NOA can provide transport services for observers, and official visitors from the suburban railway station at Kiato or from the town of Kalavryta to Helmos Observatory. Official visitors and observers are kindly asked to contact NOA before their arrival in order to arrange for there transportation to the Observatory. Although there are many different ways to reach these places below we provide information on the easiest options.
Airport to Kiato by train
Kiato railway station is directly connected with the national airport El. Venizelos every hour (first service at 05:44 and the last service at 21:44) The duration of the trip is about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Information and timetables can be found here. A map of the route to Kiato can be obained from here. Also a google map with all stops of the suburban railway between airport and Kiato station is provided here. Visitors can board on the train from these stations as well.
Athens to Kalavryta by bus
Buses from Athens to Kalavryta depart daily from Kifissos KTEL Bus Station and the trip lasts for 3 hours (~200 km). To go to Kifissos KTEL Bus Station, passengers have to take Bus 051 from Omonoia or Bus X93 from the airport of Athens. From Kifissos KTEL Bus Station take the bus to Kalavryta or take the bus to Aigio and then take the local bus to Kalavryta. There is usually only one direct ride to Kalavryta departing at 9:40 am daily from Kifissos Station. The timetable provided here is indicative only so please make sure to contact Kifissos Bus Station before arrival.
Athens to Kalavryta by taxi
You can arrange for a taxi ride at the Athens airport to bring you directly to Kalavryta. Cost approx. 150-200 euro. Note that the price is not fixed so please make sure to ask the taxi driver for the total amount that you have to pay. According to the Greek Legislation, taxi drivers should provide upon request a receipt for the amount paid for transportation services.
Patra to Kalavryta by bus
There are daily buses from Patra to Kalavryta.The bus station is within walking distance from the port. There are a few direct rides to Kalavryta at 5:30 am, 7:15 am, 01:10 pm, 04:00 pm daily. The time table provided may be subjected to changes so please make sure to contact Patra Bus Station before arrival.
Useful telephone numbers
Bus Station (Patra): 0030 2610639108-9
Bus station (Kalavryta): 0030 2692022224
Bus stations (Athens): 0030 210 5134669, 0030 210 5124910, 0030 210 5136185