Kefalonia enjoys a great many ferry links thanks to several good ports on all sides of the island at Argostoli, Pessada, Sami, Poros and Fiskardo although there are no direct ferries to the Athens' port of Piraeus.
The main ferry port is at Argostoli and the popularity of the island with the Italians bring several ferry connections to Italy. Italy - Greece sailings usually call at Corfu from Brindisi, Bari, Acona and Venice then sail on to Igoumenitsa and Patras on the Greek mainland, where there are cnnections to Kefalonia.
Ventouris Ferries has a once weekly sailing from Bari, on the Italian coast. to Sami on Kelfaonia with a crossing time of more than 18 hours. There is also a weekly sailing to Sami on Kefalonia from Brindisi by European Sealines and that takes 16 hours.
There are a number of ferries to other Ionian islands and the Greek mainland. Kefalonian Lines runs a daily ferry to Ithaka from the east coast ports of Sami (a 25 minute crossing) and Poros (45 minutes).
Kefalonian Lines also runs services from Poros to Killini on the mainland with around 24 sailings weekly and a journey time of 90 minutes.
Ferries from Sami to Ithaka and to Astakos on the mainland, are also operated by Ionian Pelagos Lines.
Daily ferries also sail between Argostoli and Killini, on the Peloponnese coast. The hourly ferry from Argostoli operated by Koinopraxia Taxiarchis is also the quickest and best way to get across the bay to Lixouri and the Pali peninsula.
Routes from Argostoli to the mainland port of Kilini call in at the east coast port of Poros on the way and are operated by Kefalonia Lines with a journey time of just over two hours.
The small port of Sami on the east coast has ferry connections to Patras on the Greek mainland that operate throughout the summer season and the trip takes two to three hours.
In the north of the island, the small port resort of Fiskardo has ferry links to Vassiliki on the island of Lefkas and to Frikes on Ithaka. The car ferry service runs daily throughout the summer. Tickets are sold by Samba Tours.
Summer season ferries also leave the port of Pessada on the south-west coast for Agios Nikolaos on neighbouring Zante. This service also now operated by Ionian Pelagos.
Tour trips to the offshore island of Ithaka are plentiful. For details on Ithaka check out the Ithaca Postcard page.