The port of Patras is one of the most important ports of Greece and the main ferry gateway from Greece to Italy. Ferries depart from Patras to Bari, Ancona, Venice and Brindisi. Daily ferries connect Patras to Italy during the whole year. Patras is also the gateway to the Ionian Sea and is regularly connected to the islands of Cephalonia (Kefalonia) and Ithaki.
Ferries from Patras to Italy
There are regular ferries that connect Patras to Ancona and Bari. The ferry from Patras to Brindisi and Venice runs 2 or 3 times a week. As the ferry is most popular way of bringing a car or caravan to Greece and returning it back, car tickets sell out fast. Most cabins and vehicles are sold out by April. Thus, if you are interested in catching a ferry from Italy to Greece (or vice versa) don’t leave it too late!
Ferry from Patras to Ancona
The ferry companies that operate this ferry route are Minoan Lines and ANEK Lines - Superfast Ferries and the ferry trip from Patras to Ancona last 22-23 hours. During summer the ferry timetables get denser as there is usually a third ferry serving this route.
Ferry from Patras to Venice
The ferry companies that operate this ferry route are again Minoan Lines and ANEK Lines - Superfast Ferries and the ferry trip from Patras to Venice lasts almost more than 30 hours.
Ferry from Patras to Bari and Brindisi
The ferry companies that operate these ferry routes Superfast Ferries and Grimaldi Lines and the trip lasts almost 16 hours.
Ferries from Patra to Kefalonia and Ithaki
Patras is also connected to Cephalonia (Kefalonia) and Ithaki, with a daily ferry that runs during the whole year.
How do I get to Patras?
Patras is located 214 km away from Athens and can be reached by car or with a coach.
Athens city center to Patras
There are buses (KTEL) from Athens to Patra departing from Kifissos station in Athens (€20), several times per day. The duration is approximately 2.5 hours.
Athens Airport to Patras
To get from Athens International Airport to Patras, one should use the bus service described above. Athens International Airport is connected to Kifissos bus station approximately every 15-20 minutes and the ticket price is €6. The ride from Athens Intranational Airport to the bus station lasts around 30-40 minutes.