How to reach the dolphin research field station in Greece
Project participants will be expected to get to Vonitsa on their own
During the summer months, May – September, charter flights are available from across Europe to Preveza-Aktio airport. Preveza-Aktio airport is 10 kilometers west of Vonitsa. Participants arriving by plane at Preveza-Aktio airport can easily get to Vonitsa by taxi (approximately 25-30 Euro, 15 min drive); ask to be left on the seaside, near the Hotel Pegasus or Bel Mare.
Regular flights to Athens originate from all over Europe
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 the same day of the rendez-vous, 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: 8:00, 13:00, 17:00
Departure times Vonitsa→Athens: 8:00*, 15:15
(*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 Euros. Those planning to head back to Athens on the departure date by the same bus may save money by buying a round-trip 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 journey). This trip takes about 60-90 min depending on the 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. At the airport, take Exit 5 and turn left to buy your ticket at the kiosk. The bus stops are next to it. Bus drivers can also sell the tickets, but this is not always the case.
Please note that if you get caught without a ticket, you will be fined 60 times the amount of the bus ticket. The same penalty applies if you forget to validate your ticket, .
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.
Athens Kifisos Central Bus Station Terminal A (they usually speak English)
Address: Leforio Kifisou 100 – Tel: +30 210 5124910 / 5132601
A faster and more comfortable way to reach Vonitsa once you land at the Athens airport, although obviously more expensive, is to take a taxi. This should cost about 300-400 Euros and takes approximately three/four hours. If this is your choice, you may want to check this link to taxi driver George Kokkotos provided by a past volunteer, http://www.greecetravel.com/taxi/
For info on Thessaloniki visit:
Several FERRY companies operate between Italy and Ionian Greece. The arrival harbor is Igoumenitsa, approximately 100 kilometers north of Vonitsa.
From Igoumenitsa, one can get a bus to Preveza or Lefkada and then take another bus to Vonitsa. Igoumenitsa bus station tel. (+30) 26650 22309.
You may also travel comfortably overland by train, for instance, from the UK through the Balkans, via Brussels, Cologne, Vienna, Budapest, Transylvania and by Mount Olympus between Salonika and Athens. All travel is by InterCity service and on sleeper trains.
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