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Day Trip From Athens To Meteora: By Train, Car, Bus & With A Tour


🗺️⛰️🥾Are you planning a day trip from Athens to Meteora?

If you’re looking for an adventurous day trip from Athens, the incredible Meteora should definitely be at the top of your list! Famous for its breathtaking views and iconic monasteries perched atop soaring rock formations, Meteora is a place you will not easily forget.

Located between Ioannina and Larissa and about a four-hour drive from Greece’s capital city, it can be done as a weekend getaway or even in one jam-packed day.

Towering clifftops and sprawling valleys come together with breathtaking views over rural central Greece to create what is arguably one of Europe’s most enchanting destinations.

As we set out on this adventure, we were brimming with excitement, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Our Athens to Meteora day trip was one of the best things we did.

So if you want to know everything you need to plan this exciting trip, read on!

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Day Trip From Athens To Meteora

Day Trip From Athens To Meteora: At A Glance

The iconic monasteries of Meteora are often referred to as suspended in the air or hanging and are an essential part of any Meteora day trip from Athens. These monasteries were built by monks in the 11th century who wanted to be closer to God, and with their unique location atop rocks, they certainly achieved that!

Here are some of the most important things to know before embarking on an Athens day trip to Meteora:

LOCATION | Kalabaka, 422 00, Central Greece.

DISTANCE | 358 km (222 miles) or 4 hours by car.

ENTRANCE | €3 per monastery.

DRESS CODE | Women are required to cover their legs and shoulders, and men are required to wear long trousers. Most monasteries provide scars and cover-ups free of charge for women.

BEST TIME TO VISIT | Shoulder season months of May, June, September and October.



Name of MonasterySummer* Opening TimesSummer* ClosureWinter* Opening TimesWinter*
Holy Trinity Monastery10:00 to 16:00Thursdays10:00 to 16:00Thursdays
Great Meteoron Monastery09:00 to 15:00Tuesdays09:30 to 14:00Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Varlaam Monastery09:00 to 16:00Fridays09:00 to 15:00Thursdays and Fridays
Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery09:00 to 17:00Open every day09:00 to 16:00Open every day
St. Stephen’s Nunnery9:00 to 13:30 and 15:30 to 17:30Mondays9:30 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 17:00Mondays
Roussanou Monastery09:00 to 16:30Wednesday09:30 to 14:00Wednesday
*Summer (April 1st to October 31st)
*Winter (November 1st to March 31st)

⛰️ Is It Worth Visiting Meteora From Athens?

Meteora Monasteries from Athens Greece.

As travellers, we’re always on the lookout for breathtaking destinations to add to our must-visit list. And let me tell you that Meteora – a UNESCO World Heritage site in Greece – is a destination that should absolutely make your list.

Nestled atop soaring cliffs, these historic monasteries offer a glimpse into the past while providing stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The best part? You can make a day trip to Meteora from Athens, and trust me. It’s worth it.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking to soak in the natural beauty, visiting Meteora is a super unique experience. During our visit, the weather was super bad, and it even rain, but the gloomy weather just added to the spiritual and mysterious atmosphere of the place!

The journey to these monasteries may require a bit of effort, but the rewards are sweet. So, pack some snacks, comfortable shoes, and your sense of wonder, and get ready for a journey that will leave you speechless.

🗺️ Best Tours To Meteora From Athens

If you’re wanting a hassle-free experience, an organised tour is the answer. Here are the top-rated day tours from Athens to Meteora:

Full-Day Meteora Tour From Athens by Train

Meteora Tour From Athens by Train


This tour that takes you from Athens to Meteora by train is a top choice for travellers that don’t want to drive or dislike buses as much as I do.

It covers all the highlights of Meteora and will take you to visit three of its most iconic monasteries. You also get to enjoy a scenic train ride as well as learn about the history of this region from a knowledgeable guide.

We also recommend this tour because it’s highly rated and offers good value for money.


  • Tour guide
  • Bottled water
  • Round-trip train tickets from Athens
  • Minivan transport from the train station to monasteries


Start your journey by taking a scenic and relaxing train ride (departure at 8:28 am) from Athens, arriving in Kalabaka at 12:47 pm. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your knowledgeable tour leader, who will whisk you away in a comfortable minivan to explore the iconic monasteries.

With only 35 participants per tour, you’ll have an intimate experience while admiring the awe-inspiring views and learning about the history of each site.

Explore 3 different monasteries, based on their daily availability, while passing by others on the way. The tour lasts 14 hours, so come prepared for a day packed with fun and wonder! Upgrade to first-class tickets upon request to make your journey even more luxurious.

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Private Tour To Meteora From Athens

Private Tour To Meteora From Athens


If you’re looking for a more personalized experience, then this private tour Meteora from Athens is your best bet. With pick-up and drop-off service from an area of your choice in Athens, you’ll get the same amazing sights but with the undivided attention of your tour leader.


  • Private transport in Mercedes or similar
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Greek culinary gift
  • Tour leader


Explore the breathtaking Meteora on a Meteora private tour from Athens. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Athens between 7 am and 7:30 am and a journey accompanied by an experienced guide. Along the way, you will witness the stunning landscape and spectacular views that the region has to offer.

During your visit to Meteora, you will explore 3 monasteries that are perched atop high rock formations, which are sure to leave you awestruck. Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through history and myths as you discover the hidden secrets of this magnificent and historic region.

Your tour also includes a delicious lunch in Kastraki village, as well as a stop at Thermopylae on the way back.

At the end of your day trip from Athens to Meteora, you will get dropped off at your accommodation.

Book your spot at the private Meteora from Athens tour here:

How To Get To Meteora From Athens (Independently)

🚗 Getting From Athens To Meteora By Car

If you decide on renting a car in Athens you can visit Meteora Monasteries.


If you’re looking for an independent way for a day trip from Athens to Meteora, then driving is a great option. It’s the most economical choice for groups and families compared to organised tours from Athens to Meteora, and you also have the added luxury of stopping off wherever you wish on the way.


Renting a car in Athens is very straightforward and affordable. We booked our car through Discover Cars, which we always use whenever we need a rental car abroad. What we love about this site is that it pulls local rental companies based on their customer reviews and always offers a generous cancellation policy in case you need to amend your travel plans.

And, the rental prices are normally cheaper than at the local shops, which we tested a few times. Another thing we really value about Discover Cars is their full insurance cover, which event protects your excess fee. None of the local rental cars in Greece provide that level of coverage.

If you’re staying in Plaka or Monastiraki, there are many car rental shops within walking distance where you can collect your vehicle booked through Discover Cars.


The drive from Athens to Meteora takes just over 4 hours with a distance of 358 km (222 miles). We recommend leaving early in the morning, at around 5 or 6 am, for the best experience. Driving from Athens to Meteora is super easy, with good signage and quality roads, some of them being toll roads.

On the way back, it may take a little longer than 4 hours due to rush hour traffic, especially around Athens. Here is an example of our day trip from Athens to Meteora by car:

  • Leave Athens at 5 am
  • Stop for breakfast at 7:30 am
  • Arrive at Meteora 10:00 am
  • Tour 3-4 monasteries
  • Lunch at Kalabaka at 2 pm
  • Leave to Athens at 3 pm
  • Arrive in Athens between 7 & 8 pm

Collect the rental car the night before your trip so that you can set off the next day early in the morning. Also, make sure you check with the car company, when is the latest you can drop off the car the next day.


When you decide on driving to Meteora from Athens be aware of tolls. During the drive, there is about 6 different toll charging point, each taking payment that varies from €1.90 to €3.90. The total that we paid each way amounted to about €18 each way. We were able to pay by card at each payment booth, but it is a good idea to bring cash with you, just in case.


  • Flexibility
  • Very affordable


  • Only for confident drivers
  • The way back may be tiring

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🚅 Getting From Athens To Meteora By Train

Kalabaka Greece
The view of Kalabaka


Taking the train from Athens to Kalabaka is one of the most popular and convenient ways to get to Meteora. This option allows you to admire the stunning scenery along the way while being comfortable in your seat. The train tickets are very affordable and cost around €30, and there is a convenient train at 8:28 am.


As mentioned above, the train from Athens to Meteora leaves at 8:28 am and arrives in Kalabaka before 1 pm. If you choose this option, you will not have much time at Meteora unless you book an organised Meteora day tour from Athens by train.

On a tour, you will also be taking the same train, but a guide will pick you up from the train station in Kalabaka and drive you to the monasteries ensuring that you will make the most of your day.

If you opt for taking the train to Meteora from Athens, we highly recommend staying one night in the nearby town, either Kalabaka or Kastraki to have a better, less rushed experience. Also, don’t forget to check an up-to-date train timetable before you finalise your travel plans.

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The trains from Athens to Meteora leave from the main train station, called Athina, and you can get there by taking the metro M2 Line and getting off at Larissa Station.


  • Perfect for non-drivers
  • Affordable train tickets
  • Eco-friendly


  • Not much time at Meteora
  • You will need a taxi from the train station to Meteora & back

🚌 Getting From Athens To Meteora By Bus 

Day Trip From Athens To Meteora


Taking the bus is also a great option if you’re looking for an independent day trip Athens to Meteora. The journey takes around 4-5 hours, and tickets are very affordable at €29, so it’s perfect for budget travellers, non-drivers or solo travellers.


The ticket is €29 one way (€49 return), and you can book it online in advance. The route is serviced by KTEL, and their bust station is located on Liosion & Rikaki streets. It’s called Tris Gefires.

You can get here from Monastiraki on the M1 metro line and get off at Kato Patissia station. The early morning bus leaves at 6:30 am and takes around 5 hours. Check the KTEL bus schedule for an up to date information.

Just like with the train option, if you decide to take the bus from Athens to Meteora, you should consider staying overnight in Kalabaka or Kastraki for a better experience.


  • Super affordable
  • Leaves early, giving you more time at Meteora


  • Limited time in Meteora
  • You will need a taxi from the train station to Meteora & back

🥾Things To Do In Meteora

Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Day Trip From Athens To Meteora
Day Trip From Athens To Meteora

The monastery of the Holy Trinity is by far the most impressive one in Meteora. It was built on a 300-meter rocky peak, and it’s also known as Agia Triada, which means “Holy Trinity” in Greek.

As you ascend the steps to reach it, make sure you look around for other monasteries hidden among the rocks and stunning views of the valley below. From the monastery, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the town of Kalabaka.

The monastery has a beautiful church with stunning frescoes and impressive architecture and is well worth visiting – make sure you dress appropriately (no shorts or sleeveless tops) before entering.

If you have more time and are up for an adventure, we recommend hiking to the Holy Trinity monastery from Kalambaka. We really enjoyed this hike and the awesome view on the way. The start of the trail is just behind the Holy Church of Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which is also worth checking out.

Main Observation Deck

tour from athens to meteora

If you’re looking for unforgettable views, then head to the Observation Deck. From here, you can admire the valley dotted with monasteries, incredibly high rocks and vibrant greenery. The viewpoint is located on a small hill near the Varlaam monastery, and it’s worth taking the time to enjoy its magical views.

There are a couple more viewpoints along the road between Holy Trinity and Varlaam monasteries, each offering a unique vintage point.

Great Meteoron Monastery

Great Meteoron Monastery

The Great Meteoron Monastery was built by St. Athanasius in the 14th century and is the largest and oldest of all monasteries in Meteora. Make sure you visit the monastery’s small museum and take some time to admire its frescoes and artefacts. There is also a beautiful church with post-Byzantine art and details worth checking out.

The monastery also has a wonderful garden with stunning views of the valley, so make sure you take some time to explore it.

Varlaam Monastery

Varlaam Monastery Meteora Greece

The Varlaam Monastery is one of the most impressive monasteries in Meteora, located on a steep rock and offering beautiful views of the valley below. The monastery was founded in the 14th century by a monk named Varlaam. There is a 16th-century chapel dedicated to All Saints and a museum with many precious relics, art, and manuscripts.

Kastraki Village

Kastraki is located at the foot of Meteora Rocks, and it’s a great place to take a break from sightseeing. Here you can enjoy some delicious Greek food and admire the stunning views.

❓ Day Trip From Athens To Meteora: FAQ

Vaarlam Monastery Meteora

In this section, you will find the most commonly asked questions with answers related to day trips from Athens to Meteora.

Can you do Meteora as a day trip from Athens?

A day trip from Athens to Meteora is definitely doable if you have limited time. The drive takes approximately 4 hours each way, and if you prefer not to drive, you can also take one of the Meteora tours from Athens. It will be a jammed-packed day, but seeing the Meteora monasteries is so worth it!

Is one day enough for Meteora?

We visited Meteora in one day and can attest that while one day may seem limited, it is definitely enough to experience the mesmerizing monasteries. On this day, you can visit the most iconic monasteries like the Great Meteoron and Varlaam, and even the Holy Trinity Monastery and indulge in delicious Greek cuisine at the charming town of Kalambaka.

Is there a lot of walking at Meteora?

Yes, the main activity in Meteora is walking around and exploring the monasteries. Each monastery requires some amount of walking to reach the parking lot, while some may have lots of stairs. So make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring water along for your visit!

What should I pack for a day trip to Meteora?

When you’re visiting Meteora from Athens in one day, make sure you pack:

  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Water bottle
  • A rain jacket (in case it rains)
  • Cash for entrance fees
  • Some snacks
  • Sunscreen and hat (in summer months)
  • Camera or phone to capture those incredible views!

And most importantly, don’t forget to bring your sense of wonder! Meteora is a special place that will leave you in awe once you explore it.

How long is the ride from Athens to Meteora?

The drive from Athens to Meteora is a little over 4 hours, depending on the traffic. It’s best to begin your journey early in the morning so that you have enough time to explore the monasteries. Make sure to plan for rest stops and meals along the way so that you can make it back to Athens before nightfall.

Can you do Meteora by yourself?

Yes, you can do Meteora as a self-guided tour. You can explore the monasteries by walking around or taking the stairs. It’s best to read up on the history and significance of each monastery beforehand so that you understand what you’re seeing.

Also, make sure to carry some cash for entry fees and snacks! And don’t forget to bring a camera or smartphone to capture those incredible views!

What is the best time of year to visit Meteora?

The best time to visit Meteora is in the shoulder months of May, June, September and October. These months offer mild temperatures and fewer crowds compared with the summer months.

Moreover, the green landscapes are their most vibrant during these months, and you can see for miles! However, make sure to check the opening times of each monastery before you visit, as they may vary by season.

Meteora hike

How hard is the Meteora hike?

The hike to Meteora is relatively easy. The trails are well-marked and suitable for most fitness levels. However, there may be some steep sections that require you to take your time and pay attention to the trail.

We hiked from the town of Kalabaka and back, and it was an exhausting but very rewarding day. Moreover, as it can get quite hot during summer months, make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat and lots of water along for the hike!

How much does it cost to enter Meteora?

There is a fee to enter each monastery. On average, it costs 3 euros per person. The entrance fees are used to maintain the monasteries and keep them in good condition for visitors.

Before you go, make sure to carry some cash with you, as cards may not be accepted at all entrances. Additionally, we recommend donating generously, as these donations help fund the upkeep of these incredible monasteries.

Ticket to Meteora Monastery Holy Trinity

Can I wear shorts to Meteora?

No, shorts are not allowed. Both men and women are required to wear long trousers or long skirts, but most monasteries offer a free cover-up at the entrance. We recommend wearing modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees out of respect for the monasteries and local culture.

This is especially important if you’re entering the churches inside the monasteries. Additionally, make sure to bring a shawl or scarf along, as you may need to cover your head in certain areas.

Can you drive up to the monasteries in Meteora?

Yes, you can drive up to the monasteries. However, it’s important to note that there are parking restrictions in Meteora during peak times. So if you’re driving up, make sure to arrive early on to make sure you can find a space.

If you can and have the time, we really recommend leaving your car in either Kalabaka or Kastraki and hiking up to the monasteries, which is way more rewarding.

Day Trip From Athens To Meteora: Final Word

Meteora is one of the most iconic landmarks of Greece – the towering rock formations dotted with monasteries, and it’s a hiker’s paradise. Whether you take a tour or do it on your own, a day trip from Athens to Meteora is definitely an experience you won’t forget!

We were truly glad that we visited this incredible place. It was so rewarding to hike up the mountains and be able to take in all the gorgeous sights around us. We got some breathtaking drone shots of the valley and the mysterious rocks that make up the Meteora.

If you only have one day, then we definitely recommend taking the organised Meteora tour from Athens by train and if you have more time, you can drive a rental car and stay overnight for the best experience.

🗺️⛰️🥾Happy exploring!

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