Delphi Travel – Ferries in Greece
In Greece you can buy ferry tickets online or at a travel agency; for others, you simply show up at the ticket window an hour before departure at appropriate travel agency kiosks at the port. During peak times in popular destinations (June, Jully August), get advice from your hotel or the local tourist information office about how far ahead you should book your ticket.
Otherwise, the ferry could sell out and you’ll be stranded on a castaway isle for longer than you intended. This is particularly important if you’re driving a car onto a ferry — in which case you may need to line up hours in advance. (If it’s possible to book a space in advance, do so.) Some international ferry routes are covered or discounted with a rail pass (such as Ancona or Bari, Italy, to Patra, Greece).
If you’re taking an overnight ferry, consider your sleeping options. A basic passenger ticket is “deck class,” meaning you’ll simply have to camp out wherever you can find room. You can pay a little more for a seat. A “berth” (bed) costs more, similar to a night train.
The more private your lodgings, the more you’ll pay, especially if a toilet and shower are included in the compartment. You usually can (and should) reserve overnight accommodations in advance. Some ferries only allow you to reserve beds upon boarding.
On the ferry, you may be able to stow your luggage on a public rack on the boarding level; otherwise you’ll haul it up several flights of stairs towards the passenger decks. You can buy on board food and drinks in most boats. It’s not too expensive, but it’s not the cheapest either and not top quality always. Bring your own snacks or a picnic basket instead. Dining is a featured attraction on just a few ferries, such as the overnight cruises to Crete.
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