3 Days Rail Tour from Thessaloniki to Meteora

3 days / 2 nights

Explore the best of Meteora!

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

Rates

  • Adult Price: 225€
  • Child Price: 150€
  • Couples Price: 400€
  • 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 Thessaloniki
  • 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 Meteora Hiking Tour and the Meteora Half-day Tour for the second day's tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person, per monastery
  • Transfer to the Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki : 08.18 - Arrival time in Kalabaka: 11.30. You will switch trains at Paleofarsalos station.
  • Departure time from Kalabaka: 17.15 - Arrival time in Thessaloniki: 20.31. You will switch trains at Paleofarsalos station.
  • 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. Travel from Thessaloniki to Meteora and back by train and enjoy captivating views of an out of this world landscape. Seize the chance to engage in memorable activities on a 3-days tour that will definitely become 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!

IMPORTANT: The trains are not direct. You will switch trains at Paleofarsalos station on both trips.

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,Thessaloniki to Meteora and Sunset Tour

Trains are the most spacious and comfortable mode of travel in Greece. Catch the train to Kalambaka at 08:18 am from Thessaloniki 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 mini bus 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 Thessaloniki

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 20:31 pm to Thessaloniki.

Location of the Train Station

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations and amendments received within 30 days of departure will incur a penalty which will be the price of train tickets.
  • Cancellations and amendments received within 5 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
  • Cancellations and amendments 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 Sshur on November 15, 2019

It was everything...

I completed the Sunset Tour (with Katarina) and the Morning Hiking Tour (with Christos). I couldn't have asked for a better way to experience Meteora. Both guides were very knowledgable in the history and facts about Meteora. I felt the history from left and right....

Rating: by Fen_Fen_19 on November 14, 2019

Morning hiking tour

We have no regret joining this our. Our guide, Chris, was very professional yet friendly. He is also an expert in hiking. The hike was a tad fast paced for me (probably because i am short and don't exercise enough) but i have no problem...

Rating: by caddaf on November 13, 2019

Amazing view

The views are amazing, and the guide and driver made the experience even better. I would recommend visiting Meteora in summer, it rained at the and didn't let me enjoy the walking at the.end

Rating: by MoabChick on November 13, 2019

Worth the time and money!

We chose the three night trip that included Delphi. The trip to Meteora is one of the highlights of our five week trip to Greece and Italy. All of our travel connections were perfectly coordinated and the guides very knowledgeable. We were happy with the...

Rating: by leigh69_13 on November 12, 2019

Outstanding Trip

We met the half day tour at the railway station and was met by our guide. The information provided by our guide was very knowledgeable and she took us to many different places. The driver was excellent and careful, he stopped at many different vantage...

Rating: by kacostello on November 12, 2019

Wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

Our guide Katerina was wonderful. Tremendous understanding of the area, patient with our group and simply charming. Our driver was friendly and skilled on the twisty roads. Bonus was that the van was quite high-end with great viewing windows. Loved it. (One suggestion-Watch for pickpockets...

Rating: by KJHuang on November 11, 2019

Missed Sunset due to the weather but still had good time

We caught a raining day during the sunset tour. the tour guide and drive still made the tour interesting and fun. I had a lovely stunning video from tour bus window but not able to upload and share here.

Rating: by aisha0022 on November 11, 2019

The best choice we could ever make! Once-in-a-lifetime-experience...

Visiting Meteoras was on my bucket list ever since my mother visited it. It was a breathtaking special expreience. We are an undergraduate couple from Hungary. We made the best choice with choosing this travel agency. We would have never known this much of the...

Rating: by Debbie M on November 11, 2019

Well-organized and responsive

Except for some nitpicky details, the 4-day/3-nt Meteora and Delphi tour was the perfect option for two experienced female travelers. It very smoothly administered -- all the train, bus, and hotel reservations were made for us (with two Meteora tours included) but we still had...

Rating: by patriciav768 on November 10, 2019

amazing tour, amazinger guide

Myself, my husband an my sister took this tour and we were a little worried about it being worth the 4h each way train trip to get to kalabaka. While the train was long, it was 100000% worth it. (heads up, cell signal is pretty...

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