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.. (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.
How to get to Alexandros Centre from Volos
You can reach our centre independently by public transport. Please inform us so that arrangements can be made to meet you. Local buses are comfortable, inexpensive, and a more ecological choice.
We do our best to co-ordinate transfers from Volos city to all Kalikalos centres.
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 7 days at the latest prior to your arrival date if you would like us to arrange this service.
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 Agios Ioannis almost 3 hours later.
Fly to Volos (VOL)
From AUSTRIA: Vienna, on Austrian
From GERMANY: Condor from 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 CYPRUS: Larnaca on Cyprus Airways
From GERMANY: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich on Condor
From FINLAND: Helsinki, on Finnair
Upon arrival take the Ferry to Volos. The Ferry terminal is a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport or a 25 minute walk.
Fly to Athens (ATH) or Thessaloniki (SKG)
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).
Ktelvolou has real-time availability, an option for English language, and you can book and pay online with a credit card. 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).
Athens to Volos
A longer journey, and which requires getting from the airport into Athens, then by bus to Volos. Often requires a night stopover in Athens.
From Athens Airport Bus X95 goes to Syntagma or Omonia Square. 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. Buses X95 and X93 depart every 25 minutes,and are located between exit 4 and 5 at the arrival level.
KTEL buses for Volos leave from Liossion Terminal B, 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
Ktelvolou has real-time availability, an option for English language, and you can book and pay online with a credit card. 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. Check Trainose for times.
Alexandros is run by and as a full community comprising the unpaid volunteer staffers and guests. You’ll be joining the cooking team once in the week, and helping with clean up or gardening. The work is not onerous, 6-7 hr in the week. This makes our programs more affordable and helps us build community together.
Stay longer than just a week
Our very affordable (from €39o) Living-in-Community program welcomes you to stay on a week before or after your retreat to relax and fully enjoy this special unspoiled region of Greece.