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If you want to travel by ferry from the Greek island of Kefalonia to Italy without an additional trip to the mainland, your choices are limited, only 2 or 3 boats a week to Brindisi or Bari. Our boat, Red Star 1, is old and slow but did the job at a reasonable price. Our cabin was better than expected, clean and spacious enough. We arrived at our destination w/ only one hour delay after the 15 hours trip, not bad for high season. We didn't use the restaurant because we had dinner before boarding. The weather was good and the sea was calm. Not a bad trip, we probably use Red Star Ferries again next year.Read More Read Less
The Sami Brindisi ferry route connects Kefalonia with Italy. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Red Star Ferries. The crossing operates up to 1 times each week with sailing durations from around 16 hours.
Sami Brindisi sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
The Greek town of Sami is located on the north east coast of the island of Cephalonia. It is a busy working port that is located around 20 km from Argostoli, the island's capital. The picturesque town lies on a wide bay with a long tree lined waterfront and has lovely views across to the neighbouring island of Ithaca. There are a number of bars, restaurants and tavernas located along the waterfront promenade where the day's fishing catch can often be seen on display. The town's nearest beach, Antisamos beach, is a short walk from the town and has a long stretch of white pebbles and is great for swimming in. There is also Karavomilos beach which is 2 km from the town and the resort of Aghia Efimia whish is 8 km from Sami.
The island has two ferry ports along with a cruise boat jetty. Greek ferries have improved greatly over the years and now a ferry journey over to the mainland, for a day's shopping in Patras is a real treat.
The Italian city and port of Brindisi is located in the Apulia region of the country and lies on the Adriatic Sea coast. The city, like many of the towns on the Adriatic Sea coast, has a history that has strong links to the countries that lie across the Adriatic to the east. The city's large natural harbour is one of Italy's most important ports and is today the port of departure for ferry services departing to the Balkans and to Greece, although in Roman and Greek times and during the Middle Ages the port had many other purposes.
Popular attractions in the city include the Castello Svevo which was built by the Emperor Frederick II and has a trapezoid plan with large square towers. Also in the city is the 15th century Aragonese Castle which was built by King Ferdinand I of Naples, and is located on S. Andrea island which faces the city's port.
From the city's port, ferry's operate to destinations including Paxi, Corfu, Igoumenitsa, Zakynthos and Patras.