The girl at the KTEA Bus office in Nafpaktos called around the area and completely documented the details of our planned trip to Zakynthos and got everything 100% correct. The first part was the 13:30 local bus across the imposing Rio–Antirrio Bridge which is the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road. This bridge is widely considered to be an engineering masterpiece, owing to several solutions applied to span the difficult site - these include deep water, insecure materials for foundations, seismic activity, the probability of tsunamis, and the expansion of the Gulf of Corinth due to plate tectonics. And all this fo 3.30 euros each!
From the bus terminal at Patras Docks, we took a 6-euro taxi ride to the KTEA Zakynthos Bus Terminal and bought a a combined ticket for the bus and ferry (the bus actually goes onto the ferry and on the island, drops you at the bus depot there) for 15.40 euros each, leaving at 15:45. What to do for an hour? The area was really a shambles but we took a short stroll aound the back of the office and came across a "student" coffee house called Tag - good Freddos, good music and good air-conditioning
The bus left on time and we boarded the ferry at 17:45. disembarked on Zakynthos 90 minutes later, and found a good hotel (the Yria) a few minutes after that just as Holland and Australia scored their goals. As soon as the game was over, we walked into the main square and found an excellent cafe called Rakomeladiko