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Zakynthos, or Zante as it is often referred to, is the third largest Ionian island. It is located just off the west coast of Greece. It’s an island of two halves – with beaches located along its south and east coasts, while mountains and a more rugged coastline covering the north and west. This makes it ideal for both beach and nature lovers – and with many operators offering flights to Zakynthos you are in with a good chance of finding a cheap airfare.
If its summer sun you are after the cheapest flights can be found in May and September/October, outside of the main school summer holidays.
Zakynthos is one of the sunniest islands in Greece. Temperatures soar to the low 30’s at the height of its season but remain attractive from May through to October.
There are many benefits to visiting outside the peak season, in addition to the cheaper flights on offer. You can enjoy the many natural attractions of this beautiful island, including uncrowded beaches, warm seas, lush woodlands and plenty of wild flowers. Indeed, nature lovers should consider May as the best time to catch both the sun, natural beauty and tranquillity of Zakynthos.
The winter months of December through to February remain mild but can be very wet.
Outside of the peak season there are many cheap flights to Zakynthos, thanks to the number of competing operators. Regardless of when you book your flights, booking early is the best way to bag a bargain, but there are ways you can search with Expedia to find a great deal on your flight at any time of the year.
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. It can be surprising what a difference just a day or two can make if you do not have set dates for travel.
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 Zakynthos:
Zakynthos Airport is very well-served from the UK – but it is a very small airport with limited facilities. The airport also receives connecting flights daily from Athens – during the off-peak season when flights thin out you may wish to explore taking a connecting flight to get the best deal on your flight.
Zakynthos International Airport is located in the south of the island, about two miles from the town and beach of Kalamaki.
Taxis are available outside the main terminal and can be pre-booked before your arrival. There is also a good network of roads on the island, so hiring a car is also an option. Rental companies can be found at the airport.
The carriers offering cheap flights to Zakynthos include:
With car rentals available at a very good price, these offer your best bet for seeing the beauty of this island.
Failing that the KTEL bus service in the island of Zakynthos allows you to reach many resorts from the capital, including Argasi, Vasilikos, Porto-Roma, Lake Candle, Alykes, Volimes, Saint Nikolaos, Laganas, Tsilivi, Alikanas, Kipseli and many others.
Taxis are ideal for shorter distances, and the island is well-served by them.
In terms of its beaches Agios Nikolaos is where the party scene hits the hardest – those looking for somewhere more tranquil could try Dafni beachas an alternative. Gerakas beach is where the island’s loggerhead turtles are located, and an ideal destination for nature lovers.
If there’s one must-see in Zakynthos, it’s Smugglers Cove. A sweep of pale sand framed by cliffs, is home to a marooned ship that smashed onto the island’s rocks in 1983. Accessible only by a boat it is, nevertheless, the island’s most photographed sight.
Tourists from the UK will not need a visa to visit Zakynthos for stays of up to 90 days.