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Trains Athens to Kalambaka: Times, Prices and Tickets

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Traveling from Athens to Kalambaka by train

Timetables, connections and costs on the Athens to Kalambaka route

The train from Athens to Kalambaka takes about 5 h 34 min, and costs . There are 1 daily connections from Athens to Kalambaka. The first departure is at 07:33 and the final train leaves Kalambaka station at 17:22.

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The route from Athens to Kalambaka

The train from Athens to Kalambaka is an incredibly scenic route into the heart of Greece. The 200-mile journey can be taken in a number of ways, including via direct train services. You can also connect in Palaeofarsalos if this is more convenient. Heading north from Athens, you’ll see great swathes of Central Greece and Thessaly as you travel into mountainous Kalambaka. This is among the most pleasurable ways to see Greece and its vast and pretty hinterland.

The train toward Kalambaka departs from Athens Station, the city’s main rail hub. Athens Station is something of an oddity, offering just 6 platforms in a laidback building that exudes old-school charm. Luckily, the station is surrounded and serviced by plentiful amenities, so you can prepare for your oncoming trip. What’s more, it’s serviced by the Larissa Metro Station, allowing quick connections for onward rail travel.

Through Central Greece, a place of legends

Leaving Athens, you’ll catch glimpses of the iconic Acropolis as you travel north through the suburbs into the countryside. To your left, you’ll see Tatoi Forest as your train snakes northwest against the coast. This is the land of Greek Legends. In fact, one of your first major stops is Thiva, or Thebes. Fans of Greek myths and history will recognize this city for its role in the legends of Heracles and Oedipus. Thebes was once a major Greek seat of power and one that defeated Sparta in 371 BCE.

Heading north through this land of legends, look to your left for views over to the snow-capped Mt. Parnassus. More stunning mountains run parallel to your route, including the famed Mt. Giona. Your train runs north through Lamia, a picturesque hill-top city with access to the stunning Ita National Park. From here, you’ll cross into the region of Thessaly, renowned for its iconic mountains and fertile, open plains.

Into the plains of Thessaly

This pastoral land is known as the “breadbasket of Greece.” Expect wide-open views of rolling plains dotted by mountains in the background. This is one of Greece’s most important farming regions, home not only to grains and cereals but also olives and nuts. These views will become apparent as you travel north from Domokos to Kardista, eventually following winding rivers into Trikala.

Trikala is an immensely pretty town with tree-lined boulevards and charming public parks. As you pass this town, you’ll enter more mountainous territory once more. Look left for views of Koziakas, among other mountains, as your train pulls into Kalambaka. Kalambaka Station is the town’s only rail hub and is centrally placed. It’s just a short walk upon disembarking into Kalambaka’s downtown area, with ample connection by bus or taxi available.

Discover Kalambaka, gateway to Meteora

Kalambaka guards the stunning rock formations of Meteora which dominate the skyline. Although the present town is fairly recent in construction, it holds a deep history that’s fascinating to explore. Destroyed by the Nazis yet still home to Byzantine masterpieces, you’ll find a wealth of charming museums, eateries, and markets.

Meteora and monastic treasures

Most travelers visit Kalambaka to get to Meteora, an other-worldly landscape littered with dramatic monasteries. Approached from Kastraki, just north of Kalambaka, the rock formation Adhrakhti is a great starting point. From here, you'll gain access to a wide number of impressive monasteries perched upon cliff tops. These include the remote and beautiful Moni Agias Triados, the large 14th-century Moni Megalou Meteorou, and the serene Moni Varlaam. You could spend days discovering these wonders, and we recommend repeat visits to truly grasp their hidden beauty.

Although the main draw to Meteora is its monasteries, this is also a sublime area to hike. From the breathtaking Psaropetra Lookout to The Paleokranies Valley, there are well-trodden routes that can be explored by foot, cycle, and horse. Stunning rock formations like Adhrakhti and Doupiani Rock, for instance, are well worth the trek. Look for beginner rock-climbing centers to enjoy these areas in depth. Other highlights of this region include the 130,000-year old Theopetra Cave, some 4 miles southeast of Kalambaka.

Charming museums to explore

Although Meteora’s monasteries and museums may bring the most appeal, Kalambaka also offers a wide number of attractions. The Museum of Hellenic Culture, for instance, contains a wide number of antiquarian books. These include a 16th-century edition of Homer and some stunning Aesop's Fables books. This is a great attraction for families, thanks to the plenitude of children's books and educational displays. Perhaps more eccentric is the Natural History & Mushroom Museum, home to some unusual wax-made mushrooms.

Among Kalambaka’s historical highlights is the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Featuring impressive Byzantine frescoes and architectural accomplishments, this 14th-century church contains some alluring hidden secrets. One of these is the carving of Helios on the outside wall, made as early as the 10th century.

Delicious food and drink

Kalambaka has a truly wonderful food culture. Aside from mushrooms, as you may have discovered in the museum, you'll find a wide number of exciting regional dishes. Among the town's favorites include stuffed eggplant and meatball stews. Even better, many of these charming restaurants offer alfresco dining with views over to Meteora.

What better accompaniment to delicious Greek food than Greek wine? Local Thessaly grapes produce robust white and red wines that are available around town. Some of these vineyards can even be found mere moments from the town center. Look for Aérino, Bohem, Rapsodia, and Qastiro to try the best wines of the region.

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Athens to Kalambaka by train

Journey duration 5 h 34 min
Connections per day 26
First departure 07:33
Last departure 17:22
Distance 164 mi
Departure Athens
Arrival Kalambaka
Carriers TrainOSE

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How long will it take me to travel from Athens to Kalambaka by train?

The distance between Athens and Kalambaka is around 164 mi. Depending on the exact route and provider you travel with, your journey time can vary. On average, this journey will take approximately 5 h 34 min. However, the fastest routes between Athens and Kalambaka take 3 h 31 min. If a fast journey is a priority for you when traveling, look out for express services that may get you there faster. Some flexibility may be necessary when booking. Often, these services only leave at particular times of day - or even on certain days of the week. You may also find a faster journey by taking an indirect route and connecting in another station along the way.

At what time of the day can I travel from Athens to Kalambaka?

If you want to set off early, take the first departure of the day from Athens to Kalambaka, which usually leaves at 07:56. The last scheduled departure of the day is normally at 17:22. These timetables may vary depending on the day of the week, or at different times of year.

What are the stations on the Athens to Kalambaka route?

In Athens, departure stations include Athens and Rouf. When you arrive in Kalambaka, you may be able to disembark at stations such as Kalambaka. Remember though that the exact stations served on each route can vary. Different providers may depart from and arrive at different stations. Furthermore, if you travel on an express service, the number of stations may be limited, and the exact stations served on a particular route may vary at different times of day or day of the week. Check in advance to ensure that you are departing from and arriving at a station that is convenient for your journey.

How many times a day do journeys run from Athens to Kalambaka?

If you want to get from Athens to Kalambaka, you can travel with providers such as TrainOSE. You will find a maximum number of 31 departures per day. On average, there are 26 departures per day. Book in advance to make sure that your journey will run smoothly and you depart at a time that suits you best. When you travel, you can look for direct journeys or other routes which offer connections and changes. On average, there are 1 direct journeys between Athens and Kalambaka. If you don't mind changing along the way, you may find more options available to you. There are usually 25 journeys with at least one change. These numbers may vary depending on the time of year or day of the week. Some travelers prefer direct routes, particularly if they are carrying heavy suitcases or concerned about missing a connection. Others enjoy the flexibility offered by connecting journeys. Whatever you prefer, Virail can help you find the right options to suit you.


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