Paxos - How to get to Paxos?
Paxos is a Greek word and is used to define a set of Ionian islands. Gaios is the capital of Paxos. In this article, we will explore the different options a traveler has for getting to Paxos. First we will give you an idea of the geographical location of Paxos, though, so you can better understand the ways in which it can be reached before we tell you how to get to Paxos.
Transport to Paxos
Paxos is a small island, a short distance from the island of Corfu. It is full of beaches, deep-sea caves, mountains and traditional villages. Over the years Paxos has improved its transport infrastructure and educational system, which has allowed it to grow to its current size of almost 2,500 inhabitants. Paxos is 10 KM long and 4 KM wide and boasts no less than 21 beaches. To top things off, it has three main harbors; Lakka, Loggos, and Gaios.
Paxos by Boat
The obvious answer to the question ‘how to get to Paxos?’ is that most visitors arrive on Paxos by boat, having departed from the island of Corfu. Corfu is situated about 30 miles north of Paxos. Another popular route is to take a bus or rental car from Athens to Igoumenitsa and then board a small ferry to the port on Paxos. There is no airport on Paxos so visitors have to get to Paxos via boat either from Corfu or from the Greek mainland port of Igoumenitsa.
Paxos by Plane
Flights to Corfu
There are no direct flights to Paxos, because Paxos does not have an airport. If you’re looking for a flight to Corfu, before getting to Paxos, we have listed a few useful links on the right. These will help you find the flight best suited to your needs.
Upon arrival in Corfu, visitors can hire a taxi to get to the “New port”. Taxis are available any time of the day from Corfu airport and drivers are familiar with the “New Port”, which is where ferry boats, sea taxis, and hydrofoils arrive from and depart to Paxos. It is just a short drive to the harbor of approximately 10 minutes, which will cost you about €10 to €15, one way.
As mentioned above, there is no airport in Paxos. This makes the journey to the island slightly more complicated, but it does mean the island enjoys a certain level of peace and tranquility that other islands do not. When traveling by plane from abroad, travelers can fly to Corfu from most European airports, or even from Athens airport. It takes up to 1 hour to fly between Athens and Corfu. From there, you can take a ferry to Paxos.
Paxos by Ferry
As mentioned, you can also reach Paxos by ferry. A Flying Delphin ferry can carry about 100 passengers and will take about 1 hour from the New Port of Corfu to Paxos. When the boat reaches Gaios Port, taxis will be available for passengers. For timetables, bookings and costs please contact one of the following travel agencies.
Kamelia lines and their vessels (1’45) bring you also to Paxos. For timetables, bookings and costs please contact the following travel agency.
In Igoumenitsa, visitors can also get local car ferries, which carry foot passengers and this is also a popular way for people to get to Paxos. For timetables and bookings please contact the following websites:
Another option is to hire a sea taxi, which can be a unique and enjoyable way to travel and start your vacation. These private boats usually leave from the Old Port of Corfu and take about an hour to reach Paxos, but they can also leave from Lefkimi (40 minutes) or Kavos (30 minutes). These sea taxis have the added benefit of being able to arrive at any port, but they are considerably more expensive than other travel methods. There are 3 sea taxies on the island. Sea taxis need to be booked well in advance, so be sure to keep that in mind when deciding how to get to Paxos.
Paxos by Car
Travelers can also drive to Greece with their car from any other European country, or travel to Greece and rent a car there. With their car, they can then travel by boat from either Corfu or Igoumenitsa. For a suggested route we recommend that you use Google Maps, for this is constantly updated and will show you the most optimal route to take.
Choose the method that suits your preferences
There are many different options when it comes to traveling to Paxos and each has its advantages. The best route for you will depend on your goals; do you want to arrive in Paxos as fast as possible? Or would you prefer to include the journey as part of the “holiday”? Either way, we wish you a safe and smooth journey and an enjoyable stay in Paxos. If you still have any questions regarding how to get to Paxos, feel free to let us know. We will gladly help you and answer all your questions.