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Patras is the third largest urban conglomeration of Greece, (after Athens/Piraeus and Thessaloniki). It is the capital of the Prefecture of Achaia on the Peloponnese and the western gateway into the country, thanks to numerous ferry connections with Italy.
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 By air
Patras' own airport is located on the military base of Araxos (IATA code: GPA), some 50 kilometres to the south, but this receives only seasonal charter flights from various locations in Europe. For regular flights, Patras is served by Athens International Airport, some 250 kilometres to the west.
A startup floatplane company, Air Sea Lines, operating DHC 6 de Havilland Twin Otters, has set up a seasonal base at the Patras marina, linking the city with several Ionian Islands and the city of Ioannina in Epirus. Onwards services from Corfu run to Brindisi in Italy.
 By boat
 By road
Patras, located in the northeastern corner of the Peloponnese is connected to Athens by road via Corinth on the 8a National Road (corresponding to the E65 and E94 European Routes. To the south, Patras is connected by road to Amalias, Pyrgos and Olympia and further to Kalamata. The construction of a new bridge linking Rion (on the Peloponnese) to Antirrion (on the Central Greek mainland) has been in operation since 2004 and carries the E55 European route, linking Patras with points in Central Greece and Epirus (and onward to Albania) including the port of Igoumenitsa.
 By train
A narrow gauge train line runs through Patras southwards to Olympia and Kalamata and westwards to Athens and the port of Pireas. the Slow Train to Athens costs about 5 € and it takes you there in 4,5 hours. For more info see the train company webpage (OSE)
 By bus
Near to the port and main station lies the intercity bus station (KTEL).
 Get around
The city bus service in Patra can be slow and unpredictable, lacking definative timetables. Information can be found from the small booth in front of port, near the Intercity bus terminal.
Notable sights include:
Patras is well known for the wines produced by the Achaia Clauss wine factory and especially for a variety called Mavrodafni. Visitors should also taste the local liqueur called Tentoura which is usually served as a digestive.
There is only one Youth Hostel in Patra about 10min walk from the harbour (north) but you don't want to stay there. It's small, dirty and expensive.
A better choice is the Pension Nico. About 33 Euro for a twinner.
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