Getting There in KalamataEdit This
Kalamata is located in southern Greece and is the capital of the prefecture of Messenia. One of the most important claims to fame of Kalamata is that this city is mentioned in a couple of poems by the Greek philosopher Homer.
Getting to Kalamata by Car
If you want to rent a car in Greece (or in any European country), it is a good idea to purchase an international driver's license in your country of origin. Having an international driver's license will save you a lot of time when renting a car in Greece, and will make the whole process much easier, not to mention that some local car rental agencies offer discounts to holders of this special permit.
If you're driving within Greece, Kalamata
is a 238 kilometer drive away from Athens. First take the Route 8
heading east for about 72 kilometers and you will eventually merge with
the E94 highway. On the E94 you will drive for about 8 kilometers until
you see the exit for the E65/E952/Kalamatas-Tripoleos Take the E65/E952 stretch for about 20 kilometers until you see the exit for E65. Finally, you take the Artemidos exit and you will enter the Kalamata city limits.
Closer cities to Kalamata are Kyparissia (just a 60 kilometer drive), Tripoli (an 80 kilometer drive) and Sparta (another short 60 kilometer drive).
Getting to Kalamata by Plane
The city of Kalamata is served by the Kalamata International Airport (IATA airport code: KLX). This airport operates mainly during the summer. Flights are very limited at other times. The cheapest route to go to Kalamata is through Thessaloniki. Unfortunately, discount airline Ryan Air does not offer flights to Kalamata or any other city in Greece.
Narrow gauge rail with new trains going through the countryside and small country villages and small towns.