3 Days Rail Tour from Athens to Meteora

3 days / 2 nights

Travel from Athens to Meteora and back by train and enjoy captivating views of an out of this world landscape.

Join this 3 days rail tour from Athens to Meteora to discover the beauty and the history of a unique geological phenomenon and the Byzantine Monasteries, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Μonuments.

Rates

  • Adult Price: 225€
  • Child Price: 150€
  • Couples Price: 400€
  • Family Price: 185€
  • Group Price: 185€

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Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation at a 3-star or 4-star hotel with breakfast
  • Round trip train ticket from/to Athens
  • First class train tickets upon request
  • Pick-up and drop off from Kalampaka train station to your hotel
  • Taxes & service fees
  • Join the Meteora Sunset Tour
  • Choose between the Metora Half-day Tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person, per monastery
  • Transfer to/from the Athens railway station
  • Personal travel insurance

Useful Information

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Pick up: Kalampaka Railway Station
  • Dresscode: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited. For ladies skirts and shawls are available at the entrance in case they don’t have such clothing to cover themselves.
  • Departure time from Athens: 07.20 - Arrival time in Kalabaka: 11.30
  • Departure time from Kalabaka: 17.15 - Arrival time in Athens: 21.25
  • Possibility to change returning city to Athens instead of Thessaloniki, by leaving a comment in your reservation

Highlights

Tour Details

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 package when having someone else handle the transportation arrangements so you can sit back and truly enjoy the experience. By booking a train tour through Visit Meteora you are free to travel at your own pace with no tour leaders or set schedules. Seize the chance to engage in memorable activities on a 3-days tour that will definitely be the highlight of your entire visit to Greece.

The train tickets are all issued on 2nd class seats as standard. If you wish to upgrade them to 1st class seats you may choose to add to your basket the 1st class seats upgrade add-on that will pop-up on your screen before you complete the booking!

For more details on this tour, check the above section and read about the tour itinerary, see photos and videos or read the FAQ!

Why Book This Tour

  • Daily tour departures any day you want, 365 days a year whether you are traveling on your own or in a small group.
  • Local expertise and 24/7 help and assistance during your trip.
  • Traveling by train is incredibly scenic.
  • Save time and effort. Organizing your own holiday can be a stressful task. Let us do the work for you!
  • Trains are more energy-efficient per passenger mile than planes or cars, making them one of the most eco-friendly transportation.
  • You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travelers will never experience.
  • You will learn about the culture and history of the place on a deeper level and from a local’s perspective.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1,Athens to Meteora and Sunset Tour

Trains are the most spacious and comfortable way of travel in Greece. Catch the morning train to Kalambaka at 07:20 am from Athens 'Larissa' Railway Station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the Greek countryside. Upon your arrival in Kalambaka, at around 11:30 am, our English speaking driver will be waiting for you at the train station holding a signboard with your name on it to transfer you to your hotel. Late in the afternoon, our VIP minibus will pick you up from the hotel to join 'Meteora Sunset Tour' to admire breathtaking views of Meteora and to discover the hidden gems of this place.
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Day 2,Morning tour and free afternoon

For the next morning we offer you the chance to choose the activity you wish: the 'Half-Day morning Tour of Meteora' to see the main attractions, the monasteries of Meteora with a VIP minibus or the 'Hiking Tour of Meteora' to walk among the rock giants. Experience amazing sceneries and visit monuments of the Byzantine period, the monasteries of Meteora and learn their history. After this morning tour, at around 13:00 pm, the bus will drop you back to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the area on your own.
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Day 3,Free morning and back to Athens

The morning is free. In the evening a taxi transfer from your hotel at 16:45 pm to the local train station at Kalambaka will be arranged for you. At 17:15 pm the train departs from Kalambaka and arrives at 21:25 pm to Athens.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 30 days of departure will incur a penalty which will be the price of train tickets.
  • Cancellations received within 5 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
  • Cancellations received within 24 hours of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
  • Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.

FAQ

Will I meet anyone at the train station in Athens or Thessaloniki?

No. On our train tours, you will board the train from Athens or Thessaloniki on your own, using the tickets we will send you via email. Our guide will meet you at Kalabaka train station after your train arrives at Meteora. He will be holding a signboard with your name written on it in the parking lot of Kalabaka train station.

Which hotel will I stay at?

We use only the best 3 and 4-star hotels in the area for your accommodation. All hotel we cooperate with have beautiful rooms and offer exceptional service.

Is breakfast included?

Yes, all hotel overnights include breakfast.

When and how will I receive my train tickets?

We will send you the train tickets via email approximately one month before your trip date.

Why should I print the train tickets?

There is an off-chance that a train inspector might give you a hard time if you present them with an electronic version of your tickets. This is why we recommend you to print them.

What time should I be at the station?

Please be at the station at least 30 minutes before the departure in order to have plenty of time to find your coach and seats. The stewards there will assist you.

Is there food provided on the train?

Yes, there is a cafeteria-coach inside every train, where you can buy snacks and refreshments.

Is it worth it booking a first class seat?

Yes, first class seats are more comfortable and quieter. They are almost always arranged in a 6-seat-rooms, offering a higher amount of privacy and the first class coach is located next to the cafeteria, offering fast access there.

Our Latest Reviews

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Rating: by Annie W on October 18, 2019

Great day to Meteora

I’ve spent a great day at Meteora. It was very easy to book this trip. Quick answer to my concerns by mail. E-ticket available. Shuttle was waiting for us at the rail station in Kalambaka and we had time for quick lunch and spare time...

Rating: by gylsnc on October 17, 2019

Meteora is amazing!

My daughter and I did the 2 day train tour to Meteora with sunset tour followed by half-day hiking tour. The perfect combination! Beautiful vistas, amazing history, phenomenal views. Truly breathtaking!

Rating: by Bistro2400 on October 16, 2019

Jaw Dropping Good Time

This is a magical place that I highly recommend seeing with a guide. Actually, don't do this without one. Katarina was a true pro who showed us the monasteries in the most efficient way possible. This driving is precarious and our driver Santos was A+....

Rating: by enrique l on October 15, 2019

Probably no better way to enjoy Meteora

Vassili on the mic and Kostas on the wheel took us to a formidable four hour trip in and around Meteora, its history, its monasteries, its geography, its nature, its architecture and its religion. If the place itself is beyond words, visiting it with this...

Rating: by Laura C on October 14, 2019

Excellent guides

I was very pleased with the 3-day/2-night Meteora tour. The mini-buses are good quality, the drivers are good, pickups were always on time, water is provided, and the two guides were superlative. On the Sunset Tour, Dimitri (Jim) provided four hours of commentary about the...

Rating: by JapaneseBob on October 13, 2019

MUST Do!

Yeah, you got to get up early to catch the 7:20am train. And, yeah, you got to give up a day of Athens sightseeing. And, yeah, you wont get back to the Athens train station until 9:30pm.... BUT BUT, this is soooo worth it. It's...

Rating: by Debbie T on October 12, 2019

Day trip

I had a wonderful day in Meteora. Our guide Katarina was excellent, she had great knowledge and passion for this area and history of her country. Our driver was great also. Thankyou

Rating: by Travelincoach on October 12, 2019

Well worth your time and money

Well-organized tour with excellent guide and driver. My small group of about 12 people was led by Jim, who was born and raised here in Kalambaka. He took the time to show us not just the tourist attractions (the monasteries and the rocks, of course),...

Rating: by Jonathan S on October 12, 2019

Great way to see Meteora

We were completely happy with the half-day sightseeing tour from Visit Meteora. Our guide Vassily and driver Kostas were perfect hosts. We learned about the history, geology and culture of the area while driving between viewpoints and monasteries in a super comfortable van. At each...

Rating: by Hui B on October 11, 2019

Great tour. Don't miss it!

The tour guide Katerina was very knowledgeable, well presented, pleasant and supplied a comprehensive commentary. The driver Shostosh was the best driver.He worked above and beyond the call of duty. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and appreciated all their efforts.

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