I had never thought that I would say this sentence … ever. But here it is: Why not take the local buses on Kefalonia to see Melissani or go to Myrtos Beach? Hop on the KTEL bus and you can get to Antisamos beach near Sami or to Agia Efimia, Katelios or the St. Gerasimos monastery. You can go as far as Skala and Fiskardo. And the best is, you can even get back the same day.
Local bus to Antisamos and Myrtos Beaches
There are public buses on Kefalonia to beaches like Antisamos and Myrtos. The bus would go to Sami and then you get a connecting bus to Antisamos. Or the bus drops you off at Divarata village and you get a connecting bus down to Myrtos beach.
I have never seen a bus schedule like this on Kefalonia, allowing tourists in high season to see Kefalonia from South to North and East to West. No pitying smile anymore when guests ask for public transport. Just get out the timetables and design a tour to all the main towns on the island and quite a few sites and beaches. I am impressed.
Getting around Kefalonia without a car
Especially in July and August, when it gets busy on the roads of Kefalonia and the driving style changes from relaxed to hectic, some people might prefer the leisurely bus trip over the island. On the plus side is also that the cost for local buses on Kefalonia is inexpensive compared to a high season rated car. You can look out of the window and watch the island go by instead of being concentrated on the road.
The buses from Argostoli leave from KTEL bus station at the harbour front. From Sami, they depart at the KTEL station on the harbour road. From Skala above the little pine forest, where the central Skala street starts. In Agia Efimia the bus stop is located on the main road in the middle of the village. Throughout all the villages on the island, there are little bus stop signs (sometimes more sometimes less obvious).
As the timings change depending on the season have a look at the KTEL timetables and routes
27/01/2018 at 5:00 pm
Is there a summer timetable available for buses from Katelios to Skala.
28/01/2018 at 7:10 pm
Hi Mick, unfortunately there is no summer time table for the local busus yet. The KTEL bus station releases the newest schedule only approximately every 7 to 10 days. Depending on the summer month there are usually 2 buses per day from Katelios to Skala, if I remember right (maybe less in low season and more in high season).
04/03/2018 at 10:55 pm
Stopping in svoronata ,can you tell me what buses go through and to where
any info would be most welcome
09/03/2018 at 9:27 am
Hi Mick, last summer there was a bus starting at Argostoli, going through Lassi, on to the airport, from there along the coast passing Ammes beach and Irinna Hotel in Svoronata, up to the crossroad Svoronata and from there back to Argostoli. There was also a connection through Svoronata taking in the nearby villages – Kaligata, Kourkoumelata, Lakithra, Spilia and back to Argostoli. The summer plan with schedules and times are not ready yet but I would assume that there will be similar connections this year.
22/03/2018 at 10:23 pm
Hi, thanks for your post. After reading this, we had chosen a hotel in lixouri and will be doing a day trip to mtrtos and Sami for our next week’s trip. Just a small query, is there any travel card or pass for the bus or will have to buy an individual ticket everytime ? And how much is the fare ? Thanks
24/03/2018 at 6:25 pm
Hi, you always pay in the bus. A trip from Lixouri to Sami will cost approximately 3,80 Euro. Enjoy your stay.
20/09/2018 at 7:32 pm
Hi will there be a local bus from airport to argosteli in September, please,how much! Thanks
25/03/2018 at 11:35 pm
Hi, there are buses that run only upto divarata, how do we go to myrtos from there ? Same with Sami , how to go to antisamos. You mentioned about the connecting buses to these beaches but doesn’t seem to get any information on that. Can you help please. Thanks
26/03/2018 at 12:46 am
In the summer there are connecting buses to the beaches from Divarata and Sami but I am not sure if they run them this early in the season. A taxi from Sami to Antisamos would be possible in that case. There might be also taxis in Divarata.
06/04/2018 at 2:04 am
Can you please advise if the busses are reliable? Three busses running a day could lead to them being very busy and some people unable to get on therefore being left unable to get back to their resort. I experienced a similar thing in Malta this year where we watched bus after bus pass us full while 30+ people waited at stops. Thankyou in advance!
07/04/2018 at 12:12 am
As far as I know there have not been any dramaticly overcrowded buses so that guests stayed behind. I would suggest to ask this question on the facebook page of the KTEL buses. https://www.facebook.com/ktelkefalonias/
I am sure they can give you a more detailed answer to your question. They also answer if you send a private message.
01/05/2018 at 10:33 am
We want to catch the 15.40 ferry from sami to pisaetos ithaka on Sunday 20 may. Looking at the ktel timetable it seems that there is only one bus connecting argostoli with sami at 7.20. Can you please advise?
01/05/2018 at 6:20 pm
Yes, it looks as on a Sunday there is only the 7:20 bus connection to Sami. So that will leave you with the choice to either have a very early start and then stay in Sami for the day or to book a taxi for the transfer. Should you arrive by plane on 20 May you can book a taxi to pick you up from the airport.
09/05/2018 at 8:46 pm
We also want to get to Sami from the airport but on Friday 1st June. Can’t see a timetable or whether bus that takes that route. Do we have to go to Argostoli first?
09/05/2018 at 10:35 pm
Hi Steve, if you follow the link you find the timetable for June with the airport stops on it. https://www.ktelkefalonias.gr/en
There is no direct connection from the airport to Sami so you have to go to Argostoli first and get the bus to Sami from there.
As per schedule the last bus from Argostoli to Sami goes at 13:00.
I hope I could help you with the information.
12/05/2018 at 5:54 pm
Hi I can see that I can get a bus to sami from argistoli at 10 but what about coming back from sami ?
13/05/2018 at 12:58 am
Hi Michelle, you can find the bus times back to Argostoli on the right hand side of each schedule under “Return”.
13/05/2018 at 2:27 pm
Many thanks xx
12/05/2018 at 6:51 pm
I will arrive on the 22th of June untill the 25th of June. I would like to find the timetables of the bus from the airport to Argostoli and other cities. Where can I find them?
13/05/2018 at 1:02 am
Hi Alex, if you follow this link you will find all the schedules from 22/6-10/9 (I removed this link as it does not work anymore as it is outdated).
17/06/2018 at 5:22 pm
Hi We are coming to Kefalonia in July and intend to stay in Lassi for 4 nights and Poros for 4 nights is there a bus from the main bus station to poros?
21/06/2018 at 3:32 pm
Yes, there are several buses to Poros per day from the bus station in Argostoli. Follow this link and scroll down to the second page. There you find the schedule Argostoli-Poros. https://www.ktelkefalonias.gr/en
24/06/2018 at 2:55 pm
Hi.., we are planning a holiday to Skala and wondered if we can get public buses from there to other places on the island for day trips…we’ve heard there is a bus at 6am and 9am to Argostoli, returning at 2pm…is there any other destinations. We are a family of 4
Thanks in advance
26/06/2018 at 11:10 am
There are more places to go from Skala. If you follow the link you find the timetable for Skala buses until September https://www.ktelkefalonias.gr/en
26/07/2018 at 3:44 pm
Where do I buy the ticket? Onboard the bus? From. a supermarket? Use an Ap? Travelling from Leivatou to Argostoli. Do the company sell singelticket only or maybe cards for 3 days?
29/07/2018 at 9:24 am
You buy the tickets in the bus from the driver. As far as I know they do not sell 3-day tickets.
17/08/2018 at 5:18 pm
Hallo, I have two questions
1)Are there connection buses to Antisamos and Mythos running in September or we have to take a taxi?
2) Will be staying at Megas Lakkos. Is there a bus stop (bus Lixouri to XI ) and what is the name of it?
18/08/2018 at 1:03 pm
Yes, they are still running. See below link with the schedules:
There is a bus stop at Xi beach, no idea if it has a name other than Xi bus stop. I am not sure if there are more bus stops near Xi.
05/09/2018 at 11:01 pm
Hello, how to get to Myrtos from Fiskardo?
As I am coming by boat from Lefkada I can’t get there in the same day because buses go at 17.00, right?
08/09/2018 at 11:34 am
Yes, it is difficult from Fiskardo if you cannot go in the morning. Maybe you can make a deal with a local taxi driver.
15/03/2019 at 4:01 pm
Hi – we are travelling around Kefalonia in May (7-14th) I have downloaded the bus timetable and a map of the routes from 2/5th May. Can you tell me if the bus that leaves Argostoli for Fiscardo at 10am on a Friday actually STOPS at Divarata so we can get off and spend the night there , getting the bus the next day bus onto Fiscardo?
Many thanks for any info!
16/03/2019 at 8:47 am
Hi Philippa, as far as I can see from the May 2019 timetable there are daily buses from Argostoli to Divarata from Monday to Friday but then from Divarata to Fiskardo only Monday, Wednesday and Friday (but this is still shown as 2018 timetable). So maybe you should choose a different day to go and stay at Divarata if you want to go on to Fiskardo the next day. By the way, I think every bus to Fiskardo stops at Divarata but even if that was not the case you can always ask drivers for any stop along the way and if possible they will do it.
11/06/2019 at 7:32 am
How much time by bus does it take from Agastoli to Aasos
11/06/2019 at 11:38 am
Hi John, I would say it needs approximately 1,5 hours. There is a connecting bus from Divarata to Assos. So if you start at 11:30 from Argostoli you change bus in Divarata which leaves at 12:20 to head towards Assos. This is for June. Go onto the KTEL bus website to see all the schedules https://ktelkefalonias.gr/en/routes/local-summer-2018/local-may-june
The link says 2018 but on their website it is the schedule 2019.
17/08/2019 at 2:37 pm
Hello, I would like to know what’s the lowest cost way to go from airport to skala these days. I appreciate your help. Thank you.
18/08/2019 at 5:22 pm
It would be around 6,50 Euro. You need to get the bus from the airport to Argostoli bus station and from there zou take another bus to Skala.
17/08/2019 at 8:37 pm
Looking at the schedule, I’m guessing there are no (local) Sami > Antisamos > Sami busses in late September. Correct?
18/08/2019 at 5:24 pm
You are right, it looks as if they don’t offer that bus in late September.
08/09/2019 at 10:24 pm
I am visiting Kefalonia next week for the first time. I am staying in Agia Efimia for 4 nights before going down to Katelios. Whilst in Agia Efimia I want to visit Fiskardo. I have been quoted 40 euros each way in a taxi. I have noticed there is a bus leaving Agia Efimia at 11am and leaving Fiskardo at 5pm. is the bus system straight forward? Where is the bus stop in Fiskardo? Is it near the harbour (easy enough to walk in)? Also am I right that it would take around an hour to get there?
08/09/2019 at 10:46 pm
Hi Holly, I am not sure how many stops the bus will do on its way to Fiskardo but I think 1 hour from Ag.Efimia to Fiskardo is a good guess. The bus stop is above Fiskardo, only a minute or two from the harbour.
02/03/2020 at 5:14 pm
Hi, I am having trouble accessing the KTEL website for local buses. I’m looking for a timetable for buses between the Argostoli airport or nearest point and Sami. Can you help?
02/03/2020 at 8:29 pm
The new timetables for summer 2020 are not out yet. Check the KTEL Kefalonia website nearer to spring time. Last year in summer the Airport bus went every 30 minutes. But as far as I know you can only go towards Argostoli and have to get another bus to Sami from the central bus station.
21/08/2020 at 9:58 am
Hey, where can I find daily schedules of buses ? I’ll be arriving to Kefa in September and I’m planning trips at the moment. We Will be staying at Remetzo Village, which is quite far away from other cities so I’m wondering is there any bus stop nearby?
21/08/2020 at 10:56 am
Hi Katerina, I just called the KTEL bus station in Lixouri to hear what connections there are this summer. The answer is that there is no connection to/from Lixouri to Vrahinari/Vatsa Bay this summer 2020. The best solution in 2020 is to rent a car to be independent, especially if you are in a secluded resort.
12/06/2022 at 1:24 pm
Hi , we are going to be staying in skala beginning of may 2023 . Is the public transport good to explore different parts of kefalonia ?
12/06/2022 at 4:15 pm
Beginning of May the bus schedules for the public busses are still quite basic (at least in 2022). At this time of the season, I would suggest hiring a car to get around.
25/06/2022 at 7:34 pm
Hi, we’re planning to spend this summer in Poros. Are there local buses from Poros to Myrtos beach and Skala? And if positive, where can I find the timetable? Also I’d like to know about the average prices of renting a car. Thanks!
27/06/2022 at 11:44 am
As per the local KTEL information in Argostoli there are currently 2 connections from Poros to Skala (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) and one connection from Skala back to Poros in the afternoon. The best is to check the KTEL website with their regularly changing schedule and also ask at the bus station in Poros. https://ktelkefalonias.gr/dromologia/topika-dromologia. As far as I can see, you can get a bus from Argostoli to Myrtos but not from Poros directly.
As for average prices for renting a car: that depends on the month and also the size of the car. I would suggest finding local car hire websites and comparing rates of suitable cars.
03/07/2022 at 7:29 pm
Do the buses take card payments, or is cash required?
04/07/2022 at 7:09 am
I am not sure but would say you better have cash with you.
17/07/2022 at 2:15 pm
Bună ziua, există vreo legătură de la Skala la Ag. Gherasimos?
Va mulțumesc anticipat!
20/02/2023 at 8:42 am
We are thinking of visiting the island in the middle of September. We will stay in Argostoli, do you think it will be possible to make day trips (with return on the same day) by bus, for ex. antisamos, myrtos, XI beach.
Now the schedule is for February. I’m thinking also to call the agency from Argostoli to ask for info..
21/02/2023 at 4:25 pm
Sorry, I am not sure if the KTEL buses will run these schedules (Antisamos, Myrtos etc) in the middle or end of September. They might run them in the middle of September but I can’t remember how long they did last year.