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Corfu Without a Car: The Ultimate Guide 2024 

Heading to Corfu and wondering if you can explore the island without a car? This guide has got you covered.  

Although Corfu is a great island for a road trip, and having your own private vehicle will give you more freedom and flexibility, it’s not essential to have a car for a great trip.  

The alternatives such as public buses, taxis and even boats allow visitors to get around with no major issues. Also, many parts of the island are walkable, so you can enjoy them on your own two feet. 

My husband and I got to enjoy Corfu for nearly two weeks on our last trip and spent plenty of time exploring the island without a car. We still had a great experience and could easily access most of the sites that we wanted. 

This article covers Corfu transportation options, as well as the best places to stay for those without a car in more detail. There are also suggestions of activities that don’t require a car to add to your itinerary. 

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Do You Need a Car in Corfu?

The short, no, you don’t need a car in Corfu. There is a public bus network that serves many tourist destinations. Additionally, taxis are abundant, providing convenience and comfort when needed. 

As a popular tourist destination, Corfu boasts many organised tours, allowing visitors to explore iconic attractions and scenic spots by both land and sea. 

You can even hire a boat for a day to explore the beautiful coastline independently. A car will not get you to some of the secret beaches and sea caves anyway. 

Nevertheless, there is no denying that hiring a car will give you the most freedom and flexibility, removing the need to adhere to bus schedules. Furthermore, there are locations that are inaccessible via public transportation. 

Ultimately, it comes down to what you would like to do while in Corfu. If your plans primarily involve sightseeing in Corfu Town, which is quite walkable, and enjoying beach time, a car is not essential. 

Also, consider the location of your accommodation. Popular towns tend to offer a good selection of amenities and transport connections.  

More remote areas may lack such conveniences, so you will need to use of a car or alternative private transport, such as a scooter to reach other places. 

How to Get Around Corfu Without a Car

Here are the alternatives to driving a car in Corfu, from the practical ones likes public buses to the more tourist-oriented options such as organised tours and boat hire. 

Public Bus

Buses serve as the primary mode of public transportation on the island, offering a modern, cost-effective, and relatively convenient means to explore Corfu without a car. 

Two bus networks are available: the Blue buses, which cover Corfu Town and its surroundings, including the airport, and the Green network, linking the capital city with popular destinations such as Sidari, Paleokastritsa, and Kavos. 

While the public bus network may not reach every point of interest on the island, I’ve found it to be sufficient for most tourists’ needs. Although some locations have limited services, careful planning allows for coordination with bus schedules if necessary. 

Ticket prices range from €1.20 to €4.40 (US $1.30 to $4.80), depending on the distance travelled. Be sure to carry cash as cards are not accepted on the buses. 

Typically, Blue buses depart from San Rocco in the heart of Corfu Town, while Green buses depart from the KTEL Green Bus Terminal (Leof. Eptanisou), situated a 15-minute walk from the city centre. 

You can calculate the exact fare for your journey and check the latest timetable on the network websites: Blue or Green


Taxis are readily available throughout Corfu, with a variety of taxi companies to choose from. While convenient, relying on taxi services does come with a price tag. 

Taxis use meters to determine the fare for a journey. Short trips within Corfu Town typically range between €10 and €20 (US $11 – $22). 

For transfers from the capital to beach resort towns, prices can vary between €30 and €80 (US $33 – $88), depending on the distance travelled. 

Getting a taxi in Corfu is straightforward. You can arrange a ride online or by phone through one of the local taxi companies. Alternatively, taxis can be found at designated taxi ranks or hailed directly from the street. 


The popular ride-hailing app, Uber, is available in Corfu. Although the interface works similarly to how it does in other countries, there is a fundamental quirk that you need to be aware of before using it. 

In Greece, non-professional drivers are not allowed to work with apps like Uber. Only licensed taxi drivers have that option. As a result, Uber in Corfu is just another taxi service. 

It’s also worth noting that additional ride features like Uber Eats and Assist are not available in Corfu. In terms of costs, Uber in Corfu is not any cheaper than using regular taxis. 

Overall, the app does offer a simple way of getting a taxi, but sometimes you might be better off just hailing one in the street or arranging a ride through your accommodation. 

Organised Tours

This is another expensive transport option, but it gives you the chance to go to great places that are not easily accessible by public transport. It also removes the need to deal with all the travel logistics yourself.  

Organised tours normally involve overland or boat trips, with many operators offering hotel pick-up and drop-off. Be sure to check in advance if this is an option for your location.  

The overland tours can take you to multiple points of interest around the island. For example, this tour includes stops at Mon Repos, the Achilleion Palace and Benitses, allowing for both sightseeing and beach time.  

Being an island, Corfu also has numerous boat tour options available. These can be anything from a leisurely sunset cruise along the coastline to a trip to the nearby islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.  

Tours like this start at about £50 (US $63) per person and can be booked online or at local tour desks which are easy to find in Corfu’s tourist areas.  

Alternatively, you can organise private tours that can be customised to your interests. However, the price is more likely to be in the region of £100+ (US $126) per person. 


When it comes to exploring Corfu’s magnificent coastline, organised tours are not your only option. Visitors can rent speed boats with engines of up to 30hp for either half or full days. You do need a valid license if you would like something more powerful. 

Boat hire is available in pretty much all coastal towns including Sidari and Kassiopi. You will get a quick tutorial on how to operate the boat before you embark on your adventure. Then, you’ll be free to enjoy the stunning scenery and beaches. 

The cost of boat hire varies depending on the season. Typically, rentals range between 90€ (US $95) and 100€ (US $105) for half a day, and between 170€ (US $180) and 200€ (US $210) for a full day. 

Scooters and Quad Bikes

Scooters and quad bikes are another alternative to cars in Corfu, especially if the cost of car rentals is a deterrent. They are both popular transport options, and you are likely to bump into a rental office offering these pretty much anywhere you go. 

Both scooters and quad bikes provide the flexibility and freedom of a car but often at a more affordable price point. At the lower end, scooter rentals typically start from €20 (US $21) per day, while quad bikes may range from €30 (US $33) per day. 

As expected, more powerful models command higher prices. Nevertheless, operators often provide discounts for multi-day rentals, helping to keep costs under control. A valid international driving license is required for both. 

A note on scooters, you will likely see some people riding them without the helmet. This is actually illegal, but the police don’t always enforce this rule, despite the possibility of a fine. 

Be sure to always wear a helmet for your own safety and check that your health insurance covers activities like this. 


This option may seem rather extreme, but it is indeed possible to walk the length of the island as part of the Corfu Trail. This epic 220-kilometre-long route guides you through the breathtaking countryside, revealing a side of the island that many tourists never experience. 

Starting from the island’s southern tip, the Corfu Trail culminates in Agios Spiridonas in the north. You will typically need around 10 days to complete it. 

If this prospect feels somewhat daunting, fear not. The trail comprises 10 distinct sections that can be easily integrated into your itinerary. Opting for even one segment will offer an opportunity to really take in the island’s natural beauty. 

While the Corfu Trail is the island’s most famous route, there are numerous shorter hiking trails waiting to be explored, allowing you to discover more of Corfu without a car. 

One of my favourite shorter routes is the donkey trail linking the coastal resort of Paleokastritsa with the charming mountain village of Lakones. Though the path is steep, you will be rewarded with stunning views. 

Where to Stay in Corfu Without a Car

If you would like to enjoy Corfu without a car, it will pay off to be strategic about where you stay during your trip. Although a remote luxurious villa may sound appealing, this might not be the best option if there are no transport connections nearby. 

Here are some of the best places to stay in Corfu without a car. They are all well-connected and offer access to great activities and amenities.  

Corfu Town

The island’s historic capital, Corfu Town, is arguably one of the best places for those without a car. The city offers a wealth of attractions, sites and dining options to keep you busy. 

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic heart of Corfu Town is a maze of cobbled streets lined with Venetian-style buildings that house museums, shops, restaurants and boutique hotels.  

Corfu Town is compact and highly walkable, so it’s an easy place to navigate without a car. If you would like to get to the outskirts of the city to see attractions like Mon Repos, the local Blue bus network has got you covered.  

Corfu Town is also the starting point for all Green bus routes that connect to other island destinations. You can take advantage of that by going on day trips throughout you stay in Corfu Town. 

Also, Corfu Town is where many organised tours depart from. You can easily incorporate a cruise, a visit to an olive mill and a food tour in just one trip. Many tours will also offer hotel pick-up. 


If you prefer to stay by the beach, rather than in a city, but have easy access to amenities, Benitses is a great option. Located south of Corfu Town, it is a 30-minute bus journey away from the city centre. 

Despite its proximity to the capital and easy accessibility, this village maintains its traditional feel and still has some historic buildings. Although there are other resort areas that are close to Corfu Town, the pebbly beaches in Benitses have a better feel. 

Benitses has a decent selection of tavernas, shops, water sports and tour operators that can organise fun day trips on your behalf. You can also take advantage of the regular bus service to Corfu Town for sightseeing and nightlife. 

However, please note, that if you would like to have a late night out in Corfu Town, check the bus timetable to make sure you can get back to your accommodation. Otherwise, you may need to plan for a taxi ride back.  


This is one of my personal favourite spots in Corfu. Located on the northwestern coast of the island, Paleokastritsa is famous for its stunning scenery with towering hills, peaceful olive groves and scenic beaches. 

It is slightly further away from Corfu Town, but a regular bus service connects the two. The journey from the Bus Terminal to Paleokastritsa typically takes between 45 and 50 minutes.  

Apart from enjoying its several beaches, which are a mix of pebbles and sand, Paleokastritsa is home to a historic monastery, a port where you can hire a boat or book a cruise, an aquarium, a few good Greek restaurants and a diving centre.  

There are several tourist desks as well where you can book group or private tours. Another great thing about staying in Paleokastritsa is the local scenic walking trails. For example, you can walk to the nearby villages of Lakones and Doukades.  

The downside of staying in Paleokastritsa is that it gets quite busy with cruise day trippers between late morning and early afternoon. However, if you visit in the shoulder season in May or September, you can still enjoy peaceful mornings and evenings.  

However, Paleokastritsa’s beauty does attract crowds, so be prepared for that. The peak season of July and August is especially bad for this. 


Situated on the northeastern coast of the island, about an hour-long bus journey away from Corfu Town, Kassiopi is a popular destination and with good reason.  

This town is full of charm and boasts a scenic harbour at its heart. There are several small, but picturesque beaches within walking distance of the town centre. Also, Kassiopi has so much to do locally that you won’t need a car there. 

The town has a good selection of bars and restaurants, the ruins of a Byzantine castle nearby and numerous boat tour options that will take you to the nearby points of interest. 

If you would like to include some sightseeing in Corfu Town while staying in Kassiopi, you can either catch a bus or take a leisurely boat cruise to the city. The boat trip takes about an hour, followed by a few hours in town before the journey home. 

Those looking to spend more time in the city may want to consider allocating two-three to Corfu Town at the beginning or the end of the trip. 


Another popular spot for those staying in Corfu without a car is Sidari. Located on the northern coast of the island, Sidari boasts sandy beaches, unique geological formations and a great range of amenities. 

The most famous local site is the Canal d’Amour, a scenic beach cove with a romantic legend attached to it. Supposedly, if you swim to the end of the channel, you will soon meet your soulmate. I can’t guarantee that you will, but the place is certainly worth a visit for its natural beauty. 

The bus trip to Sidari takes an hour and fifteen minutes from Corfu Town. The town is the perfect choice for those who are mainly after the Corfu beach experience, as Sidari boasts several good ones with water sports options. 

Sidari also has many tavernas, bars and beach clubs to choose from. As with many other resort areas of Corfu, there are several tour operators that offer day trips to other beauty spots and attractions.  

If you would like to experience the more cultural side of Corfu, I would still recommend including a day trip to Corfu Town as part of your overall trip.  

Top Things to Do in Corfu Without a Car

To help you plan your trip, here are some ideas for the best things to do in Corfu that don’t require a car. 

Sightseeing in Corfu Town

A scenic shopping street line with traditional venetian buildings in Corfu Town

As I’ve mentioned before, Corfu Town has a walkable historic city centre, making it an ideal choice for those without a car. Key attractions to include in your itinerary are the Old and the New Fortresses, the Archaeological Musuem of Corfu, Museum of Asian Art and the Church of Saint Spyridon. 

Strolling along the beautiful Venetian streets of the old town is a pleasure in itself. Behind elegant facades you will find traditional delis, shops, restaurants and patisseries waiting to be explored. 

Day Trip to the Achilleion Palace

The grand Achilleion Palace is one of Corfu’s most famous historic sites. What’s more, it’s conveniently accessible for a day trip from Corfu Town. Simply board bus number 10 from the city centre, and you’re on your way. 

The palace was built in 1890 for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi. It is a beautiful combination of neoclassical and art-nouveau architecture, complete with a collection of Greek-inspired statues, mosaics and art.  

Alongside the palace, be sure to explore the magnificent grounds and enjoy incredible views from the terrace.  

Hiking Adventures

Depending on where you are based, chances are there will be some scenic trails available so you can explore the island on foot. Whether you are after a short walk or a challenging hike, there is something for everyone. 

One great starting point for walking inspiration is the Corfu trail. You can select sections that are most relevant to you instead of tackling the whole thing.  

For example, one of the most scenic sections is the path between Liapades and Agios Georgios North that includes the bay of Paleokastritsa and Lakones. You can break it down even further if you prefer a shorter walk. 

Explore Paleokastritsa

I have suggested Paleokastritsa as a great place to stay in Corfu without a car, but it’s also an easy destination for a day trip. You can catch a bus from Corfu Town or check if water taxis in your area can take you there.  

The town itself is walkable and you can easily reach its different beaches, restaurants, and the historic Paleokastritsa Monastery on foot. You can also hire a boat or join a cruise to see more of the local coastline. 

Relax at the Beach

The crystal clear waters of the Agios Spiridon beach in Paleokastritsa

This might sound like an obvious suggestion, but ultimately enjoying Corfu beaches is one of the best activities that doesn’t require a car. Wherever you are on the island, chances are there will be at least one beach near you. 

The bulk of popular tourist destinations are located in the vicinity of at least one beach. Book your accommodation strategically so you can be within walking distance of the stretch of sand of your choice.  

Beach options are limited within Corfu Town itself, but a 30-40 minute bus ride can take you to the nearby beach resort such as Gouvia, Dassia and Benitses.  

Olive Oil Tasting

With its abundance of olive oil, it’s not surprising that Corfu’s olive oil industry is going strong. What’s more, you can learn about how this Mediterranean staple is made and taste some premium olive oils without having to jump in the car. 

Right in the heart of Corfu Town you will find a stylish tasting spot called ‘Olive House’ by the Governor. There you can enjoy a tasting of the premium olive oils that the award-winning Governor produces.  

My husband and I went for a tasting there and we loved the olive oils so much we bought some as a souvenir. You can book your tasting here

Alternatively, you can go to the source and experience the Governor’s mill and olive groves on a day trip. This organised olive oil tasting tour with hotel pick up from Corfu Town will help you get there and back with no issues. 

Join a Food Tour

Thanks to its unique history and constant change of ownership in the past, Corfiot cuisine has been influenced by various cultures, from Venetians to the British. You can simply go to local tavernas and delis to sample local gastronomic delights.  

However, if you would like to really get to know the best spots for foodies, it’s worth joining a food tour in Corfu Town, the island’s gastronomic capital. This highly rated walking food tour of the city includes multiple tastings and visits to famous historic attractions. 

Go on a Cruise

Corfu boasts a stunning coastline and it’s easy to explore it with the many day cruise options departing from various parts of the island. From day trips with multiple swim spots to leisurely sunset cruises, the is something for every taste out there. 

Here a couple of cruise options to get you started:  

Diving and Snorkelling

The crystal-clear waters hugging Corfu are home to a wealth of marine life and lend themselves perfectly to underwater adventures. There are many diving centres across the island that you can take advantage of for that. 

The beach areas that I recommended before such as Paleokastritsa, Sidari and Kassiopi, all boast diving centres that organise courses for beginners and trips for more experienced divers. 

Snorkelling is even easier to enjoy – simply bring a snorkel to your local beach and explore what lies beneath the surface. I especially enjoyed snorkelling at the Agios Spiridon beach in Paleokastritsa and Porto Timoni. 

Hike Up to Angelokastro

Dramatic Angelokastro on a cloudy day

On the northwestern coast of Corfu lie the dramatic ruins of Angelokastro. Perched up on a cliff above the sea, it was once a mighty Byzantine fortress that protected the island from potential invaders. 

Today, visitors can hike to the top to enjoy stunning views over the coastline and imagine what life in the castle was like in its heyday. Most visitors arrive there by car, but driving is not necessary to enjoy it. 

If you are staying in Paleokastritsa, you can extend your walk up to Lakones with a visit to Angelokastro. While the Donkey Trail to Lakones is steep, the walk from the village to the castle is relatively flat, with the exception of the final ascent to the castle itself. 

Alternatively, you can join this guided hike that includes Angelokastro and local villages. The default tour doesn’t include hotel pick up, but it is available upon request. Get in touch with the operator to discuss costs and logistics. 

Day Trip to Paxos and Antipaxos

Although we’ve already covered local cruises, it’s worth highlighting that you can visit nearby islands while staying in Corfu. Day trips to the idyllic islands of Paxos and Antipaxos are a popular activity that departs from Corfu Town. 

There are many Paxos and Antipaxos day cruise options to choose from. You can book yours in advance or arrange it at your local destination upon arrival. Here are some highly rated ones that you can book online: 

Final Thoughts

So, now you know that it’s completely fine to explore Corfu without a car. Alternatives such as public buses, taxis and boats are available for getting around. Also, many parts of the island are walkable, making it even easier to enjoy what Corfu has to offer

For more help with planning your next trip, check out these guides to costs in Corfu, safety tips and itinerary suggestions. Whether you are hiring a car or not, I’m confident you’ll have an unforgettable trip. 

FAQs: Corfu Without a Car

Do I need to rent a car in Corfu?

Corfu is the perfect destination for a road trip, but hiring a car is not necessary to explore the island. There are public buses, taxis and even boats that you take advantage of to get around. Also, organised tours can help you get to places where public transport isn’t available. 

Does Corfu have Uber?

Yes, Corfu does have Uber, but it works a little differently to its counterparts in other countries. In Greece, due to local legislation, private drivers with personal cars are prohibited to work for ride-sharing apps like Uber. Only licensed taxis are allowed to do that. So, if you do order an Uber ride, don’t be surprised when a regular taxi shows up. 

What’s the best way to get around Corfu?

Although having access to your own car offers the most flexibility and freedom when exploring Corfu, I’ve found that the public bus network has a good coverage and can help you reach many beautiful parts of the island. With careful planning, getting around Corfu by public transport is a great option. You can supplement it with taxis, boat rides and even your own two feet to get to places. 

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