Getting Around Corfu
The best way to get around Corfu is by bus or on foot. Renting a car is also an option if you're itching to explore the island and want more flexiblility. If you just plan on lounging by the beach your whole vacation or are staying central to Corfu Town, your own two feet should suffice. If you grow weary, the Corfu City Bus is a convenient and affordable option for exploring Corfu Town. The bus also offers routes to the Corfu International Airport (CFU), although it's about a half-mile walk to the station. You can also hail a taxi or hire a car, but it'll cost you.
If you're on a budget, taking the bus is a great option. The blue and white city buses operate lines from the airport (route No. 15) and cruise ship terminal into and around Corfu Town while the Green Buses travel from town to resort areas and villages around the island. Depending on where you're going, a ride on the blue buses costs 1.20 euro (about $1.50) or 1.70 euros (about $2) and an unlimited day pass costs 5 euros (about $6). Fares on the Green Buses are also affordable ranging from 2 to 6 euros (about $2.50 to $7.50) one-way.
|Car or Moped
A car will come in handy to spend time away from the main town. You'll secure cheaper rates if you book online in advance and pick up your car from one of the major rental agencies at the airport, including Avis, Sixt and Budget, among others. You can also opt to rent from a smaller agency in town or from some of the major resorts, but you'll likely pay more. Greek law requires that you obtain an international driving permit to rent a car. You can obtain a permit from AAA or the American Automobile Touring Alliance. Corfu's roads are notorious for their narrow curves, so use caution. Also, keep in mind that talking on a cell phone while driving is illegal. And if you're an experienced rider, the island's winding roads and relatively small size make renting a moped an option, too.
|On Foot||Once you reach your destination, find a parking spot and leave the car behind. Village streets are often narrow and can be difficult to navigate with four wheels. Plus, Corfu's major towns and resort areas are relatively compact, making them easy (and enjoyable) to explore on foot.
For short trips around Corfu Town – and getting into town from the airport or the harbor – a taxi can be a good option. However, be aware that many drivers do not use their meters, so it's a good idea to agree on a price before hopping into the cab. You can expect to pay around 10 euros (around $12) for a ride into Corfu Town from the airport. Also, consider writing down the address of your destination to avoid any miscommunication. Before you arrive, check with your hotel to see if they offer airport transfers.
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