.:Athens / Kalamata / Chrani by bus

We occasionally use coaches and buses to travel between Athens and Chrani. It is a three stage journey costing under 30 euros per person for the first two stages from the airport to Athens Bus Station and then on to Kalamata. The first stage is a 1 hour's express bus. The second stage takes 4 hours to Kalamata in a comfortable coach. Finally you reach Chrani in an hour by taxi (approximately €35) or, if you are very patient, by local bus but if there are in a group, we recommend taxi.

Airport to Kifisos Bus Station

The X93 airport bus connects the airport with Kifisos Intercity bus station roughly every 35 minutes (65 minutes at night) and takes about an hour. From airport 'Arrivals', go outside and turn right. The X93 bus stop is near the N end of the building. Just before the stop is a kiosk which sells tickets. Your tickets (under 4 euros each ) allow you to use the Athens bus system for 24 hours from the time you stamp it - which you do in a machine as you enter the bus. You'll only tour Athens for an hour before reaching Kifisos bus station.

Kifisos Bus Station to Kalamata

In the Kifisos ticket hall (which opens at about 5.30 am) find the Messinia/Kalamata counter in the far corner. Only take buses that terminate in Kalamata because others stop everywhere and take forever, so buy your tickets (approximately 24 euros each) single to Kalamata. Tickets allocate seat numbers on the bus, which leaves from the ‘Messinia’ platform (under cover just over the road on a corner). Buses for Kalamata take 4hrs or so, including a 20 minute refreshment stop at Tripoli (except expresses). Kalamata bus station has been rebuilt and is about 2km north of Kalamata Marina.

Kalamata to Chrani

Check the local bus timetables in the Kalamata café/ticket office and decide whether you're going to take a bus or taxi to Chrani. Taxis charge about €35 to Chrani.

Back Towards Athens by Bus

For your return journey planning, check the bus timetables. When possible, it's best to buy tickets in advance from the KTEL office where you are going to board the bus, especially if traveling to Athens to catch a plane. When you buy tickets, seats are allocated. This also allows you to check the departure and arrival times. Note that the local area services are very restricted or missing on Sundays.