Practical travel info

 

How to reach Patras, how to arrange and reach your accommodation

What to do at your free time

How to reach Patras

Patras may be reached via air mainly using the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. The Araxos/Patras airport serves mostly charter flights (please contact your tour operator) plus scheduled Ryan Air flights to/from Milan and Paphos (Cyprus). Patras may be also reached by ferry boat from various Italian ports.

1. Reaching Patras from the Athens International Airport


Athens Airport map (yellow line: public buses station)


From the Athens airport (http://www.aia.gr) you have the following options for reaching Patras (230km west of Athens):

· Car Rental: Renting a car at the airport is the one of the ways to reach Patras with relative low cost especially if you can share it with other participants of the meeting. The drive takes 2-2.5 hrs. The distance from the airport to the meeting place is 235km.


· By train: You may use the train from the Athens airport to get to Patras. Specifically, you use the Suburban Railway System (Proastiakos) from the airport to the Kiato station on the Peloponnese. Once at the Kiato station you need to get off the train and take the OSE bus to Patras (due to line upgrading the rail service from Kiato to Patras is temporarily suspended). The OSE buses are waiting just outside of the Kiato train station and leave about 5 minutes after the train arrival at the. Please book both your train and bus tickets at the airport booth. It will be convenient to book your return trip at your arrival at the Patras Rail Station.

Please plan your trip according to the Tables below:

Athens airport

Kiato

Patras

05:44

07:19

09:00

06:44

08:19

10:00

07:44

09:19

11:00

08:44

10:19

12:10

10:44

12:19

14:00

11:44

13:19

15:30

12:44

14:19

16:00

13:44

15:19

17:00

14:44

16:19

18:10

15:44

17:19

18:50

16:44

18:19

20:00

17:44

19:19

21:10

18:44

20:19

22:00

 

Patras

Kiato

Athens airport

05:45

07:15

09:01

06:30

08:15

10:01

07:45

09:15

11:01

08:45

10:15

12:01

10:00

12:10

14:01

11:45

13:15

15:01

12:45

14:15

16:01

13:45

15:15

17:01

14:30

16:15

18:01

15:45

17:15

19:01

16:45

18:15

20:01

17:30

19:15

20:50*

18:50

20:20

21:50*

* These trains arrive at the city of Athens. Then, you will need to get a taxi to the airport.

 

Intercity bus service (KTEL): To get to the intercity bus, you need to go to the Central Bus Station of Kifisos. From the airport you may use the X93 express city bus (5 euros, 50-60 minutes depending on traffic) or take a taxi (about 40 Euros, 20 minutes). At the Central Bus Stationlook for the ACHAIA - PATRA teller to buy a ticket (~20 Euros). Buses to Patras leave every 30 minutes (from 05:30 till 22:30). Leave the bus at the final stop, the Central Bus Station of Patras.

 

Bus timetable web pages (Greek only)

Athens-Patras: http://www.ktelachaias.gr/?module=default&pages_id=24&lang=el

Patras-Athens: http://www.ktelachaias.gr/?module=default&pages_id=23&lang=el

2. Reaching Patras from the Araxos/Patras Airport

You may use the bus service to the city center of Patras or simply a taxi directly to your accommodation (40 km).

3. Reaching Patras by Ferry Boat from Italian ports

The port of Patras (http://www.patrasport.gr/start) is south of the city center. Upon arrival please take a taxi directly to your accommodation.

4. From Patras Bus/Rail Central Station to the hotel

· Reaching the hotel by taxi:You can easily find taxi outside of the Railway or the Bus Central Station. The hotel is ~8km northeast of the city center. The taxi cost price should be close to 10 euros.

· Reaching the hotel by train: the Suburban Railway System of Patras provides routes from the Central Railway Station to Kastellokampos (name of the station close to the hotel) every hour from 06:30 to 22:30. The route takes around 15 minutes. For your return, the routes on the opposite way are every hour from 07:05 to 23:05.

The city center of Patras and the central stations. The distance between them is 300m.

 

A. The ‘Kastellokampos” train stop

B. The hotel

Distance : 350 m

5. Reaching the hotel by car

Once you enter the city of Patras you turn right at the first traffic light, you pass the rail tracks and turn right again. After 1km you will see the sign to turn left and arrive at the hotel.

 

A. Traffic light

B. The hotel


What to do in and around Patras at your free/extra time

Patras is a historic and pleasant university town located right by the sea in a beautiful area in north western Peloponnese and very close to world heritage sites such as Delphi and Olympia. The scenery is very nice with the sea and the impressive mountains in the background. If you have time available it is recommended to visit the city center (which is easily reached using the suburban railway system; an afternoon is sufficient). The Patras Archaelogical Museum (http://www.patrasmuseum.gr, in Greek) is close to the Achaia Beach hotel (use a taxi) and is certainly interesting. You should also visit the nearby beach of Rio with its many seafront restaurants and cafes, and you may choose to walk on the impressive Rio-Antirriobridge (you may return by ferry if you wish – the service is free for pedestrians). The sites of Olympia (http://www.olympia-greece.org/museum.html) and Delphi (http://www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/delphi) are exceptional and famous worldwide; they may be comfortably visited on day trips.

In case of additional available time you may wish to consider visiting the nearby, very pleasant, historical town port of Nafpaktos (Lepanto – the famous sea battle derives its name from this place; an afternoon is sufficient (http://www.nafpaktos.gr/wellcome-to-nafpaktos/), the nearby seafront village of Psathopyrgos with its restaurants and cafes, hiking or using the special historical gear train (http://www.trainose.gr/thematikatrena/kalabryta) to reach the historical town of Kalavryta up on the mountain through the exceptionally beautiful Vouraikos gorge (day trip), or the superb nature area and beach of Kalogria (afternoon trip), or visit the beautiful island of Zakynthos (Zante – two or more days recommended).

A more complete list of interesting sights around Patras follows:

The Castle of Patras: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/eh251.jsp?obj_id=932 on the hill very close to the city center, constructed on the site of an ancient Acropolis in the 6th century BC – restructuring by Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans, Venetians and others.

Roman Odeon: in the upper town area, built around 160 AD, used as an open air theatre for concerts and other performances.

Patras Archaeological museum http://www.patrasmuseum.gr, in Greek only): located between the Patras city centre and Rio, it houses collections about the history of Patras and the surrounding area from prehistory to the end of Roman Times.

The Achaia Clauss winery: located at the outskirts of Patras, at Petroto. Founded in 1861 by the Bavarian Gustav Clauss, it is most famous for its sweet desert wine called Mavrodaphne. Further info: http://www.greekwinemakers.com/czone/winemakers/Ahaia.shtml

The Rio-Antirrio Bridge: The world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese to Antirrio on mainland Greece.

St. Andrew Cathedral: http://byzantinearch.blogspot.com/2010/11/saint-apostol-andrew-cathedral-patras.html In the in Patras city center, it is the largest church in Greece and the second largest Byzantine-style church in the Balkans. Byzantine relics of Apostle Saint Andrew are kept here.

The Apollon Theater: Located in the Patras city centre (George I Square) is a smaller scale of the La Scala in Milan. Designed by the famous German architect Ernst Ziller and completed in 1872.

The AgiosVasilios, Kalogriaand Rio beaches: AgiosVasilios beach is located on the eastern suburbs of Patras, very close to the hotel, while Kalogria is 40 km west of the city centre and is one of the best in Greece (also a nature area). The hotel is located at Rio beach.

Nafpaktos: The historical town port of Nafpaktos (Lepanto – the famous sea battle derives its name from this place; an afternoon is sufficient http://www.nafpaktos.gr/wellcome-to-nafpaktos/). Beautiful fortified port with cafes and restaurants.

Psathopyrgos: beautiful seaside village with restaurants and cafes.

Vouraikos Gorge - Kalavryta – Historical Mega Spilaio Monastery: One may hike or using the special historical gear train (http://www.trainose.gr/thematikatrena/kalabryta) to reach the historical town of Kalavryta up on the mountain through the exceptionally beautiful Vouraikos gorge. On the way to Kalavryta one may visit the historical and impressive Mega Spilaio monastery (single day trip is sufficient).

Olympia: A famous UNESCO designated site, 100 km SW of Patras. Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times. The Olympic Games were held every four years, dating back to 776 BC. http://www.olympia-greece.org/museum.html and http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2358

Delphi: Also a famous UNESCO designated site, 120 km NE of Patras. The site of the Delphi oracle, which was the most important in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of god Apollo. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/delphi

Zakynthos, Lefkas, and Kefalonia Islands: Very beautiful and historical Ionian islands that may be reached on a few-day trips from Patras. http://www.zakynthos.net.gr/, http://www.lefkas.net/, http://www.kefalonia.net.gr/

Ancient Delphi


Ancient Olympia


Zakynthos Island