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    Posted: 01 Feb 2013 at 3:19pm
One of my guide books (2007) shows that there is a railway along the west coast that goes through Killini, Patras, Algio, Diakofto and on to Athens. Is this a current service and if so how often does it run?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2013 at 3:57pm
Hi Terry!
According to Openstreetmap and Wiki this meter gauge line was abandoned in 2010. Line Patras - Athens still operates.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2013 at 1:37am
Hiya,
 
Many thanks for the information. If we get a ferry into Patras from Ithaki or Kefalonia, we have a decent route into Athens. Now to find out about timetables!
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2013 at 10:58am
Hmm... something strange about timetable... OSE website shows only route from Athens to Patras with change in Kiato. But no backward route found!Stern Smile

I think intercity bus is a better option to get around. This site says there are OSE buses from Patras:
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2013 at 12:31pm
Thanks for the links. It would seem that the bus is the way to go. We know now that if we have a few days in Corfu and decide to miss out the rest of the Ionians, we can get a bus from Corfu to Athens. However, now we know we have an "escape" route via Patras. Smile
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2013 at 2:56pm
from Kyrthera there is a hydrofoil- would take some time but would be a spectacular trip I would think
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2013 at 3:24pm
Worth thinking about, but if we went to Kythera, we would probably hop down to Crete. Smile
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2013 at 11:30am
There used to be a metre gauge line all around the Peloponnese. Sadly, operation was suspended a couple of years ago and services from Athens now use new standard gauge tracks as far as Kiato on the northern coast.

The old track is in such poor condition that it is doubtful public service will ever resume. There are however, plans to extend the standard gauge operation as far as Patras.

gives what I believe to be reliable schedules from Paras to Athens and v/v, changing bus/train at Kiato. TrainOSE buses go from the old station on the port at Patras. There are also KTEL services from the KTEL bus station on the road which runs behind the port. Easy to find.

Shame the system is defunct. It was wonderfully scenic, though time consuming. I am lucky to have covered it all, back in the 80s


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2013 at 11:48am
Thanks for the link. I am sure this is the route we will take into Athens from Patras, should we ever get past Igoumenitsa! LOL
 
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