Long Distance Buses, Athens
Forum reply from April 2011
You really are short of time. Even Delphi could do with 2 days as it really is a fascinating place. A day out there from Athens is doable though by bus and is quite a pleasant journey. There are 6 services a day from the bus station at Loission and the journey time is about 3 hours with a rest break about half way at the Erato Hotel (where you can grab a snack and use the facilities) - the bus timetable is at http://www.athensguide.com/practicalinfo/bus schedulesB.htm
A useful site for a taster of Delphi is http://www.greeklandscapes.com/greece/delphi.html which has a summary of Delphi's history and some very good links. Plus of course there is my page here on VT!
They always say that will build one new big bus station but for the moment there are two main bus stations serving different cities of Greece. So depending on your destination you can go to:
1)LIOSION Bus Station.
It serves cities in Viotia province(Thiva, Livadia, Arahova etc), Volos, Evritania(Karpenisi), Karditsa, Larisa, Katerini, Trikala, Fokida/Fthiotida provinces (Lamia, Amfisa, Delfoi, Itea), Chalkida province(Aidipsos, Pirgos, Istiaia, Kimi, Karistos, Aliveri etc)
2)KIFISOU(also known as PELOPONISOU) Bus Station.
This one is bigger and serves all the cities in Peloponisos(Patra, Kalamata, Korinthos, Pirgos, Mesinia etc), Ipirus province(Ioannina, Arta, Throspotia, Igumenitsa, Preveza), Macedonia and other southern provinces (Thesaloniki, Serres, Kavala, Alexandroupoli etc)
For the first one take metro to Attiki station and then any bus going north on Liossion street for just a few stops (ask the driver).
For the second one you can take bus 051 at the corner of Menadrou and Zinonos streets near Omonoia square. There are buses every 15’ 05:00-23:30
The Bus Service from Athens to Delphi is available from the KTEL Bus Terminal B at Liossion Street.
The Kato Patissia is the closest Metro station to this Terminus. The Bus terminus is about 5 mins walking from Kato patissia.
Bus 024 from Amalias Avenue or from Omonia square will take you to this Bus station.Get off at Praktoria bus stop. Fare is 1 Euro.
The buses to delphi leaves every 2 1/2 hours : Timings are 7.30 am / 10.30 am / 1 pm/3.30pm/ 5.30 pm / and 8.30 pm.
Bus tickets are avai;lable at the Bus stop. Fare to Delphi is 13 euros and the time taken is 2 hours 40 minutes.
After about an hour and half, the bus stops for 10 minutes.
Here you can find Beers/ Alcohol /some cookies/ chips, and sandwiches etc for a quick bite.
The rest of the journey is through picturesque mountains and valleys.
Seats are comfortable and have some pushback options.
The long distance bus thing in Greece can be very nice, or absolutely hideous. It depends on how far you are going etc. I generally try to avoid as much as I can in the summer, only because of the heat, and no matter how much air conditioning the driver puts on, it can't seem to combat the body heat of 50 people stuffed in a small space in 35 centigrade weather. But that said, I have had SOME very plesent rides on the bus, on my usual route, Athens to Kalamata.
I cant express how much trouble I had finding this place on foot. I was going on my day trip to Delphi, and that is where buses from Athens depart from. I decided to walk from the nearest metro stop, which may or may not be Larissa. But, that is where I started from. It is located on at 260 Liossion St.
Buses to Delphi leave at:
07.30, 10.30, 13.00, 15.30, 17.30 and 20.00
Returning from Delfi at 05.30 (except Sunday), 07.30 (only Sunday), 09.00 (except Sunday), 11.00, 13.30, 16.00 and 18.00.
One-way fare costs 10.50 Euro and it takes about 3 hours for the trip. There is a scheduled stop for food and W/C. Or, if you ahve the same elderly lady I had on my trip, there will be a random stop along side the road so she can relieve herself in full view of traffic. Lovely.
I believe the thread will help you find time tables for the whole of Greece through the two main Bus stations in Athens.
There are two central KTEL bus stations in Athens. The first one is in Kifisos from where the buses leave towards northern Greece, Peloponnese and Epirus while from the second one in Kato Patisia buses head towards Thessaly and central Greece.
If you fancy going to the outskirts of Athens , or even further away , one cheap and convenient choise is are KTEL (Long distance buses). There are different starting points , depending on where you would like to go. For example for buses to Thessaloniki or to the outskirts of Athens ( beaches ) , buses leave from Pedio tou Areos (opposite Victoria Train Station). Buses to Peloponnisos start from Kifisos Station (near Omonoia). Long distance buses are air-conditioned , and are a convenient way to travel , although it might be a bit difficult for a foreigner to find a route or book a ticket.
To find more information search for (KTEL + "name of the perfecture you want to go").
For transportation from Athens to Peloponissos by bus try www.ktel.org. Busses run several times a day to all major destinations.
The price for example for a return ticket Athens - Nafplio is 17 Euros.
Buses in general are faster and more punctual on time than trains and I prefer them. The problem is that the bus station at the moment is away from Athens city center with not a good transportation to/from there. On the other hand you can reach the railway station by metro system. Your choice!
Buses are an ideal way of transport in Greece. They are frequent, comfortable and cheap. There is not a wide train net, but there are buses to nearly EVERYWHERE...
Athens has 3 main bus stations:
- Terminal A (100, Kifissou Street). Buses to most of the destinations, except Delphi, Larissa, Trikala (Meteora) and Volos.
- Terminal B (260, Liossion Street ). Buses to Amfissa, Chalkis, Delphi, Edipsos, Kammena Vourla, Karditsa, Karpenissi, Katerini, Kymi, Lamia, Larissa, Levadia, Osios Loukas, Thive, Trikala, Volos.
- Terminal C (Egyptou Sq., Patission & Alexandras Streets or Mavromateon St. ): Buses to Marathon Tomb, Nea Makri, Rafina, Sounion etc.
Buses are not a very convenient transport in Greece. You’ll find the first problem just on the Bus Station. Destinations are written in greek alphabet, which is not that trivial to read (not for my, at least). So it will be better to memorize the greek spelling of the place that you want to go.
Separated in two terminals (A) KIFFISOU AV 100 and (B) in LIOSION STR 260 long distance buses connects Athens with many Greek cities and covers many places in the preference of Attica