Ferry to / from Igoumenitsa
The ferry to/ from Igoumenitsa docks at the homonym city in northwestern Greece and it is a continuously uprising area due to high passenger traffic from Italy!
The last few years, Igoumenitsa’s population is increasing with a quick pace. This is happening for the reason that it is located in a key position in Greece and is a doorway to the country for those who are traveling from Italy. Another advantage is that it is very close to Syvota, Parga, Corfu and Paxi in the Ionian Archipelago, making it a busy starting point. Igoumenitsa is famous for its surrounding forests and clear blue waters, especially those in Drepanos Beach. Its economy is heavily based on tourism, maritime but also agriculture.
While in the city there are lots of options of things to do and places to see. The remains of the old Turkish Castle, the Archeological Museum are definitely interesting sites and a stroll at the long pedestrian zone of the city will surely repay especially in the evening when the sun sets. There are plenty of restaurants, cafeterias and bars in the heart of the lively town where you get to come closer with the locals.
Getting to Igoumenitsa by Ferry
Getting to Igoumenitsa can be accomplished by ferries which start from Ancona, Venice, Bari and Brindisi with the Brindisi to Igoumenitsa ferry route not providing the camping on board option while the others do and is a very popular and convenient way of traveling.
- The Ancona Igoumenitsa crossing lasts about 15-16 hours with 2 or sometimes, depending on the season, 3 crossings daily
- From Venice the duration is 24 hours
- From Bari and Brindisi, it lasts approx. 9 hours
- The Igoumenitsa Corfu ferry route needs 1.30 hour
The Igoumenitsa port is located in the southern part of the city, less than 2 km from the center in Ladochori, it is one of the largest in entire Greece and is running many daily crossings throughout the year, especially from / to Italy but also to the Ionian Islands.
In order to get to the port of Igoumenitsa, you can start either from the capital of Greece, Athens or from Thessaloniki. The distance between Athens and Igoumenitsa is 470 km and can be covered in around 5 hours by car and 6 with the public bus. From Thessaloniki though, Igoumenitsa abstains 300 km and the driving hours are not more than 3.30.
When in Igoumenitsa, you have the following options in order to move around the city:
The bus (KTEL) station is located just 300 meters away from the port, at 49 Martiron Avenue. For further details, please call +30 266 502 2309.
In order to schedule a taxi transfer, please visit the Igoumenitsa Taxis or call +30 693 809 3258.
Two main highway routes connect Igoumenitsa with the rest of Greece.
- Take the A8 route from Athens to Patras. Then, before entering Patras, cross the Rio-Antirio bridge. Continue to Ioannina on the A5/E951 route. The ring road around Ioannina's city will bring you on the Egnatia Odos (A2) that goes to Igoumenitsa. The total distance is ca. 470 kilometers.
- Take the A2/E90 route (Egnatia Odos from Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa. The total distance is ca. 300 kilometers.
Holidays in Igoumenitsa
During your holidays in Igoumenitsa, despite the small size of the city, you will definitely enjoy your time. There are not many attractions to visit or hotels to stay since it is usually a short station for travelers but the place itself is very graphical and beautiful. A fun thing to do is stroll at the long coastal road close to the port with an ice cream on hand or walk at the mountain trails among the pine trees to the top of the Raion Hill where an ancient monastery is situated. The park in the city can be interesting especially at nights where it gets very romantic with pleasant lights. Moreover, the most visited place is the Igoumenitsa Beach, Drepano, a lengthy coast with crystal clear waters and beach bars.