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
  • 2 dinners at a local restaurant
  • 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 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 200bethanym on July 16, 2019

Must Do!

This was one of my favorite experiences in Greece. There is so much to see and hear on this tour! The guides make it so entertaining and fascinating. If you’re going to experience Meteora, do it right and book this tour!

Rating: by Holidaying on July 16, 2019

Meteora sunset tour + Hiking tour of Meteora

Meteora is breathtaking! The guides were excellent and extremely knowledgeable! We particularly loved the hiking tour! A must when in Meteora!

Rating: by Megumi M on July 15, 2019

Great tour

We had a great time to join Meteora sunset tour. Thank you so much for excellent tour guide. Hope to go back again and join your Meteora tour.

Rating: by o_sivicka on July 15, 2019

Best choice to spend one day outside Athens

Meteora is breathtaking a must see and all your travel arrangements are in good hands with this company, which provides excellent service. The staff were outstanding, Catherina and Aris - my special thanks for for your help and warmth in very nonstandart situation.

Rating: by Rebecca S on July 15, 2019

A good day tour of the area

We got some great views and visited a few of the monasteries. The bus was cramped, and the group was larger than we typically choose, but this tour was the only one that worked for our busy travel schedule. The guide was fine, they are...

Rating: by Brian C on July 15, 2019

Excellent company

This company provides excellent service we took a package that included some tours, rail,accomodation ,transfers and meals at good restaurants. All excellent and highly professional. The staff were outstanding the drivers Satos and Yannis ensured our safe travels and both guides Catherina and Eva were...

Rating: by raindroplink on July 14, 2019

great tour

Meteora is amazing. We were picked up from hotel on time and our guide, a beautiful young lady, is very knowledgeable. The shuttle driver is also very nice and helped on taking photos for us. We rented a car to drive from Athens to Meteora....

Rating: by Nadoree on July 14, 2019

Go Hiking with Christos, and bring your camera!

Great hike with local Christos! Christos is super knowledgeable and the hike though this unique geographic marvel is absolutely beautiful. Being able to tour a working monastery was fascinating and really gives you an idea of what is up on this cliffs besides the redone...

Rating: by Sue K on July 13, 2019

Amazing Meteora

I have never seen a place like this before and doubt anything similar exists anywhere else in the world. Such incredible views and amazing stories from the guides. I'm only sorry that all the tourists, of which I am one, have forced the monks to...

Rating: by Burnsey77 on July 13, 2019

Great guide, great tour

Guide was very knowledgeable & a great guy, I definitely feel like I know about the area and history now. Tour was good due to alot fewer people being around and much better than the morning tour I took with another company today, I guess...

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