The three Kalikalos centers are on the eastern slopes of Mt Pelion, 40 km east of the city of Volos.
Travel Overland if You Can
In the light of the increasing awareness of the benefits of slow travel, both for the mind, body and the planet, we support this ecological option by offering a 15% discount on all programmes at all three centres. (This offer is not applicable to Greece or countries that share a land or maritime border with Greece.) Please keep receipts to claim this discount.
One possible route includes the superb, newly refurbished Thello Night Sleeper service from Paris to Milan or Venice. Similar night services are being introduced from Scandinavia, Germany and Austria.
Another affordable option to consider is the Balkan Rail Pass giving three days travel in Greece (and throughout the Balkans, including Turkey) within two calendar months. (€60 adults, €51 over 60’s, €45 ages 12-26, €30 under 12, under 4 free.)
Some example prices in June from London or Paris, with advance booking;
London-Paris €79 (Change Train Stations.) Eurostar.
Paris-Venice €29 (Night Train with Sleeping Couchette.) Thello.
Venice -Patras €70 (Deck class.) Minoan Ferries.
It’s also possible to take the sleeper from Paris to Milan, and then add an additional train to Ancona and get a different ferry.
The advantage of the Ancona route is that it shortens the ferry ride, and departs Ancona in the afternoon, arriving in Patras the following day, allowing the traveller to get the direct 15.45 KTEL bus from Patras to Volos. (Only on Mon/Thur/Fri/Sun.) €40
In these three easy steps the traveller has the opportunity to lunch in Paris, take a comfortable overnight sleeper to Venice, breakfast in La Serenissima or Milan, before a relaxed cruise down the Adriatic. It’s very sedate and civilised.
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, 60 minutes) or €80 from Volos Airport (90 minutes).
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 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 a more ecological 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).
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
- 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
Fly direct to Volos (VOL)
From AUSTRIA: Vienna, on Austrian.
From BRITAIN: London Gatwick on easyJet or charterflights.co.uk, http:
From GERMANY: Condor from München (Munich).
From THE NETHERLANDS. Amsterdam, on Transavia.
Every flight to and from Volos airport (with the exception of charterflights.co.uk from London) has a coordinating Bus Transfer to Volos bus station (€5).
Fly to Skiathos Island (JSI)
From AUSTRIA: Vienna, on Austrian.
From BRITAIN: Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, all on TUI or Jet2.com
From CYPRUS: Larnaca on Cyprus Airways
From GERMANY: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and München (Munich) on Condor
From ITALY; Bari, Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice, Verona, 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.
Fly to Thessaloniki (SKG), on EasyJet, Ryan air, Jet2.com or many other airlines, from many UK and European airports, including Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle.
Thessaloniki to Volos;
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.
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 19 €, return 35€
We can also organise 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 Corfu (CFU) from various European and UK airports. Proceed by ferry to Igoumenitsa. Then take the bus out to IOANINA (Epirus), and change for a bus to Volos. The very longest journey but feasible and possibly the cheapest route.
Fly to Athens (ATH) on Easy Jet, Aegean, BA, Olympic and many other airlines.
A longer journey, and which requires getting from the airport into Athens, then by bus to Volos, (See below). Often requires a night stopover in Athens.
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 LIOSION bus terminal (45 min) where you can get a bus to Volos. TAKE CARE NOT TO GO TO KIFISSOS TERMINAL (which serves the South of Greece.)
Buses X95 and X93 depart every 25 minutes,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).
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.
We can also organize a shared taxi transport from Athens Airport right to our centre (€280/car, max. 4 passengers.
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.
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
Friends of Kalikalos, Tracy Seed and Michael Haidas located at 31 Gounari St, Agia Paraskevi, 15343 Athens., Tel. 00 30 6943623970 offer Double rooms, at €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.
Michael’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org