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Travel to Evia

Evia is easily accessible by road, rail, coach or ferry once you have arrived in Greece. A simple guide is set out below for the most common routes.

1) To Greece

a) By Air
b) By Car
c) By Ferry

2) Athens Airport to Central Athens

a) By Car

b) Public Transport

3) Athens & Airport to Evia

a) Car

b) Public Transport

c) Ferry

 

       

1) To Greece

a) By Air

Fly to Athens International Airport (Elefterios Venizelos) which was opened in 2003 and is about 27 km east of central Athens.  It should be a user friendly experience in comparison with many other airports as it operates well below its potential capacity and passport control and baggage handling is normally very efficient. www.athens-airport.info/

The choice of flights from UK, about 3.5 hours, and the remainder of Europe is increasing whether direct or with one stop en route. For value for money and being on time easyJet, which has flights from London (Gatwick and Luton), Paris, Berlin and Milan, has been our preferred choice.  EasyJet is also now flying to Thessaloniki and a number of the Greek islands. Aegean Airlines in partnership with BMI is offering an option via Heathrow from a number of regional UK airports.

Direct From UK  -,British Airways, easyJet and Olympic Airlines

One Stop from UK – Air France, Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss

These companies also operate from other European cities. For comparing costs Expedia, Opodo, and eBookers are useful sites to view.

b) By Car

You can drive the whole way to Greece by road, but as it is over 2,500 km it will take several days from the UK and will require good preparation beforehand of the route, the tolls, petrol stations, having the necessary papers, and booking hotel accommodation. One will normally arrive in northern Greece near Thessaloniki and then drive south down the National High Road to Athens taking the turn to Halkida (Chalkis) after about 500 km. Speed limit on the motorway is 120km per hour but be be aware of the mobile speed traps. Alternatively one can drive part of the way and then catch a ferry from Italy.

c) By Ferry

There are various ferry routes from Italy, Turkey and the Greek Islands to Greece.  If driving from UK one can pick up a ferry in Italy at Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, or Venice to travel to Igoumenitsa or Patras on the west coat of Greece.  See  www.ferries.gr/  for more details.

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2) Athens Airport to Central Athens

a) Car

    1) Car Hire

Six car companies, Budget, Hertz, National (Alamo), Sixt, Avis and Europcar, currently operate at Athens international Airport with offices located at the Arrivals level. The car rental area is within walking distance from the main terminal building, located at the northern side of the building. If you book on the internet through Easycar you are provided with a Hertz car.

    2) Driving

For central Athens take the motorway towards Elefsina (or Elevsina) and after the toll post take the junction you require for your Athens destination.

b) Public Transport

    1) Taxi

Yellow cabs can be found in the designated area by Exit 3 of the Arrivals level.  Time to central Athens about 40 minutes depending on the traffic. Cost around 25 euros.

    2) Bus

This is the cheapest way to reach the centre of Athens in the early hours when the metro is not running if on a night flight. There are a number of services (majority 24 hours) which depart from Exit Doors 4-5 on the arrivals level to various destinations around Athens. Pick up a one of the helpful travel and information leaflets when at baggage collection or view the map at http://www.athens-airport.info/7.html . Single fare 3.20 euros

E93 Athens International Airport – Kifissos Direct link to Liosion Bus /Coach Station for the coach service to Halkida. Express 24 hours a day. Every 35 to 40 minutes, every hour 24.00 to 5.00.

E95 Syntagma Square, Athens Central-. Express 24 hours a day. Every 10-30 minutes. Close to the metro station for travelling to the Larisis (Athens Central Rail Station) or an alternative route to Liosion Bus / Coach Station with the service every 30 minutes to Halkida. The ticket cost for both services is 3.20 Euros and is valid for 24 hours on all public transport (buses, trolley-buses and metro). Make sure you validate your ticket before travelling.

    3) Train & Metro

Train - There is a frequent suburban service to Larisis Station which is the Athens Central Rail Station and adjoins the Larisis Metro Station.  Journey time is just under 40 minutes and trains are every 15 minutes.  Services to Halkida from 2009. Single fare 6.00
Metro -  M3 route to Monastiraki.  Every 20 minutes between 6.30 to 20.30pm. Change to go to coach or rail stations. Ensure you validate your ticket. Single fare 6.00

Ensure you validate your ticket. Fine 60 times fare.

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3) Athens & Airport to Evia

a) Car

1) Driving

To drive from the Athens Airport to Evia via Halkida is much easier and quicker with all the road improvements which have been carried out in recent years.  A new road link is currently under construction from the National High Road to Halkida which will mean the journey will be on road of motorway quality for the whole journey from 2009. A new road link has recently opened from the National High Road to the suspension bridge near Halkida which is of motorway standard.

1)Take the motorway from the airport towards Elefsina (or Elevsina)

2) After about 20 minutes (after a tollpost where you will need to pay 2.70 euro and many junctions and underpasses) you should turn RIGHT (J8) onto the Athens - Lamia motorway in the direction of LAMIA.  Be careful the road merges on a sharp bend as you join the motorway going north.

3) Follow the motorway for about 40 kilometres. You will pass two toll posts (euro 1.85 & 2.75 fee). Immediately after the second keep in the right hand lane and bear RIGHT to Halkida. (Chalkida)

4) You will now come off the motorway and enter a standard road which winds through the countryside. and onto the new road to Halkida (about 12km) which now bypasses the village of Vathi. This finishes by a large cement works where it narrows to cross the suspension bridge to take you on to the island of Evia.

2) Road Maps

To reach Evia and to explore the island the following are recommended

1:250,000                       Road Edition Map 4 Central Greece
1:100,000                       Anavasi 04-1  Southern Evia. GPS compatible
1:100,000                       Anavasi 04-2  Northern Evia.  GPS compatible

c) Public Transport

    1) Train

On arriving at the train station at Larisis (Athens Central railway Station) you would normally board a train to Halkida but the Halkida link line to the Athens to Thessalonika route is closed until 2009 whilst it is upgraded. When completed there should be fast trains to Larisis and also a new direct service to the Airport from Halkida.  With the modern trains this is a scenic trip to take. you can board a diesel train on a stopping service to Halkida which takes just under 90 minutes. The line has recently be upgraded and electrified but the new electric trains are not operating yet and the new timetable which should provided a faster service to Halkida and from Athens Airport is awaited. It is a pleasant and scenic route to take

    2) Coach

There is a regular service every 30 minutes from the Liosion Bus / Coach station to Halkida.  Journey time is about an hour and the nearest metro is Kato Patissia on the M1 line. Go out of the station and take the avenue stratigou Kalari. Turn left before the church that is on the left side of the avenue. Walk for a few minute to the bus station. Alternatively there is a pick up point opposite the metro station; you pay on board.
  Cost under 6.20 euros

    3) Ferry

Ferry Timetable

Besides the two road bridges at Halkida in central Evia, the island can be accessed by several ferry crossings, depending on which part you wish to visit.

North Evia:
- Arkitsa to Edipsos.  45 minutes. Every day, all the year around.
-Agioskambos- to Glyfa.  25 minutes. Daily, all year around.

Central Evia:
-
Oropos to Eretria.  30 minutes.  Every day, all the year around

South Evia:
-
Agia Marina to Styra. 45 minutes.  Every day, all the year around.
- Rafina to Marmari.  60 minutes.  Every day, all the year around.

There is a bus service from the airport to Rafina which is about 20 minutes drive.

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