The distance from Athens to the Peloponnese peninsula is about 55 miles (89 km). The easiest and most comfortable way to get from Athens to the Peloponnese is by rental car or private transfer. It takes just one hour to reach the peninsula. There is also the option of traveling by bus.
While the Peloponnesian cities of Kalamata and Patras do have airports, there are no direct flights from Athens. Train travel in Greece can be slow and routes are somewhat limited.
By Private Transfer or Rental Car
Duration: 1 hour
Private transfers can be booked to take you from your hotel or from Athens airport directly to your desired destination in the Peloponnese. Or, if you prefer to self-drive, you can book a rental car from any of the many major rental companies with a presence in Athens.
The route to the Peloponnese runs along the Saronic Gulf and through the Isthmus of Corinth. The ruins of ancient Corinth are a worthwhile sightseeing stop. There is also a small archaeological site in nearby Isthmia.
You will have to pay tolls on the way from Athens to the Peloponnese. Tolls in Greece are generally inexpensive, and are paid in cash to a tollbooth attendant.
Duration: 1.5 hours, or more
KTEL, Greece’s main intercity bus company, runs frequent buses from Athens to many cities in the Peloponnese. Popular destinations include Nafplio, Sparta (Sparti), Kalamata, and Patras, among others.
The majority of buses heading in this direction leave from Kifissos Bus Terminal (KTEL Bus Station A). The station is located on a highway in the north-western part of Athens. The closest metro stop is “Agios Antonios” on the red line (M2) of the Athens metro, and you will have to walk about 15 minutes from the metro stop. Kifissos Bus Terminal can also be accessed via city bus 51 from Omonia Square, or by taxi.
Bus tickets can be booked in advance, or purchased at the station.