Lefkada is an important ferryport in Greece, because the ports of the island are stations for ferries to Kefalonia and Meganisi. Lefkada ferries use two ports for departures and arrivals, both of these are located on the east side of the island. These ferryports are Nidri and Vasiliki villages, but the routes are different: the ferries from Nidri connect Lefkada with Meganisi, while Vasiliki is the primary port for ferries to Kefalonia island.
Ferries between LEFKADA and KEFALONIA ISLAND (Westferry and Ionian Pelagos) run to / from KEFALONIA (FISKARDO) to / from VASILIKI in 2023. The ferry companies changed their stations from Nidri to Vasiliki in last year, so if you would like to travel by ferries between Lefkada and Kefalonia in this year, you have to drive to Vasiliki village. The ferry line which connects Lefkada with Meganisi island, stayed in Nidri.
The port in Nidri is the central ferry station for ferries of Meganisi island. The port has easy access for cars, because it is situated directly next to the famous seaside promenade, on the south coast of the village. From north direction (from Lefkada town) you have to drive on the bypass road of Nidri, and at its end just turn towards the center of Nidri. It’s quite simple, because road signs of ‘Port’ indicate the way.
Nidri ferry port coordinates: 38.705825, 20.709819
The port of Nidri is one of the most picturesque ports in Lefkada with restaurants and coffee bars, palm trees and flowers, where the famous statues of billionaire Aristotle Onassis and German archeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld are the local monuments.
Important information! In recent years the ferries from Lefkada to Kefalonia run from Nidri, but in 2023 the ferries to Kefalonia run from Vasiliki. The ferry station for the ferries to Meganisi stayed in Nidri.
The other important ferry station in Lefkada is located in Vasiliki village, which was under construction in the recent years because of an earthquake. For a few years Vasiliki was replaced by Nidri for ferries between Kefalonia and Lefkada, but now the ferry station of Vasiliki is officially open, and in 2023 the ferries of Westferry and Ionian Pelagos run to Kefalonia island from Vasiliki port. The new ferryport is located between the beach and the promanede of the village.
Near the ferryport of Vasiliki you can find restaurants and caffee bars, because the ferry port is just short walk from the seaside promenade. This area is also charming in Vasiliki, offering an atmospheres of a small fishing village for visitors, and it’s definitely worth a sightseeing.
Vasiliki ferry port coordinates: 38.627896, 20.607161
Where to buy ferry tickets
Find the small kiosks in the port of Nidri and in Vasiliki, which are located directly next to ferryports – these belong to the ferry companies. In these kiosks passengers can buy a ticket for themselves and for the vehicles also, but best way is always to book online your trip for a car or motorbike in advance! During summer season Lefkada ferries, especially which runs to Kefalonia are filled with pre-bookings! For online bookings you can find the official websites of ferry companies on the bottom of this webpage. The tickets for ferries can be purchased also in local tourist offices.
If you don’t have a vehicle, book in advance is not neccessary for Lefkada ferries. It can be useful that the kiosks open one hour before departure. Due COVID-19 pandemic the Greek ferry companies usually had some regulations, always follow the actual conditions of companies. Fortunately in 2023 negative PCR or other Covid-19 test is not required, so the travelling by the local ferries is quite easy in Greece.
Ferry port in Nidri
Lefkada – Meganisi ferry (Nidri – Spilia)
Ferry routes from Nidri, Lefkada to Meganisi (Vathi & Spilia) in 2023
The ferryboat is called Meganisi II, which takes cars and backpackers on its deck. During high season (July – August) advance booking is recommended, especially for cars. The time of the trip takes just about 25 minutes. A two destinations for ferries to Meganisi are called Vathi (the capital of the island) and Spilia. Schedules, periods, ferry booking form for Nidri – Meganisi route and other informations: ferryboatmeganisi.gr
Lefkada – Kefalonia ferry (Vasiliki – Fiskardo)
Ferry from Vasiliki Lefkada to Fiskardo Kefalonia and to Ithaca
If you want travel to Kefalonia island by car, motorbicycle or van, you have two options: there are two ferry companies, which operate ferries from Lefkada.
The first ferry line is operated by the Westferry company, their ferryboat is known as ‘Captain Aristidis’. In 2023 Westferry runs from Vasiliki village to Kefalonia, which is also an arrival location from Fiskardo. Travel time between Vasiliki and Fiskardos village take about 1 hour. The ferry doesn’t run during winter months! Actual schedules, periods, ferry booking form for Nidri – Vasiliki route, with general terms, prices and updates: westferry.gr
The another ferry, which runs between Lefkada and Kefalonia, is operated by Ionian P. Lines (Ionian Pelagos) company. The actual schedules for Ionian P. Lines ferry – which name is Vassos K – can be seen here: ionionpelagos.com
Some of the routes of Ionian Pelagos run through Fiskardo to Ithaca (Ithaki) island, Frikes. So if you would like to travel with ferry from Lefkada to Ithaca, there is an option, just watch the actual schedule.
If you plan your road trip by a ferryboat from Lefkada, you should know that there are always different timetables for spring / summer / autumn / winter periods. As you can see, Lefkada ferries offer great connections to other Ionian Islands, such as Kefalonia or Meganisi. We always suggest that booking in advance is strongly recommended, especially during high season months.
Have a pleasant time by traveling by Lefkada ferries in 2023!