Travelling by bus from Athens to Kefalonia is a great economical option that will allow you to see more of Greece’s beautiful coastline. We strongly recommend you take the bus to Poros rather than to Sami in Kefalonia as we only provide transport on your start/end dates from Poros, NOT Sami.
To catch the bus from Athens to Kefalonia, you will need to get to the Kifisou bus station in Athens. From the Athens airport, you can either take a taxi to the bus station (~50 euros) or get on the X93 bus (~5 euros). The Kifisou bus station is the central KTEL Bus Station at Kifisou Avenue. The bus from the Athens airport will take 1 hour to reach the central bus station.
The cost for the bus to Kefalonia is approximately 40 euros and the travel time including the ferry is around 7 hours. There is no added stress of figuring out which ferry to board to Kefalonia because the bus takes you to the proper ferry and the schedules are coordinated. When arriving in Kefalonia, be sure to get off at Poros. Do not travel on to Argostoli or Lixouri.
Once you arrive at the Kifisou bus station via the X93 bus, you will then purchase your ticket to Kefalonia if you have not already done so online. Your final destination via bus will be Poros in Kefalonia. This bus will travel from Athens to Kylini to reach Poros. There is another bus that goes through Patras on the mainland with the final destination of Sami in Kefalonia. You should take the bus to Poros through Kylini, NOT to Sami.
Your ferry ticket fee is included in your bus fee if you purchase them at the Kifisou KTEL bus station. If you purchase your ticket online, you will need to buy your ferry ticket upon reaching the ferry port. When you reach the ferry port on the mainland, your bus from Athens will board the ferry. You will need to get your luggage from the bus before getting on the ferry as you will not get back on the bus upon arriving in Kefalonia. During the 1.5-hour ferry ride, you may have a bite to eat at the ferry’s cafe and relax in the lounge areas etc. When the ferry docks in Kefalonia (either in Poros or Sami), you will disembark the ferry and walk to the waiting area.
Kefalonia Bus Station (book tickets and find schedule): https://www.ktelkefalonias.gr/en
For more information on schedules, routes, rates, and reservations you may contact:
KTEL of Kefalonia Head offices in Argostoli, Kefalonia: (+30) 26710 22281 and
(+30) 26710 22276; Central Bus Station of Athens (100 Kifisou Av.): (+30) 210 5150785
****Cephalonia, Kefalonia, Cephallonia, Kefallonia, Kefallinia, or Chephalonia;
Greek: Κεφαλονιά, Κεφαλλονιά; Italian: Cefalonia are ALL the same island.
By far the most popular spellings are Kefalonia and Cephalonia.
We make several trips on these start dates and will refer to the travel information you entered on your volunteer user account, at least 2 weeks before your start date. Around one week before your arrival we will contact you with a pick up time from Poros.
If you arrive in Poros, please wait there for the team to pick you up. If you do not see someone there holding a sign and/or wearing a green Researcher shirt, please do not be worried.
If you arrive in Sami, you’ll need to take a taxi to Poros (~ 30 min). Once in Poros, we will pick you up and take you to the Field Station.
Contact Chanel via WhatsApp (+30) 6977231014 if you’ve arrived and you are concerned about your pickup.