Where to stay in Kefalonia without a car: 7 Best areas

In this article, we will look at Where to stay in Kefalonia without a car. I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Kefalonia without a car (including a helpful map), where I stayed in Kefalonia, and the best hotels for all budgets.

Kefalonia is one of the Greek islands known for its natural beauty and stunning landscapes. While having a car can be convenient for exploring the island at your own pace, it is possible to get around Kefalonia without a car, especially if you prefer public transportation or other alternatives.

The most common way to reach Kefalonia is by flying into Kefalonia International Airport “Anna Pollatou”. This airport receives  domestic flights from Athens and international flights from several European countries, especially during the tourist season. 

The airport is located around 8 km from Argostoli, which can be reached by bus, car, hotel’s shuttle service, or taxi. The airport bus terminates at the central bus station in Argostoli. You will need to take another bus to other towns on the island from Argostoli.

If you prefer a more scenic route and want to bring your vehicle, you can take a ferry to Kefalonia. Ferries operate from several Greek mainland ports, such as Patras and Kyllini, as well as from other Ionian Islands like Zakynthos and Ithaca. The main ferry ports on Kefalonia are Poros and Sami.

Kefalonia has a KTEL bus network that connects major towns and some popular beaches. The main bus terminal is in Argostoli, the island’s capital.  You can also find bus stations in Sami, Lixouri, and Poros, as well as bus lines to Fiscardo and Myrtos.

Buses is a cost-effective way to travel between towns and attractions, but they may not be as frequent as in more urban areas.

Taxis are available in Kefalonia and can be hired for trips between towns and tourist destinations. They are more expensive than buses but offer more flexibility and convenience. It is recommended to pre-book a taxi in advance. 

You can rent bicycles in some of the major towns or from local providers. Biking can be a great way to explore the island at a slower pace.

Renting a scooter or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a popular choice for tourists in Kefalonia. These are relatively inexpensive and allow you to explore the island with ease.

In some areas, particularly within towns or near popular beaches, you can get around on foot. Be prepared for hilly terrain in some places.

Kefalonia offers various boat tours, including trips to nearby islands and coastal excursions. These can be a unique way to explore the island from a different perspective.

You can join guided tours that include transportation. These tours often cover popular attractions and can be a convenient way to explore Kefalonia without a car.

If you don’t want to rent a car for your entire stay, you can rent one for specific days when you want to explore more remote or less accessible areas.

Keep in mind that the availability and frequency of transportation options may vary depending on the season and the specific area of Kefalonia you plan to visit. It’s a good idea to check the current schedules and availability when planning your trip. 

Additionally, booking accommodations in or near the towns you wish to explore can make it easier to access transportation options and amenities without relying on a car.

Where to stay in Kefalonia without a car?

The best areas to stay in Kefalonia without a car are Argostoli, Lassi, Agia Efimia, Skala, Sami, Fiskardo and Assos. These are popular tourist destinations in Kefalonia that are easily accessible by bus and have many tourist amenities that you can explore on foot.

In general, Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia and is a transportation hub with buses that connect to various parts of the island. You’ll also find restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions within walking distance.  

Skala is a popular tourist destination in the south of Kefalonia, known for its long sandy beach. Agia Efimia is a picturesque fishing village on the eastern coast of the island.

Fiscardo is a charming village on the northern tip of Kefalonia, known for its Venetian-style architecture. Sami is a picturesque town on the island’s eastern coast, close to Melissani Cave and Antisamos Beach.

During my trip to Kefalonia, I stayed  in Argostoli at the Aenos Hotel. It is one of the best places to stay in Kefalonia without a car due to its central location. It is walking distance from numerous attractions, cafes, restaurants, shops, as well as easy access to a bus stop, and ferry to Lixouri.

Map of the best areas and neighborhoods in Kefalonia without a car:

Map of the best areas to stay in Kefalonia without a car
Map of the best areas to stay in Kefalonia without a car

Let’s get into the details of the best areas to stay in Kefalonia, especially for travelers without a car. I’ll explain to you how to reach each area, how to get around, as well as the best things to do and some suggestions of the best places to stay in each area for every budget.

7 Best areas to stay in Kefalonia without a car:

1. Argostoli

Argostoli is one of the best areas to stay in Kefalonia, especially for travelers without a car. Argostoli is the capital and largest town of Kefalonia, serving as its administrative and cultural center.

Argostoli is situated on the southern coast of Kefalonia, facing the Ionian Sea. It is home to a Central Bus Station, from where you can easily take trips to major tourist destinations on the island. It is also well-connected by bus to the airport and ferry ports.

The town offers a variety of attractions, including a waterfront promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, a bustling central square, and historical buildings. One notable landmark is the Koutavos Lagoon, which is a beautiful natural area inhabited by various bird species.

You can take a look at the Corgialenios Historical and Cultural Museum, Saint Theodoroi Lighthouse, De Bosset Bridge, and Katavothres, as well as take a tour to Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave. 

As in many Greek towns, you can expect to find excellent Mediterranean cuisine in Argostoli. Fresh seafood, olive oil, and local produce are staples of Kefalonian cuisine.

Argostoli offers a range of shops, from small boutiques to souvenir stores, where you can purchase local products and gifts.

While not as known for its nightlife as some other Greek destinations, Argostoli does have a selection of bars and clubs where you can enjoy music and drinks in the evening.

Kefalonia is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and there are several in the vicinity of Argostoli, including Makris Gialos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach, both of which are just a short drive away.

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Argostoli without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Kefalonia Grand, 4-star hotel located in the beachfront area of Argostoli, easy walking distance to major attractions such as the central Vallianou Square, Argostoli Port, as well as numerous restaurants and shops. The hotel offers bike and car rental services.
  • Mid-range ($$): Aenos Hotel, 4-star hotel that has fabulous reviews from guests, centrally located on the main square of Argostoli, close to the bus stop and ferry to Lixouri. It offers a buffet breakfast and paid airport transfer.
  • Budget ($): Mouikis Hotel Kefalonia , great 3-star eco-friendly hotel located in a quiet position, just a few steps from the sea and shopping streets, as well as attractions such as Korgialenio Historic and Folklore Museum.

2. Lassi

Lassi is a popular tourist destination located on the western coast of Kefalonia, 10 minutes drive from the island’s airport and capital, Argostoli. Lassi is well-connected by KTEL bus, making it a great base for travelers without a car.

Lassi is known for its beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking sun, sand, and sea. 

Some of the well-known beaches in the Lassi area include Kalamia Beach, Makris Gialos Beach, Paliostafida Beach, and Platis Gialos Beach. These beaches offer golden sands and shallow waters, making them ideal for swimming and sunbathing.

In addition to its beaches, Lassi also has a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations, making it a convenient and attractive place for tourists to stay and enjoy their vacation on the island. The town of Argostoli is nearby and offers additional dining and entertainment options.

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Lassi without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Studios Angeliki, great 4-star beachfront accommodation with a private beach (great for sunset views and swimming). It is located in a quiet area, a short walk from Gradakia beach and Lassi main road.
  • Mid-range ($$): Lassi Hotel, 3-star family-run hotel short walk from the sandy beaches of Gradakia and Kalamia. Perfect location and great breakfast choices.
  • Budget ($): Metaxatos Apartments, great 3-star beachfront accommodation located on a hillside in Lassi, a short walk from secluded beaches. It has self-catered rooms with views of the Ionian Sea.

3. Agia Efimia

Agia Efimia is a picturesque village located on the eastern coast of the Greek island of Kefalonia. It is one of the best places to stay in Kefalonia for those who don’t drive because it is well-connected by bus, so you can easily take trips to major towns such as Fiskardo, Sami, Argostoli, Divarata, And Myrtos.

Agia Efimia boasts a lovely harbor with colorful fishing boats and sailing yachts. It’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, relax at a seaside café, or enjoy a meal at one of the traditional Greek tavernas.

The village is surrounded by several beautiful beaches and coves, including Myrtos Beach, which is one of the most famous and stunning beaches in all of Greece. 

Other nearby beaches include Antisamos Beach and Agia Paraskevi Beach, which are known for their crystal-clear waters and natural beauty.

Agia Efimia is an excellent base for various outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and boating. You can rent boats or join organized tours to explore the coastline and visit hidden beaches and caves.

You can savor authentic Greek cuisine at the village’s tavernas and restaurants. Fresh seafood, grilled meats, and traditional Greek dishes are readily available.

Agia Efimia is conveniently located for exploring nearby attractions including the Melissani Cave, Drogarati Cave, and the town of Sami, which is known for its archaeological sites.

Agia Efimia is a quieter and more laid-back destination, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful and authentic Greek island experience. It’s a place where you can relax by the sea, enjoy the local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kefalonia.

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Agia Efimia without a car:

  • Budget ($): Poseidon Apartments, great apartment, located close to Elies Beach in Afia Efimia, offering rooms with views of the Ionian Sea.  
  • Budget ($): Moustakis Hotel, 2-star hotel a few steps from Agia Efimia, a short walk to several Taverns and shops.
  • Budget ($): Alexatos Studios & Apartments, great accommodation, close to Agia Evfimia Beach and the village center with its restaurants and taverns.

4. Skala

Skala is a popular tourist destination located on the southern coast of Kefalonia, facing the Ionian Sea. It is approximately 37 km from Argostoli and is well-connected to public buses. Kefalonia International Airport, which is about a 45-minute drive from Skala.

Skala is renowned for its beautiful beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The main Skala Beach is a long stretch of sand with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available for visitors. There are also smaller coves and beaches in the vicinity for those seeking a quieter atmosphere.

Skala offers a range of accommodations, including hotels, apartments, and villas. You’ll find numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops catering to tourists’ needs.

The surrounding area of Skala and Kefalonia, in general, is known for its natural beauty. The island features lush landscapes, rolling hills, and stunning vistas. For nature enthusiasts, there are opportunities for hiking and exploring the island’s rugged interior.

There are several archaeological sites and ancient ruins to explore in the vicinity of Skala. The ruins of a Roman villa and a Doric temple dedicated to Apollo are among the notable historical attractions.

While Skala is generally a quieter and family-friendly destination compared to some other Greek islands, it still offers a decent nightlife scene with bars and music venues for those looking to enjoy the evening.

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Skala without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Makis Hotel, popular beachfront hotel in Skála Kefalonias, offering airport transfers and bicycle rental services. It also have  free private parking for those who drive,
  • Mid-range ($$): Skala Hotel, great 3-star family-run hotel, easy walking distance from the 3rd century AD Roman villa with well-preserved mosaics and inscriptions. Also close to supermarkets, taverns and bars.
  • Budget ($): Summer Sun, family-friendly hotel, easy walk from the beach, offering free car parking and soundproof rooms with panoramic views of the Ionian Sea.

5. Sami

Sami is a port town on the eastern side of Kefalonia, located approximately 40-minute drive from the island’s Airport. Sami is well-connected by bus to other major towns and tourist destinations on the island.

Sami is a great place to experience local life, where you can find the beaches of Karavomilos and Antisamos Beach, as well as local tavernas and bars. 

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Sami without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Ionian Emerald Resort, a 5-star beachfront hotel with a nice breakfast, within walking distance to Sami port. It has a children ‘s swimming pool and playground.
  • Mid-range ($$): Alancia Suites, great 4-star accommodation that has a perfect location close to town, port, and the water. Easy access to numerous  tavernas and restaurants.
  • Budget ($): Sami Beach Hotel, nice 3-star hotel with beach location and airport shuttle services.

6. Fiskardo

Fiskardo is a picturesque village located on the northern tip of Kefalonia (Cephalonia). It is known for its stunning natural beauty. The village is surrounded by lush green hills and is situated along a rugged coastline. The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea add to its charm.

Fiskardo boasts a unique architectural style influenced by the Venetians. Many of the buildings have colorful facades with traditional balconies, making it a delightful place to stroll and explore.

The village’s picturesque harbor is the heart of Fiskardo. You’ll find numerous fishing boats, luxury yachts, and sailboats moored here. It’s a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the waterfront tavernas while watching the boats go by.

Fiskardo offers a wide range of dining options. Visitors can savor fresh seafood and traditional Greek cuisine at the local tavernas, as well as international dishes in some of the restaurants. There are also cozy cafes where you can enjoy a coffee or dessert.

Fiskardo is known for its boutique shops and galleries. You can find unique souvenirs, local crafts, and art pieces here. It’s a great place to pick up mementos of your visit to Kefalonia.

There are several beautiful beaches near Fiskardo, including Emblissi Beach and Foki Beach. These beaches offer clear waters and are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

The surrounding countryside offers excellent hiking opportunities. You can explore the hills and forests, and some trails offer panoramic views of the coastline.

Fiskardo has some historical sites, including the ruins of a Roman villa and a Venetian lighthouse. These sites offer a glimpse into the area’s rich history.

Many boat tours and excursions depart from Fiskardo, allowing visitors to explore nearby islands and coastal attractions.

Fiskardo is a tranquil and peaceful destination, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind. Whether you’re enjoying a sunset drink by the harbor or simply taking in the natural beauty, it’s a great spot for a peaceful vacation.

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Fiskardo without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Emelisse Nature Resort, 5-star superb seafront hotel with the 24-hour front desk and airport shuttle services. Nice breakfast, location, and swimming pool.
  • Mid-range ($$): FiscardoStudios, great self-catering accommodation conveniently located within easy access from the harbor, Fiscardo Bay Beach,  the central square, supermarkets. Short ride away fromFoki Beach and Emplisi Beach.
  • Budget ($): Fiscardo Bay Hotel,  3-star hotel, located very close to Fiscardo waterfront with its taverns and shops, 15 mins walk to Foki Beach. They can help to arrange sailing trips and diving expeditions to the nearby islands.

7. Assos

Assos is a beautiful village situated on the west coast of Kefalonia, overlooking the Ionian Sea. It is nestled in a sheltered bay and surrounded by lush green hills.

Assos is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. The village is characterized by colorful buildings, a charming harbor, and a Venetian fortress that crowns the hill above the town. 

The Venetian fortress in Assos is one of the village’s main attractions. It was built in the 16th century to protect against pirate attacks and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Visitors can explore the fortress and learn about the history of the region.

The village has a small pebble beach with clear waters that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. There are also several other beautiful beaches nearby, such as Myrtos Beach, which is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.

In addition to beach activities, visitors to Assos can explore the surrounding countryside through hiking trails and enjoy water sports like kayaking and snorkeling.

Assos is known for its peaceful and laid-back atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of larger tourist destinations. 

Best places to stay in Kefalonia in Assos without a car:

  • Budget ($): Romanza Studios, value for money accommodation, short walk from taverns and cafés in Assos Kefalonia and Assos Beach.
  • Budget ($): Linardos Apartments, popular self-catering accommodation in Assos, within easy walk from Taverns, shops and cafés. 
  • Budget ($): Vassilis Retreat, great family-run hotel, located in the middle of the traditional idyllic village of Assos, short walk from Assos Beach. Offer views of the Venetian castle of Assos.

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In conclusion, Argostoli, Lassi, Agia Efimia, Skala, Sami, Fiskardo and Assos are the best places to stay in Kefalonia without a car. These areas have good bus links, making it easier for you to get around without a car. You can also take guided tours or use taxis for specific excursions.

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