Patras is the third largest city in Greece. Its port is one of the largest in the country and is the most important economic, commercial and cultural center of the Peloponnese and Western Greece. It is a focal point and is called the Gate of Greece to the West as it has direct communication with Italy and the European west in general.
Due to its location, Patras is often used as a starting point for mountain and sea excursions in the surrounding areas.
The Rio – Antirrio Bridge connects the Peloponnese with Central Greece, making the city easily and quickly accessible, while it is located at the intersection of two major roads, Olympia Odos and Ionia Odos.
The contribution of Patras is also important in the scientific and cultural life of the country, with the University of Patras, the TEI, the Open University, its well-known Carnival, the International Festival etc.
The name Patras came according to mythology from Patreas, the mythical settler of the city, who after coming as head of settlers in the area of Aroi, expelled the Ionian inhabitants and enlarged the city by uniting the settlements Aroi, Antheia and Messatida giving the name Patrai .
During the Roman period the city flourished and became a cosmopolitan center of the Mediterranean. During the 2nd century AD the city of Patras is at its peak. With the transfer of the capital of the Roman state to Constantinople, in 330 AD, Patras gradually began to decline, while passing into the hands of the Byzantine Empire.
The presence and activity of Apostolos Andreas in the city during the time of Nero gives it a new character. It changes it into a field of conflict of various religious differences until the final spread and prevalence of Christianity.
The creation of the Patras Carnival seems to be due to the mixing of various cultural elements, such as the influences from neighboring Italy, the residence of French forces of General Maizon as well as the settlement of Ionians, who with their liveliness and ingenious mood gave another color to the carnival. . The first chariots appear in the 1870s, while the then new municipal theater of Apollo is granted for the first public carnival dances.
In terms of entertainment, Patras not only has the carnival, but also has ways of fun and entertainment for every taste!
The nightlife of the city has a lot to offer with the numerous clubs and bouzoukis but also with more alternative options. The taverns and cafes are filled every day by students and more.
How will you get to Patras?
By train: From OSE train station in Athens (220 km).
By bus: From Thessaloniki (490 km) and Athens (220 km) by KTEL buses.
KTEL of the South Port of Patras (In the glass building DECK)
KTEL Arcadia Telephone: 2610423400
Telephone KTEL Kefalonia: 2610420400
Telephone KTEL Fokida: 2610423444
TrainOSE – Central Station of Patras.
Trainose – Agios Andreas Patras.
Information about the port of Patras.
You can be served in Patras at our Ferrycenter travel agency located very close to the old port (‘Othonos Amalias 12 tel 2610 634000). Easy access for any bank, hotel, money exchange or car rental office. For more information regarding Greece, there is also an office of EOT. The ships depart from the new port which is located on the coast of Dimaion.
Ferry itineraries from the port of Patras.
Itineraries Patras – Italy.
You can choose ferries and versions ferry tickets to the following ports:
Patras – Italy.
Patras – Ancona.
Patras – Venice.
Patras – Bari.
Itineraries Patras – Ionian.
Patras – Igoumenitsa,
Patras – Ithaca,
Patras – Ithaca (Pisaetos),
Patras – Corfu,
Patras – Kefalonia,
Patras – Sami (Kefalonia).
Head Office – Levante Ferries:
POLICE ADDRESS OF ACHAIA +30 2610695000
PORT AUTHORITY +30 2610341002
TAXI +30 2610450000, +30 261046700