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Also referred to as Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Corfu International Airport serves as a key holiday gateway for millions of sun-seeking travellers and is located just two miles south of Corfu city. More than three-dozen airlines serve this Greek gateway from numerous points across continental Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia and beyond. Passengers can easily get away from the airport and make the best of a trip to this fantastic island via car hire; a short cruise to great attractions such as the lovely traditional village of Kynopiastes (15 minutes) or the popular beach resort of Sidari (45 minutes) can be a great way to start your holiday. However, taxis, buses and coach services are also on offer, with connections to numerous resorts and points of interest in the area.
Who to Book With
Corfu International Airport features offices of several renowned car hire brands. Head to the rental desk area in the Arrivals hall where you will find Hertz, Alamo, Avis, National and Sixt branches.
Need to Know Essentials
In order to swiftly collect your rental vehicle at Corfu International Airport, prepare the following documentation:
- Your driver’s licence
- An international driver’s permit is recommended
- Your booking confirmation
- The credit card used to reserve your vehicle
Driving in Corfu and elsewhere in Greece is generally different than most other places in Europe and visitors should use caution. Road conditions can vary substantially; many of the island’s roadways bear rough surfaces. Moreover, hazards such as grazing animals and unexpected parked cars can be unpleasant surprises on Corfu’s curvy road network. Coastal roads are generally the most manageable for weary drivers, although they usually entail a bit more traffic. Be aware that the use of cell phones while driving is illegal and all traffic violations entail pricey fines. Standard speed limits in urban areas do not exceed 30mph and most roads on the island will have limits lower than those seen elsewhere in the country.
Whilst getting into Corfu city is fairly painless, transport to other points around the island may take a bit more patience. For the utmost convenience and freedom to explore, opt for car hire. Otherwise, there are taxis, coach transfers and ferries (from Corfu town) that can help you to get to most anywhere in the region with varying levels of cost and reliability.
There are no rail connections available to Corfu. Rail transport to Athens and points beyond is available from the Greek port of Igoumenitsa, which is connected to Corfu via regular ferry service.
Taxis are on offer from the rank located directly outside the Arrivals area. These can sometimes be booked online, although they may sometimes entail higher fares than those that can be negotiated on the spot. See below for typical prices for those booking online:
Corfu International Airport to Corfu town is about £10
Corfu International Airport to Palaiokastritsa is about £40
Corfu International Airport to Argirades – St George is about £45
Corfu International Airport to Sidari is about £50
Public bus numbers 5 and 6 provide economically friendly transport into Corfu town from the stop adjacent to the terminal building. Passengers can make connections to anywhere on the island from the central bus terminal. There are also numerous coach services to most of the island’s most popular resorts including Sidari, Kassiopi and Gouvia. However, these services are typically run by private tour companies or can be arranged through your hotel.
Despite hosting a wealth of flights and a growing number of tourists each year, Corfu International Airport is comprised of just one terminal building.
Parking is somewhat limited at Corfu International Airport. About 400 spaces are available in the car park directly adjacent to the terminal building. Parking in areas around the airport is generally tolerated if there is no blockage of traffic flow.
Wi-Fi is not available at Corfu International Airport at this time.
Passengers can find three tour information counters in the airport as well as an airport information desk in the Departure area.
General airport information: +30 266 103 9040
Radio taxi: +30 266 103 3811
Local bus information: +30 266 103 9985
Corfu International Airport is accessible for passengers with reduced mobility according to EU standards. Contact your airline or the airport by phone to arrange assistance in advance. Designated parking spaces are available just south of the terminal building.
Restaurants and Bars
There are two food and beverage outlets available at Corfu International Airport. A 24-hour restaurant is open through the summer season in the public side of the Departures area on the upper level; Greek and international foods are on offer as are a good selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Also, look for a small café and bar with a limited selection of snacks, light meals and on-the-go items. A handful of other small outlets are located near the check-in counters.
Nausica VIP Lounge is available to all passengers for a fee.
Money and ATMs
Corfu International Airport passengers can make use of basic banking services (including currency exchange) with limited hours, whilst ATMs are available 24 hours.
Duty-free shopping is available via Hellenic Duty Free. There is a reasonable selection of spirits, cosmetics, foods, tobacco and other goods is available for passengers departing the European Union. Additionally, there is a small store selling travel goods as well as local artwork and pop art.