GREECE: GETTING AROUND
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
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
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 Bus Stations in Athens
Most destinations within Attica
leave from the Mavromate terminal north of the National Archaeological
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