By air – Zakynthos' airport 'Dionysios Solomos' serves both national and international flights all year around. It is located 4km from the town centre and only 2km from Laganas. Between May and October there are direct charter flights from various European countries including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France and Holland among others. If you are flying from outside the European Union you would need to fly into Zakynthos via Athens. From November through to April there are no charter flights, therefore one has to travel to Athens and take a connecting flight into the island. Daily domestic flights between Athens and Zakynthos operate throughout the year. Other connections from Zante include Kerkyra, Kefalonia and Thessaloniki.
By ferry – You can catch a ferry from Kyllini, on the Peloponnisos side of mainland Greece. There are regular departures during the summer months. If you are travelling from Europe you can catch a ferry to Patra from Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindizi and then, from there, another into Zakynthos. For information on schedule and bookings visit Greek Ferries
By car – From mainland Greece drive to Kyllini and then catch a ferry as above. Driving into Zakynthos from Europe is feasible but could take up to five days.
By coach – Coaches depart daily from both Athens and Patra. From Athens International airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) take the E93 bus service which takes you directly to Kiffisos KTEL station. From there you can catch a coach to Zakynthos (journey time up to 5 hours). For updated information visit KTEL
Getting around the island
Car - Hiring a car is probably the best way to get around the island and reach some of the most remote spots and unique views either in the mountainous villages or by the sea. It is often cheaper to book online or as part of your holiday package. The road system in Zakynthos is often in poor condition and tarmac can get very slippery in the heat. Also beware of low visibility bends, pothalls and irresponsible drivers. Ensure you have a good road map with you and keep to the speed limits at all times. Ensure you always have enough petrol as there are not a lot of petrol stations in the small villages - however, there are plenty on the main busy roads from and to the bigger villages.
Bus - There is a local bus system that is however, not the most reliable means to get around the island. In addition some services do not run over the weekends. Some of the destinations covered by buses departing from Zakynthos Town are: Agalas, Agios Leon, Agios Nikolaos, Alykes, Anafonitria, Argassi, Katastari, Keri, Laganas, Volimes and Vasilikos among others.
Taxi - Taxis are always available everywhere on the island. Your taxi fare will either be fixed (usually for tourist rides to different resorts) or, if you board a meter taxi, ensure the driver switches the day-time meter on when you board (night fares are more or less double the normal charge).
Boat - You should definetely attempt to tour the island from the sea. Various tour operators offer different packages. You can also hire boats privately but restrictions apply as to where you can use them. Marathonissi islet, the famous Navagio (shipwreck), Blue Caves and Keri Caves can only be reached by sea.
Motorbikes and Quad-bikes - There are plenty of outlets hiring out all sorts of mopeds and bikes. These are widely used during the summer months and unfortunately not in the most safest or sensible of ways. Try to choose alternative means of transport where possible as quality controls and safety measures are not always up to the required standards for these vehicles.
Bicycle - You can hire bicycles from a number of outlets around the island. Be extra cautious when cycling on busy roads as the local motor system is not disigned with cyclists in mind. There is one bicycle path on the island found between Volimes and Anafonitria. Another picturesque location for cycling is the salt flat in Alykes