Trip to Lefkada by car
If you travel by car in Greece it is necessary to have a green card (still obligatory in North Macedonia), while an international driving license is no longer necessary for Greece or for North Macedonia. It is pretty easy to reach Lefkada because the route is quite simple and the signaling is pretty good.
Through North Macedonia the road is quite simple, from the border crossing next to Kumanovo to Skopje and further right to the south. The road leads to the border crossing Bogorodica-Evzoni. After crossing the border, the motorway (E75/1) is heading towards Athens. In addition to the standard equipment, no green card is required for entry, but for driving through Greece, it is necessary to have fire extinguisher and spare eyeglasses or lenses for those who need to use them in the ride.
After leaving the highway, the ride continues in the direction of Thessaloniki. At the first exclusion of Thessaloniki and Edessa, you should continue right and 60km after the border, at the first intersection, turn right and follow the newly built and very interesting highway (E90/A2) which, along with 49 tunnels, leads to Lefkada near the town of Veria.
After about 850km from Belgrade, the next important crossroad 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 before turning to Arta on the right continues the road 21 which leads to Preveza, by the sea, through the city of Kanali. Just before turning to Preveza, you should enter the road (E952) which leads right through the underwater tunnel, after which the toll station, and all tools in Greece you will pay 15€. The first next sign of recognition is the airport, from where the route continues to the place of Agios Nikolaos, where you should turn right to the section marked 42. A dozen kilometers from here comes the bridge that represents the entrance to the island of Lefkada and to the capital Lefkas. This bridge is mobile, connects an island with the continental part of Greece and rises every hour for yachts, boats and ships. The bridge makes the travelling by car easier and thanks to it Lefkada is the only island in Greece that can be reached by the road, without using a ferry.
About 50km shorter and slightly cheaper road is possible through Bitola, which after the border, at the crossing of Metzitili, leads right to Kozani, from where you should turn right for Ioannina. Regardless of mileage, this road is significantly slower, as compared to the first one there is a 150km shorter highway, so it extends the journey in about an hour.
Have a nice trip!
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