Coastline and culture rolled into one.
Approximate flight time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Airlines that fly direct: Ryanair
No. of Airports in Corfu: Corfu Airport
Seasons: High = June - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
If you’re wondering where to book your flight to Corfu from, look no further than Birmingham Airport. With its central location, great shops, bars and restaurants, spending time at the airport will be an enjoyable way to start your holiday.
There’re many ways to get to the airport meaning whether you prefer private or public transport, travelling to Birmingham Airport is easy. If you want to travel by public transport, you will find bus and coach services running directly to the airport from all over the UK. Trains will take you to Birmingham International train station, where we have a free and frequent Air Rail Link that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Those driving to the airport will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily available from the terminal by foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%. You can also pre-book entry into one of our five airport lounges, which offer complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly.
There are also lots of other facilities available. Feeling peckish before your flight? We have a fantastic selection of cafés, bars and restaurants for you to choose from. Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe both do great kids’ menus if you’re travelling with children. Wetherspoon and All Bar One have a varied menu including some great drink deals. Head to Pret a Manger or M&S Food to Go if you want to grab something to take onboard with you.
Once you’ve eaten, it’s time to hit the shops! With great deals at World Duty Free, as well as fashion stores like Kurt Geiger, and Boots for essentials, we’ve got everything you could need before you fly. All organised? Grab a magazine and a bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith and relax in one of our spacious seating areas.
For more information on the other services available, see our guide to terminal facilities. If you’re travelling with young children, read our tips for the family traveller to make your experience as seamless and enjoyable as can be.
Arriving at Corfu Airport
Corfu Airport or ‘Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport’ is the only airport serving the island of Corfu. Located just 3km south of Corfu town, it is easy to continue your journey when you land.
The Line 15 bus connects the airport with the port of Corfu, passing through the main intercity bus station. You can take the bus to the city centre (Saroko Square) and from here it’s possible to get buses all over the island.
If you would prefer to travel privately, a taxi rank can be found outside the terminal building and it will take around 10 minutes to reach the city of Corfu from the airport.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Corfu
Corfu Town, also known as ‘Kerkyra’, stands halfway down the Corfu’s east coast. The name Corfu, meaning ‘peaks’, refers to its twin hills, each topped by a massive fortress built to withstand Ottoman sieges. Sitting between the two peaks is the Old Town, a collection of winding lanes, some bursting with fine restaurants, lively bars and intriguing shops, others are quieter, where the locals reside, washing hangs from lines and shutters keep the sun out.
The official language spoken in Corfu is Greek. However, you'll find that a lot of people can speak basic English, especially in the popular tourist areas of the island.
Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit Corfu. Conditions are perfect between Easter and mid-June - the weather is pleasantly warm in most places, but not too hot. Beaches are relatively uncrowded, and accommodation is cheaper and easier to find than in high season. Corfu sees a lot of rainfall in winter, so you may want to avoid the winter months if you’re after a sunny holiday.
Culture in Corfu
With a spectacular coastline, verdant hills and an enjoyable climate, the beautiful island of Corfu has much to offer holidaymakers. As well as its spectacular scenery, Corfu is a cultural hub with fascinating history, majestic architecture and vivid artwork.
The town has many museums for those who would rather absorb Corfu’s culture than lay by a beach all day. Visit the Sinarades Folklore Museum for an authentic flavour of Corfu’s past, the Olive Museum to learn how the island’s heavenly olive oil is produced and Mon Repos Palace, Prince Phillip’s birthplace, which is now a museum displaying extensive artworks, statues and historical treasures.
Corfu's cuisine is tied in with its history with influences from several countries – the food here is different from the rest of Greece. Some of the favourite Corfiot dishes include Sofrito (sliced veal cooked with vinegar, garlic and parsley); Bourdeto (a peppery fish stew); and Pastitsada, (a pasta and meat dish).