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Getting There

By Train -- I've always thought that only devoted train buffs should travel by train in the Peloponnese. Now, extensive work is being carried out on the rail system from Athens to the Peloponnese and within the Peloponnese itself. For up-to-date information on schedules and fares, call tel. 210/529-8735 or 210/323-6747 (www.ose.gr). It remains to be seen whether the renovations will produce a speedier and more efficient rail system.

By Bus -- Prepare to be confused by almost any information involving Corinth and buses! There are at least 15 buses a day, taking 2 to 2 1/2 hours, from the Stathmos Leoforia Peloponnisou (Bus Station for the Peloponnese) in Athens, 100 Kifissou (tel. 210/512-4910; www.ktel.org), to the main bus terminal at the isthmus of Corinth (tel. 27410/83-000), where you can catch a bus for the 30-minute trip to Archaia Korinthos. This bus sometimes goes via a stop at Dimokrates Street in modern Corinth. For general information on Athens-Peloponnese schedules and fares, call tel. 210/512-4910, or check www.ktel.org.

Confusingly, many buses for destinations in the Peloponnese leave Corinth either from the main bus stop at the isthmus of Corinth, or from one of two badly signposted stations: one at the corner of Kolokotroni and Koilatsou (tel. 27410/24-444) and the other at the corner of Ethnikis Konstantinou and Aratou (tel. 27410/24-403). For most destinations in the Peloponnese beyond Tripolis, you'll find yourself changing buses at Tripolis.

By Car -- The National Highway runs from Athens to Corinth. The highway, which has been widened over the last decade, still contains some nasty three-lane stretches. The highway now sweeps over the Corinth Canal; if you want to stop here, look for the signs indicating the Canal Tourist Area. Shortly after the canal, you'll see signs for Corinth (the modern town and ancient site), Isthmia (site of the Isthmian Games), and Patras. Allow about 1 1/2 hours for the journey from the Athens airport and a good deal longer if you leave from heavily trafficked central Athens.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.