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How to get from Athens to Meteora

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How to get to Meteora, Greece

Wondering how to get from Athens to Meteora? Read below useful information.

We meet many people from around the world through our Photography Tours and find that while there is much familiarity with the Greek islands, knowledge about mainland Greece is less common. The area offers a unique natural landscape full of towering mountains, deep canyons, flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls. 

When people do discover this off the beaten path part of the country and decide they want to visit, the most common question we get is, “How do I get to Meteora?” Below we have highlighted three ways to get to Meteora.

Distances in Greece are generally not far from one point of interest to the next and mainland Greece is not large in size, but due to the particular layout of land and mountain range, the road network in some areas had made it complicated to travel across it. In recent years, however, new roads have been paved and constructed to allow safe and efficient transport.

The public transportation system has also been significantly improved and many tourist agencies have been set up to handle private or small group transfers. At Meteora Photo Tour, we handle transfers from Athens to Meteora, Thessaloniki or from another point via plane, boat or bus upon request.

Below are three different ways to get from Athens to Meteora which is located in central Greece, one of the most scared and breathtaking destinations in the world, where millions of travelers now visit each year.

There are three ways to reach Kalambaka and Meteora from Athens: by car, train or bus

Acropolis of Athens


Get from Athens to Meteora by Train

If you choose the train as your choice of transport from Athens to Meteora you must go to Larissa train station in Athens. It is very easy to get there by utilizing the Athens Metro! Wherever you are in Athens there will most likely be a metro station nearby.

If you are at the airport in Eleftherios Venizelos Athens and you want to travel directly to Meteora you can take the metro from the airport (blue line), stop at Syntagma station to change the metro wagon to the red line to Larissa Station witch It is after 4 stops.

Metro of Athens

If your hotel is in the center of Athens, near the Acropolis and Monastiraki square, you can take the metro from Monastiraki, a blue line, after one-stop, at Syntagma Station to change the metro wagon and take the red line to Larissa Station.

The following are train route options:


ATHENS  –  KALAMBAKA

DURATION TRAIN ROUTE DEPART ARRIVE
4:11 (0 STOPS) 884(SUB) ATHENS-KALABAKA 07.20 11.31
9:54 (1 STOP) 52(IC) | 886(REG) ATHENS-PALEOFARSALOS
PALEOFARSALOS-KALAMBAKA
09.22
18.20
11.51
19.16
6:54 (1 STOP) 54(IC) | 886 (REG) ATHENS-PALEOFARSALOS
PALEOFARSALOS-KALAMBAKA
12.22
18.20
14.51
19.16
3:54 (1 STOP) 15.22
18.20
17.51
19.16
3:34(1 STOP) 58(IC) | 888(REG) ATHENS-PALEOFARSALOS
PALEOFARSALOS-KALAMBAKA
18.22
21.00
20.51
21.56
4:16(1 STOP) 600(REG) | 880(REG) ATHENS-PALEOFARSALOS
PALEOFARSALOS-KALAMBAKA
23.50
03.10
02.55
04.56

If you decide to come by train first thing in the morning you don’t have to worry about train changes because Kalambaka is the last stop on the route. In other cases, you must change the train at Paleofarsalos.


Meteora in fall colors

KALAMBAKA  –  ATHENS

DURATION TRAIN ROUTE DEPART ARRIVE
4.10 ( 0 STOP) 885(SUB) KALAMBAKA-ATHENS 17.15 21.25
3.24 (1 STOP) 881(REG) | 51(IC) KALAMBAKA-PALEOFARSALOS
PALEOFARSALOS-ATHENS
07.00
08.07
07.57
10.24
3.56 (1 STOP) 883(REG) | 53(IC) KALAMBAKA-PALEOFARSALOS
PALEOFARSALOS-ATHENS
09.28
10.59
10.25
13.24

This is for return! If you choose to return to Athens at 17:15 in the evening you will go straight to Athens. Otherwise, you have to make a train change at Paleofarsalos.

The link to book your train tickets is http://www.trainose.gr/en/

Get from Athens to Meteora by Bus

Another way to get to Meteora and Kalambaka in central Greece from Athens is by bus.

The bus station of Athens, Liossion bus station, is located at Stratigou Dagkli 26, in the area of three bridges. To get to Meteora you will take the bus to Trikala, which is the last stop.

At the Trikala bus station, you will make a bus change to Kalambaka.

You will need to give yourself approximately 4 hours to get to Trikala and 45 minutes from Trikala to Kalambaka.

To get to the Liossion bus station from Athens airport you can take the line x93 of the city bus.

If you are in the center of Athens the nearest metro station to Stathmos Liosion is Kato Patisia, line 1 of the Metro. After that, it is a 10 minute walk to the bus station, or you can take one of the city buses that pass by here.

Trikala  to  Athens

Monday to Saturday Arrive at Athens
01.00 (except Sundays) 05.00
07.00 11.15
10.00 14.15
13.00 17.15
15.30 19.45
18.30 22.45

 

Athens  to Trikala

Monday to Saturday Arrive at Athens
07.00 11.15
10.30 14.45
13.30 17.45
15.30 19.45
18.00 22.15
21.00 01.15

 

Trikala to Kalampaka

Monday to Friday Arrive at Kalampaka
05.05 and (Saturday-Sunday) 05.50
06.00 06.45
07.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 07.45
08.00 08.45
09.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 09.45
10.00 10.45
11.00 and (11.15 Saturday-Sunday) 11.45
12.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 12.45
13.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 13.45
13.35 14.20
14.15 and (Saturday-Sunday) 15.00
15.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 15.45
16.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 16.45
17.00 17.45
18.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 18.45
19.00 19.45
20.15 and (Saturday-Sunday) 21.00
21.15

22.45 and (Saturday-Sunday)

22.00

23.30

 

Kalampaka to Trikala

Monday to Friday Arrive at Trikala
05.45 and (Saturday-Sunday) 06.30
06.45 07.30
07.30 08.15
08.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 08.45
08.30 09.15
09.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 09.45
10.00 (11.15 Saturday-Sunday) 10.45
11.00 11.45
12.00 and(Saturday-Sunday) 12.45
13.00 13.45
14.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 14.45
15.15 and (Saturday-Sunday) 16.00
16.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 16.45
17.15 and (Saturday-Sunday) 18.00
18.00 18.45
19.00 and (Saturday-Sunday) 19.45
20.00 20.45
21.15 and (Saturday-Sunday)

22.15

23.30 and (Saturday-Sunday)

22.00

23.30

00.15

Get from Athens to Meteora by Car

Of course, you always have the option to rent a car and road trip to Meteora. This will allow you to travel on your own time and relieve you of any stress of catching a bus or train. Utilizing the car vehicle GPS or a navigation app, input Kalambaka as your destination to get the route.

Google Map from Athens to Kalampaka

You will drive following the E75 highway and after about 4 hours you will come across the stunning rock formations of Meteora before you.

Please note that this road includes tolls and the cost for one route is about 17,75 e.  (in cash or a credit card)

Interested points during your way from Athens to Meteora

It is worth noting here that as it is known, Ancient Greece had great points of interest of great importance and value. One of them is the Delphi Oracle and the statue of Sparta’s Great King Leonidas.
In the middle of the route from Athens to Meteora, a detour would be worth it and would certainly be a beautiful experience for you visiting Greece for the first time.

Delphi

(Greek: Δελφοί) formerly also called Pytho (Πυθώ), is the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. The ancient Greeks considered the center of the world to be in Delphi, marked by the stone monument known as the omphalos (navel).

It occupies a site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a small modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a great influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the various monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.

Google Map from Athens to Delphi

Leonidas

(Greek:Λεωνίδας Α´”son of the lion” died 11 August 480 BC) was a warrior king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and the 17th of the Agiad line a dynasty which claimed descent from the mythological demigod Heracles and Cadmus. He was the husband of Gorgo, the daughter of Cleomenes I of Sparta. Leonidas had a notable participation in the Second Persian War, where he led the allied Greek forces to a last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) while attempting to defend the pass from the invading Persian army he entered myth as the so-called leader of the 300 Spartans.

Battle of Thermopylae

Upon receiving a request from the confederated Greek forces to aid in defending Greece against the Persian invasion, Sparta consulted the Oracle at Delphi. The Oracle is said to have made the following prophecy in hexameter verse:

For you, inhabitants of wide-wayed Sparta,
Either your great and glorious city must be wasted by Persian men,
Or if not that, then the bound of Lacedaemon must mourn a dead king, from Heracles’ line.
The might of bulls or lions will not restrain him with opposing strength; for he has the might of Zeus.
I declare that he will not be restrained until he utterly tears apart one of these.[12]

In August 480 BC, Leonidas marched out of Sparta to meet Xerxes’ army at Thermopylae with a small force of 1,200 men (900 helots and 300 Spartan hoplites), where he was joined by forces from other Greek city-states, who put themselves under his command to form an army of 7,000 strong.

Google Map from Athens to Thermopylae

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