Travelling by train combines safety with an affordable price. The Athens-Thessaloniki line is a wonderful choice for whoever wishes to travel either on the express which completes the journey in 4.5 hours or on the regular train. The route from Drama to Xanthi is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It was designed in the 19th century and passes through uniquely beautiful landscapes, following the course of the Nestos River and providing a view of the golden sugar-coloured banks lying in their lush green surroundings.
The journey towards the Peloponnese is made by taking the Suburban Railway to Kiato (Pasio), the terminus, 30 kilometres to the west of Corinth and from there by boarding the appropriate National Railways bus to other cities.
Greece’s railway network is approximately 2,500 km long, covering the greater part of the mainland. The transportation of passengers, luggage and driver-accompanied vehicles is carried out through regularly scheduled routes that are amended every year.
The routes are carried out by high-quality Intercity-type trains (express and regular) and by regular trains (high-speed), etc). When traveling by train, it is worth looking at the architecture of the old stations along the line, most of which had been built at the end of the 19th century and are of unique workmanship and symbols of early industrial architecture.
The Greek railway network passes through many scenic areas of unique beauty. In fact, passengers have the exclusive privilege of seeing most of these landscapes, as one can pass through these regions only by train. Other than regular routes, there are also special routes served by excursion trains (conventional or museum steam-powered trains upon request), where passengers can travel through Greece’s splendid interior.
These routes are:
Diakopto - Kalavryta (Peloponnese)
Nestos (Eastern Macedonia)
Suburban Railway (Proastiakos)
The routes include Athens - Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport (with 7 intermediate stations)
Athens - City of Corinth (84 km west of Athens – with 7 intermediate stations)
Corinth - Kiato (24 km)
Corinth - Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport (with 11 intermediate stations).
When completed, the city of Piraeus and its port will be connected to Athens, the Airport and other large urban centers in neighboring Prefectures (Thiva, Chalkis, Loutraki).