Elias and I hope that the airport in Kalamata will soon be manned year-round but until then: fly to Athens and travel to Kalamata, Stoupa or Koroni by bus or rental car. If you do not want / can take a rental car from the airport or pay for a taxi transfer then a bus trip to Kalamata is an environmentally friendly, pleasant and affordable way to get to Messinia.
From the airport to the bus station in Athens
Directly from the airport you will need to get to KTEL bus station, more specifically Kiffisou Station, by bus X93 which runs around the clock and reaches the bus station in about 60-75 minutes. The cost of traveling to the KTEL bus station is EUR 6 (price 2019) and the timetables are on the Athens Airportbus website. You can of course take a taxi or one of the city buses which stops about 50 meters from the station.
From the bus station in Athens to Kalamata
From here you can choose between "Express bus" which takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes, "Fast bus" which needs about 3 hours to get to Kalamata and a "Standard" bus which takes this distance of about 3 hours and 15 minutes. A trip costs about 25 euros (price 2019). The buses leave from 6.30 in the morning until 21.00. Note: the timetable is from 2019! Always check (and even buy online if you want) at bus carrier's own website!
From Kalamata to Stoupa or Koroni
Yay! Welcome to Messinia :). You can now choose a bus to your final destination with regional buses. Buses to Kardamyli / Stoupa / Agios Nikolaos depart the following times: 5.00, 7.00, 13.00, 18.30. Always check the current schedule bus carrier's own website. The price for the trip to Kalamata is about 20 euros (2019 price). If you want to shorten the last route, you can always book a transfer. A taxi ride to Stoupa costs about 40 euros. Also check How to get web page for more info and more options. Do you book through us? Notify us in advance and we will arrange transfers from bus station or airport to your destination!
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