Reaching the village of Vonitsa is relatively simple. Most volunteers take a bus from Athens directly to Vonitsa. This takes about 5 hours and is the cheapest way to get there. Those coming by bus from Athens, if leaving the same day of the rendezvous, should take the bus that leaves from the Kifisos Central Bus Station at 9:00 a.m. and should arrive in Vonitsa around 14:00 p.m.
Alternatively, for those with a more flexible schedule:
Departure times from Athens→Vonitsa: 9:00, 12:00, 17:00
Departure times Vonitsa→Athens: 6:20, 9:00*, 12:30, 15:15, 18:30
(*Recommended time considering that project participants will be required to leave the field base by 10.00 on their departure date)
The bus usually stops a couple of times with no announcements and the trip costs approximately 35 Euro. Those of you knowing that will be heading back to Athens on the departure date using the same means of transport may save some money by buying a return ticket (about 55 Euro).
There are Express Airport Bus connections between the airport and the Athens centre on a 24-hour basis. Buses leave the airport terminal every ~30 minutes. To reach the Kifisos Central Bus Station from the airport take the bus route X93 (price: ~5 Euro): Athens Airport – Kifisos Intercity Bus Station. Get off at the last stop (end of the line). This trip takes about 60-90 min depending on traffic. Alternatively, you may take a taxi (40-50 Euro, 30-50 min drive).
Bus tickets can only be purchased from the little blue and yellow kiosk just outside of the terminal doors. Theoretically, bus drivers can also sell the tickets, but this is not always the case. At the airport, take Exit 5 and turn left to buy your ticket at the kiosk. The bus stops are next to it.
Please note that if you get caught without a ticket, you will be fined 60 times the amount of the bus ticket, payable on demand. If you forget to validate your ticket, the same penalty applies.
For those staying overnight in Athens, catching a bus from the airport to the center of Athens is easy. Before you leave the terminal make sure to pick up a brochure explaining the various routes and bus numbers. They are free and plentiful at the numerous Plexiglas units.