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Pelion Practical Info

Agia Kyriaki by Tim Aquilina

Getting to Pelion

Flights

The easiest way to get to Pelion is to fly to Volos if you are lucky enough to live near a European city that has flights there. Currently there are flights once a week from Paris, Vienna, Brussels, London, Amsterdam, Munich, Geneva and Tel Aviv. There is an effort to get Easyjet to do a regular flight  to Volos and they have a Facebook page for that purpose. In the meantime you can see which airlines fly there and when by going to www.thessalyairport.gr which also has information on getting to and from the airport and other things you may need to know in case you happen to find a fliught there.

By Car

The  best way to get to Pelion is by car since you will probably want to have one to explore anyway. You can rent cars in Athens from Swift Car Rental and from Fantasy Car Rental. Either one will deliver and pick up your car at the airport in Athens or your hotel and Swift will actually drive you out of the city from downtown. Once you get to the National Road just go north towards Lamia and Thessaloniki and follow the signs until you see the exit to Volos. If you don't think you can handle the stress or think you may be too tired to drive after a long flight you can use George the Famous Taxi Driver

Buses and Trains

There is  a KTEL bus from Athens to Volos which leaves from Kiffisou Bus Terminal (aka Terminal B) on weekdays at 06:30, 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00 and on Sunday at 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00

Buses from Thessaloniki leave for Volos at 07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:15, 17:00, 19:15, 21:15, 23:00 and on Sunday at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:15, 17:00, 19:15, 21:15, 23:00

The train from Athens leaves daily at 06:50, 07:52, 09:54,10:50, 13:23, 14:56,15:49 IC(directly), 16:24,19:22, 20:40, 22:57, 23:55
The train from Thessaloniki leaves daily at 06:10, 07:22 IC, 07:36, 10:21 IC, 11:45 IC, 12:43, 14:51 IC, 15:20, 16:43, 18:54 IC, 20:15, 22:40, 23:44

There is also a train to Kalambaka (Meteora) leaving Volos at 05:50, 08:20, 09:28 (IC from Larissa to Palaiofarsalos), 10:39 (IC from Larissa to Palaiofarsalos), 13:10, 15:03 (IC from Larissa to Palaiofarsalos), 17:20 and returning at 07:42, 08:53 (IC from Palaiofarsalos to Larissa), 11:53, 15:32 (IC from Palaiofarsalos to Larissa), 17:36, 19:03, 21:00

Once you get to Volos the Magnesia KTEL Bus website has maps and times and you can even make reservations to get anywhere in and around Pelion which has pretty decent bus service.

By Sea

A really enjoyable sailing trip is doing the Sporades, Northern Evia and the Sporades Islands. For more information see Sailing in Greece. By the way thanks to my pal Tim Aquilina for his photo above, sailing into Agia Kyriaki on his charter sailboat with his skipper pal Stefen Ritscher

Volos has ferry connections to the Sporades islands (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos). You can find ferry times and prices and make reservations at www.ferryhopper.com

Travel Agencies

A travel agent is useful, especially if Pelion is just part of your trip to Greece. You can find several recommended travel agencies on my Athens Travel Agency Page or you can use my Create-an-itinerary form to put together a plan of what you would like to do and get a price from a travel agent, with no obligation to purchase.

Skiing

Volos is a year round destination and in the winter there is snow, sometimes lots of it. So much that they have skiing and is mentioned in my Skiing in Greece page.

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