Travel Information for CASC'2005
The conference will be held in the town of Kalamata which is in the
region of Messinia in Peloponnese.
Kalamata is in southwest corner of mainland Greece in the Southern
| Map of Pelloponnese
|| Map of Messinia
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bus / metro tickets in Athens. Cheaper tickets exist for those
using different means of transport, or buying a 24-hour ticket.
How to get to Kalamata
General note on taxis. The taxi
stand at the Airport extends from Door 4 to Door 1 at the Arrivals
Level. Their cost is inexpensive in Greece by EU standards, but
it is a good idea to ask for a price estimate beforehand. Below we give
our price estimates, without including surcharges for luggage, late
night rides, servicing airports and terminals. Tipping is not required
and seldom practiced, but drivers tend to round up their fare. Tolls
are paid by the driver and added up in the final price. Taxis shall
normally take up to 4 people (sometimes 5), including seating in the
- fly to Athens, to the Athens
International Airport. From Athens, there are basically
4 ways to travel to Kalamata, listed below.
- by train
- by coach bus
- by renting a car
- by hiring a taxi
- by airplane (domestic flight, Athens-Kalamata)
- fly to Kalamata, to the Kalamata International
Airport. During the Summer season (April to October) there are
charter flights between Kalamata and major european cities i.e.
Paris-CDG, Berlin etc.
The Athens Metro.
Hours of Operation: 05:30-24:00. The stations of the Athens
(some are used below) are shown in the following figure. Information
about the metro of Athens is available at the
web site of the company Attiko Metro.
1 Travelling from Athens' Airport to Kalamata by bus
(quite comfortable -- highly
All regular coach buses from Athens to Kalamata (and all
other Peloponnese destinations) depart from the Kifissos Intercity Bus
Terminal. They are all operated by the Coach Bus cooperative "KTEL".
The bus number X93, goes from the airport to Kifissos Intercity Bus Terminal.
For arriving to the Kifissos Intercity Bus Terminal from the
International Airport, you may either hire a taxi from the airport
(cost about 40 Euro) or go to Larisis Station and take a taxi from
there (cost about 5 Euro). Here is how you may reach Larisis Station.
- Recommended: take the "Proastiakos"
(means suburban) train, which costs 7 Euro to "Larisis Station".
- take the Metro Line 3 (Blue Line - Monastiraki direction) to the
Syntagma Station where you change to the Line 2 Red Line - Sepolia
direction) and get off at Larisis Station.
- take the E95 bus from Athens International Airport to Syntagma
metro station (ticket is 3 Euro, Schedules and ticket info for E93,E94
and E95 bus lines can be found in the web site of
OASA. More info
on buses). From there you enter the Metro Line 2 (Red Line - Sepolia
direction) and get off at Larisis Station.
On the return trip, the KTEL buses that arrive to Athens
from Pelloponnese, before reaching the Kifisos terminal, make a stop at
the metro station "METAXOURGIO" (line 2, red line), which is situated
at the Karaiskaki Place. Getting off at "Metaxourgio" is practical for:
(1) getting to the airport faster (2) visit the center of Athens using
There are daily 13 connections from Athens to Kalamata at the summer
time ( departure hours
The trip lasts about 4 hours. Information about bus scedules can be
found in the KTEL web site.
2 Travelling from Athens' Airport to Kalamata by train
(most inexpensive, but rather complicated and quite uncomfortable --
Trains depart from the "Agioi Anargyroi" station, a rather
small station replacing (since early August) the old Peloponnese
Railway Station. The new station is situated geographically near the
old station and near Larisis Station, but transportation to/from "Agioi
Anargyroi" is slow.
Both the old Peloponnese station and "Agioi Anargyroi" are located near
the Larisis Station, which corresponds to a Metro stop and a
Proastiakos (suburban) train stop. To get from Athens International
Airport to the Larisis Station, see the previous section (going to
Kalamata by bus). Once you arrive at Larisis Station, hire a taxi (cost
about 5 Euro) to "Agioi Anargyroi".
You may take a taxi from the Airport and get to "Agioi Anargyroi"
Railway Station (cost about 40 Euro). Tell the driver you are going to
Kalamata by train.
There are daily three connections from Athens to Kalamata (departure
hours 06:29, 14:30 and 22:47).
The trip duration is about 6 hours and 15 minutes. The price of the
ticket is 7 euros. Updated nnformation on train schedules
and prices be found at OSE web site.
phone number for OSE information: 1110 (inside Greece)
automated phone service for itineraries information: 1440 (inside
3 Travelling from Athens' Airport to Kalamata by car
At the airport there are many car rental companies you can use. Here is
airport page. There are also many other companies for rent a car in
greece, as for example the following link
rent a car in greece.
An approximation of the route that will someone follow to get from
Athens to Kalamata appears in the figure below
4 Hiring a taxi driver from
Athens' Airport to Kalamata
Taxi drivers at the Athens International Airport can be
hired to drive to any city in Greece, including Kalamata. A reasonable
price for a ride to Kalamata, would be 200 euros. Prices are negotiated
individually between passengers and drivers. Most drivers that perform
rides to cities in the province, speak english.
Visa Information for CASC'2005
European Union countries citizens do not require a visa to enter
They only require a valid passport or an ID card (for Schengen
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand,
Iceland, Switzerland and USA
entering Greece for a period of less than 3 months require only a valid
They do not require a visa.
For visits exceeding 3 months,
authorization must be obtained in person by applying
to the Aliens Bureau at least 20 days prior to the 3-month expiration
Citizens of countries other than the above, should contact the nearest
Greek Consulate office
or Greek Embassy with regard to visa requirements.
To locate the Greek Consulate office or
Greek Embassy nearest to you, please refer to the following lists:
Greek Embassies and Greek
provided by http://www.mfa.gr/ (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Authorities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and
provided by http://www.greekembassy.org/ (Embassy of Greece in
If you require an official document stating that you will be traveling
CASC'2005, to submit it to the appropriate Greek Consular Authorities,
send e-mail to email@example.com
Please make sure that you deal with these matters as early as
as to have enough time to deal with possible and/or unexpected
If you require an Invitation Letter to apply for a visa to
e-mail the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
1./ first and last name, exactly as written in the passport
The invitation letter can be:
2./ affiliation (institution name, address, phone, fax, e-mail)
3./ date of birth
4./ passport number
5./ country where the passport was issued
6./ date passport was issued
7./ date of expiry of the passport
8./ dates of your stay in Greece (i.e. September 10, 2005 - September 20, 2005)
1./ e-mailed to you as a .pdf file
2./ sent to you by fax
Indicate in your e-mail if you prefer a .pdf file or a fax, or both.
If you have any particular questions, please do not hesitate to request
by sending e-mail to email@example.com
the conference General Chairs and the Local Arrangements Committee.
For more information please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org