Meteora Transportation

  • Our bus at the restaurant in Kalambaka
    Our bus at the restaurant in Kalambaka
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  • Meteora - on their way to the monastery
    Meteora - on their way to the monastery
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  • Meteora - on their way to the monastery
    Meteora - on their way to the monastery
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    Food for monks by vrisoni

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Vrisoni in Roussanou
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    Vrizoni is a name of a lift-basket. Vrizoni is a kind of lift that is still put to use to the present day for heavy luggage. It is a net basket into which the materials and food supplies of the monks or visitors are placed to be hoisted up and down the cliffs by means of a winch.

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    How to get to the Great Meteoron

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Meteora - on their way to the monastery
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    Access to the monasteries was originally extremely difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and humans.

    There are still examples of these baskets which are used for bringing up provisions. Back in the days when these baskets were the only way to get to the monasteries a nervous pilgrim asked his monk host if they ever replace the rope. "Of course we do" he replied. "Whenever it breaks", which I am sure put the guy at ease.

    Access to the monastery was by rope and net and we can see it still hanging from the vrizonitower; today it is still in use not only for supplies, but for tourists. The mechanism is electric. There is also a bucket on a cable slung across the chasm also used for supplies.

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    How to get to Meteora from Kalambaka

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    You may watch my 6 min 54 sec VIDEO-Clip Meteora-Kastraki-Kalambaka Road out of my VT-Tube or Greece Meteora-Kastraki-Kalambaka Road out of my YouTube with popular Greek music.

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    How to get to Kalambaka

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    It is located to the northwest of Trikala city and is 21 km. away from it.
    There is a highway from Athens to Lamia and from there a national road links Lamia to Trikala (331 km) and then to Kalambaka.
    There are, also, trains to Trikala from Athens. They follow the Athens to Thessaloniki line until the station of Paliofarsala and then there is a local train to Trikala.
    Finally, there are buses to Trikala from Lamia, Athens (331 km) and Thessaloniki (215 km). There are, also, local buses that connect Trikala with nearby cities such as Karditsa, Volos and Larissa.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 42' 15.89" N 21º 37' 44.98" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kalambaka - Tower of the Great Saint .

    You may watch my 1 min 42 sec VIDEO-Clip Meteora Road to Great Meteoron out of my VT-Tube or Greece Meteora Road to Great Meteoron out of my YouTube with popular Greek music.

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    Looking around by taxi

    by Tuna_ank Written Jun 10, 2007

    We went there just for one day and it was raining. Hotel found a taxi for us, we paid 20 euro for 1-1,5 hours. Yorgo show all monasteries, all nice views. He helped us for everything. It was very nice tour. He can speak English and Deutsch.

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  • Getting There

    by dimilag Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    Buses to Kalampaka are available from Ioannina, Trikala, Thessaloniki and Athens. It is also possible to take the train from Thessaloniki or Athens with a switch at Larissa or Palaiofarsala station. You can always hire a taxi but hiring a car is more preferable.

    Here are some more detailed information:

    From Athens
    By road through Athens – Lamia – Domokos – Karditsa – Trikala- Kalampaka.
    Distance: 352 km
    By train through Athens –Lamia – Paleofarsalos – Karditsa – Trikala – Kalampaka.

    From Thessaloniki:
    By road through the high way from Thessaloniki – Katerini – Larisa – Trikala – Kalampaka.
    Distance: 237 km
    By train through Thessaloniki – Larisa – Paleofarsalos – Karditsa – Trikala – Kalampaka.

    From Igoumenitsa:
    By road through Igoumenitsa – Ioannina –Metsovo – Kalampaka.
    Distance: 246 km.

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    Direct train from Athens

    by FruitLover Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    Extremely Stormy & Snowy day.....
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    How to get there ?

    Take a four-hour ride by bus or catch a train from Athens’ Larissis Station to Thessaloniki, drop off in Paleiofarsalo. From Paleiofarsalo take the train to Kalambaka.

    I was lucky to have a direct train from Athens.
    Paid 20 Euros for one way ticket.

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    A Walk To The Monasteries

    by viddra Written Sep 25, 2005

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    on the way to the Grand Meteora
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    In the past, chain and rope ladders were the only way to reach the 24 monasteries here, of which only 6 remain. If someone fell, it was God's will.

    Today, you can reach the monasteries by climbing steps cut into rocks or crossing wooden bridges over dizzying chasms.

    Anyway, you need a good set of legs!

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    By car

    by Prasnjavi Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    On the high-way Thessaloniki - Athens. Turn right (if you are coming from Thessaloniki) for Trikala. Then it's easy.
    Buses to Kalambaka are available from Ioannina, Trikala, Thessaloniki and Athens. It is also possible to take the train from Thessaloniki or Athens with a switch at Larissa. If you are travelling from Athens, take a morning train so that you can enjoy the spectacular scenery as you pass through the mountains between Livadia and Lamia.

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    Getting there

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 25, 2003

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    Buses to Kalambaka are available from Ioannina, Trikala, Thessaloniki and Athens.

    It is also possible to take the train from Thessaloniki or Athens with a switch at Larissa.

    If you are traveling from Athens, take a morning train so that you can enjoy the spectacular scenery as you pass through the mountains between Livadia and Lamia.

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    Instead try the car!!!

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 25, 2003

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    Street in the Meteora

    It's quit easy to go the all the monateries since the greek authority made a road! Take it easy the road is some what difficult!!!

    The only one a little bit more difficult is the Holy Trinity, where you must take on a descent and a way up to enter it.

    The parking is right in front of the Great Meteora!!!

    I guessed it was not like this in the time they were built!!!

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    Hire a car

    by Janni67 Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    There's our Renault Clio, me & a friend at Meteora

    If you're staying in Athens and want to visit Meteora which is almost 400 km away, there are two options. Either you join a group visiting the monasteries on an organized tour which takes 2 days and costs around 110-120 € per person, or rent a car. We chose renting a car and took the trip in a one looong day, yet it was a great pleasure and a lot of fun :) It took about 9 hrs to drive to Meteora and back and cost around 100 € in all (car rental plus gas) so it saved a whole lot of money as well as we were 3.

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    Buses & train to Kalambaka

    by matza Written Dec 26, 2002

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    Getting There: Buses to Kalambaka are available from Ioannina, Trikala, Thessaloniki and Athens. It is also possible to take the train from Thessaloniki or Athens with a switch at Larissa. If you are traveling from Athens, take a morning train so that you can enjoy the spectacular scenery as you pass through the mountains between Livadia and Lamia.

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    how to get in, but not how to get out

    by Redule Written Sep 16, 2002

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    Roussanou

     You can go on a tour with thirty or forty other people by bus.
     You can order a tour that includes trekking, kayaking, rock climbing, jeep tours, etsc.
     You can go with your car or rent a car, for example in Athens.
     Or you can get here by taking the train from Athens to Volos and connecting with the narrow guage train that ends up in Kalambaka. It is also possible to take the train from Thessaloniki or Athens with a switch at Larissa.
     Buses to Kalambaka are available from Ioannina, Trikala, Thessaloniki and Athens.

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    The Old Way

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 25, 2003

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    Old way

    The best way to go to the Great Meteora is by the old way. You may ask what's the old way maybe the picture can tell you a little more about it!!

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