Transportation in Peloponnese
A city steeped in ancient culture and tradition, Greece attracts thousands of tourists every year. You'll find that travelling to Greece and travelling within Greece are easy, though a tad chaotic, tasks.
Travelling by donkey is a novel and fun way to get around the Peloponnese!
Our Peloponnese Transportation Guide will tell you all you need to know about getting to, from and around Peloponnese. To help you see and experience the best that the Peoloponnese has to offer, we have many Peloponnese Tours and activities available. For some great general travel information about getting to, from and around Greece, see our Greece Transportation Guide.
Peloponnese Transportation Guide
Getting to Peloponnese
Greece is well connected to the rest of Europe, the USA and other continents. Athens, the capital has an international airport which receives flights from all over the world.
If you want to get to the Peloponnese, there is an airport at Kalamata which has domestic flights from Athens as well as international flights from the UK and a few other European countries.
To decide whether you want to land at Athens or Kalamata, you first need to determine where you want to go in the Peloponnese. For instance, if you're visiting the western regions such as Gerolimenas or Itilo, you can reduce your driving and local travel times by flying to Kalamata.
However, there is no commercial plane service to Northern Peloponnese; Patras has a small airport which receives only a limited number of charters and private aviation flights.
All in all, travelling to the Peloponnese by air is an easy option.
From Athens, you can take a catamaran or hydrofoil to Poros, Monemvasia, Hydra or Spetses, just off the Peloponnese east coast. If you're travelling from Italy, there are ferries that sail directly to Patra. You could also take a ferry from Piraeus to the island of Poros. From Poros town, it is just a five-minute boat ride to Galatas, which is on the mainland of the Peloponnese.
Of late, a larger number of tourists have been opting for the faster, water-chopping hydrofoil. This could be a great option if you're not travelling in late fall or winter.
Hydrofoil lines depart from the port of Zea, Piraeus (near Athens), and from Raphia/Rafina, which is just a short trip from Athens. A small swift 'ship' of sorts, hydrofoils offset the languid pace that characterises Greece. Those who are prone to sea-sickness had best avoid it and opt instead for the slower ferry.
Once you land at Athens, you can take a train to Nafplion, Kyparissia and Pyrgos. From Argos and Tripoli, you have trains that terminate in Kalamata. Train transportation in Peloponnese is quite reliable.
The bus networks in Greece are pretty reliable, with most cities being connected to Athens and to each other through the KTEL buses. You could even hire a car from Pireas port or Athens, and cross the Corinth canal by road. If you're coming to the Peloponnese from central-west Greece, you can drive across the Rio-Antirio cable bridge. Taking a car will allow you to make occasional stops, a welcome factor when you consider the scenic splendour of the region. However, since most roads are narrow and routes tend to twist and turn so much, you may not make more than 45 kilometres per hour.
Getting around Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is a large region and you can travel to most of the cities by land or by sea.
Renting a car in Peloponnese is inexpensive and easy. You can even pay a flat sum for a week and hire an 'economy' car. 'Mini' cars are also cheap and can be rented at a weekly charge of $100-$150. Before you decide to close the deal, ensure that the fee includes insurance, taxes, and other fees such as the airport fee.
Mopeds can be rented in some of the smaller towns. It's a great way to travel if you're alone or have only one companion. Driving with the wind blowing through your hair will be a stimulating experience. However, it is highly recommended that you wear a helmet since traffic in Greece tends to be rather haphazard. To rent a moped in Peloponnese, you need to show your driver's license, pay a small fee and leave your passport behind as a guarantee.
Taxis in Peloponnese are a good option but most taxi drivers take you on board only if they are also headed in the same direction!
Some of the lesser commercialised and touristy islands use donkeys especially to traverse narrow streets. Travelling by donkey is a novel and fun way to get around the Peloponnese!