Traveling by train to Meteora can be incredibly scenic. You can see cities, mountains, and rivers from the seat of a train. Train travel is just an all-around better, more relaxing experience than its air and car counterparts. While those are mainly about getting from point A to point B, trains are about the ride. Hopping by air from one city to another and it’s hard to get under the skin of a destination. Crossing a country – or a continent – by train, is a journey through its landscapes and, as Hemingway said, it is the journey that matters. Trains are more energy-efficient per passenger mile than planes or cars, making them one of the most eco-friendly transportation options around (short of walking or riding your bike!). Carbon emissions from trains are less damaging to the environment than those of airplanes because train emissions are not released directly into the upper atmosphere. As a bonus, the relative energy-efficiency of trains means that the industry is less vulnerable to increases in fuel prices — making train fares more stable in an unstable economy.

Find train schedules and relevant travel information by clicking on the interactive map below.

Getting a Train from Athens

Below, we give few options on how to travel from Athens International Airport to different locations and transportation hubs of Athens:

Central Athens: Take the Metro line 3 direct to Syntagma, or the Suburban Train (1 train every hour, first train departs 06:09 am, last 22:50 pm) or catch the public bus line X95.

Larissa Athens Train Station: Take the Metro Line 3 (Blue) to Syntagma Station and there change to Line 2 (Red) to Larissa Station. You may also take the Suburban Train (same as above) from the airport, it goes straight to Larissa train station.

Piraeus Port: Metro Line 3 (Blue) to Monastiraki Station and there change to Line 1 (Green) to Piraeus port, the Suburban Train (1 train per hour first train depart 06:09 am, last 22:50 pm) or take the Bus Line X96.

Liosion Bus Terminal (KTEL): Liosion Bus Terminal is the bus station you need to be in order to take a (KTEL) bus to travel north of Athens. If that’s the case then take the Bus Line X93.

 Important notice: From 2017 and on, Athens public transport ticketing system transitioned from the traditional paper ticket to a modern paperless ticket with the usage of smart cards (similar to London’s Oyster cards). If you are planning to travel to Athens during 2018, then you should definitely check the Athens Transport Tickets and Cards, for the latest updates on how to buy and use this new form of the electronic ticket on all major Athens public transportation means.

Athens Suburban Railway MapTaxis from Athens International Airport to central Athens should cost around 38,00 Euros (05:00 am till 23:59 pm) and 54,00 Euros (00:00 am till 04:59 am). The taxi price quotes above are indicative and may vary depending your destination or traffic.

Thanks to the Metro system and suburban train getting a train to Meteora is probably the easiest way to go. No matter where you are in Athens, there will be a metro station nearby and once you are there, getting to the train station is easy as pie.

So, for example, if you arrive at Athens international airport by plane and want to get to the central train station of Athens you can follow these easy steps:

  1. Get into the Metro (Athens Airport Station – Blue line).
  2. Change line at Syntagma station and get to the red line heading to Anthoupoli
  3. Get off at Larissa Station, which is the central train station of Greece.

Athens Metro MapAt the Train station, you can choose one of the trains below to reach Kalampaka, which is the town under Meteora cliffs. Kalampaka is a terminal station, meaning that if you get on a direct train you won’t have to worry about getting off at the right station. It will be the last station of the line!

Please take into consideration that some train routes change to Paleofarsalos station. You should be aware if your train is a direct one or not.

Getting a Train from Thessaloniki

In order to get a train to Meteora, you have to get to New Railway Station, or “Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos” at Thessaloniki. Now, Thessaloniki does not yet have a Metro, so your options are getting a taxi or getting a public bus to the station.

If you are getting to Thessaloniki by plane, then you can get into bus line 78 (or 78N at night) and hop off at the railway station. This is probably the easiest way to get to the station.

Other bus lines that stop at the railway station are: 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 17, 19, 37, 38, 40, 51, 52, 54, 56, 64. Take care in getting the bus that goes to the station and not the other way around. You can see at each bus stop the lines it serves and you can find the nearest one that gets you to the station.

At the train station, you can choose one of the trains to reach Kalampaka, which is the city below Meteora. Kalampaka is a terminal station, meaning that if you get on a direct train you won’t have to worry about getting off at the right station. It will be the last one!

Please take into consideration that some train routes change to Paleofarsalos station. You should be aware if your train is a direct one or not.

Why not booking a train tour with Visit Meteora?

Sometimes you want to go somewhere that’s a little tricky to get to on your own. Maybe there isn’t good public transport, or maybe renting a car doesn’t appeal to you. Sometimes having to drive can really take away from the sights you want to see. It’s worth booking a tour when having someone else handle the transportation arrangements so you can sit back and truly enjoy the experience. Below we would like to give you few good reasons as to why you should consider booking a train tour with us:

  • By booking a train tour through Visit Meteora you are free to travel at your own pace with no tour leaders or set schedules.
  • You are a traveler, not a tourist. We want you to be able to explore the world exactly as you have always dreamed it.
  • Daily tour departures any day you want, 365 days a year whether you are traveling on your own or in a group.
  • Tailor-made itineraries according to your specific preferences and wishes
  • Enjoy the freedom of making changes to your schedule before and during your trip
  • Local expertise and 24/7 help and assistance during your trip
  • Save time and effort
  • Organizing your own holiday can be a stressful task. Let us do the work for you! By choosing Visit Meteora, you can save time and hassle by booking all of your itinerary services directly with a specialized local agency.
  • Legitimacy: Visit Meteora is an insured and fully licensed travel agency approved by the local authorities. And as members of various travel industry associations, we are held up to a high level of standards and practices. If you want a firsthand account of how we operate, just take a look at our customer reviews!

Train schedules from Athens (Larissa Station) to Kalambaka

TRAINEMBARKDISEMBARKDEPARTUREARRIVALDURATION
50
884
Athens
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
07:18
11:00
12:22
13:18
6h
Changes:1
884AthensKalambaka08:2013:184h 51m Direct
56
591
Athens
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
14:18
18:31
18:05
19:25
5h 07m
Changes:1
58
888
Athens
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
16:16
20:29
19:58
21:23
5h 07m
Changes:1
600
561
Athens
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
23:55
04:38
03:53
05:32
5h 37m
Changes:1

Train schedules from Kalambaka to Athens (Larissa Station)

TRAINEMBARKDISEMBARKDEPARTUREARRIVALDURATION
881
51
Kalambaka
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Athens
05:42
06:52
06:36
10:23
4h 40m
Changes: 1
590
55
Kalambaka
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Athens
08:19
11:45
09:17
15:24
7h 05m
Changes:1
885KalambakaAthens17:2222:124h 40m
Direct

Train schedules from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki

TRAINEMBARKDISEMBARKDEPARTUREARRIVALDURATION
590KalambakaThessaloniki08:1911:243h 05m
Direct
885
58
Kalambaka
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Thessaloniki
17:22
19:58
18:30
21:39
4h 07m
Changes:1
887
60
Kalambaka
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Thessaloniki
19:30
22:00
20:24
23:41
4h 11m
Changes:1

Train schedules from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka

TRAINEMBARKDISEMBARKDEPARTUREARRIVALDURATION
51
882
Thessaloniki
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalampaka
05:13
06:58
06:52
07:52
2h 39m
Changes: 1
1599
884
Thessaloniki
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
10:22
12:22
12:17
13:18
2h 56m
Changes:1
591ThessalonikiKalambaka16:1719:253h 08m
Direct
1599
884
Thessaloniki
Paleofarsalos
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
23:00
04:38
01:07
05:32
6h 32m
Changes:1

Train schedules from Kalambaka to Volos

TRAINEMBARKDISEMBARKDEPARTUREARRIVALDURATION
590
B574
Kalambaka
Larissa
Larissa
Volos
08:19
09:50
09:41
10:50
2h 31m
Changes:1
885
58
2574
Kalambaka
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Volos
17:32
19:58
20:18
18:30
20:17
21:06
3h 34m
Changes:2
887
60
2576
Kalambaka
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Volos
19:30
22:00
22:30
20:24
22:19
23:18
3h 48m
Changes:2

Train schedules from Volos to Kalambaka

TRAINEMBARKDISEMBARKDEPARTUREARRIVALDURATION
1571
51
882
Volos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Kalambaka
Kalambaka
05:30
06:33
06:58
06:18
06:52
07:52
2h 22m
Changes:2
1573
53
884
Volos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
07:30
08:26
12:22
08:18
08:45
13:18
5h 48m
Changes:2
1575
55
884
Volos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
10:25
11:26
12:22
11:13
11:45
13:18
2h 53m
Changes:2
1579
591
Volos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
15:25
18:01
16:13
19:25
4h
Changes:1
2571
61
888
Volos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Larissa
Paleofarsalos
Kalambaka
17:25
19:26
20:29
18:13
19:45
21:23
3h 58m
Changes:2

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