Traveling by train in Greece

Map of Greece with capital city Athens

Your train travel through Greece will likely be unforgettable. Your Eurail pass will bring all of the travel highlights within reach. Greece is a mystical blend of ancient history and modern-day hedonism. Take in the sights that take you back to a world before time, and then leap back into the present for sand, sea, and sun relaxation. Whether on the mainland or one of the countless islands, Greece is a true paradise.

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Trains in Greece
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City of Oia, Santorini

City of Oia, Santorini

Knossos palace, Crete

Knossos palace, Crete

Myrtos beach, Kefalonia

Myrtos beach, Kefalonia

Restaurants in Athens

Restaurants in Plake, Athens

St Paul's Bay, Rhodes

St Paul's Bay, Rhodes

Greece quick facts

 
  • Capital: Athens

  • Population: 10.8 million

  • Language: Greek

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +30

Trains in Greece

 
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The Greek rail system runs almost all the way around the Peloponnese, so that you always have a view of the sea on one side and sprawling plains or rugged mountains on the other.

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Places to visit

 
The Temple of Zeus, Olympia
The Temple of Zeus, Olympia

Ancient wonders in Olympia

As the site of the first Olympic Games, held in honor of Zeus beginning in 776 B.C., this was a natural shrine of the Greeks. It’s located in Litochoro, in western Peloponnisos, and features the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium and the Prytaneion.

Trains run daily from Athens to Larissa, and from Larissa, it’s a short bus ride to Litochoro.

Ruins in Plaka area, Athens
Ruins in Plaka area, Athens

Athens, city of contradictions

When you first arrive in Athens, you may be surprised by the busy, fast-paced, high-traffic flow. But take the time to explore, and you’ll find plenty of interesting attractions. From the Acropolis and Parthenon to the hip and trendy clubs, you’re sure to find plenty of interesting contradictions in this ancient city. It received a pretty good makeover for the 2004 Olympics, so traveling in Athens should be a breeze. 

The famous Acropolis and the surrounding attractions are best accessible by Metro. The closest stop is named Acropoli.

Mountaintop monasteries of Meteora
Mountaintop monasteries of Meteora

Delphi and Meteora

With breathtaking mountain scenery as its backdrop, it’s no wonder the amazing ruins of Delphi are one of the most popular sites in all of Greece. In ancient times, this was the center of the world, where people would go to consult the Oracle. It was also place of worship for the God Apollo. The day trip from Athens is well worth it, especially if you include a trip to the ancient mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.

From Athens, you’ll have plenty of options for a bus trip (around €10) or a sightseeing taxi to Delphi & Meteora. The taxis will charge per ride, and not per person, which makes them very affordable.

Beach of Rhodos
Beach of Rhodos

Island hopping

Greece has beautiful islands and beaches. Combine your rail trip with a boat trip to enjoy the beaches and islands at their best. Rhodos is extremely popular with western European travelers. It has the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, complete with fortified walls nearly 40 feet (12 meters) thick. Long and lush, unique and friendly, Kos is another island you won’t soon forget. From the active, Vegas-like nightlife to the ancient ruins it's all worth a trip.

Your Eurail pass entitles you to significant discounts on ferry crossings to the Greek Isles. A list of discount ferry providers can be found under the Benefits tab.

Ancient town of Mycenae
Ancient town of Mycenae

Mycenae: an archeologist's heaven

This fortress, which was built around 2000 B.C., is southwest of Athens in the northeastern Peloponnese and boasts impressive walls, amazing tomb shafts and a host of other archeological must-sees. The Mask of Agamemnon and many other treasures have been unearthed here.

From train station Mykines, it is best to take a taxi to the Mycenae ruins. The journey is just over two miles (3.5 km) from the station.

Beautiful beach on Crete
Beautiful beach on Crete

Royal Crete

Crete, Greece’s largest and southernmost island is an excellent ferry destination. Don’t forget to visit Knossos Palace. It’s believed to be the center of the Minoan civilization and culture and was home to King Minos, whose wife gave birth to the mythological Minotaur (half man, half bull). You can experience, firsthand, the royal quarters, throne room and queen’s quarters.

Events

 
Epidaurus theatre, Athens
Epidaurus theatre, Athens

Athens & Epidaurus Festival

June 1 - August 1, 2014

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A lively festival of contemporary dance, classical Greek theater, jazz, traditional Greek music and various other entertainment forms. The majority of performances are held at the ancient Herodes Atticus Theatre.

 

During Friday and Saturday evenings, ancient Greek dramas are re-enacted at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus – the acoustics are especially noteworthy.

Lycabettus Church, Athens
Lycabettus Church, Athens

International Jazz & Blues Festival

June 1 - June 30, 2014

Every year in June, the Lycabettus theater in Athens organises the International Jazz & Blues festival. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at this historical location while listening to some of the best national and international artists!

The Lycabettus theater can be reached by public transport from Athens' main train station.

Rockwave Festival, Athens
Rockwave Festival, Athens

Rockwave Festival

June 28 - June 30, 2014

This is one of Greece’s most well-known music festivals, held just outside of Athens. It attracts a decent mix of international rock and indie acts as well as local bands.

Eurail passes for Greece

 

Most popular passes with Greece

Eurail Global Pass from USD$532

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Greece Pass from USD$147

Travel by train through Greece.

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Eurail Greece - Italy Pass from USD$265

The Eurail Greece-Italy Pass lets you uncover the riches of these beautiful countries. Take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice, stand within the walls of Rome's Colosseum or get lost in the ancient Acropolis in Athens.

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All Eurail passes with Greece

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 377
USD$ 532
Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 147
USD$ 265

Pass benefits in Greece

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Greece, including reductions on certain ferry crossings to the Greek islands.


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