583%25CE%25B1%25CF%2582%2B%25CE%25BB%25CE%25B5%25CF%2585%25CE%25BA%25CE%25B1%25CE%25B4%25CE%25B1%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D606" rel="nofollow - http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=el&u=http://www.ktel-


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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:55pm
Thanks for this information, very useful. It's a balancing act. We really just want to breeze into the bus station and buy a ticket for the 1130. However if it's full, we are stuck!! We want to decide the day before where we are going next otherwise it defeats the object of the holiday.
 
However that one bus is the link down to the rest of the Ionian Islands, unless anyone has any other suggestions?
 
best wishes
Terry
 
Of course, if the bus is full, we could turn around, get the ferry back to Corfu Town, walk to the bus station, get the bus up to Kassiopi and meet Daveyboy for a Mythos!! Beer


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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 1:22pm
Originally posted by vangerover vangerover wrote:

 
However that one bus is the link down to the rest of the Ionian Islands, unless anyone has any other suggestions?
 
best wishes
Terry
 
 Beer
Car hire or FerryErmm  Taxi is very expensive

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 5:34pm
Are there any ferries from Igoumenitsa down to Kefalonia or maybe Patras?
 
Can't see me getting a cab though!
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 5:39pm
May be worth checking out this site for Greek ferry timetables and routes.

http://greeceferries.com/port/Igoumenitsa/?gclid=CJP5r-D1_LcCFbMbtAodzkIAAQ" rel="nofollow - http://greeceferries.com/port/Igoumenitsa/?gclid=CJP5r-D1_LcCFbMbtAodzkIAAQ

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 5:51pm

There seems to be a ferry from Igoumenitsa to Patras. We could work our way back up the Ionians but the website seems to cater for car people not foot passengers. I will have to search it more closely. We could go by air from Corfu to Preveza on the Saturday though! Shocked

best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 5:52pm
By the way thanks for the link. Smile

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2013 at 6:48pm
Several buses a day from Igoumenitsa to Prevesa, and from there onto Lefkada.
Google KTEL Igoumenitsa and you will get a wider choice than if you look at Corfu KTEL only
 
The Patras Igoumenitsa (and reverse) ferry will be one of the Italian ferries coming or going to Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, Venice or Trieste.  Look at Minoan and ANEK websites for a start. 
 
Bus tickets can be booked in advance when you are in Corfu if you want, but I would just get the ferry, bus to Prevesa, and then another onto Lefkas from there.


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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2013 at 1:55am
Many thanks, I have googled KTEL Igoumenitsa and found that there are only 3 buses a week to Lefkada! I cannot see any timetables down to Preveza. However from other websites I have linked together a number of hops from Igoumenitsa - Parga - Preveza - Lefkada Town.
 
Have you got a link that gives a timetable of buses to Preveza?
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2013 at 8:51am
This might help.  http://www.theionian.com/p/travel-schedules.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.theionian.com/p/travel-schedules.html

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2013 at 11:09am
Thanks for the link, Davyboy Thumbs Up
 
I still can't get evidence of frequent buses from Igoumenitsa to Preveza. Our "plans" have now changed slightly in that we will try to find out about buses down to Preveza on our first day in town as we are staying near the bus station.
 
We are now staying on Corfu for a week leaving on the 9th so hopefully we book seats on the bus to Lefkada leaving Igoumenitsa at 1130.
 
We now have another few days on the island so where do we go after Pelekas?
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2013 at 11:53am
Must apologise as I thought there would be a good bus service from Igoumenitsa to Prevesa.  I just got on to the KTEL website and found that there is an 11.30 am on Mondays and Fridays only, and a 16.15 on Sunday afternoons!
From Prevesa to Lefkada there are 6 buses daily (less on Sundays) between 7am and 8pm.  If you can read Greek go onto the KTEL Prevesa site- if not give me a rough idea what timings you are thinking of, and days and I will look it up for you.

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2013 at 12:48pm
Janmanessi, thank you for looking this up for me. We need a couple of seats on that 1130 bus on either Friday 6th or Monday 9th of September. Our plans have become critical of those dates (because of the bus timetable) if we want to get down to Lefkada, Meganisi, Kefalonia, Zante and then on to the mainland.
 
We are hoping that we can go to the bus station in Corfu Town on the 1st when we arrive and book some seats. Is this possible?
 
I cannot read Greek that well, so would be very pleased if you could look it up for me.
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: Mr-Mythos
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2013 at 5:11pm
The problem with KTEL buses is that each Nome, (roughly county)  has its own operation.  Thus, you will find buses within Thesprotia, (The Nome of which Igoumentitsa is the chief town), and also to Athens, but very few to destinations in neighbouring Nomes.
That said, the KTEL site for Thesprotia is offering connections direct from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada

http://www.ktel-thesprotias.gr/?module=default&pages_id=17&lang=el" rel="nofollow - http://www.ktel-thesprotias.gr/?module=default&pages_id=17&lang=el

I believe that these services run via Prevezza, but you would need to check with the KTEL.


Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2013 at 8:07pm
Thanks for this. I am hoping to book seats on the 1130 (Monday or Friday) bus from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada. Hopefully we will be able to book seats in the bus station in Corfu Town. Will this be possible or would it be best to contact the bus station in Igoumenitsa? Is it possible to book advance tickets?
 
best wishes
Terry


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Posted By: Mr-Mythos
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2013 at 12:11am
KTEL Corfu has nothing to do with that of neighbouring Thesprotia. Each Nome has its own KTEL operation. Provincial  KTELs were in effect a co-op of bus owners, based within the Nome and although they are now limited companies, to a large extent, the old insular notions remain. Unfortunately, it's not like National Express. 

Best off, if you can, get a Greek speaker to call the Igoumenitsa station and enquire for you, or else use the contact form on their site.

I'm guessing that with computer ticket issue being the norm, it may be possible to book on line, but on the other hand, perhaps this facility is reserved for the Athens service.

Just an idea. There is often a tour boat, based at Nidri on Lefkada, visiting Parga on a regular basis. They, (unofficially), will accept passengers. If you can swing this, it is a much more pleasant, though lengthy option.





Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2013 at 1:58am
Thank you explaining this to me. I knew it wouldn't be straight forward!!
 
I have looked on the KTEL Thesprotia site and don't see a booking form but I did find an e-mail address.
 
I have e-mailed them (in English) asking the question so let's hope that they come back to me. I am not confident enough with my Greek to phone them up!
 
The website does gives details of a thrice daily service to Parga so after more research I have found that I could do the journey in hops:-
 
Igoumenitsa - Parga
Parga - Preveza
Preveza - Lefkada Town etc
 
However there is a lot of hanging around at each stop for a connection and would not get into somewhere like Nidri until very late at night. I hope we don't have to go down that route!
 
best wishes
Terry
 
 


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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2013 at 6:23pm
Sorry not to have come back earlier as I said I would- water company cut all our lines for 4 days...clearing backlog of work emails and will answer your queries as far as I can tomorrow!

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2013 at 7:29pm
Many thanks, KTEL Thesprotia haven't responded to my e-mail, unfortunately.

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 3:23pm
Right, just spent a very pleasant half hour Googling...
 
Bus from Igoumenitsa 11.30am on Mondays and Fridays. Journey takes about 1 and a half hours. Very helpful man said ring KTEL Igoumenitsa when you are in Corfu to reserve a seat on it, although he does not think the bus is ever full! So, all you need is a friendly Greek speaker and problem solved. Get a ferry from Corfu not later than 9.30am and you will be fine, it is only 5 minutes walk to the bus depot
 
Buses from Prevesa to Lefkada are...15.00  17.00  and 20.00 (short journey but quite attractive past the old castles the Venetians built to guard the island- they called it Santa Mauro).
 
From Lefkas down to Ithaca, Zakynthos and Cephalonia ferries are run by Ionian Pelagos lines (website in English if you click the union jack logo). The timetable is clear.
 
Suggest not going to Patras but cross to Astakos. From there you can pick up the 13.00 bus Messolonghi, which connects with the bus from Messolonghi to Galaxidi which leaves at 14.30.
Spend the night in Galaxidi (one of Greece's hidden jewels, absolutely stunning). Look at its website.  From there you can get the bus the beautiful route to Athens, passing through the middle of the fabulous site of Delphi, on through the ski resort of Arachova, and then the valley which is known as the breadbasket of Greece as it is so fertile, and so on into Athens.
 
Alternatively if you do get to Patras there are two buses a day from there to Galaxidi- one at 12.30 and one at 18.00.  The journey takes about 2 and a half hours.


Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 5:00pm
Absolutely fabulous!! Hug
 
A lot to take in and research. When we are in Sidari, we'll ask Spiros in the Aquarius or Jenni to make the call for us.
 
many many thanks,
Terry


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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 5:46pm
Sorry, forgot to say that when I rang KTEL Igpoumenitsa he said there is now a bus at 11.30am EVERY DAY Mondays to Fridays from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada.  I asked if this could change in September and he said no.
Phone no: KTEL Igoumenitsa 2665022309

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 5:50pm
Every day - Wow!! That's given us so many more options.
 
Many many thanks
Terry


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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 6:37pm

Think for peace of mind I would aim for a Friday or Monday, but call from Corfu and your minds will be put at rest.  Incidentally I found all the KTEL offices very helpful indeed.  Good luck!



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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 6:45pm
We had sort of settled on leaving Corfu on a Monday or Friday. We were toying with the Skyexpress flight to Preveza on a Saturday but have now dropped that idea. I'm still picking through the information that you gave me earlier. At the moment, I can get myself into Astakos and out of Galaxidi but it's the bit in the middle that I'm working on. Hours of fun! LOL
However we may not get off Corfu!

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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 29 Jul 2013 at 5:18pm
Hi  Vangerover. Just wondering if you have your itinerary ready yet?

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 29 Jul 2013 at 6:08pm
I have sent you a pm Smile

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 10 Oct 2013 at 1:32am
How did all your travels go?

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Posted By: vangerover
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2013 at 12:13pm
Absolutely fabulous! In hindsight five weeks was a bit too long but what an adventure!
 
The bus to Lefkada from Igoumenitsa was the worry point but we caught it with minutes to spare. The bus station in Igoumenitsa has now been moved down the road which we didn't know about but we got there in the end. Before that and after that, travelling around the islands was brilliant!
 
We have already booked flights to Rhodes for next year to bounce around the southern islands for a fortnight.


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