Patras is reachable by
- plane via Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (250 Km East of Patras), or via Araxos airport (50 Km West of Patras)
- ferry from Italy.
Arriving via Araxos Airport
Araxos airport is located 50 Km West of Patras and it is served by several airline companies (e.g., LTU, TUIfly, AirBerlin, SkyExpress, etc), especially in the period May to October. From Araxos, you can reach Patras either by a bus, or by taxi (approx. 40-50 Euros).
Arriving via Athens Airport
Athens' airport is located 250 Km East of Patras. There are regular flights connecting Athens to most European cities. Athens is served by the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. There are three ways to reach Patras from Athens:
By car. Several car rental agencies operate on the airport. The new "Attiki Odos" high-speed toll motorway connects the airport with Athens and the main Greek highways. Leave the airport following initially the signs to ATHINA and then to ELEFSINA to enter "Attiki Odos". From that point on just stay on the highway following the signs to ELEFSINA, subsequently to KORINTHOS, and finally to PATRA. After Korinthos, the highway splits into two and you must follow the right way (there are signs to PATRA). On this second half of the trip you must be a bit more careful, as the highway gets narrower - one lane plus the emergency one. It is typical to drive on the emergency lane so that other cars (moving faster) can bypass. The total distance between Athens airport and Patras is ~250km and the total cost of the tolls is 8,30 Euros. When reaching Patras, take the exit "PATRA-CENTRE / PORT", and then follow the signs to "Centre-Port / Fast Route".
By train. The "Proastiakos" (suburban) railway, operated by "Trainose", connects Athens' airport to the railway network of the rest of Greece operated by the "OSE" company. You can take the train from the airport and then change for the BUS connection at KIATO to reach Patras. Trainose bus services operate between Kiato and Patras (and vice versa) due to ongoing infrastructure works on the railway line between those two stations. The timetable (since 17.04.2014) is as follows: You can buy tickets for the trip to Kiato at the Proastiakos station in the airport. This is the small ticket (which costs 14 Euros) for the part AIRPORT-KIATO by TRAIN and you have to validate it before entering the train (at one of the validator machines near the Proastiakos counter). At Kiato you will have to purchase another ticket for the Trainose BUS that will be waiting there (the given train schedules have correspondence with buses for Patras; the bus typically waits for 10 minutes after the train had arrived at Kiato. This is the large ticket for the part KIATO-PATRAS (by BUS) and it costs 10 Euros.
AIRPORT KIATO PATRA Departure Arrival Departure Arrival 5:44 7:19 7:30 9:00 6:44 8:19 8:30 10:00 7:44 9:19 9:30 11:00 8:44 10:19 10:30 12:10 10:44 12:19 12:30 14:00 11:44 13:19 13:30 15:30 12:44 14:19 14:30 16:00 13:44 15:19 15:30 17:00 14:44 16:19 16:30 18:10 15:44 17:19 17:20 18:50 16:44 18:19 18:30 20:00 17:44 19:19 19:30 21:10 18:44 20:19 20:30 22:00
- By bus. The "KTEL" intercity bus company has regular buses to Patras. You must first get to the "Kifisos Intercity Coach/Bus Station". You can get there from the airport, either by taxi (approx. 45 Euro) or by taking the X93 express bus (24-hour service) that departs just outside the airport terminal at the Arrival level. The bus stop is next to Arrival Exit 5. The ticket costs 5 euro and you can buy it on the bus or from a kiosk near the bus stop outside the airport. Both these ways of transportation take 65 min to get there, and the bus runs every ~30 minutes (X93 timetable). From Kifisos Intercity Coach/Bus Station there is a bus to Patras almost every 30 minutes. The first bus is at 05:50 and the last at 22:00. Trip time is around 3 hours 10 minutes (or 2 hours 40 minutes for an "express" bus). The ticket costs 18.90 Euro and you must buy a ticket before boarding. There is a big ticket hall at the east side of the station. Head for the booth with the signs "Achaia" and/or "Patra". There is no need to reserve tickets in advance, you will usually find a ticket for a bus leaving within the next hour. Ask at the ticket booth for directions on how to find the proper bus.
Arriving by Ferry
Several companies with modern ships link Italy with Patras from the ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi or Venice. The trip duration from Ancona to Patras is about 20 hours.