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Getting There

By Train -- There are about five trains a day from Athens to Argos. Information on schedules and fares is available from Stathmos Peloponnisou (railroad station for the Peloponnese) in Athens (tel. 210/529-8735 or 210/323-6747), or at the Argos train station (tel. 27510/27-212). Trains take at least 3 hours. The Argos train station, on Leoforos Vas. Sofias (tel. 27510/67-212), is about 1km (1/2 mile) from the central square.

By Bus -- Five buses a day run to Argos from the Stathmos Leoforia Peloponnisou in Athens, 100 Kifissou (tel. 210/512-4910; www.ktel.org), stopping, and sometimes involving a change of bus, at the Corinth canal. The bus ride usually takes just under 3 hours. Argos is also served by frequent buses from Nafplion (about 30 min.). Buses from Athens heading south into the Peloponnese usually stop in Argos by the Sweet Corner cafe (tel. 27510/23-162) on Theatrou Street. Buses heading to Tripolis and the west usually leave from 24 Peithonos (tel. 27510/67-324). In short, the bus connections in Argos are as confusing as the often unmarked and sometimes unexpectedly one-way streets! For general information on Athens-Peloponnese schedules and fares, call tel. 210/512-4910 or check www.ktel.org.

By Car -- From Athens, take the National Road to Corinth, and then follow signs for Argos and Tripolis. The road divides just after the sign for Ancient Corinth. The speedy new Corinth-Tripolis toll road has green signposts with drawings of highways. Take the Argos exit and follow the exit road until it reaches an obvious main road (the old Corinth-Argos road). Turn right, cross the bridge, and you'll soon enter Argos. If you take the old road to Argos, it runs straight into the town. It's never easy to park in Argos, but you'll probably find a place on one of the side streets off the central square or by the ancient theater (except on Wednesdays and Saturdays when a street market draws shoppers from miles around).

A Word of Caution in Argos -- Argos's confusing system of one-way streets and potentially lethal three-way intersections make getting through town almost as chaotic as the night in 272 B.C. when Pyrrus of Epirus stormed the city with a large force -- including two war elephants, one of which overturned and blocked the main gate into the city. In short, drive with particular care here.

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.