Travel Information


The lush, green island of Lesvos is like no other Greek island and perhaps no other place in the world. The Island of astounding natural beauty is set like a jewel in the Aegean sea. It is the third largest of the islands in Greece, with an area of 1636 square kilometers and a coastline of 370 km. The island has a population of 90.634 inhabitants while it is also a spiritual and cultural center. 

The contribution of Lesvos to the arts and letters has been invaluable. Eminent personalities such as Arion, Terpandos, Theophrastos, Pittakos Mitilineos, Theophilos, Il. Venezis, Str. Myrivilis, Arg. Eftaliotis (Kleanthis Michailidis), G. Iakovidis and the plastic artist Str. Elefteriadis were born here. Additionally, the Nobel prizewinning poet Odysseas Elytis was of Lesvian descent. 

It is no coincidence that the conference will take place in Lesvos. This Greek island has played an important role in prof. Moulaert's research on regional innovation systems in the 1990s. He still maintains a strong attachment and concern for the society and the people of Lesvos. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the rich tradition of cooperatives in the region, the history of its collective usage of resources and peculiar land use rights arrangements.

Located on the Nothern tip, Mytilini or Mytilene as it is also called, is one of the most ancient Greek cities, the largest town on the island and the Capital of Lesvos. Mytilene is also the host to the airport (located approx. 5km form the airport), commercial Seaport and to the Aegean University. The town extends over seven hills and the traditional houses coexist harmonically with neoclassic mansions, Byzantine temples, refugee neighbourhoods and ancient monuments.You can see the official guide to Mytilene 

The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984 aiming to introduce new approaches in higher education in Greece and worldwide and to promote regional development. Situated in 6 picturesque islands in the Aegean Archipelago, including Lesvos, the UAegean offers a unique natural, cultural and human environment for modern studies in the ancient cradle of knowledge.


Area code: +30 22510

Voltage: 220V AC, plugs with two short parallel rods


Police: +30 22510 41911

Tourist Police: +30 22510 22776

Municipal Tourism Bureau: +30 22510 44165

Port Authority: +30 22510 24115

Airport: +30 22510 322520

Municipal Buses: +30 22510 28873

Local Buses: +30 22510 46436

Radio Taxi: +30 22510 25900

Hospital: +30 22510 57700

You can see the official guide to Mytilini   

Travelling by Plane

Flights to Lesvos island, Greece
All flights to Lesvos Island are to Mytilini International Airport "Odysseas Elytis" (MJT). The airport of Lesvos is located 3 km from Mytilini, the capital of the island. 

It receives domestic flights from Athens via Athens International Airport "Elefterios Venizelos" (ATH) and Thessaloniki via Thessaloniki International Airport "Macedonia" (SKG). The flight time from Athens to Lesvos is 1 hour.

In summer, it also receives few charter flights from abroad. There are direct charter flights from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Holland. Direct Charter planes fly directly to the island airport of Mytilini which means you do not have to fly via Athens. However, these are only available on certain days of the week and may limit your travel options.

Outside the airport of Lesvos, there are buses and taxis to get visitors around the island. Many car rental agencies also have their base at the airport.

Air companies to Lesvos, Mytilini International Airport "Odysseas Elytis" (MJT)

Here are the main air companies that fly from/to Lesvos.

Domestic flights

International flights 

Low Cost


Direct Public Bus Service To and From the airport
Transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Mitilini. There is a public bus stop in front of terminal building. Tickets can be purchased by the bus driver. For more Information please contact:

Travelling by Ferry

You can travel to Lesvos Island by taking a ferry to the harbour of Mytilini.
There are daily ferries leaving from Pireaus (the main port of Athens in West Athens) to Mytilini Harbour.
The journey time is 12 hours and is usually overnight. The ship leaves Pireaus in the evening and arrives in Mytilini early the next morning.
In high summer there are a few "fast ferries" to Mytilini, the journey time of these ferries is between 6,5 and 8,5 hours.

Lesvos is also connected by ferry to Thessaloniki (Northern Greece) and Ayvalik (Turkey) as well as to other Greek island such as Chios, Limnos and Samos.

Piraeus Port Authority
Tel: +30 210 4226000
For a recorded announcement of daily departures: Tel: 1440

The following shipping lines have service mainly to and from Piraeus and connect Lesvos with other ports and islands including Limnos, Agios Efstratios, Chios, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Volos, Mykonos, Samos, and Rhodes.

Hellenic Seaways
Main office Tel: +30 210 4199000
Mytilene Tel: +30 22510 20716, +30 22510 27865

Blue Star Ferries
Main office Tel: +30 210 8919800
Mytilene: Tel: +30 22510 27000

Rent a car

For your transfer, you can rent a car. "Discover car rental"  is one of the largest car rental companies in Mytilini.
For Indigo Lesvos Conference, we have agreed to offer their fleet of cars at the price of 35 euros/day (for vehicles at 1000cc/1200cc, Group A and Group B).

  • This offer is valid upon availability.

  • You can make your booking via e-mail: or by phone: +30 22510 20391 mobile: +30 6936 057676 and you need to mention the Identifier "Indigo Lesvos Conference".

  • You may pay upon your arrival or departure using credit card or cash.

  • Furthermore you can pick up your vehicle at the Mytilene airport “Odysseas Elytis”, the port, or the address of your accommodation (as long as the distance is less than 15km away from Mytilini city center).


Discover car rental

George Sitaras J. Aristarchou 1,
81100 Mytilene, Lesvos
Tel: +30 22510 20391
Mobile: +30 6936 057676
Fax: + 30 22510 20398