HOW TO EXPLORE ZAKYNTHOS WITHOUT RENTING A SCOOTER OR CAR IN 7 DAYS
As already mentioned in the previous page Explore Zakynthos in 7 days, local public transport (called KTEL) does not cover every spot of the island, therefore moving around without a car or a scooter can present difficulties and taxis could become an expensive solution
Alternatives to public transportation are the free shuttles to San Nicholas beach and Banana Beach and to Barrage nightclub.
The connections to the many spots of the island leave from the main station in Zakynthos town. Here we summarise the routes and advise you to check at bus stops for up to date timetables. You can buy tickets on board which cost 1.80 euros.
It is possible to explore the area from Argasi to Laganas (Argasi, Zante city, Kalamaki and Laganas) with a bike, as the route is flat and the distance is less than 13Km. Pay attention to the summer heat however as during midday the temperature can reach up to 35 °. Also, there are no cycle routes, so you always have to pay close attention to cars.
Taxi fares are convenient for short distances, but getting to Gerakas, Porto Limnionas and the Port of San Nikolas can be quite expensive. For Dafni beach, located on the only unpaved road of Zante, taxi might refuse the fare.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A VEHICLE
If you don’t have a vehicle, you can modify your trip in this way:
Arrival in Zakynthos, relax at the nearest beach
Visit the Marine Park by excursion or boat rental. On this excursion you can admire the island of Cameo, Marathonisi island and the caves of Keri. The transfer to the port of embarkation may include an extra person in the fee, dependent on the office.
Read more about this excursion “Excursion of Marine Park of Zante”
visit the beaches of Vasilikos (Porto Zoro, S. Nikolas, Banana Beach, Gerakas)
Gearakas is part of the marine park and here you will find numerous turtle nests. Banana Beach is the largest and most equipped beach on the island and like San Nikolas, offers the opportunity to have a go at many watersports. To reach these locations you have 2 possibilities:
1) Take advantage of the FREE shuttle service offered by Banana Beach and S. Nikolas Beach (you can recognise them due to the logos on the side of the vehicle). These shuttles can be taken from Laganas, Kalamaki and Argasi.
2) Use local buses. Stops and buses are recognisable by the word KTEL (Cost 1.80 euros).
Visit Shipwreck Beach (do not leave it til the last day, as sometimes due to weather or sea conditions this spot cannot be reached). To get to Shipwreck Beach there are 2 options.
1) A fast boat, excursion lasts approximately 4 hours, departing from the main port of Zante.
2) The slow boat, 7 hours, departing from the main port of Zante.
We recommend that you book these a few days in advance.
The transfer price to the port of embarkation sometimes includes an extra person.
Read more about this excursion “Excursion to Shipwreck beach”
Visit Keri and Marathia beaches.
These 2 beaches are a few km away from each other and is only a 10 minute drive. Keri can be reached by public transport, while to reach Marathia you have to take a taxi.
Visit to Porto Roxa and Porto Limnionas. These 2 beautiful coves, characterised by rock and crystalline sea are those that require more time to get to, but it is definitely worth it. The only way to reach them is by taxi, but this can be quite costly!
Visit to Tsilivi and Alykes. The KTEL bus will take you to these two long sandy beaches.
In the evening
Nightlife in recent years has shifted from the chaotic and wild Laganas to Zakynthos town and consequently to the Barrage. In Zakynthos you can walk along Alexander Roma Street and enjoy a drink or dinner, then you can reach the scenic spot of Bochali or go dancing at Barrage club which is only 2 Km away. They throw famous parties two times a week (the Elegant Party and the White Tuesday). The venue has 2 rooms: one in the garden for those seeking tranquillity and a drink, and an indoor room for those who want to dance until sunrise. Fortunately for those without a vehicle, a shuttle service is provided.