Littlehaven, UK to Kefalonia, Greece by train & ferry (via Lille, Switzerland, Milan)

hello, please advice, I have an idea to travel from Littlehaven, West Sussex UK to Kefalonia Greek Island by train & Ferry, via Lille, through Switzerland, Milan and ferry from Bari to Kefalonia. The ferry from Bari to Kefalonia has now ceased to run when I intend to journey. I would like to arrive in Kefalonia sometime between 31st May - 2nd June. My intended overnight stops would be Lille 1 - 2 nights & Milan 1 - 2 nights, unless you could suggest an alternative, then to journey along the eastern Italian coast line to Bari. I look forward to your reply. I am a senior citizen, is there a rail ticket to cover the whole journey or would it be best to purchase separate tickets, I will be travelling alone. I wish to travel during daylight hours for the scenary, and stay in hotels at night. This is the first time I will have travelled through Europe by train. i have a uk disabled railcard as I am partially deaf. Kind regards J G
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 04, 2015 18:11
    Thank you for your question, Jean.

    The best option to cover an itinerary would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. If you would like assistance determining the best option for an itinerary such as, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    In the meantime, you can check schedules and regular tickets for trains by clicking on ‘Find Fares & Schedules’ on our homepage.

    A trip from Littlehaven to Lille would involve connecting in London along the way. For a trip such as this, you can do one search for trains from Littlehaven to London and another search for connecting trains from London to Lille (high-speed ‘Eurostar’ trains).

    When you do the searches, you will see that the direct trains from Littlehaven to London arrive into the Bridge station in London, while the trains from London to Lille depart from the St. Pancras station in London. To commute from the Bridge station to the St. Pancras station, you would take the Northern Line of the London Tube. The ride on the Tube from Bridge to St. Pancras would take about 25 minutes. You would pay to ride the Tube locally before boarding.

    We are generally only able to advise of the most direct route between a pair of cities. If you’d like to route a particular trip some other way, you would have to choose the specific cities you want to connect in.

    The most direct routes from Lille to Milan, for instance, involve connecting in Paris along the way and would take you right from France into Italy without passing through Switzerland. If you’d like to visit Switzerland, you would have to pick the specific city/cities there where you want to go. For the most direct connections from Lille to Milan, you would do one search for trains from Lille to Paris (high-speed ‘TGV’ trains) and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Milan (high-speed ‘France-Italy TGV’ trains).

    When you do these searches, you will see that trains from Lille to Paris arrive into the Nord station in Paris, while the direct trains from Paris to Milan depart from the Gare de Lyon (station) in Paris. To commute from the Nord station to the Gare de Lyon station, you would take Line D of the local RER train network. The ride on the RER from Nord to Gare de Lyon would only take about 8 minutes. Just like the London Tube, you would pay to ride the RER locally at the turnstiles before boarding.

    If you don’t wish to route your trip between Milan and Bari some other way, there does happen to be direct trains between these cities. The direct trains from Milan to Bari are high-speed ‘Frecciabianca’ trains.

    From Bari, there are ferries to the island of Kefalonia in Greece. I believe the name of the ferry operator for this service is ‘Ventouris Ferries’. Tickets for this ferry service would have to be purchased directly through the operator.
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