Greece, most known as a naval country, with its limitless coasts, counting thousands
of kilometers, and the decades of islands, most of them famous touristic attractions,
has most of its touristic traffic based on maritime cabotage, as plenty of ships,
ferries, flying dolphins etc. cross the Greek seas, during summer mostly, carrying
millions of Greek and foreign visitors. Beside these schedules, Greece has also one
of most secure and modern coastal connections to the West World, the one linking
Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu ports with many ports in Italy. This is the most indicated
way for someone to travel to Greece with his family, carrying with him his vehicle
Our website, Aktoploika.gr, is not just offering online reservation for ferry tickets
to any destination in Greece, but also tries to make your voyage easier and more
comfortable, regarding embarkation and disembarkation to the ship and the hours
you’ll spend in it, by raising and providing all the necessary information. Thinking
of that, we gathered in this link everything you need to know, from the moment you’ll
decide such a voyage, till your return.
Have a nice voyage!!!
Italy is coastal connected to Greece by the following schedules:
1. Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Patras (and conversely)
2. Venezia – Igoumenitsa – Patras (and conversely)
1. Bari – Ancona – Venezia – Corfu – Igoumenitsa – Patras (and conversely)
All three companies enrich their schedules during summer, by adding more embarkation
and disembarkation spots, like Trieste, Brindisi, Kefalonia and Zante.
The voyages’ length variegates, depending on the type of the ship, the time of the
year the voyage takes place and the destination port. The times, referred below,
Bari – Patras: 17,5 hours
Bari – Igoumenitsa: 12,5 hours
Ancona – Patras: 21 hours
Ancona – Igoumenitsa: 15 hours
Venezia – Patras: 27 hours
Trieste – Patras: 29,5 hours
Trieste – Igoumenitsa: 23,5 hours
To have a clearer view about your voyage’s length, there are two factors, that add
another 2 hours to these times. The first one is, that you must be on your ship’s
deck at least 1 hour before departure, to avoid any discomforts and last-
There are standard departure days from and to Italy, although during summer (mostly at RED PERIOD) the schedules’ frequency is increased, as companies add more destination – ports. In aktoploika.gr there is a continuous briefing process about departure days and hours.
The tickets’ prices between the three companies have no serious varies, while all
of them have several offers, that make a voyage to Greece easier and cheaper. The
cost of a Passenger’s Ticket depends on the kind of residence you’ll choose. The
cheapest ones are on Deck Seats and Air Seats, unless you prefer the comforts and
luxury a cabin offers, which are more expensive. Vis a vis your vehicle, the price
has to do with its length, but with small divergences. Finally, there is a “fuel
freight rate”, about 3-
So, for a four-
TOTAL: 488 euros
If you choose Air Seats Tickets, the cost drops to 344 euros.
Booking a “return-
Beside the basic “return-
ATTENTION: All the discounts presented above are not permanent and may be changed in the future.
Finally, if you have a pet, and wish to take it with you, be aware, that Pet Tickets
start from 25 euros, if you choose one of the “pet cages” on the ship’s deck, to
50 euros, if you wish to get it with you at your cabin, under circumstances. Every
In aktoploika.gr you can book online to any destination and every date, and take
advantage of several discounts and offers.
Booking a ticket will need: the passenger’s name, sex, age and the vehicle’s type
and tablet number. All non-
Arriving on time at your ship’s dock, is one of the main factors for an easy and
comfortable voyage. You must be there very early, at least 1 hour before the ship’s
departure, to check in, sort your luggage and have an unruffled walk into the ship.
The receptionists, as well as the all the ship’s employees, will answer to any questions
you may have, and will assist you to anything you need. Usually, in such voyages,
mostly during summer, most of the companies allow checking in even 3 or 4 hours before
departure, to avoid any hustle and bustle, or last minute-
If you arrive early at the ship’s dock, check in and settle yourself, you can “map” the place and get around it.
All the ships, serving the “Italy – Greece” schedule, are big closed-
All ships have an a la carte Restaurant, a self-
Whatever you choose, don’t forget, that prices inside ships are a little bit higher,
due to the many coastal taxes and customs duties, so you’d better ask, before buying
or using anything, to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
As the ferry leaves the port, you’ll be able to watch a short video, about security
guidelines in case of an emergency. You’ll be informed about emergency exits, fire
hoses, where the rescue boats are, or where to find a life jacket. Even though these
ferries have the highest security level, it’ll be useful to watch it, especially
if you don’t have much of experience in such voyages.
After watching the video, you can wonder around the ship, or have a walk to the deck,
to get some fresh air. In that case, be sure you’ll wear an extra jumper or a coat,
because weather conditions in the open sea are completely different than in the land.
A summer cold is worse than a winter one, and there are many, who planed an awesome
vacation, but spent it on a hotel bed, so you must be careful with this. You must
also pay attention inside the ferry too, especially if you have any kind of sensitivity
As far as it concerns public hygiene, being in such large places, such ships, needs
more attention, especially in toilets located near salons, bars and restaurants.
The ship’s employees take care continuously, to keep them clean and disinfected,
compensating any lacks, such as soaps, toilet paper etc. However, the possibility
of being in a tricky situation, is possible, if you visit the toilet during the first
or the last hours of your voyage, when most of the passengers also need to use it,
and the employees can hardly clean. In that case, it’ll be wise, if you have some
alcohol lye and a couple of packs of napkins with you.
Smoking inside the ship is prohibited, so you’ll have to get to the outer deck or
use the smokers’ area, if there is one.
If you plan to take your beloved pet with you, be aware that you can’t have it in public places (restaurant, bar, etc.), only on the outer deck and only with a collar and a bit on it. The law says, that for over 8-
Arrival at Greece
As the ferry approaches the port, you’ll hear an announcement of this from the mikes.
It’s time to move to your vehicle and be ready for disembarkation, avoiding long
lines and endless waiting. As you leave the ferry, pay attention to the employees’
and the coast guards’ guidelines, so you can easily access the port’s exit. Don’t
forget, you’re in a foreign country, without a view or any knowledge of it.
Most of Greek ports are pulsate of life during summer, due to the intense touristic
traffic. Almost all of them have at least one airport nearby, experienced employees
and signs, to guide you wherever you may go, so transportation won’t be a problem.
Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu are the main ports connected to Italy. Here’s a short
presentation of them:
Patras is Greece’s third biggest city and one of its main ports, after Piraeus, Irakleio
and Igoumenitsa. It’s located 220 kilometers away from Athens, connected with most
of Greece’s modern highways, such as Olympia Road, and Ionian Road. When you exit
the Port, you’ll see the signs, directing you to Patras’ Ring Road, and from then
to Olympia Road or to Rio-
1. Saint Andreas Church, one of the biggest in Balkans, placed 2 kilometers away from the port.
2. The Old Castle, located at the Old City, with a great view to Patraikos Gulf.
3. The Roman Conservatory, a few meters next to the Castle, where many cultural events take place during summer.
4. Psila Alonia Square, located downtown, with its tall palm trees.
5. The Archaeological Museum, with plenty of exhibits from all over Ahaia State.
6. Achaia Claus Winery, with its famous wines and liquors.
Did you know: Patras is the city, that gave the most Prime Ministers (five) in Greece’s Modern History and many other great politicians, such as Kostis Stefanopoulos, President of Greek Democracy for ten years (1995-
Igoumenitsa is Greece’s second port in tourist traffic. Egnatia Road, connects the
city with the rest of the Greek realm, as well as “Ioannina Airport”, about 300 kilometers
away. Igoumenitsa’s most famous sights are:
1. The Archaeological museum.
2. Ancient Gitani Settlement, built on 335 b.C.
3. Souli Village, probably the most famous village in Greece’s 1821 Revolution.
4. Kougi Fortress, an also famous spot during the 1821 Revolution, where Father Samuel and five more Souli’s residents resisted on Turks and finally burnt themselves, so Turks wouldn’t get the supplies and ammo. A huge explosion killed the six heroes and many Turks, who had surrounded the place.
5. Souli’s Mills, located a few meters far from the village, with natural springs, small waterfalls and magnificent vegetation.
Did you know: Igoumenitsa’s land view is like most Scandinavic cities. A few decades before, the arborous mountains, that surround the city today, where totally naked and several organizations cooperated with the Greek Authorities to plant trees and give Igoumenitsa its modern face.
One of Greece’s top destinations and a perfect place, to start your vacation. It
has an International Airport and a coastal connection to all the Ionian Islands and
to Igoumenitsa and Patras ports. Corfu’s sights can’t be explored in just a few hours
and, after a walk to the city, you’ll be sorely tempted to stay for some days, even
if your destination is somewhere else:
1. The Spiniada Central Square, the biggest one in Balkans.
2. Agios Michael and Georgios Palace, where the Asian Art Museum is housed.
3. The Canon.
4. Achileion, located 9 kilometers away from the city, was built on 1890 for Elizabeth, Queen of Austria. With a green garden, garnished with colorful flowers and imperial palm trees and a magnificent decoration inside, having dozens of sculptures and exceptional paintings, Achileion will take you to a journey in other times.
5. “Canal d’ Amour” beside Sidari Beach, a fiord formation by the coast. According to a myth, if someone enters the bay from fiords’ one side, he’ll meet the love of his life on the other side.
Did you know: Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia, lived in Corfu, during his adolescence.
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