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Getting from Kefalonia Airport to Sami

Located 26km east of the capital Argostoli, Sami is a picturesque coastal town and the second-largest port on the island of Kefalonia. Sami is where the ships come from Patras’ dock. It has a beautiful seaside promenade and is dotted with Venetian-style mansions that run down the pine tree hillsides.

Once at Kefalonia International Airport (EFL), your options for getting to Sami are two; taxi and bus. A taxi or private transfer is by far the most stress-free transportation option, as you will board the vehicle without long wait times and reach your accommodation in Sami in roughly 45 minutes for about €55. The transfer by bus is a bit more complicated, as there is no direct bus to Sami from the airport, and you have to go to Argostoli first and take a second bus from there. A single ticket costs around €6, and the total travel time for both rides is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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How to get from Kefalonia Airport to Sami by taxi

Boarding a taxi at the airport is the fastest way to get to your final destination in Sami in comfort and effortlessly. Local taxis are red and white. If traffic conditions are normal, the ride takes approximately 45 minutes to cover the 33km distance.

How much does the distance from Kefalonia Airport to Sami cost?

Taxis stationed at the airport rank are metered. So, the final fare clients pay depends on the taximeter indication at the end of the ride. On average, a transfer to Sami in normal traffic conditions costs around €55. If you like the idea of a competitive fixed-rate fare for 5-star door-to-door service with zero waits and hassle, you can always pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups. Your peace of mind and instant boarding, regardless of your flight’s arrival time, are just 60 seconds away.



Trip Duration

45 min

*Rates may vary unless you book in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Kefalonia Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

It’s impossible to miss the taxi rank at Kefalonia Airport since the terminal is relatively small. As soon as you exit the building, you will see the red and white cabs in front of you. Go to the start of the line and board the first available vehicle.


In the summer, temperatures get pretty high in Greece. Taking a taxi is hands down the most comfortable option for getting to your accommodation in Sami in an air-conditioned vehicle without long waits in the sun.

Editor’s Note

If you arrive in Kefalonia on a full flight, many people will try to take a taxi simultaneously. Thus, waits could become lengthy. Pre-booking your transfer is a good idea in such a scenario, to avoid the hassle.

Useful Tips

Before your ride begins, make sure your driver resets the taximeter.
A standard sedan can transfer up to 4 people.
Not all taxis in Kefalonia accept payment by card. Ask the driver to be sure.
Between midnight and 05:00, there is a 25% surcharge.

How to get from Kefalonia Airport to Sami by bus

The bus is an alternative solution for budget-conscious travellers who don’t mind waiting longer to reach their destination in Sami. There is no direct line to Sami from the airport. If you opt for this transfer solution, first, you must take a bus ride to Argostoli (half an hour) and then board a second bus that needs 1 hour and 10 minutes to arrive in Sami.

What’s the cost of the bus ride from Kefalonia Airport to Sami?

The ticket for the first leg (airport to Argostoli) costs €2. The following bus to Sami is €4 per ticket. The total price amounts to €8 in total per passenger.



Trip Duration

1 h 40 min

*From May to October, the bus to Argostoli is hourly. The second bus to Sami departs 4-5 times per day.

Value for money

During the summer months, the shuttles going from the airport to Argostoli are available hourly from 09:00 to 22:00. As for the Argostoli to Sami leg, the frequency of buses changes monthly (it depends on the schedule of the ferries to and from Sami). To stay up-to-date according to your travel days, visit the website of KTEL Kefalonia or call the Argostoli bus station at +30 26710.

Where do I get the bus from?

The bus stop is located on the left side of the main entrance at the arrivals building. It is effortless to spot but if you have trouble finding it, ask the airport personnel, and they will be happy to help you.


The bus is a poorly convenient option in Kefalonia since you have to switch coaches in Argostoli. Departures are not regular, and even if you catch the airport shuttle right after your flight touches down, you might need to wait long hours at the Argostoli station for your next ride. It is a strenuous mix considering the island’s warm and humid conditions.

Editor’s Note

If your flight arrives late at night, a taxi might be your only transportation option.

Useful Tips

Given the potentially long wait times, sharing the cost of a taxi with your travel companions might be a good idea.
During the off-season period, there are no regular airport shuttles to Argostoli. If you visit the island in the winter, two daily KTEL buses reach the nearby village of Minies (roughly half a kilometre from the airport).

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Kefalonia. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Sami from Kefalonia Airport?

The distance from Kefalonia Airport to Sami is 33km. In normal traffic conditions, the ride takes 45 minutes by taxi and 1 hour and 40 minutes by bus (not including waits).

How much is a taxi from Kefalonia Airport to Sami?

Local Kefalonia taxis charge based on their taximeter. On average, the journey to Sami will cost you around €55. If you want a set-rate fare without hidden fees and extra charges, you can pre-book your Kefalonia Airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

How do I get from Kefalonia Airport to Sami?

There are two transfer options from Kefalonia Airport to Sami; taxi and bus. The cab offers a direct, door-to-door service that will take you to your accommodation in 45 minutes for €55. The bus is much more cost-efficient at €6 per passenger, but the ride is longer, and you have to be prepared for long waits since you have to switch two buses to reach Sami.

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