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The famous Meteora monasteries, set just outside Kalambaka, is easily accessible by both train and slightly more expensive bus, but, as most trips, it is by far preferable to take the bus rather than the slow and creaky trains that service the area. Catch KTEL buses at Kalambaka's bus station located on Plateia Dimarchiou (for bus information, contact the station in Trikala at24310/73130). Buses connecting with Trikala take 45 minutes and leave Trikala at 7 am and each hour until 1 pm, then 2:15 until 10:15 hourly; tickets are €1.90. Buses connect with Athens, in a ride lasting 5 hours: take the Kalambaka–Trikala bus, then change to the Trikala–Athens bus; tickets are €25 one-way, €39 round-trip. Buses connect Kalambaka with the major port of Volos, departing Kalambaka at 6:10 am and 2 pm; tickets are €14. The Kalambaka-Ioannina bus (3 hrs) departs at 3:20 pm; tickets are €10.
Trains arrive at the OSE Train Station (24320/22451) located on Pindou Street. A train from Athens to Kalambaka departs at 8:20 am (arriving at 1 pm) for €14.60 in second-class. Trains often connect with Trikala, the major transportation hub of Thessaly; the ride is about 15 minutes and tickets are €1.50. Kalambaka is currently the last stop on this OSE route.
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