Lefkada is known as an island, but fortunately it has incredible easy access by car in Greece! It is located very close to the Greek mainland, less than 100 meters, and you don’t have to travel by a ferry.
If you arrive from the north, you only have to drive through an underwater tunnel in Preveza town (Aktio-Preveza Tunnel), and cross a pontoon bridge. And that’s it, you have arrived to the island! Compared to other Greek islands this is a great potential, because you don’t need to book a ferry, browse schedules or plan carefully the timings.
Travel to Lefkada by car
If you plan your holiday to Greece, Lefkada island by car, and you will come from the north direction (such as Germany, Austria, Serbia, North Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, etc) you have to drive on international highways, where the traffic is fast and the route is quite easy. The primary route from the north is the international highway called E-75, which must be left at Thessaloniki, and you have to turn to Egnatia Odos (A2 motorway) and drive until Ioannina.
By reaching the town of Ioannina follow the road signs which indicate Ionia Odos / A5 highway, and the turn onto this new and wide highway. You must leave Ionia Odos / A5 before Arta, and you have to follow Preveza / Filippiada road signs. 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 undersea tunnel (you don’t need to enter the city, the main road leads to the tunnel). By driving through Preveza-Aktio undersea tunnel there is a pay toll, where a fee must pay (about 3-4 Euros for a car).
Arriving to the pontoon bridge of Lefkada by car
After undersea tunnel drive next to the airport of Preveza, and from this point multiple roads signs help you for driving safely and simply to Lefkada. Just before arriving 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!
After you have drived through the pontoon bridge, you hit the jackpot: welcome to Lefkada island! You will see, Lefkada by car is one of the best destinations in Greece.
The floating bridge is located about 1,5 kilometers away from Lefkada town, which is the capital of the island. In the Lefkada town road signs indicate the right directions, it depends on where your accommodation is located.
Before your holiday in Lefkada don’t forget to book one of the recommended accomodations, because the island became extreme popular in recent years. Most of the apartments, studios and villas fill up quickly, so it’s definitely worth to book in advance. Click here to find the best apartments, studios and villas in Lefkada!
Lefkada island coordinates: 38.835762, 20.710721
Have a safe and nice trip!