Evripos Canal (Khalkis/Chalcis) - General Info

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The town of Khalkis is the capital of Evia and its waterfront is an attractive area. Evia is a beautiful island and well worth a visit by car if you are stuck waiting and seek some alternative to sailing.

Between Euboea (Evia) Island and mainland Greece, the Khalkis bridge only opens at slack tide or when ships can pass with a following tide, as there is a very strong current at other times.

The latest cruiser reports on the Evia Channel and the Khalkis Bridge can be found here and by looking at the comments (via the speech bubble icon).

Entrance Notes and Cautions:

  • The bridge only opens overnight – from 22:00 to 04:00 – every day except the first Friday night of the month.
  • Waiting docks are clearly marked in red.
  • Go to the Port Authority office on the side of the bridge that you are entering, between 16:00 and 20:00, to pay the fee and get your scheduled time. If necessary, contact the Port Authority (Tel: +30 22210 28888) for information.
  • See Clearance for more information.
  • The current here is very strong. Be sure to have lots of fenders.
  • Cruisers report March 2024 that since 2022 there have been several break-ins at the waiting docks. Be sure to lock your boat at all times when not on board and at night, and don’t leave any valuables on deck or in view down below. See the comments icon (speech bubble) for more details.

Position:  

38°24.03’N, 23°38.18’E (southern approach to Chalcis).

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Evripos Canal (Khalkis/Chalcis) was last updated 4 months ago.


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  1. March 1, 2024 at 8:19 PM
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    Sue Richards says:

    This comment was posted on the main Greece page but relates to this port:

    Hola, llevo navegando en Grecia 5 años, y varias veces y recientemente en Calkcis Evia puente de Chalkis, en la zona de amarre cerca dwl ayuntamiento, hubo varios robos, 2022 y 2023 y entradas en veleros con los ocuoantes en el interior. La mayoría de noche cuando duermen los propietarios, abren la puerta y de adentran en el barco y roban todo lo que está a la vista. La policía lo sabe pero no hace nada. Es importante avisar a los tates que cierren puertas no dejen objetos fuera. Si dispones de algún método disuasorio emplea.
    Saludos.

    Quick translation into English: This sailor reports that he has sailed 5 years on Greece and many times recently at the Chalkis bridge, Evia, at the berthing zone close to the port authority there have been various burglaries (2022 and 2023). They broke into the boats, mostly at night when the owners were sleeping, they opened the door and entered the boat stealing anything they could see. The police know this is happening but don’t do anything. It’s important to close your doors and don’t leave anything outside on deck or out on the chart table etc.

  2. June 4, 2017 at 11:40 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    “Southbound traffic transits first.” This is not correct and hasn’t been for at least a decade. The initial direction is set by any large ships which wish to transit: they’re not going to keep them hanging about.

    But there’s no ambiguity: all skippers are briefed beforehand, and then updated by radio before transit.

  3. July 21, 2015 at 1:53 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of SY Funny Girl – 9 July, 2015:

    I just get the information that since the first of July the bridge price has doubled.
    It is now 36 € for a 12-metre boat and at the weekend 75% higher!

  4. May 11, 2015 at 8:16 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    If you are looking for anchorages in the Evia Channel DO NOT consider Nisos Stira’s anchorage on the East coast. The pilot and charts suggest 5-10m depth, we found this only with yards of the rocks. Everywhere else was 25 – 35m deep.

  5. May 11, 2015 at 8:13 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    When transiting the bridge South to North it makes sense to anchor under the fort (10m Good Holding) and dinghy into the port police, but watch the tied through the gap.

    Alternatively tie up on the quay, pay and then go and anchor. South bound traffic goes through the bridge first and boats on the quay get a lot of wash from fishing boats coming through.

    Additionally, boats at anchor will be ready to go through the bridge before boats on the quay who have to wait for the traffic to pass before leaving the quay.