Bus X93 (6€) takes you to the bus station of Kifisou in about 1 hour . You can find the X93 and (tiny) ticket office between exit 4 and exit 5 of the airport.
Busses do not wait in number order!
The ticket office is located very close to the busses.
Tickets for this bus are electronic and must be validated in the bus. (Fine 60 times ticket price of 6€!)
On Kifisou the X93 and the bus to Kalamata and the ticket office and the toilet are close together. Within 25 meters.
The total bus ride from Athens to Pylos takes 7 or more hours.
Arriving late or leaving early
Arrival: Stay at the airport, find a quiet corner and take a nap until the next morning.
Take X93 at 5 o'clock. The first bus to Kalamata leaves around 6 o'clock. You arrive between 12 and 13 on board.
Departure: Get to the airpoort and find a quiet corner.
Alternatively you can use a hostel.
A friend used Acropolis view dream hostel, 17 Michail Voda (+30 693 929 6311) and paid 9'9€ Dorm style.
My best guess is to get to Kifisou, take a taxi and book your room and sleep.
Next morning, take a taxi to Kifisou and continue your travel.
I guess (will try myself in december) the taxi costs you ±5€ (check here)
From Kalamata (airport)
From the Kalamata bus station, a bus (5 €) will take you to Pylos around 1.45 am.
Times from Kalamata Airport are about 20 minutes later.
Schedule for the bus Kalamata to Pylos and many other places if you want to travel around. Tickets on the bus.
Many airlines fly to KLX.
Kalamata Airport is open from May (end of April) to October
If you arrive after the last bus (19:00), a taxi will take you to Pylos for about € 57. Try to share with other people or to hitchhike.
But fortunately there is also Stavros Hostel on 500m from the bus station.
Alternativ is of course to rent a car.
It gives you a lot of flexibility and costs around 25€ per day, depending on where you book. Try more than the standard car rental you get when you make your booking. People told me that car hire in Athens is cheaper. You can take a taxi and ask for local (small) car rental companies.
Keep in mind that many roads are toll roads that cost about 17€ (jan. 2018) all together.
With that said, take the alternative free roads and use a bit money on a cheap (like 30€ for a 2-bed-room) room in a small hotel (you will find them)
The toll road from Athens to Kalamata is about 3 hours, the alternative can easily take 5,5 hours. On the other hand, it is a much nicer road.
From the bus station you walk over the square towards the marina.
As soon as you enter that area you will see Zephyr, it's the first sailing boat (ketch) on the first jetty with a main mast and a mizzen mast.
If you need a taxi from or to Pylos, you can try, at the taxi stand at the center square. If non available call Panos on +306974788465
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