Meteora / Kalampaka / Kastraki - Train from Athens & Hotel??

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1. Posted by Gecko (Budding Member 41 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm staying in Meteora for 3 nights (it looks so stunning that I wish I had 3 weeks!), I'll travel by train from Athens, and I have a couple of questions please:

Can anyone recommend a hotel? I'm looking for a single room, not too noisy, with the best location possible to walk to the monastaries, and no more than 50 euros a night. Oh, and ideally one that I can book online!

I've found the website to book the train from Athens - www.OSE.GR (I decided on the train instead of the bus because taking the train you're slightly less likely to die in a fireball at the bottom of a cliff!) but you don't seem to be able to book a ticket online? Has anybody travelled by train from Athens? What are the trains like? Are they packed, or can I just turn up on the day to buy my return ticket? (I'm there at the end of September.)

Any other tips on how to make the most of my 2 full days here would be really appreciated!


2. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The trains in Greece are very good and the one I caught from Athens to the Meteoras was not packed. There were quite a few people on it but enough room to get a seat etc. We bought our tickets on the day without much hassle.

Unfortunately, I can't help you with hotels in the area, as we were camping, although it might be worth looking up the camp sites in the area as they occassionally have cabins or tents for rent.

Have fun. Its an amazing place to visit!

3. Posted by thijsd (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well, 'online booking' and 'Greece' are two things rarely used together in one sentence. Unless the word 'impossible' is in it too! But I still love the country, I really do!

Anyhow, travelling by train from Athens is more or less hassle free. Trains are sometimes crowded but rarely full, although you never know... If you are in Athens the day before and you decide to take the morning train to Kalambaka (that one is actually cheaper than the other direct train in the evening, as the morning train is not an Intercity service - for Intercity services an extra fee is required, which can be quite high), I would advise you to go to the station the day before and buy your ticket then.

I have never travelled to Kalambaka by train (only travelled Athens-Thessaloniki a few times and Athens-Chalkida) but I'm sure the trains are comfortable. The Meteora area is great! It's definitely a miracle! But 3 days is definitely enough to see it all. (I went to Meteora by bus from Thessaloniki by the way, no problem at all!)

Have fun!

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 3, 2006 1:10 PM by thijsd ]