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The national railway company that operates passenger trains in Greece is known as the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE). In Greek it is written out as Οργανισμός Σιδηροδρόμων Ελλάδος (Ο.Σ.Ε.). Travellers can take the train to travel on major routes such as Piraeus to Athens, Athens to Larissa and Thessaloniki, Athens to Corinth and Kiato, as well as Thessaloniki to Idomeni. There are three types of train service in Greece, the regular rail service, the express trains and the Intercity trains. The latter are the fastest way to commute between two cities and require a seat reservation.
The train’s connections between big cities and even small town are numerous in Greece. It will be easy to reach your touristic destination. Visit the Bohemian style’s city of Thessaloniki, then board the 6 hours Intercity night train to go to Athens. There, antique sites such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon or Poseidon’s temple are waiting for you.
Miles of coastlines peppered with majestic ancient ruins, rolling landscapes and beautiful views will be a delight for your eyes. One of the best way to enjoy is visiting Greece travelling by train. Notice that everywhere you will stay, you won’t be more than forty miles far from the sea.
If you want typical souvenirs from Greece, board a train to Mykonos or go to Crete, you’ll find funny holiday gifts. If it’s rugs, gold jewellery or flea market you’re after, wander around the antiques of Athens. In Loaninna, copper and brassware sold can be a good idea if you have enough space in your luggages.
Eat & Drink
Food from Greece is concocted with Mediterranean products such as olives, tomatoes, grapes or lemons. You should also test lamb, seafood, legumes, cheese and Yogurt. If you want to taste something to drink, try the Ouzo, but with moderation, or you will regret it the next day…
Hop on train to Volos and enjoy this modern city port, with a great waterfront and luxurious shops.
Rail Pass benefits in Greece
- Free seats/dormitories for 1st class travellers, free deck passage for 2nd class travellers with a pass valid in Greece AND Italy. Route: from Bari-Corfu, Bari-Igoumenitsa and Bari-Patras, Ancona/Venice -Igoumenitsa, Ancona/Venice-Patras. Travellers who have a Eurail Greece Pass get a 30% discount. Seasonal surcharges and/or port taxes may apply with Superfast Ferries.
- 30% discount. Applies only if you have already made a crossing in the Adriatic Sea with Superfast Ferries or ANEK Line from Piraeus - Chios - Mitylene (Lesvos), Piraeus - Cyclades, Piraeus - Dodecanese or Rafina - Cyclades.
- Free air-type seats for 1st class pass holders, free deck passage for 2nd class pass holders with a valid pass in Greece and Italy. 30% discount for travelers with a Eurail Pass valid in Greece only from Igoumenitsa - Patras - Ancona –Ravenna –Trieste when you ALSO take a ferry between Greece and Italy, operated by Minoan Lines. NOTE – Minoan Lines has introduced a 15 euro per passenger fuel surcharge (excluding infants).
- 30% discount. Applies only if you have already made a crossing in the Adriatic Sea with Minoan Lines. Igoumenitsa-Patras or Heraklion-Piraeus
- 20% discount on the Official Fares and 10% on accommodation supplements for Pullman seats, berth or cabins on sea crossings between Italy and Greece and v.v. on the Grimaldi Lines to Igoumenitsa/Patras-Ravenna and Brindisi - Patras/Igoumenitsa. Port taxes to be paid extra. Reservations to be made locally.
Free entrance. Railway Museum in Siokou St. Athens. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9:00am to 1:00pm and on Wednesday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Free travel. Trainose Bus for pass holders. Route: Kiato-Patras