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Paxi Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE
Paxi and Antipaxi are located in the Ionian Sea south from the island of Corfu. Paxi Island is covered with olive groves while Antipaxi with vineyards. Olive oil production, soap manufacture and fishing had been the main pillar of the local economy until the mid sixties. Today the island's economy is supported mainly by tourism and fishing. The climate is temperate Mediterranean with rains during winter and cool summers.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Paxi is: +30 26620.
If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country's national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.


Getting There

BY BOAT
There are ferry boats and hydrofoils operating routes from the port of Igoumenitsa on the mainland and from Corfu to Paxi.
From the port of Igoumenitsa the trip to Paxi lasts about 1,5 hour.
From Corfu's new port the Ferry reaches Paxi via Igoumenitsa and the trip lasts approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Ferry Boats
Ferry Boat from Igoumenitsa to Paxi: +30 2665 24090
Ferry Boat from Corfu to Paxi: +30 26613 65200

Hydrofoils
From Corfu to Paxi the trip lasts about 1 hour:
Paxos Flying Dolphin: +30 266220 32269, 32441
Petrakis Lines: +30 26610 31649, 38690
Paxis Island S.A: +30 266220 32401, 32245

There is also a sea taxi service, "The Paxos Express" operating routes from Parga, Igoumenitsa and Corfu (Corfu Town, Cavos, Lefkimi).
For more information please visit: www.paxosseataxi.com.

From Italy there are routes operating from the ports of Brindisi, Ancona and Bari to Corfu and Igoumenitsa.
For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit:
www.minoan.gr
www.agoudimos-lines.com
www.ventouris.gr
www.superfast.com

Paxi Port Authority Tel: +30 26620 32259
Igoumenitsa Port Authority Tel.: +30 26650 99460, 99400
Corfu Port Authority Tel.: +30 26613 65200


BY ROAD
From Athens you can take the long distance bus (KTEL) to Igoumenitsa and from there the ferry boat to Paxi.
You can always use your private vehicle to reach Igoumenitsa instead of the KTEL Bus service.

KTEL Athens to Igoumenitsa Tel.: +30 210 5125954
KTEL Athens to Paxi via Igoumenitsa Tel.:+30 26620 32245
For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit: http://www.ktel.org/


BY AIR
There is no airport on the island of Paxi but you could reach Corfu by plane and from there take the ferry boat to Paxi.

For more information on flights, please visit:
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: www.aia.gr

Olympic Airways
For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com.
Athens Office Tel.: +30 210 355 0500, 8018010101


Local Transportation

BY TAXI
You may bring your vehicle along with you on the island with the ferry boat or you could rent one on the island. There is also the option of taking a taxi.

Taxi service Tel:
6974002236
6977472747
6976648486
6974135660
6984220011

If you wish to visit the inaccessible parts of the island, sea taxis leave every day from the port of Gaios to daily excursions around the island and to Antipaxi island as well.

Sea Taxi
LAKKA EXPRESS: +30 26620 31789, 6977623033

BY BUS
The island of Paxi boasts a good network of bus services so that visitors can explore the beauties of the island without having to bring or rent a private vehicle.

Bus Service Tel: +30 22620 32245

RENT A CAR/MOTORBIKE
The distances on the island are not too long, so you can rent a car or a motorbike and discover the scenic landscapes of Paxi island. The road network is not well maintained and it can be tricky, so attention is always required.


Local Services

BANKS & ATMS
There are a few bank branches and ATMs on Paxi island located in Gaios (the port of the island).

MONEY EXCHANGE
Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler's cheques or Eurocheques. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler's cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler's cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will probably have to pay in cash.

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

The Post Office branch on Paxi is located in Gaios.

Paxi Post Office Tel: +30 26620 32256

POLICE STATION
Paxi Police Station, Gaios, Tel.: +30 26620 32205


Useful Numbers
  • Tourist Police: 171
  • Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 210 9699101-3
  • Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
  • Municipality of Paxi: +30 26620 32100
  • Police: +30 26620 32222

INTERNATIONAL PRESS
International Press can be found in Gaios.


EMERGENCY NUMBERS
  • Police: 100
  • Fire Department: 199
  • Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
The health centre of Paxi is found at about 1,5 km outside Gaios on the main road going northwards.

Paxi Health Centre Tel: +30 26620 31466


PHARMACY
Pharmacies are found in Gaios and Lakka. Pharmacists are well-qualified to deal with the majority of minor medical complaints or to prepare prescriptions. For your convenience, find below an indicative list with pharmacies.

Trifonas Adreas Tel: +30 26620 32200, Gaios
Dimitradis Ilias Tel: +30 26620 33018, Lakka


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