Lefkada is the only island accessible by car, without the cost of a ferry. It is connected to the Akarnanian mainland by a floating pontoon for a constant flow of vehicle traffic, and is also a swinging bridge. The Rion-Antirion suspension bridge, as well as the Aktion tunnel under the sea make access to the island much easier. Likewise, the new road axes Igoumenitsa-Alexandroupoli, Egnatia Odos Motorway, makes the journey from Northern Greece and Thessaloniki faster and easier. In progress is the construction of the Ionia Odos motorway which will reduce the travel time to and from Antirio and will be linked to the Egnatia Odos motorway. A part of this new motorway is ready and available to public.
There are five departures daily from/to Athens (378 km) by coach (KTEL of Lefkada) which cost 33,80 euros and twice weekly from/to Thessaloniki (420 km) which cost 35,40 euros. It takes about 5 hours and a half to arrive to the island from Athens and 5 hours from Thessaloniki. There are also regular itineraries from/to Igoumenitsa (115km) which take about 1 hour and a half to Lefkada and they cost 12,20 euros and also two scheduled trips from/to Patra (187km) which are 2 and a half hours away and they cost 16,20 euros. The ticket from/to Preveza costs 2,70 euros.
Coastal link with Lefkada is not directly possible. The visitors can be assisted through the port of Igoumenitsa and then continue by road (95 km away). Alternatively there is the port of Patras (distance 176 km).
One of Lefkada’s most recent acquisitions is the marina, the most modern in Greece, situated on the east side of the town. Its mooring capacity is for 620 boats and its buildings comprise a control tower, a multi-purpose building, sailing club offices, a complex of offices and shops, a small hotel, a boat repair and maintenance facility, parking for 455 cars, winter mooring for 300 boats, a road network and a green belt. It has a 1700 metre - long breakwater and 940 metres of floating wharfs. It is a town within the town of Lefkada with its own life, bars and restaurants also frequented by non boat - owners to enjoy its comforts and the picture of the liquid mirror of the channel reflecting the rosy fingers of the sunrise and the mystique of the moonlight.
The Aktion Airport is located on the west side of Central Greece, in Aktion town, 4 km from Preveza and 17 km from Lefkada.
Ioannina airport - IOA (86 km.)
Kefalonia airport - Argostoli - EFL (93 km.)
Patras Airport - Araxos - GPA (100 km.)
Kerkira airport - CFU (110 km.)
Zakinthos airport - ΖΤΗ (130 km.)
Flights from/to Aktion airport
The airline Sky Express executes weekly itineraries connecting Aktion airport (Lefkada/Preveza) to the following domestic destinations: Sitia (Crete), Kythera, Zante, Kefalonia and Corfu. During the summer months there are direct flights to Aktio airport from several European cities.
Flights from Athens to Lefkada
For the time being there are no flights from Athens (El.Venizelos airport) to Aktio (Lefkada/Preveza airport). From May 1, 2016 until October 29, Aegean will launch a flight from Athens to Aktion Airport, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 20:45 and back on the same days at 22:10 from Aktion. If you fly to Athens there is a bus X93 (formerly E93 by OASA company) connecting the El. Venizelos Airport (door 5) with Teminal A, the Athenian bus terminal at Kifisos(100 Kifisou street). The interval is generally 35 minutes (65 at night). From Kifisos bus terminal there are 4 daily itineraries to Lefkada KTEL bus company.
How to get to Lefkada from Aktion airport
There is bus connection (route Lefkada - Preveza) as well as taxi available. You can also rent a car from one of the travel agencies at the airport.