Please note: the cost of all your travel and travel insurance is not included in the holiday price.
If flying to Greece, the nearest airport is Athens. There are several airlines with direct flights from the UK, including BA from Heathrow, Easyjet from Gatwick. RyanAir now also flies to Athens. Several airlines now offer direct flights to Athens from other major UK cities. Flights from Britain take around 3.5 hours. And of course, there are direct flights to Athens from most major cities in Europe, via numerous airlines.
Transfer from the airport to the island of Evia can be done reasonably cheaply by public transport: train to Athens centre (about one hour), bus to the ferry terminal at Agia Marina (about 1.5 hours), ferry to Nea Styra, Evia (45 minutes). Generally speaking, this connection requires a flight arriving by early afternoon or a stay in Athens on the night before traveling to Evia. Please note that bus and ferry times vary considerably throughout the year.
Alternatively, taxis are readily available from the airport to the ferry; at a cost of around €45 one way. Once landed in Evia, you will need to budget for a taxi from the ferry terminal at Styra, to Zarka Villas in Zarakes village (this takes about 30 minutes and costs around €15).
Those who prefer the flexibility of having their own transport, you can arrange a car hire from one of the outlets at Athens airport. We suggest you book ahead, as they can be very busy during peak periods.
Those with their own transport can take advantage of the other ferry connections (Oropos on the mainland north of Athens to Eretria in Evia; Rafina on the mainland west of Athens to Marmari in Evia), or the bridge linking Evia to the mainland at Halkida. The drive from the airport to Zarka Villas via the bridge takes around two and a half hours.
For those without their own transport, once at the Villas, if you wish to visit nearby beauty spots, towns or beaches, you may wish to utilize a local taxi.