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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 2019 from
Gatwick, Birmingham, and Manchester,
with the first outbound flights on Saturday 4 May, and the last on Saturday 21 September,
with the final return on the 28th
Thomas Cook's programme includes its Manos brand

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

Saga Holidays (
As yet (mid-January) Saga has not listed any holidays for the 2019 season.

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 .

easyJet ( flies to Athens from London Gatwick (daily), Bristol (2 flights a week),
 Manchester (4 or 5 flights a week) and Edinburgh (2 flights a week),

and to Thessaloniki from Gatwick (daily), Manchester (3 flights a week)
and London Luton (3 flights a week from 25 June to 31 August)

Ryanair ( flies from London Luton and London Stansted to Athens (both daily),
and from London Stansted to Thessaloniki (daily).

(Aegean, easyJet and Ryanair frequencies are from their published schedules for June 2019 -
they may change, or be different in other months)

There are onward flights to Mytilene 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 (Mytilene).
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



Hellenic Seaways is now part of the Attica Group,
which includes Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries.

There are between one and three sailings a day between Piraeus and Mytilene,
taking from about 11
hours depending on the route and number of stops on the way,
and three or four a week between Mytilene and Kavala

Up to date schedules and online bookings are at

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 port agents or at their quayside ticket offices.
Hellenic Seaways had introduced an airline-style web check-in facility,
but it's not clear if this has been carried over to the new regime

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


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