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Meteora to and from Athens help

Hi, I need advice on getting to meteora and then back to athens to catch a flight. At this point. I plan to take a train from Athens city near acropolis to Meteora. Anyone know times or prices of this average trip. I would like to get to Meteora as early as possible. We will stay two nights and then I would like to leave first thing in the morning on a Friday to either train or rent a car to get us to Athens aiprot for a 13:40 flight with Ryanair to Chania, Crete. Is is possible for me to get a train and make a flight this early or will I need to drive or find a later flight? Any suggestions on this? Is a car hire or rental even possible for us to drive one way from meteora to athens airport and drop it off? How much would a car hire be to drive us? I guess my back up plan is to stay in two nights in Delphi instead of meteora to make transportation to airport easier but I would still like to do a day trip to meteora if we did this option. Also please no responses about Covid-19. I am well aware and this trip will happen after all of that and I just need this information please. Thanks!

Posted by
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do not have the exact details available, but be aware that there is only one train a day, I believe, between Meteora and Athens, this includes a stop or change along the way. I would also not bet on split second timing for transportation in Greece, including the time to get from the train station to the airport.

I think your best bet is to rent a car at the Athens Airport, and return to there. For a 13:40 flight, you are probably looking at leaving Kalambaka at 8:00 or before, so that day is pretty much just a travel day, no activities.

Posted by
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Train tickets cost about $30 in 2nd class. See www.trainose.gr. The earliest train is direct from central Athens but there are a few more per day with one connection.

Posted by
885 posts

I did the early morning direct train from Athens. It’s about a 5 hour trip. I would not try and return on the same day of having to catch a flight.

Posted by
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I would not try and return on the same day of having to catch a flight.

Make your trip less stressful and heed Diane's advice.

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Have you visited the web site visitmeteora.travel ? They provide a lot of information about visiting the area, including various forms of transportation, tours, etc. I visited the area in 2017 from Athens, booking a package through this site which included: round-trip train to Kalabaka, leaving one morning, returning the next evening; room with breakfast at a nice hotel in Kalabaka; 3-hour sunset tour; 3-hour morning tour; free time in Kalambaka for meals and wandering around the town. This worked fine for me. I found the train ride modestly scenic but quite long and boring, bring some food and a good book; as I remember, the train ride was scheduled for about 5.5 hours each way, but actually took somewhat longer. The evening train did not get back into Athens until after 11:00 pm. The tours were good, with several stops with scenery, and entry into whatever monasteries were open on those days and times. I enjoyed poking around the town, having meals, and visiting an ancient church which was also a stop on the sunset tour. This small church had two rooms, a sanctuary with beautiful ancient frescoes, and an anteroom also with ancient frescoes but this room was quite blackened; I was told the church had been occupied by the Nazis during WWII and they used the anteroom for cooking, thus it was covered with soot. I know there were also ways to visit the monasteries by hiking or biking, either with tours or o your own. Also, there was at least one hotel closer to the monasteries than Kalambaka.