In the summer 2019, I landed in Preveza Airport (Aktion Airport PVK). It is a small airport, where most visitors have already booked an all inclusive hotel and have a big “charter” bus from different travel agencies sending them to their respective destinations.
However, if you travel on a budget like myself, you might want to know how to get from the airport to Preveza city with public transportation. Likely, you would also be going to Lefkada island from the airport or maybe even have Parga or Athena as a destination. Here is the guide to how you travel to those places from the airport, and how you get around with local transportation in Lefkada Island.
So here is a guide for how to get between Aktion Airport, Preveza, Lefkada, Parga and Athens.
From Aktion Airport (PVK) to Preveza:
Preveza is 10 min away with car from the Airport, however, you cannot walk the distance, because it goes through a car only tunnel.
The easiest option is to take a Taxi, which will set you back 25 euros. In my opinion it is not worth the trip, but if you can find few other people to share the ride with, it might be worth it.
There is a bus, that goes from Preveza Airport (PVK) to Preveza Bus Station. The price is 2 euros. When coming out of the airport, walk right to the main road and you will see a bus stop, with this time table on:
If you are going to Preveza, you will have to look at the bottom green time table saying from Lefkas to Preveza Airport.
And be aware, that those times are not the arrival times, but the time of when the bus depart from Lefkada. It takes the bus around 45 min to reach the airport. I will suggest that you add 30 min and start waiting from then. At the airport, you can get food and coffee meanwhile.
Another important aspect: This bus do go to “Preveza Suburban Bus Station”, which is located 30 min walk outside the city center. It does not stop at the city center. If you want the city center of Preveza, you can walk or take a taxi from there, which is way cheaper than from the airport. You can also look for local buses, but these do not drive frequently.
From Preveza or Aktion Airport to Lefkada
If you are at Preveza Bus Station you can take a bus going to Lefkada. The bus will pass by the airport.
If you are at the airport, walk right to the main road when you come out. Here there is a bus stop, which is a bit away from the road. Make sure you stand near the road clear to wave it in, when it comes by.
This is the timetable for the bus for all days of the week. These are all departure times from Preveza Bus Station:
|Preveza – Lefkada||6:45||10:00||12:30||15:15||17:15||20:15|
It takes 15-20 minutes for the bus to go from Preveza Bus station to Aktion Airport.
From Preveza to Athens and return
There is a bus going from Preveza to Athens every day. It is not necessary to book your ticket before hand, as there normally is space in the bus. However, if you are at the bus station some days prior to your trip to Athens, prebook a ticket. A one way ticket costs 40 euros, or you can buy a return ticket for 60 euros. Online booking is not possible yet, but it will be soon on the following link:
You can see time tables on the following link:
You will arrive at Kefissos bus station in Athens, and from there take bus 51 to the city center. The bus stop for bus 51 is right on the other side of the bus station, so do not walk too much around looking for it elsewhere. Google Maps is not accurate when it comes to bus stations in Athens.
From Preveza to Parga and return
Going to Parga is also possible from Preveza Bus Station. Timetables are on the following link:
Going around Lefkada Island
The easiest way to get around Lefkada Island is on a scooter or motorcycle. You can rent one for maximum of 20 euros a day and get it delivered to your own hotel, so you can return it there as well. In this way you can get to see the whole island and visit all the interesting beaches, caves and waterfalls.
Going around Lefkada Island with bus
There are buses that goes around the island, and it is much easier than you fear. The only setback is, that the buses do not go to some of the gems, where you will need to do a long hike or rent a bike to get to your destination. The buses do visit the major and some minor cities on the main road around the island.
At Lefkada bus station you can grab a flyer with the bus times. I have uploaded it here. These are timetables for the summer 2019:
For updates routes, check out their website here: https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/en/routes/local/
You can pay at the station or on the bus. A good tip is to ask the driver or the ticket collector to stop somewhere along the route, if you know your hotel or your destination is not near a bus stop. They will be open to that.
From Lefkada to Athens or Thessaloniki
As you can see on the flyer above, there are buses going from Lefkada to Thessaloniki and Athens every day and back.
Timetable for buses from Lefkada to Athens and Lefkada – Thessaloniki: