By Car: From Athens, head south to the Corinth Canal. If you want to stop at Epidaurus en route, turn left just after the canal at the sign for Epidaurus. If you want to stop at Mycenae en route, take the winding old Corinth-Argos road and the signposted Mycenae bypass. If you want to stop at Nemea en route, take the new Corinth-Tripolis road to the Nemea exit. If you want to get to Nafplion as quickly as possible, you can get here from Athens in less than 2 hours on the E94/E65 toll roads.
Take the Corinth-Nafplion road to the Argos exit. Follow the signs first into Argos itself, about 10km (6 miles) from the exit, and thence on to Nafplion. You will almost certainly get lost at least once in Argos, which has an abysmal system of directional signs. Allow at least 3 hours for the drive from Athens to Nafplion, including a brief stop at the Corinth Canal and some time thrashing around in Argos. When you reach Nafplion, leave your car—and be sure to lock it—in the large municipal parking lot (no charge) by the harbor.
By Train: Extensive work is being carried out on the entire rail system from Athens to the Peloponnese and within the Peloponnese itself. It remains to be seen whether the renovations will produce a speedier and more efficient rail system. For information, call tel. 210/529-8735 or 210/323-6747 (www.ose.gr).
By Bus: There are at least a dozen buses a day to Nafplion from the Stathmos Leoforia Peloponnisou in Athens (100 Kifissou). KTEL buses leave hourly. The trip is a slow one (about 2 to 3 hrs.) because the bus usually stops at the isthmus of Corinth and often goes into both Corinth and Argos before reaching the Nafplion station on Syngrou Street, by Plateia Kapodistrias (tel. 27520/28-555). For general information on schedules and fares, call tel. 210/512-4910 or go to http://www.ktelargolida.gr. One-way fare is 18€.
Hair Today, Corinth Tomorrow: Female travelers might like to know that several of the staff at AD Hair Studio (tel. 27520/24-861), at the corner of Ypsilanti and 5 Kotsonopoulou, speak English and do good work.
The Municipal Tourist Office is at 25 Martiou (tel. 27520/24-444), diagonally across from the bus station. It's usually open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm and 5 to 8pm (but is often mysteriously closed during work hours). Ask for the useful brochure Nafplion Day and Night. The website www.nafplion.gr is helpful—when functioning. Information and tickets for special events, such as the concerts in the June Nafplion Music Festival, are sometimes available from the Town Hall (Demarkeion) in the old high school building on Iatrou Square (tel. 27520/23-332); you can also check at www.nafplionfestival.gr. There are a number of travel agencies in Nafplion, such as Staikos Travel, by the harbor (tel. 27520/27-950), and Yiannopoulos Travel, on Plateia Syntagma (tel. 27520/28-054), where you can get information on car rentals and day trips from Nafplion.
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.