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The good news is that train travel from Athens to the Peloponnese is improving all the time. The bad news is that extensive track work is ongoing on the Peloponnesian lines and service interruptions are common. Trains throughout the Peloponnese are undergoing a vast restructuring and improvement, with plans for fast network to be running from Athens to Patras, Kalamata, and other cities in the Peloponnese within five years or so, but no one is counting on such a network actually being in place so soon.
Trains from Athens depart from the Larissa Station, Theodorou Diligiani, off Kariaskakis Square; take Bus 057 or Line 2 of the metro to the Larissa Station (Larissa is adjacent to the Peloponnissos Station, from which trains to the Peloponnese once departed but which is now closed indefinitely).
Trains run from Athens to Corinth, and then the route splits; you can go south to Argos and Nafplion or west along the coast to Patras and then south to Pyrgos (change to a bus or train for Olympia) and Kalamata. Alternatively, you can go directly through the Peloponnese to Kalamata via Tripoli. On the western route the train stops at Kiato, Xylokastro, Diakofto, and Aigion, before arriving in Patras. In summer the trains between Patras and Athens can be crowded with young people arriving from or leaving for Italy on ferries from Patras. If you know you are returning by train, buy a round-trip ticket (good for a month); there is a substantial discount.
The trip to Nafplion takes three to four hours using the new commuter service between Athens and Corinth with a change in Corinth to a branch line to Nafplion. Trains to and from Corinth and Athens (Larissa Station in Athens and the airport) every hour between 8 and 8. The trip takes one hour and costs €6 to and from Athens, €8 to and from the airport. From Corinth a newly improved line runs to Nafplion, with four trains a day between the two cities. You can make similar connections to Patras, a total trip of 3½ to 4½ hours. A line running along the west coast connects Kalamata with Patras (six hours).
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