Peloponnese in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

The Peloponnese has one airport at Kalamata. Most visitors fly in to Athens, just over an hour away by car.

Boat

Domestic and international ferries service the region, the main ones being from Patra (for Italy), Kyllini (for Kefallonia and Zakynthos), Gythio (for Crete), Neapoli (for Kythira), and various ports in Argolis for the Saronic Gulf Islands.

Bus

A good bus network services the region. Be aware of the difference between Corinth Isthmus (the canal) and Corinth (the city). Located on a main road on the Peloponnese side of the Corinth Canal, the Corinth Isthmus (Peloponnese) KTEL bus station is a useful spot to change for buses south to the rest of the Peloponnese. Few formal timetables are available; most buses from Athens heading to the Peloponnese stop here. Meanwhile, for Ancient Corinth, you'll need to head to Corinth City's KTEL Korinthos bus station.

Car

Cars are a great way to get around the Peloponnese. Several major motorways provide easy access along the northern coast and through the middle of the region; all are toll roads. The A8 links Athens with Patra along the Gulf of Corinth; the A7 links Corinth (north) with Tripoli (centre) and Kalamata (south). The 46km stretch linking Lefktro with Sparti is an offshoot of the A7.

If driving the winding, scenic minor roads across the peninsula, always allow yourself plenty of time. When going around sharp bends, watch out for oncoming drivers who tend to cut across your lane without sounding their horn.

Train

Train ('OSE') services are limited. Only one main line – Athens to Patra – still operates, with a replacement bus service between Kiato and Patra. The proastiako, Athens' suburban rail service, runs between Kiato, Corinth (city) train station and Athens International Airport (approximately €12, 1¼ hours, hourly).