Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

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asprogirl
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Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby asprogirl » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:15 am

Next year we are thinking of driving over from UK as we are here for 3 months and instead of using the Pireaus to Souda ferry we though we would try the ferry to Kissamos as we found Athens a bit of a nightmare. Has anyone tried the Kissamos ferry and know what the road is like from Patras to Kalamata? thanks

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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby Kilkis » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:07 pm

I'm not sure if that ferry is still operating. If you put the origin and destination into GTP Ferry Schedules it recognises the ports but doesn't find any schedules. I could be wrong. It was never a very regular service and I'm told the boat was a bit of a rust bucket.

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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby Phild » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:43 pm

Yes, unfortunately, the Vincenzo Kornaros which was the ferry for that route was laid up for major repairs for so long this year that the government took the contract from LANE, the route provider.

As far as I know, a new contract has been negotiated, and the new ferry "Ionis" is being fitted with new equipment to enable it to service the route - But there is no start date mentioned.

Source here
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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby Houmeri91 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:05 am

Hi
anyone heard any more rumour about if and when this service may start up again . Just considering all the options when we are thinking about driving over next year and was thinking may be a better drive from Patras there with a car and trailer rather than getting to Pireaus ?

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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby Phild » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:19 am

The service is up and running again.

The current winter timetable is here (in Greek)

Timetables will vary with the season, and you shouldn't expect to hear about the summer timetable until about a month before the change comes into effect (this is Greece, after all!)
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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby YoMo2 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:59 am

A point to note. This ferry does not actually serve Kalamata. You'd need to drive down to Gythio to get it. Much slower road. Sailings Wednesdays only at 16.30.

From Patra, might as well just get it from Piraeus, in which case, there are several other, faster ferries to consider.

Andrew
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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby Kilkis » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:30 am

It's also worth noting that:

    1 Patras to Gytheio is a longer drive, both in distance and time, than Patras to Piraeus on significantly worse roads.
    2 The ferries from Ancona, Bari and Brindisi all arrive in Patras in the early afternoon leaving time to drive to Piraeus, should be no more than 3 hours, and catch a ferry from Piraeus to Chania or Heraklion the same evening while if you go to Gytheio you need an overnight stay.
    3 Ferries from Piraeus are everyday whereas from Gytheio there is only one per week. Could be important if a ferry is cancelled for bad weather.
    4 You have a choice of ferries from Piraeus but only one from Gytheio.
    5 If you use the same line, i.e. Minoan or Anek/Superfast for both crossings you get a discount on the Crete tickets.

A lot of cons and I don't really see any pros?

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Re: Kalamata to Kissamos Ferry

Postby YoMo2 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:03 pm

My thinking exactly, but put much better. :|

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