Lefkada is known as an island, but fortunately it has incredible easy access by car among Greek islands.
Lefkada is located very close to the mainland, so you only have to drive through an underwater tunnel (Aktio-Preveza Tunnel) and cross a pontoon bridge. And that’s it, you have already arrived to the island!
Travel to Lefkada by car
If you plan your holiday to Lefkada by car, and you want to come from the north (Germany, Austria, Serbia, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, etc) you have to drive on international highways like E-75, Egnatia Odos (A2 motorway) and must find Ioannina city.
By reaching Ioannina turn onto the highway called as Ionia Odos (A5), a wide and new highway. You must leave Ionia Odos before Arta – the easiest is to set Preveza in the navigation when you drive on Ionia Odos.
Preveza undersea tunnel
When you arrive to Preveza, you will meet a famous underwater tunnel (just follow the signs to the tunnel, you don’t need to enter the city). The Preveza-Aktio tunnel was constructed under the sea, and you must pay a fee for its use (a few Euros).
Pontoon bridge of Lefkada
After undersea tunnel you will drive next to the airport of Preveza, and from this place multiple roads signs help you for driving safely and simply to Lefkada. Before you arrive to the island, you will drive through a blue coloured pontoon (or floating) bridge, called F/B Santa Maura (Agia Mavra bridge). The pontoon bridge of Lefkada is free to use, but always drive slowly and carefully. It’s surface is very shaky and bumpy!
When you drive through the bridge, will hit the jackpot: welcome to Lefkada island!
After leaving floating bridge you need drive a little more to get into Lefkada town, but the distance is only a 1,5 kilometres. In the capitol roads signs show the correct directions, it depends on where your accommodation is located.
After leaving the bridge this road leads to the island’s capitol, Lefkada town
Lefkada island coordinates: 38.835762, 20.710721
Have a nice trip!