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Escaping to an idyllic Greek island is easy when there are direct flights from London. The capital location is home to four international airports and can see thousands of passengers arrive and depart daily. As it stands, London Heathrow currently sees, on average, 1,300 flights land and take off each day. This works out to be one every 45 seconds!

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How Many Greek Islands Have Direct Flights from London?

There are 9 Greek islands which you can reach with direct flights from London. For each of these destinations, there is an option to fly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton or London Stansted.

  • Crete
  • Corfu
  • Kefalonia
  • Kos
  • Mykonos 
  • Rhodes
  • Santorini
  • Skiathos
  • Zakynthos
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Which Greek Islands Have International Airports?

14 of the Greek islands have international airports which provide direct flights daily. During the summer months, direct flights to the islands are more accessible to come by, in comparison to the out of peak season period (October – May). This isn’t to say you can not relax on a Greek island during the cooler months, you just may have to take a transfer flight from Athens first. With this many options to reach the sandy beaches of Greece, it’s no wonder the country was named a top 10 holiday location for UK travellers in 2019.

  • Santorini 
  • Mykonos
  • Corfu
  • Kefalonia
  • Lefkada
  • Zakynthos
  • Rhodes
  • Kos
  • Karpathos
  • Skiathos
  • Lesvos
  • Lemnos
  • Samos
  • Crete

How Long is a Direct Flight from London to Greece?

It takes between 3 hours and 31 minutes and 4 hours and 09 minutes to reach the Greek islands with a direct flight from London.

A breakdown of locations and the time it takes to reach them are:

  • Direct flights to Santorini 3h 57m
  • Direct flights to Rhodes 4h 09m
  • Direct flights to Corfu 3h 12m
  • Direct flights to Zante 3h 31m
  • Direct flights to Kos 3h 55m
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Are Direct Flights Frequent from London to Greece?

Direct flights are frequent to the Greek islands during the summer months. The main operators for these direct flights are:

  • Jet2Jet2 has direct flights to the Greek islands of Corfu, Chania, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos from London Stansted.  
  • EasyJetEasyJet provides direct flights from both London Gatwick and London Luton, to the Greek islands of Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Zakynthos. 
  • British AirwaysBritish Airways flies direct flights from Heathrow to locations such as Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu and Crete. 
  • RyanairRyanair provides direct flights to the Greek islands, but also the capital Athens. This is handy to know if flying out of peak and you need to catch a transferring flight.

Out of peak season (Oct – May), you may find direct flights less frequent. But the islands can still be accessed by first landing in Athens and catching a transfer to the Greek island of your choice.

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Flights or Ferry Transfers?

Given the choice, direct flying to the Greek islands is by far the easier option, but what about if you need to transfer? Let’s compare the two options.

Flight Transfers

Catching a transfer flight to reach your desired destination can be the quicker alternative over a ferry, but it can depend on the island’s location. All transfers, both flights and ferries, are likely to happen from the capital Athens. Geographically, if you are making your way to the Ionian islands, such as Corfu or Zakynthos, flying is your only option as there are no ferries from the port of Piraeus (Athens). Journeys to the Cycladic islands (Mykonos and Santorini) and the Dodecanese (Rhodes and Kos) ultimately depend on your travel preference, and less on your price point.

Ferry Transfers

Although ferries are seen as the slower mode of transport, they can actually be a way to experience more sightseeing and culture before your final destination. The slower arrival adds an added benefit to your trip as you are able to see the unique views you won’t see if in the air. Another benefit of ferries over flights is that Greek airports tend to be small and overcrowded in peak season, meaning you may spend a lot more time there waiting in queues.

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