Floating on the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, Zante is more than a party island.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (total distance 960 miles)
No of flights per week: 10
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com
No. of Airports in Bratislava: Zante (Zakynthos) Airport
Seasons: High = May-September ; Low = November-March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from the UK. With a great selection of shops, restaurants and places to rest, we’ve got all the facilities to ensure your journey is as comfortable as can be.
Whether you want to do some window shopping or you’ve left some bits to the last minute, Birmingham Airport has a huge range of shops for you to browse. Check out World Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and even get some new jewellery at Pandora or Accessorize. If you are visiting Zante to party, head to Aerospa, who will do your nails in under 15 minutes!
Enjoying a meal together at the airport before your flight is the best way to kick start your holiday. And there’s plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink options at Birmingham Airport, whether you’d prefer a café, bar or restaurant. If you’ve booked an early morning flight, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops like Costa and Caffé Nero. All Bar One and Giraffe serve food all day and if you’d prefer to take something to eat onboard, you can grab and go from M&S Food to Go or Pret a Manger.
Want to relax before your flight? We’ve got five airport lounges , where you can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly.
The airport is easy to get to via any means of transportation. If you’re driving, you’ll find a choice of 7 carparks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal on foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and get up to 70%.
If you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail link from the station that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Arriving at Zante Airport
Located just 5km from Zante city centre, Zante Airport is very conveniently situated for holidaymakers visiting the island.
Unfortunately, no local buses service the airport, so you will need to take a taxi to Zante Town, which takes around 15 minutes. If you need to get elsewhere, you can transfer to the bus which will take you to other places on the island.
If you want to explore the island, it’s a great idea to hire a car to get around. There are several car hire companies located in the Arrivals Hall of the airport, we recommend organising car hire before you arrive in Zante, so your car is ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Zante
Zakynthos, more widely known by its Italian name Zante, is an island of two stories. If you’re visiting the island to party, you’ll want to head to the southern and south-eastern shorelines, dominated by package holidays and revellers looking for a good time.
However, if you leave the south behind and explore the rest of the island, you’ll discover a different Zante altogether. You will find hillsides covered with pine forests and traditional rural villages, but it is the jaw dropping scenery of the west coast that really steals the show. With mighty limestone cliffs plunging down to mesmerizingly turquoise waters, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a travel brochure.
Greek is the official language spoken in Zante, but English is widely spoken in the tourist resorts and shops. If you’re heading away from the tourist hotspots, picking up some basic Greek will be useful.
Zante is known for its warm, sunny climate that brings good weather throughout the year. Temperatures in Zante peak in summer with average highs of 32°C, there is little rain or cloud cover. Rainstorms are likely in autumn and winter, with mild and wet weather throughout the off season.
Culture in Zante
When people think of Zante, the first thing that usually springs to mind is party, but the island is so much more than that. And, in fact, there are plenty of cultural sites just waiting to be explored.
Zante has an interesting history, with the island being under Venice from 1484 to 1797. You will therefore find Venetian influence in the architecture, cuisine, and dialect. Unfortunately, few of the island’s old buildings remain, due to two devastating earthquakes in 1515 and 1953.
For an injection of culture, visit the Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos, the Church of St. Dionysios and the Solomos Museum (the Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos tombs are a must).
Greek food is fresh, colourful and delicious. In Zante you can try Greek favourites such as moussaka, Greek salad, gyros, souvlaki and pastitsio (baked pasta dish). Why is it so great? The island benefits from boundless fresh produce, local olive oil and delicious seafood making it a foodie-heaven.