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Travel from the UK

Direct Flights & Package Holidays

According to Thomas Cook's website, holiday and flight-only bookings are open for 2018 from
Gatwick, Birmingham, and (a welcome return), Manchester,
with the first outbound flights on Saturday 5 May, and the last returns on Saturday 6 October.

Olympic Holidays (
continue with their program of semi-independent holidays in Lesvos,
using Thomas Cook flights.

Saga Holidays (
are coming to Lesvos for the first time with all-inclusive packages in two hotels in Molyvos.
The first available departures are on Saturday 12 May,
using Thomas Cook flights.

Flight-only bookings are available at


 Independent Travel

There are frequent direct flights to Athens by
British Airways (, 
and Aegean Airways (
from London Heathrow.
(Olympic Air ( flights are now code-shared with, and operated by, Aegean.)

Aegean Airways also have two direct flights a week from Manchester to Athens,
and two from Edinburgh (Edinburgh from 11 June to 22 November).

easyJet ( flies to Athens from London Gatwick (daily), Manchester (4 flights a week)
and Edinburgh (2 flights a week),
and to Thessaloniki from Gatwick (daily), Luton (3 flights a week, 26 June to 1 September),
and Manchester  (Summer 3 flights a week, Winter 2)

Ryanair ( flies from London Stansted to Athens (1 or 2 Flights a day),
and to Thessaloniki (once a day).

(Aegean, easyJet and Ryanair frequencies are from their published schedules for June 2018 -
they may change, or be different in other months)

There are onward flights to Mitilene from Athens and Thessaloniki by Aegean/Olympic
and Astra Airlines (
NB. when searching for flights, note that the airline spelling is Mytilene.
To avoid confusion, use the international codes, ATH (Athens) & MJT (Mitilene).
Through bookings from the UK and Netherlands are available.

Travel from elsewhere in Europe
(Travel companies can change their plans without warning:
this list is not necessarily complete)

from the Netherlands

Corendon (, Sunweb ( and TUIfly ( offer direct flights from Amsterdam to Mytilene, several days a week.

from Germany/Austria

Air Berlin ( or flies on Wednesday from Munich and Vienna direct to Mytilene. There are connecting flights from major German cities to Munich or Vienna.

from Finland

Air Berlin flies in the season every Wednesday from Helsinki to Mytilene (via Munich or Vienna).

from Denmark

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia ( flies to Mytilene on Sundays in the holiday season.

from Italy

Vueling offers direct flights from Rome to Mytilene at 07:00 on Saturdays from 2 July ( There are connecting flights from Spain and other European countries, but all involve an overnight wait at Rome.

Scheduled flights via Athens or Thessaloniki

All major European airlines (including budget operators easyJet and Ryanair) fly to Athens and Thessaloniki from most main airports.

Aegean Airways (, which includes Olympic Air ( now has direct flights between Athens and most major European cities, from Madrid and Dublin in the west, through Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm to Moscow in the east, with connecting flights and through bookings to and from Mitilene.

Flights from Athens and Thessaloniki

Onward flights to Mytilene are offered by Aegean Airlines (, Olympic Air ( and Astra Airlines ( Less frequent connections are available from the bigger islands in Greece, like Rhodes and Crete



In Autumn 2017 Attica Group, the owner of Blue Star ferries,
agreed the purchase of 98.83% of the share capital of Hellenic Seaways.
On 25 April 2018 the Hellenic Competition Commission approved the take-over, subject to conditions,
so we can expect changes and consolidation of these services in the coming months.

There have already been significant changes to the Summer 2018 schedules
from those previously announced and summarised here:-

As of 26 May 2018 -

Hellenic Seaways ( now has three sailings per week from Piraeus via Chios and v/v,
increasing to five a week from 11 June to 16 September.
The crossing takes about 10 hours

All Blue Star Ferries sailings from Piraeus to Lesvos and v/v have been suspended
and replaced by a new Hellenic Seaways service via Chios and v/v,
with some sailings also calling at Psara and Oinousses.
This currently sails three times a week (on alternate days to the more direct service),
with four a week from 11 June to 16 September, taking 11 to 12 hours

(Until 10 June there are two additional sailings a week via a string of Aegean islands including Samos,
taking almost 17 hours, and continuing to Kavala.
From 11 June to 9 September this reduces to one per week,
and from then until the end of September ceases completely,
before returning to two sailings a week during October
The Mytilene to Kavala leg of this voyage takes about 8-9 hours

(All relevant Hellenic Seaways timetables are at
They are very likely to change as the new company structure evolves, so please check before making any firm plans!) 

Greek law requires that all ferry passengers and their vehicles must have a standard computer-produced ticket.
Therefore any reservations made online must be exchanged for tickets either
at the companies' main agents or at their quayside ticket offices.
Hellenic Seaways have now introduced an airline-style web check-in facility.

For more on other routes to and from Lesvos see the 'Island Hopping' page.


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