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Little more than a decade ago, there was just one direct flight from the UK to Corfu International Airport (CFU). How things have changed: today you’ll find more than 50 direct and indirect flights a week from just London, and there are flights available from over 20 UK airports.
With so much competition it shouldn’t be too hard to find a cheap flight to Corfu – and we’ll show you how to do it.
The holiday season in Corfu is longer than on other Ionian islands, thanks to its climate. As a result there are always plenty of flights from March all the way through to November.
The busiest time is in the summer months, particularly July to September. During this time you can expect to pay more for your flights and are advised to book as early as possible.
October to April is the quietest time of year to book flights to Corfu, and you’ll still be able to catch some glorious weather – and bargain flights – in March/April and October/November. At other times of the year the weather is still mild, but you can expect some bouts of rain and thunderstorms. Even in the coolest months of winter it’s still possible to take a dip in the sea.
Outside of the peak season there are many cheap flights to Corfu, thanks to the number of competing operators. Regardless of when you book your flights, booking early is the best way to bag a bargain.
Expedia makes it simple to find the cheapest flights. Use our ‘Show flexible dates’ feature when you search for flights to quickly reveal if booking your flights on a different day will offer significant savings.
You can also check if ‘Nearby airports’ offer more convenient flight times or a cheaper airfare. If you are flying from a London airport it’s always worth selecting ‘All London airports’, rather than just one, to see if carriers using an alternative London airport offer lower-priced fares.
Here are some sample flight times from UK airports to Corfu:
Corfu International Airport, or Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport serves both scheduled and chartered flights to the island. It is located around a mile south of Corfu Town.
As you descend to the airport you are offered spectacular views of Pontikonisi and Vlaherna Monastery, as well as the hills of Kanoni, so try and grab a window seat if you can.
The easiest way to get into the city from the airport is either by hire car – there are several rental options at the airport – or by taxi.
There is the option of the bus – number 15 serves the city – but this can often be crowded and uncomfortable.
For resorts further afield, there are shared shuttles which may be provided by your hotel or can be booked independently online.
The carriers offering cheap flights to Corfu include:
The glamorous way to see Corfu is to hop on a boat tour and see it from the waters. If you are travelling on land, however, your best bet by far is to hire a car. Car hire is relatively cheap and Corfu is the perfect size for day trips by car.
Corfu has both a municipal bus service (blue buses) and a KTEL service. Though fine for one-off trips the bus services can often take a long time and can run to a limited schedule.
Taxis offer standard fares to most destinations and can be ordered by phone. They are perfect for shorter trips.
If you had to single out just one resort to visit out on Corfu then it has to be Paleokastritsa. Set amongst high cliffs and several indented coves, there’s a lovely monastery to visit if you fancy some time off the beach.
For a splash of over-the-top grandeur head out to the Achilleion Palace in Gastouri. Built for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in the 1890s, and since featured in a James Bond movie, you can tour its rooms and statue-filled gardens. with their many statues.
Corfu Town offers plenty to see and do, with its archaeological museums, historic churches, forts and bustling harbours by the Old Town. It makes a lovely change from all that sun and sand!
Tourists from the UK will not need a visa to visit Corfu for stays of up to 90 days.