Getting Around in Corfu

Getting around Corfu by car

Getting around by car once arrived in Corfu seems to be the most popular alternative with tourists who arrive on the island by air at the International Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport. The first reason which determines tourists to make this choice is the fact that all of the international car hire operators have offices at the passenger terminal located in the airport. Such operators refer to AVIS, Budget, Sixt, Hertz, National and Inter Europe. The rates they offer for hiring cars are pretty advantageous and vary depending on the number of hire days, being charged either by day or by week, with major discounts for longer periods of time. The second reason which works as an incentive for traveling by car is that the island of Corfu has a solid road infrastructure – the island features two motorways, namely, GR-24 and GR-25 – allowing tourists to get to whatever spot on the island they want. This set of circumstances gives everyone a feeling of autonomy which is invaluable as to making the best of a stay in Corfu. Other smaller car hire companies can be resorted to in the Corfu Town, along the coastline. As a plus, these car hire operators make available motorcycles for hiring in view of offering tourists the pleasure of exploring the island and getting a thrill at the same time.

Getting around Corfu by bus

KTEL is the only bus transport company offering its services for tourists and locals alike in view of giving them the possibility to cross the island in whatever direction they want or need. Dubbed the green buses, these vehicles leave from Corfu Town and reach to virtually any other town on the island. The main two routes are Kanoni-Perama-Achillion-Gastouri-Benitses and Afra-Agios Ioannis-Pelekas. The longest trips are from Corfu Town to Kavos and Agios Stefanos, one hour and 30 minutes each, closely followed by the one hour and 15 minute trip to Aharavi, Arillas and Sidhari. Resorts like Pyrgi, Glyfada and Ermones need only 30 minutes to be reached to, but tourists should rest assured: regardless of distance or time, they will most certainly get to their destination should they choose to travel by the green buses. An alternative to these vehicles is represented by the so-called blue buses which cover shorter distances, such as from Corfu Town to Ahillion, Benitses and Kouramades. If the fact that taking the bus offers anyone the chance to get to anywhere they want in Corfu is the first strong reason for resorting to this mean of transportation, the second would refer to the fact that, at the same time, buses represent the least pricey alternative in terms of manners of exploring the island of Corfu.