Trip to Kefalonia
For traveling by car to Greece it is necessary to obtain a green card (still obligatory in Republic of Macedonia), while an international driving license is no longer necessary for Greece or Republic of Macedonia. It is quite easy to reach Kefalonia because the route is quite simple, and the traffic signs are pretty understandable. Distance from Belgrade to Kefalonia is about 1090km and the journey takes about 15-17 hours.
The road through R. of North Macedonia is quite simple, from the border crossing, it passes by city of Kumanovo to the capital of Skopje and stretches further to the south. After crossing the border, the highway (E75/1) is heading towards Athens. Excluding the standard equipment, no green card is required for entry, but for driving through Greece, it is necessary to have fire extinguishers and spare eyeglasses or lenses to those who need to use them in the ride.
Upon leaving the highway, the road continues in the direction of Thessaloniki. At the first exit for Thessaloniki and Edessa, you should continue to drive straight, and after 60 km from the border, at the first intersection, you should turn right towards newly built and very interesting motorway (E90/A2) which has 49 tunnels and leads to Lefkada near the town of Veria.
After about 850km from Belgrade, the next important intersection is near Ioannina, from where you should turn right to the main road (E951) in the direction of Preveza towards the town of Arta. Just in front of the turn to Arta you should turn right and follow the road 21 that leads to Preveza, by the sea, through the city of Kanali. A little before turning to Preveza, you will enter the road (E952) which leads right through the underwater tunnel, after which the first toll station, that costs 3e, is reached. The next road sign you will see is an airport sign, from where the route continues to the place of Agios Nikolaos, followed by turning right to the section 42. Driving a dozen kilometers from here you will reach the bridge that represents the entrance to the island of Lefkada and to the capital of Lefkas. This is a drawbridge, it connects the island with the continental part of Greece and it is lifted up every hour to allow passage to yachts, boats and ships. The bridge facilitates greatly traveling by car and thanks to it, Lefkada is the only island in Greece that can be reached by the road, without using a ferry.
The road is 50km shorter and slightly cheaper if you travel through Bitola, which after the border, at the crossing of Medzitlija, leads right to Kozani, from where you should continue right to Ioannina. Regardless of mileage, this road is considerably slower compared to the first one, it has a 150km shorter motorway, so it extends the journey in about an hour.
After entering Lefkas, continue the route by turning left, and continue along the eastern coast of the island towards the town of Nidri, from where the ferry that sails to Kefalonia arrives at Fiskardo. From Lefkada, the ferries depart from Nidri and Vasiliki, with departures from Vasiliki being stopped until the works on the renewal of the port are completed. In addition to those from Lefkada, departures from Astakos (115km south of Preveza) and Kyllini on the Peloponnese are also in circulation.
More information about ferries to Kefalonia could be found here.
P.S. An international driving license for Greece is no longer obligatory, and the green card for Macedonia is still mandatory.
To check out accommodation offers in Kefalonia click HERE.
Have a nice trip!