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Athens airport to Delphi

We are arriving in Athens May 15th in the morning and traveling up to Delphi for 2 nights. Is there a train or bus we can take directly from the airport.?
We will then travel back to Athens on the morning of the 17th and can take a bus into the city.

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We do not want to rent a car, prefer to use public transport as we will be in Athens for a few nights then heading to Mykonos and Santorini.

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There are two options:

Option A - You have to go into Athens first. There are two main bus stations, the X93 bus going to Kifissos station is the one you need, But the Delphi bus goes from Liossion station, ask the driver to tell you when to get off.

This bus will take you about an hour, the ticket is 6 euros, kiosk outside the airport terminal, validate the ticket inside the bus (date & time stamp)
At the bus station you will get a numbered seat on your ticket to Delphi, they are good air conditioned coaches with luggage storage underneath.

Option B:

Here is the website of the KTEL buses of the Fokis prefecture

The whole trip is about 2,5 hours.

Buses are leaving from the terminal that is located at Liosion Street, here is the address and tel of the Athens office at the Terminal

Liosion Street 260, 104 45 Αθήνα

Tel : 2108317096 or Mobile phone : 6936648239

Best way to go to the terminal is with a Taxi, your hotel can call you one. Calculate 20 minutes from the centre to Liosion Street.

The buses are very reliable and very modern.

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The X93 Express bus which you board at the curb just outside the Airport building takes you to to the Intercity Bus Terminal for routes going North To Delphi , etc. It is called the Liossion Street KTEL Terminal (Intercity busses are called KTEL busses). The x93 bus fare is €6. or €3 for Senior citizens. It departs about every 35 minutes, & takes about 65 minutes to Liossion. As for KTEL schedules to/from Delphi, here's a timetable -- not updated for a couple of years, but these departures haven't changed in 15 years that I know of, and any fare change will be minor.

Tip: before leavng airport, use its restroom facilities because altho bus stations are clean, their restrooms are never inspiring. The ride is about 2.5-3 hours & has a rest stop after 1 hour. If your plane arrival doesn't leave u time for lunch, try to pick up a sandwich for takeaway, because altho airport fare is not thrilling, I would prefer it to bus station ditto.

Entering Delphi, the bus will stop right at the entry to the site & Museum, but with luggage, you won't want to alight. you'll want to stay on to the 2nd &final stop, which is on the main street, next to a souvenir shop which also serves as ticket agency. From there, you can walk a hundred yards or so to a choice of moderate hotels (ask for a room that looks DOWN the mountain to the sea). U can leave your bags and then set off downhill along that road to the ancient site... a nice short walk, along a parapet bedecked with tall flagpoles, and with stunning views down the mountainside.

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Not sure what your budget is for this trip but I have found that saving time and doing more is a much more precious commodity than money. So I think its worth your while to investigate the cost and availability of hiring a private transfer service directly from the airport. In our experience the driver meets you at arrival exit doors holding a sign with your name on it. Helps you with your luggage and takes you to the lovely Mercedes car and away you go. We have only used this service to take us to central Athens but the English speaking driver told us they will take you anywhere.
We used citycab. Its probably worth while getting a quote from them for the Athens airport to Delphi first leg of your trip. You can use the KTEL bus to get back to Athens.

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Thank you all for the input. We decided to book with Citycab. They will pick us up at Athens airport and drop off at our hotel in Delphi. They were a little less expensive then Georges Taxi. Citycab can be booked online with the option to pay the driver.