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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



Ferry schedules to and from Mitilene seem to change almost daily - this is the position from June 2018,
according to published schedules in March 2018. 

Hellenic Seaways ( has four sailings per week from Piraeus via Chios.
(There are additional sailings via Samos, taking almost 17 hours, and continuing to Kavala)

Blue Star Ferries (, has three a week, also from Piraeus, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Sundays,
increasing to five a week from mid-June to early September.

Apart from the services via Samos, all the above crossings are via Chios and take 11 to 12 hours.

Hellenic Seaways has between one and three sailings a week between Kavala and Samos and vice-versa,
calling at Mytilene.

(All relevant Hellenic Seaways timetables 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 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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