Visit Meteora from Athens
Are you searching to find the most convenient way to visit Meteora from Athens? This blog post was written with the sole purpose to help choose the best possible way on how to arrive at Meteora from Athens.
Based on our experience, we came to recognize two main categories of Meteora visitors arriving from Athens. The ones who have preplanned their visit here and the ones who have learned of this place after landing in Greece, the latter wishing to squeeze a hasty visit to Meteora. Athens, being the main transportation hub of Greece, we’ll use it as our point of origin to give tips and advice on how to better plan your visit here from the capital of Greece.
Few tips to better plan your visit to Meteora
Greece is a country that has become famous over the past decades mainly for the sun and the sea. And what better place to enjoy your Greek summer vacations on an Aegean island or next to the seaside. Having said that, most of the tourists who visit Greece are unaware of Greece’s other mainland beauties and the authentic experience that they provide. A lot of Meteora visitors as well are completely caught by surprise upon their arrival here. At first sight, they will remain stunned by the staggering views and majesty of this place even though they have already seen plenty of photos before coming here. Meteora is one of those rare sites that photos fail to captivate the grand scale of Meteora’s natural beauty. Neither photos nor a guidebook will tell you all the secrets that will make your journey here a complete travel experience. So, make sure to plan for at least a 2 nights stay in order to better enjoy the full this amazing and out of this world place.
If you are planning to rent a car and to use it for your travels around Greece, it is convenient if you are planning to visit mainland sites located north of Athens. Meteora and the town of Kalambaka are located 340km northwest of Athens and it takes roughly 4 ½ hours to drive from Athens here at Meteora and with a small detour, you can also visit the archeological site of Delphi. If you are planning to visit places south of Athens to Peloponnese or the Aegean islands and you wish nonetheless to visit Meteora, then take our advice and avoid renting a car for your visit here. Its way more cost-effective and hassle-free to take the morning train from Athens departing at 08:27 am, arriving here at 13:30 pm at a price of 12 to 17 Euro per person one way. So with less than 30 Euro a person, one can reach Meteora from Athens and back via train, at the same time you need to drive a car and having paid a fraction of the car’s cost. You can even book the tickets online! Then why not join the local tours at a cost of less than 30 Euro per person?
For a couple, the cost to book let’s say 2 tours are 105 Euro (discount price for booking 2 tours included) so the total cost of transportation combined with 2 local tours will be around 180 Euro, taxi from the train station to your hotel and back also included. On the contrary, the cost of taking a rental car from Athens for a 3 day trip to Meteora will roughly cost around 200 Euro to rent a small to medium size car, 30 Euro for the tolls (round trip) and no less than 80 Euro for the gasoline. In total, the car rental transportation from Athens to Meteora it will cost more than 305 Euro for a planned 3-day trip. So, by choosing to take the train you can save a minimum of 120 Euro, which is the equivalent of what you will pay here for 2 nights stay in some of the best guesthouses of Meteora, or 3 lavish meals for 2 persons on local taverns. Not to mention that on the same price tag of only 180 Euro you will get the chance to enjoy 2 amazing tours that will definitely be the highlight of your Meteora visit, adding even more quality on your overall travel experience.
Haven’t preplanned for a Meteora visit? No problem!
You are sitting comfortably in the lobby of your hotel in Athens and you are trying to figure out what to do the next day with some free time you have before taking the ferry for the Aegean islands. You pick up a guidebook of Greece from the coffee table to take some ideas and suddenly there it is! Photos from an amazing place called Meteora that you haven’t heard or read before. Now, don’t waste any time wondering how you’ve missed such an awesome sight during planning, it happened and nothing will change that.
You still have the choice to seize the day and plan for a visit because the odds are that you will not get a second chance. If time allows for an overnight stay at Meteora it is advisable to catch either the 16:15 pm train from Larissa strain station of Athens or the 18:00 pm bus to Trikala from Liossion bus terminal. Avoid taking the 21:00 pm bus because it arrives at Trikala very late and you won’t make it catch the last bus to Kalambaka departing at 22:30 pm. If you are able to do that don’t hesitate because in that way you will have the whole morning the next day to spend here. If you also choose to join our Half-day morning tour of Meteora on the next day, then you can rest assured that you will make it see all the main attractions not to be missed. Not to mention that we can arrange for your drop off directly at the bus station after the tour (around 13:15 pm) in case you have already planned to depart with the 15:30 pm bus to Athens from Trikala. You need to catch first the 14:15 pm bus from Kalambaka to Trikala. Another good option if you don’t face issues with your schedule, like catching a ferry from Piraeus, is to take the direct train back to Athens at 17:32 pm.
There are those of you who will face serious problems with time having the only option to travel from Athens to Meteora and back within the same day, so will be forced to take either the 07:30 am bus to Trikala or the 08:27 am train. The 07:30 am bus is a preferable choice even if it costs a bit more because in that way you will save more than 1 hour compared to the train. With that bus you will arrive at Meteora around 12:00 pm. keep in mind that the trains in Greece sometimes suffer from delays, so it’s not that unusual to arrive with at least half an hour of delay, around 14:00 pm. That will leave you with just 3 hours to make the tour before taking the next train back to Athens at 17:32 pm. If you have arrived by train the only viable option you now have is to take a taxi and head quickly to Meteora. Don’t waste time searching for public buses here; there aren’t any to suit such a tight schedule. A taxi tour of Meteora costs 25 Euro per hour but you can sometimes negotiate that price with the taxi driver. You will find plenty of taxis waiting outside the train station upon arrival.