The largest of the Ionian islands offers endless exploration.
Approximate flight time: 3 hours 35 minutes (total distance 2,340 miles)
No of flights per week: 3
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com & TUI
Airports in Kefalonia: Argostoli Kefalonia
Seasons: High = May - August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Time spent waiting to board will fly by when you choose to depart from Birmingham Airport. With our central location, brilliant facilities and top customer service, you won’t want to fly from anywhere else.
It’s easy to get to Birmingham Airport, whether you drive or take public or private transport. Driving to the airport is probably the most convenient option for most, as it gives you a door-to-door service and your own space. We have seven car parks on-site, all within walking distance of the airport terminal or accessible via a free shuttle bus. If you’d rather take public transport, there are plenty of options to choose from. Birmingham International train station is just outside the airport, with the free and frequent Air-Rail taking passengers to the terminal in and just minutes away. You can also find public buses and coaches that travel from all over the country and drop you right at the airport.
Need currency for your trip abroad? Whether you’re looking to top up your Euros before you fly, or withdraw a few UK pounds for your return, head over to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
Take advantage of the many services at Birmingham Airport by ensuring you arrive at least 2 hours before your flight to Kefalonia. If you’re keen to get through security as fast as possible, we recommend pre-booking access to our Express Lane – it’s designed to enable passengers to quickly pass through the security area. Once through, there’s no better way to kick start your holiday than with a lovely meal at the airport. We’ve got an array of bars, cafés, and restaurants – from Factory Bar and Kitchen and Giraffe to Wetherspoon, so there will be a restaurant to suit everyone’s needs. If you’d prefer to grab something for the plane try Wrapchic or Pret a Manger.
Once you’ve had something to eat, it’s time to hit the shops, and we’ve got plenty to choose from. Whether you need last-minute health and beauty essentials from Boots or something electrical from InMotion, you’ll leave Birmingham fully prepped for your time away. Head to Rituals for an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products for body and home.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Average temperature in Kefalonia
Arriving at Kefalonia Airport
Argostoli Kefalonia Airport is located around 8km from its capital Argostoli, in the region of Svoronata. Reaching the capital is easy whether you take public or private transport.
A transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Argostoli during summer season. There is a public bus stop in front of the terminal building and tickets are purchased onboard. If you’d prefer a more direct route, you will find a 24/7 metered taxi rank outside the terminal building, the journey to Argostoli takes around 15 minutes.
You can also hire a car at Argostoli Kefalonia Airport, we recommend booking in advance for better rates and to avoid disappointment.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Kefalonia
The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia has a convoluted coastline marked by sandy coves, limestone cliffs and beautiful bays. Many beaches are only accessible on foot or via narrow twisting roads. Meanwhile, the mountainous interior is dotted with wild meadows and vineyards – you won’t be hard pressed to find the perfect photo opportunity.
Kefalonia’s official language is Greek, which has been continuously spoken for over 3,500 years across the Ionian Islands. Basic English is widely spoken in tourist hotspots, but we recommend picking up some Greek words or phrases to impress the locals.
Kefalonia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with sizzling temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. For a quieter visit and cooler weather, travel in winter when average temperatures are around 13°C.
Culture in Kefalonia
Apart from the island’s stunning beaches, breath-taking landscape and natural wonders, Kefalonia offers an interesting history. A devastating earthquake of 1953 destroyed much of the island’s historic Venetian architecture, but the Venetian and British Rule have left their influence – seen in attractions such as the Venetian Castle, Bridge Devosetos and the Castle of St. George. You will also find statues of some of the people who have left their mark on the island such as the Statue of Andrew Laskaratos, the satirical poet, on the beach in Lixouri.
One of the best things about holidaying in Greece is the food and Kefalonia has an abundance of fresh, Greek cuisine for you to try. As well as the traditional Greek dishes like moussaka, tzatziki and fava, make sure you try produce local to the island. Don’t leave without trying local dishes such as ‘meat pie’ and ‘bakaliaros with agliada’, a lemony fish dish you’ll want to order more than once.