Looking to embark on a day trip from Corfu to Albania to explore one of the most up-and-coming countries in Europe? Keep reading!
Talking a day trip from Corfu to Albania is one of the most popular things to do in Corfu for those seeking a unique travel experience. Heading on the short journey to the now famous “Albanian Riveria” is an excellent choice to get a taste of Albania and the beauty it offers.
Ferries run daily from Corfu to Albania and offer the opportunity to travel to the very popular and beautiful village of Ksamil, Albania! A place known for its clear blue water, beach bars and clubs, and upscale atmosphere. It has been referred to as the Maldives of Europe (but I think this is a little bit of a stretch).
Keep reading for the ultimate guide on how to travel from Corfu to Albania and onwards from Corfu to Ksamil.
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How to Travel From Corfu to Albania > Corfu to Ksamil
Overview: How to get from Corfu to Albania via Ferry
To travel from Corfu to Albania, take a ferry from either Corfu Town or Lefkimmi Port . There are two main ferry companies; Ionian Seaways and Finikas Lines. I booked my tickets on Omio which allowed me to compare different prices and choose the best option. Be sure to book tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons.
Arrive at least 1 hour before your scheduled departure with your passport and any visas you may need – Albania is a different country and not in the EU so plan accordingly. You will go through customs a few times during your journey so factor this into the time you plan for your day trip.
The ferry rides last around 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your departure point and ferry type. Make sure you choose the ferry that arrives in Saranda as this is the closest port to Ksamil. Once you arrive in Saranda you can exchange your Euros to Lek to have for bus fare and payment.
Just a block down from the port you can catch a local bus or take a ride with a local transfer to Ksamil. The bus is from Saranda To Butrint and costs 1300 LEK and takes around 30-40 minutes.
Where to Catch the Ferry in Corfu
In Corfu, you can catch the ferry to Albania from two main ports:
- Corfu Town (Kerkyra Port): This is the primary port in Corfu and offers various ferry connections to different Albanian ports, such as Saranda and Vlore. It is conveniently located in the capital city of Corfu and is easily accessible from different parts of the island.
- Lefkimmi Port: Lefkimmi is a town located in the southern part of Corfu, and it also serves as a departure point for ferries to Albania. The ferry routes from Lefkimmi typically connect to the Albanian port of Saranda.
Which Ferry Company to Choose
The ferry company you choose doesn’t really matter. I looked more at the pricing, timetable, and journey time and chose the best one based on this.
Prices and Timetables for Ferries to Albania
Ferry Tickets from Corfu > Albania
- One way Corfu Town > Saranda: Between €20 – €35
- Time: 30 minutes – 1.5 hours
Bus Tickets from Sarandë > Ksamil
- One way Saranda > Ksmail: 1300LEK (must pay in LEK – local currency)
- Time: 30-45 minutes
Corfu to Ksamil | Saranda to Ksamil
Getting from Saranda to Ksamil is relatively easy, as Ksamil is a popular tourist destination located just a few kilometers south of Saranda. There are several transportation options available for this short journey:
- Taxi: Taking a taxi is one of the most convenient ways to travel from Saranda to Ksamil. Taxis are readily available in Saranda, and you can either hire one directly from the street or ask your accommodation to arrange it for you. The journey should take around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Public Bus: Saranda and Ksamil are connected by a regular bus service. Look for buses heading to Ksamil from the central bus station or other designated stops in Saranda. Buses are an affordable option, but they may be less frequent than taxis.
- Rental Car or Scooter: Renting a car or scooter can give you more flexibility to explore the area at your own pace. Several rental agencies operate in Saranda, and you can easily find one to arrange your transportation to Ksamil.
Planning a Day Trip from Corfu to Ksamil: NEED to KNOW
Here are the important things you need to know when planning a day trip from Corfu to Ksamil:
- Check visa requirements for Albania, depending on your nationality.
- Confirm ferry schedules and availability from Corfu to Saranda (Albania).
- Be at the port (Corfu Town or Lefkimmi) at least an hour before the ferry departure time.
- Bring necessary travel documents, including passports and any required visas.
- Book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.
- The ferry journey from Corfu to Saranda takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- You can take out LEK (the local currency) from one of the many money exchange offices just down the street from the port.
- Upon arriving in Saranda, you can easily find taxis or buses to take you to Ksamil.
- Taxis offer convenience and speed, while buses are a more economical option.
- Ksamil is a short distance from Saranda, about 20-45 minutes by taxi or bus.
- Enjoy the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters in Ksamil.
- Keep track of the ferry’s return schedule to ensure you have enough time for your day trip.
- Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly for your day trip.
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