Every year Greek ports welcome a huge number of passengers from all over the world. Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, Igoumenitsa, and island ports serve those visitors wishing to travel to Greece by sea. Ferry routes to Europe are numerous. Many cruise ships and private boats also put in at the country’s ports, as Greece is one of the favourite destinations in the world.
The main volume of European tourists travelling to Greece by car uses ferries that have been built recently, sailing between Greek ports and ports in neighboring Italy. It acts as a “bridge”over which several million people pass. These routes are serviced with new ships that offer all modern comforts and speeds, while proper scheduling to and from Italy provide as many departures and arrivals as possible, thus giving tourists a wide selection to chose from. In order to better cover the ever increasing demand for mobile home transportation, shipping companies have scheduled ships with specially configurated areas for campers and caravans (towed and automotive).
Travelling with these ships in a comfortable and sophisticated environment and experiencing their hospitality and modern services provides relaxation and pleasure at very reasonable prices. These ships offer various categories of cabins -from outside cabins with WC and shower to more economical inside cabins- but in every instance your overnight stay is comfortable. They usually include air-conditioning, bar, restaurants and clothing stores, as well as satellite communications (telex and fax), video games and gambling (slot machines, casino, card rooms), pools, self-service facilities, disco, cinema, children’s playroom, escalators, camping on board, etc.
Other than facilities for daily departures -which are mainly late at night- and the option to buy return tickets, passengers are assured that they will arrive at their destination on time, while at the same time providing them with an extra vacation day.
The Port of Patras is one of the most modern ports in the Mediterranean, offering modern port infrastructure, a modern cruise terminal, quality-integrated hospitality services and hygiene and safety standards. There is a connection with the ports of Ancona, Bari, Trieste, Brindisi and Venice in Italy.
The port of Igoumenitsa is one of the most important ports in the European Union. It provides 5 places of mooring Ro-Ro liners, international ferry routes, 12 piers with the ability of simultaneous mooring up to 7 ships with adequate land space.The Igoumenitsa Port Authority primarily provides ship docking and passenger and vehicle traffic services.
As one of the most important transport hubs in western Greece, the port of Igoumenitsa offers routes to Brindisi, Bari, Ancona and Venice.
There is also connection between Greece and Turkey. Ferries (motorboats and hydrofoils) depart from at least six Greek islands to ten ports in Turkey. There are connections from Çeşme to Chios, Bodrum to Rhodes and Kalymnos, Marmaris to Rhodes, Ayvalik to Lesvos and from Kuşadası to Kos and Samos.
Passenger Passport Control
With the application of the terms of the Schengen Agreement in our country, all passenger ships/ferries sailing regular routes from Patras and Igoumenitsa to Italy and back (without visiting any non-Schenken third-country ports) are included in the category of ships executing domestic routes.As a result, passengers travelling in these ships, whose only destinantion is to those ports situated on the sovereign land of the Schenken countries, do not have to undergo passport control.