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The good news is that train travel from Athens to the Peloponnese is improving all the time—or, at least, is scheduled to improve. The bad news is that extensive track work is ongoing on the Peloponnesian lines, and service interruptions are common. There are plans for a 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, especially with the current economic woes. If you are traveling from Athens to anywhere other than Corinth and Nafplion, you will probably find bus travel to be faster, more reliable, and in many cases your only option for public transportation. Trains from Athens depart from the Larissis Station, Theodorou Diligiani, off Kariaskakis Square; take Bus 057 or Line 2 of the metro to the Larissis Station (Larissis is adjacent to the Peloponnissos Station, from which trains to the Peloponnese once departed but which is now closed indefinitely). The trip to Nafplion takes 3 to 4 hours using the commuter service between Athens and Corinth, with a change in Corinth to a branch line to Nafplion. Trains run to and from Corinth and Athens (Larissis 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.
Greek Railways Organziation (OSE) (www.ose.gr.)
Patras railway station (Leoforos Othonos-Amalias 36–40, Patras, 26221. 2610/221311.)