On the Buses
|There are buses running all over the
island but do not necessarily run on time. You can catch them from almost every
street corner. You just put your hand out and they will stop for you. The locals
use them all the time and the fares are very cheap compared to the UK. Of
Course ! Buses are used on the mainland to travel long
distances to and from most places as well.
|Most of the well known names are
here. Hertz, Europcar , Holiday Autos etc,. etc,. and including lots
of private local car hire business men. Rates can vary tremendously so go
ahead and haggle for the best price. Petrol is not as cheap as it once was
but still cheaper than the UK prices and its all unleaded only. Personally, I've always hired a car from an international known business
name and have never had a problem with the vehicle. But,
always check-out the car before you sign for it inside and outside including the engine oil
European Annual Car Breakdown Insurance
UK Annual Car Breakdown Insurance
There is a national
motorway E35 running from Athens west over the Korinthos Canal to
Patras then on south via Pirgos all the way to Kalamata. We have travelled
extensively all over the southern Peloponissos ( southern mainland ) and have
never had any problems. The route is well sign posted. You must observe
the speed limits though. The Greek Police will fine you on the spot if
Always carry a good set of large scale maps of the area's you expect to travel
in.. The Michelin
Map No 737 National
was the best for our needs.
There are trains
only on the mainland in
GREECE running on a single track rail system. But because of the hilly
terrain destinations are of course limited. You can travel from Athens to the
west coast and on down south to Kalamata. You can also travel north from Athens
to Thessaloniki then catch a local bus or hire a car to get to where you want to
arrive. We've done it and its fun. Oh, and the tickets are
also cheap. You could even train it back to the UK, Victoria Station,
London. It takes about 5 Days. I've done it a long time ago and it was
All the ferries and
hydrofoils arrive and depart at the
town harbour. If you want to visit the Greek mainland while in Zakynthos, you'll need a ticket to Kilini.
This is a regular run and takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to make the crossing.
ferries carry cars, passengers, trucks and coaches and some times live stock. The
passenger lounges on these
Island Ferries are very modern,
air conditioned and
comfortable. There's even an escalator to take you up to the passenger lounge
area. Being up on deck is just fabulous taking in all the scenery. Relax,
you're on Holiday.
Compared to the Isle of Wight Ferries from say, Lymington or Portsmouth, these
Greek ferries are a luxury and much cheaper too, oh and cleaner ! However if you use them always be safety conscious.
All aircraft, International or internal
flights come and go from most of the islands and you can day trip down to Crete,
Kalamata, Athens or use them to visit other islands on the eastern side of the
mainland. This mode of transport
seems to be a popular method these days for backpackers and explorers. Seats are cheap on
internal flights. Most flights though arriving at Zakynthos are tourists
arriving for a
holiday break and some of the local business people.
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