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.

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  • Adult Price: 265€
  • Child Price: 190€
  • Couples Price: 440€
  • Group Price: 225€

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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 moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

Rating: by WindyPinesWife on January 31, 2020

Great trip!! Amazing scenery and excellent tour guide!!

The directions for getting the train from Athens were perfect. Lovely scenery along the way and then the tour guides were right there to pick us up when we arrived. The restroom on the train is a bit nasty. The guides took us to the...

Rating: by Asparafans on January 29, 2020

Divine and Natural Beauty

We booked for the 3-day Meteora /Delphi but due to the train problem (from Kalambaka station), we missed to see Delphi. However, the experience was compensated by getting to visit more monasteries. We enjoyed the visits after all. All of the Visit Meteora staff were...

Rating: by Michelle R on February 16, 2020

Terrific & Majestic!

Just a wonderful experience from Dimitris & his team... The luxury bus was safe, clean, water & wifi provided. It was a small group of us given the tour running in the colder months, but it was perfect to see the monasteries and views without...

Rating: by AdamPhilly on February 15, 2020

This tour was excellent!

This was a great experience. Their office was incredibly helpful while I booked this tour, giving me recommendations for the trains out of Athens. On day of tour, the van picked me up from the hotel on time. Eva was our guide and she was...

Rating: by moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

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