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GREECE: GETTING AROUND

By Train

Greek train service is limited and generally trains are slow, but they are inexpensive. The Railway Organization of Greece (OSE) also operates some buse service from stations adjacent to major terminals. This bus service is faster but is about 50% more expensive that second-class train service. Trains are not useful for for remote areas and most archeological places. If you are interested for in some of special arrangements involving rail passes for Greece please visit Rail Erope

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Trains to Northern Greece: Train destinations are Alexandroupolis, Florina, Kalambaka, Lamia, Larissa etc. and leave from the Larissa Station (Stathmos Larissis). Take Attiko Metro (line Sepolia-Dafni) or Trolley 1 & 5 from Syntagma Square to Larissa Station.

Trains to the Peloponnese: Train destinations are Argos, Corinth, Patras, and leave from Peloponnese Station (Stathmos Peloponnisou). Take Trolley 1 & 5 from Syntagma Square to Peloponnese Station.

Informations abut schedules, tickets and prices in Athens visit the OSE Oficce at Odos Kalolou 1-3 Tel.: 010 5240601 and Odos Sina 6, Tel.: 0103624402, or call 145 and 147. In Thessalonica call 0310517517

By Bus

Service is extensive in most areas, and fares are cheap. Local buses vary from place to place, but on most islands the bus stop is usually fairly Central with a posted schedule; destinations are displayed on the front of the bus, ask the conductor before entering the bus whether it's going to your destination (the signs on the front are often misleading or wrong), and make clear where you want to get off.

The English language Weekly newspaper Athens News prints Athens bus schedules.
 
Fare is collected after departure by a conductor. In Athens and other large cities, a ticket must be purchased before boarding kiosks usually have them, as well as schedule information and validated after boarding. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of time (Greek buses have a habit of leaving early).

Greece has an extensive long-distance bus service (KTEL), an association of regional operators with green or occasionally orange, buses that usually leave from convenient central stations.

Central Bus Stations in Athens

Most destinations within Attica leave from the Mavromate terminal north of the National Archaeological Museum.

Most buses to central Greece leave from Odos Liossion 60, 5 kilometers north of Omonia Square (take local bus no. 024 from Leoforos Amalias in front of the entrance to the National Garden and tell the driver your destination).

Most buses to the Peloponnese, Western, and Northern Greece leave from the terminal at Odos Kifissou 100, 4 kilometers northeast of Omonia Square (take local bus no. 051 from 2 blocks west of Omonia, near the big church of Agios Konstandinos, at Zinonos and Menandrou).

Express buses between major cities, usually air-conditioned, can be booked through travel agencies.

Organized and guided bus tours are widely available; some of them will pick you up at your hotel. Ask at your hotel or almost any travel agent in Athens.

For more info about destinations, bus schedules and prices check out KTEL


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