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The three Kalikalos centers are on the eastern slopes of Mt Pelion, 40 km east of the city of Volos.

Google Map to Kissos

Google Map to Kissos

GPS Coordinates: 39.4053677, 23.1319405
Google Map to Alexandros

Google Map to Alexandros

GPS Coordinates: 39.425061, 23.149742
Google Map to Anilio

Google Map to Anilio

GPS Coordinates: 39.422914, 23.139019

Travel overland, if you can

It is possible and quite enjoyable to come overland by train or bus (see seat61 or rome2rio). We promote this ecological option with a 15% discount.

How to get to Kalikalos from Volos

We do our best to co-ordinate transfers from Volos city to all Kalikalos centres.

This will either be by taxi or a Kalikalos vehicle.

The cost per (usually shared) vehicle is €50 from Volos Central Bus station, (~€15 per person for 3-4 people) or €80 from Volos Airport.

Please let us know at least 4 days at the latest prior to your arrival date if you would like us to arrange this service.

Local buses from Volos to Kalikalos.

You can reach reasonably near all three centres independently by public transport. Please inform the relevant centre so that arrangements can be made to meet you. Local buses are comfortable, inexpensive, and an ecologically more sustainable choice.

The local bus from Volos to AGIOS IOANNIS-KISSOU, (Please note, NOT Ioannina!) leaves daily at ~05.30 and 14:00 (13:30 in May, early June and September). It takes a long but exceptionally scenic route around the mountain and sea before arriving at Kissos 2 ½ hours, and Agios Ioannis almost 3 hours later.

For Kissos, get off at Kissos Village car park. The bus will occasionally stop at the builders yard on the main road, 1.5 km from Kissos village, rather than the village square parking. Do ask the driver. Call or text Kissos Office: +30 24260 31346 or Mobile: +30 697 550 2736 for Kissos centre.

For Alexandros and Anilio, continue to the final destination Ag. Ioannis. Call ahead to be met at the bus stop. Alexandros Office: +30 24260 31041 or Mobile: +30 694  835 1412. Anilio Office: +30 24260 31109 or Mobile: +30 694 2862721.

Please DO INFORM THE DRIVER of your destination: Kissos or Agios Ioannis (For Alexandros & Anilio).

Taxi

We recommend pre-booking with our driver Christos (0030) 697 401 5669. Other drivers may ask for more.

  • For Kissos, tell the driver to take you to the Kissos Plateia (village square). Kalikalos is 40 meters further up the road, past the corner store, on the right.
  • For Alexandros, tell the driver to take you to hotel Alexandros, Anilio – Plaka Beach, (Close to hotel Eden.)
  • For Anilio (if you have a driver that doesn’t know the Anilio Kalikalos centre) tell the driver to take you to the Anilio Plateia (village square). Then call the Anilio Center 24260 31109 or Mobile: +30 694 2862721 so they can direct the driver the last 200 meters.

Staying in Volos

Coming to Volos earlier gives you a leisurely night and morning in this pleasant small city. It is also your last chance to get Euros since there are no ATM machines near our Centres. Here are some options for Volos hotels on a budget (25-35 euros).

  • Jason Hotel, seafront, corner of Mela and Argonafton streets, opposite the port entrance: (Tel.24210 26075) €30
  • Hotel Kipseli, seafront, Kallergi 1, (Tel. 24210 24420) €60
  • Hotel Galaxy, near seafront, Ag. Nikolau 3, (Tel. 24210 20750) €42
  • Stay with Kalikalos staffer, Hara Solidatou, Alekou Panagoli 42, (Text her mobile: +30 697 3460 685, or email hara.angel@gmail.com), €20
  • Hotel Roussa, near the Hospital, Iatrou Tzanou street 1, Tel +30 24210 21732. Hotel Roussa is about 2 km from the bus or train stations. The €6,50 bus to Kissos/Ag. Ioannis stops just outside the hospital one block inland.

Flying to Greece

2018 Flight Arrival and Departure times in Volos

Fly direct to Volos (VOL)

From AUSTRIA: Vienna, on Austrian

From BELGIUM: Brussels, on TUI (This can be connected with a Eurostar train ticket to London.)

From BRITAIN: London Gatwick on easyJet or charterflights.co.uk, http://www.charterflights.co.uk/flights/greece/volos.

From GERMANY: Condor from München (Munich).

From ISRAEL: Tel Aviv, on TUS.

From The NETHERLANDS. Amsterdam, on Transavia.

Every flight to and from Volos airport (with the exception of Enter Air/charterflights.co.uk from London) has a coordinating Bus Transfer to Volos bus station (€5). If arriving on the Friday flight from London, the TUS flight from Tel Aviv has a connecting bus 1.5 hours later.

Fly to Skiathos Island (JSI)

From AUSTRIA: Vienna, on Austrian.

From BRITAIN: Bristol, London (Luton, Stansted or Gatwick), Manchester, Midlands, East Midlands, Newcastle on TUI or Thomas Cook/Condor.

From CYPRUS: Larnaca on TUS Air

From GERMANY: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and München (Munich) on Condor

From ITALY; Bari, Naples, Turin, Milan, Rome, Venice, Bologna on Blu Express and Volotea.

From FINLAND; Helsinki, on Finnair.

Then take the Ferry to Volos. The Ferry terminal is a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport or a 25 minute walk.

Thessaloniki to Volos

Fly to Thessaloniki (SKG), on EasyJet, Ryan air, Jet2.com or many other airlines, from many UK and European airports.

Local bus No. X1 (or N1 night bus) KTEL- Airport (€2), will take you to the main KTEL intercity coach station, (45 min) followed by a 2½ hour bus trip to Volos (€20).

We recommend that you book your Thessaloniki—Volos bus by phone (Tel +30 24210 33254 or +30 24210 25527) the day before. The KTEL bus company will hold your reservation up to 30 min before the bus departs.

This site: https://ktelvolou.e-ticketing.gr has real-time availability, an option for English language, and you can book and pay online with a credit card.

Thessaloniki – Volos (2 1/2hours)08:15, 11:00, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15, 19:15, 21:15, 23:00

Volos – Thessaloniki: 5:45, 08:00, 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 16:15, 18:15, 20:30

Ticket Price: one way 18.40 €, return 35.0 €

We can also organize a shared taxi transport from Thessaloniki Airport right to our centre (€230/car, max. 4 passengers, or a taxi-minibus €300/bus, max 8 passengers).

Fly to Athens (ATH) the longest journey, and which requires getting from the airport into Athens, then by bus to Volos, (See below), and probably a night stopover in Athens. Easy Jet, Aegean, BA and Olympic fly to Athens.

Fly to Corfu (CFU) There are frequent flights to Corfu from various European and UK airports, including Bristol. Proceed by ferry to Igoumenitsa. Then take the bus out to IOANINA (Epirus), and change for a bus to Volos. The very longest trip but feasible and possibly the cheapest route.

Athens to Volos

From Athens airport

Bus X95 goes to Syntagma or Omonia Square where there are many budget hotels. Bus X93 will take you directly to the LIOSSION bus terminal (45 min) where you can get a bus to Volos. TAKE CARE NOT TO GO TO KIFFISSOS TERMINAL (which serves the South of Greece.)

Buses X95 and X93 depart every 25 minutes, operates from 00:35 – 23:55 and are located between exit 4 and 5 at the arrival level. The metro goes direct from the airport to Omonia or Syntagma square in central Athens.

KTEL buses for Volos leave from Liossion Terminal B (Gousiou, a side street off 260 Liossion street), near Kato Patissia metro station. The trip takes about four hours. The 9:00 a.m. bus is the last one to catch the 13:30/14.00 local bus to Kissos. As Friday is often a busy travel day in Greece, we suggest that you pre-book your Athens–Volos bus ticket in advance: Call 0030 24210 33254 or 0030 2108 329 585 (They speak English).

This site: https://ktelvolou.e-ticketing.gr has real-time availability, an option for English language, and you can book and pay online with a credit card.

The Athens – Volos bus (4 hours) leaves at: 07:00, 09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 20:00, and 22:00. Check here to confirm bus schedules: http://ktelvolou.gr/en/routes/map/&map=greece

We can also organize a shared taxi transport from Athens Airport right to our centre (€280/car, max. 4 passengers).

Train

The beautiful Athens to Volos train journey takes 5 hours. It requires a platform change at Larissa which can be challenging for those with mobility issues or heavy luggage. Be aware that Greek trains can only be pre-booked in person at the train station, and are often fully booked on Fridays.

There is an option to take the train from Athens Airport with two changes.

Check https://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/ for times.

One affordable option to consider is the Balkan Rail Pass giving three days travel in Greece (and throughout the Balkans) within two calendar months. (€60 adults, €51 over 60’s, €45 ages 12-26, €30 under 12, under 4 free.)

The Balkan Rail Pass should be available at the Airport train station counter, and at Athens Main Train Station (called “Larissa Station”).

Staying in Athens

Budget Hotels and Hostels (€35-40) in Central Athens

  • Hotel Exarheion, +30 210 380 0731 or +30 210 380 1256 (€50)
  • Hotel Kimon, 27 Apollonos street, near the Cathedral. Tel 210 331 4658, fax 210 321 4203
  • Marina Hotel, 13 Voulgari str. 10437 (Near Larissa Station) €30/room, Tel 210 520 0660, info@marina.com.gr
  • Backpackers.gr is an Aussie-run upmarket hostel that, aside from €15 dorms, and €25 singles, also has 3 person apartments for €80 euros. Metro: Akropoli.
  • Mid-Range: The Dorian Inn www.dorianinnhotel.com/ just off Omonia square has a superb rooftop terrace, restaurant and swimming pool with superb views of the Acropolis, and can sometimes have advance rooms for €75
  • Athens Backpackers Hostel

Stay with the Kalikalos Athens representative Geoffrey Wallace Tel: +30 210 923 0491 who is happy to put up 1 or 2 people in an old-world house in a peaceful precinct in the very heart of Athens (€24/night).

Other friends of Kalikalos, Tracy Seed and Michael Haides offer Double rooms, the cost is €25.00 per night with breakfast, shared dorm space available €15.00 per night. They may be willing in some situations to consider work exchange instead of payment. Their address is 31 Gounari St, Agia Paraskevi, 15343 Athens. Tel. 00 30 6943623970 Michael’s email is alternativegreece@gmail.com. The bus X 95 takes you to Agia Paraskevi square (20 minutes), their house is just 5 min walk from the square. Their house is located close to the Metro and coach station to travel to Pelion and of course, Michael is a great person to give guests clear directions and support. Michael can even collect people from the airport for a fee.

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