We will show you how the steps to take the bus in Athens to go to Delphi and visit the Apolo sanctuary. Is easy and cheap!
Moving between cities in Greece using public transport is not impossible, but it is quite difficult to plan it before arriving because the information is not abundant, so I want to share how I did to go from Athens to Delphi using bus (the KTEL to be more precise) . This was the most convenient and cheapest way we found.
Steps to go from Athens to Delphi by Bus
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Getting to the bus station in Athens
From the center of Athens we took a taxi that would take us to terminal B (in Athens there are two bus terminals A and B, depending on which city you’re going to), we took the taxi because there was no nearby subway station. We paid about 7 euros for the taxi.
Buying the ticket
From there we arrived at the station where there are no big announcements, but at least each window has the destination written so we easily went to the window that had the name of the city we wanted, we asked for two tickets (one way) and paid 16.40 euros for each. (one-way price updated in 2020)
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Tickets can now be purchased online on the KTEL website.
This is the entrance to the terminal, which is not very large:
Once the ticket in hand, look for the platform
Once we had the tickets in hand we headed to the platform, to wait for the bus:
And here comes another point: you have to be very attentive since, at least in our case, the driver only spoke Greek and was not very nice to say the very least. When I had to ask him if the bus was going to Delphi despite having ITEA written, well, we got in anyway! The ticket had a marked seat number but nobody paid much attention to that either.
Our platform was #7:
Bus ride from Athens to Delphi
Once on the bus you can be at rest for the almost 3 hours that the trip lasts, although after two hours when people were starting to get off the bus in other cities it started to give me a bit of anguish because there were no stops, let’s say “formal”, but it stopped in a park or on a street where there was no sign (which means, no idea what city you’re in). When it was arriving near Delphi, there were other towns before so I had to ask the people around me, I’m telling you so you get ready. We were fortunate that the ticket checker got in the middle of the trip and he knew a little English, seeing our not-knowing faces he helped us.
And fortunately, we arrived well! Although we received a drizzle, in those first days in Greece let’s say that the weather was not very kind to us, but it was the risk of traveling in February. The reward, on the other hand, is that it was not crowded with tourists. We were happy to settle in the hotel and the next day we set out to visit the Sanctuary of Apollo.
So this is how we did to go from Athens to Delphi by bus and I make this post expressly to explain it in detail because the truth is that I had a lot of trouble planning these details of the trip from before I arrived. This because there was not much information available, for example the KTEL transport page, in addition to being only in Greek, you could have the schedules only if you made the order with a Greek cell phone, things like that, it seemed obvious that it would be easy to get that information but it was not.