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Getting There

By Train -- Extensive work is being carried out on the entire 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. If trains are running, you may want to know that the Patras train station, on Othonos and Amalias (tel. 2610/273-694), is on the waterfront near the boat departure piers. If you're catching a ferryboat, keep in mind that Greek trains usually run late, and allow extra time for your journey.

By Bus -- There are some 15 buses to Patras daily from the Stathmos Leoforia Peloponnisou in Athens, 100 Kifissou (tel. 210/512-4910; www.ktel.org). The Patras bus station (tel. 2610/623-886) is on Othonos and Amalias. For general Athens-Peloponnese schedule information, try tel. 210/512-4910 or www.ktel.org.

By Car -- The drive on the National Highway from Athens to Patras takes about 5 hours. Note: In the Patras city center, the system of one-way streets, not always obviously marked, along with the profusion of foreign drivers who have just arrived from Europe by car ferry, means that you should drive with particular care.

If you're heading from Patras across the Gulf of Corinth into Central Greece, you'll probably want to take the spectacular new Rio-AntiRio Bridge, which opened in 2004 (13€). If you prefer -- and if it has not been discontinued, as threatened -- you can still take the Rio-AntiRio car ferry, which runs twice an hour from early morning until about 11pm (3€).

Tip: The bridge's official, and seldom-used name, is the Harilaos Trikoupis Bridge. Most people prefer to simply call it e gefyra (the bridge).

Visitor Information

There is a good tourist information office (with Internet access) in an old factory building at Othonos and 6 Amalias; it's usually open Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm (tel. 2610/461-740; www.patras.gr). The tourist police are at 53 Patreos (tel. 2610/220-902 or 2610/451-833). The website www.infocenterpatras.gr has some useful information.

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.