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Flights & ferries

Flights to Greece or Turkey can easily be booked over the internet, which usually means cheaper tickets and more options. This page will enable you to organize your own ideal flights and travel arrangements.

For domestic flights within Greece you can best use Olympic airways and within Turkey the national Turkish airlines are recommended.

Note, that if you located the cheapest tickets for a (domestic) flight on a portal site (that compares flights from all carriers) it might even be cheaper to book directly with the airline company in question, evading the commission of these portal sites.

You can start booking flights the magical number of 330 days ahead, roughly 10 months plus a few weeks. Note that some operators make seats available via their reservations system not 330, but 332 or 328 days prior to the flight date, and that these first seats are usually very cheap. It is very worthwhile to book a flight the very day the seat become available - be sure to feed that date into your agenda!

In Greece as well as in Turkey it is wiser to use a bus or dolmuş rather than a train, if domestic flights are not available.
Click on the map to see the Greek ferry lines.

From

Flights from the Netherlands

Beside the obvious airport of Schiphol, also consider for example Düsseldorf or Airport Niederrhein. My friends and I have frequently used Aegean Air to reach the smaller airports in Greece. For a comparison of flights and airline companies:

Flights from the UK

There are usually direct flights from either Manchester or Gatwick airports to Preveza - often only charter flights which serve from early May till the end of October. Expect to pay between €180 per person in low season up to €275 in high season.
Direct flights to Athens in Greece or to Izmir, Bodrum, Dalaman, Antalya in Turkey are more frequent and cheaper. For a comparison of flights and airline companies:

Flights from the USA, Australia, etc.

Flights from Finland

BlueOne (with SAS) is flying Helsinki-Athens-Helsinki on Saturdays. Prices are reported to be less than half of what they are with Finnair.


To

Turkey

Bodrum is served by Bodrum-Milas (BJV) airport.
Marmaris and Göcek/Fethiye are served by Dalaman (DLM) If you can get a cheap flight into Kos, there is a daily hydrofoil to Turkey, and also from Rhodes to Marmaris.

The airlines offering domestic flights in Turkey out of Istanbul Ataturk airport are these Turkish Airlines: thy.com, atlasjet.com, onurair.com.tr and Pegasus. Please note that Pegasus operates out of Sabiha Gokcen airport which is on the Asian side of Istanbul and only practical if you are already in Istanbul or on that side of the city.

Lefkas island

Kos island

Corfu island

Samos island

Santorini island

Skiathos island

It is notoriously difficult to fly directly on Skiathos for a reasonable price. Yet, the port seems part of the approach of this tiny airstrip so once landed you could actually walk to the charter yachts :-)
The second best option is not Volos airport, but Thessaloniki further to the north. Unfortunately, this involves several hours by bus and a subsequent ferry ride from Volos port to Skiathos port.
Direct flights on Skiathos via the following airlines: XL Airways, flythomascook, Transavia, Freedomflights, Thomsonfly.

Other islands via ferries

The hydrofoils and ferries will allow you to travel between Athens' Pireaus port and the major yacht charter bases of Paros, Poros, Syros, Rhodes, Kos and the touristy islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

Kalamaki (Alimos) and Lavrion in Athens


 
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6 May 2013
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