GREECE GETTING TO GREECE The quickest way to get to Greece from the UK is by air, but driving is an option if you have the time. It is a great way to travel offering a fascinating glimpse of changing culture, scenery and architecture but you will need to add 3-4 days each way to your holiday. Luckily, you can fly to Athens or Kalamata international airports in 3-4 hours. Kalamata is much closer to Ancient Phigaleia (an hour and a half) than Athens (up to 4 hours) but there are only a few flights to Kalamata each week and no flights at all during the winter months.
Athens airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"
- Easyjet flights to Athens depart from London Gatwick all year round.
- From April until November there are two flights a day, typically an early morning flight arriving in Athens at approximately midday and an early afternoon flight that lands in the evening.
- As your onward journey to the Western Peleponnese can take up to 4 hours, we recommend the early morning flight. Driving at night can be a strain due to poor road markings and the reflected glare of headlights off shiny road surfaces.
- Return flights to London Gatwick depart early afternoon or in the evening. Unless you plan to add an overnight stay in Athens, take the evening flight to allow you plenty of time to travel to the airport.
- Prices vary considerably, depending on the time of year and how much in advance you book. Bargains are often available out of season.
- Ryanair also flies to Athens from London Standsted and there are British Airways and Aegean Airlines flights from London Heathrow.
- Easyjet flys to Kalamata airport from London Gatwick airport from the beginning of April to the end of October.
- There are two flights a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
- At the height of the summer season, there are additional flights on Thursdays and Sundays, although these tail off in September.
- Prices vary although it is harder to find a bargain during the summer.
Port of Patras
- Since the fall of the iron curtain, it is possible to drive through Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). However, this route will take you into northern Greece and you will still be a long way from the Peloponnese peninsula.
- A much quicker way is to drive through France and Italy and take the ferry from Ancona to Patras on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Patras is only 3-4 hours north of the Ark in Ancient Phigaleia.