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3rd CONFERENCE
ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY

26-27 May 2016

Volos, Greece

Venue, travel & more

About the Venue

The 3rd CSUM will be held at Valis Hotel, a 5 star Hotel in Agria, a coastal and picturesque area, just 8 km away from the city of Volos.

Volos is one of the largest and most attractive cities in Greece as well as one of the country’s most prominent ports, located on the Pagasetic Gulf, where it is believed that the Argonautica started, as narrated by Homer. It is the capital of the area known as Magnesia, which includes the Pelion mountain (and homonymous peninsula), known from the Greek Mythology as the Centaurs’ and muses’ kingdom and the motherland of Jason. Volos is situated in the centre of Greece, about 320 km north of Athens and 220 km south of Thessaloniki and combines the allure of the blue sea with the mystical charm of the green mountain.

The location of Volos is great for day excursions to Pelion villages like Portaria, Tsangarada, Zagora, Vyzitsa, Milies with their renowned mansions, traditional springs and hospitable residents. Also, the peninsula of Pelion hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece with crystal waters, surrounded by steep green mountainsides, including Mylopotamos, Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero, Damouhari and Horefto.

Daily ferries depart from the port of Volos and go to the nearby Sporades Islands, which include Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

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Hotel Valis

Agria, Volos – Greece

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Travel information

 

Volos is one of the largest and most attractive cities in Greece as well as one of the country’s most prominent ports, located on the Pagassetic Gulf, where it is believed that the Argonautica started, as narrated by Homer. It is the capital of the area known as Magnesia, which includes the Pelion mountain (and homonymous peninsula), known from the Greek Mythology as the Centaurs’ and muses’ kingdom and the mother land of Jason. Volos is situated in the center of Greece, about 320km north of Athens and 220km south of Thessaloniki and combines the allure of the blue sea with the mystical charm of the green mountain.

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Below you may find some information and directions for planning your trip to Volos.


From ATHENS to VOLOS

  • Private vehicle (road): From Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport followAttikiOdoshighway to Athens and then take the E75 national motorway to Thessaloniki. Before reaching the city of Larissa (331km), take the E92 national road (Interchange – Exit E06) to Volos (15.7 Km). Total distance: 347 Km. Estimated travel time: 3.5 h (for more information: http://en.aodos.gr/ or please call 112 free of charge). Important notice: apart from the fuel cost you have to take into consideration that there are some 10 toll stations in your way with a total cost of 35€ (including forward and return trip).
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  • Public transport (train):From Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport terminal you have to walk to the suburban railway / METRO terminal which is located just outside (3 minutes walking distance). Take the M3 train (blue line) towards D. Plakentias / Agia Marina and get off at Syntagma station (Estimated travel time: 40 mins, 15 stops). At Syntagma station you have to switch trains and take the M2 train (red line) towards Anthoupoli to get off at StathmosLarissis station (for more information: http://www.oasa.gr/?id=ind3ex&lang=en&http://www.athenstransport.com/english/). Estimated travel time: 5 mins (4 stops). Then, walk to the railway station which is located just outside the METRO station (1 min walking distance) and get the train to Volos (the train arrives at Larissa city railway station and then you have to switch trains and take another one to Volos city – there is always a connection). Estimated travel time from Athens to Larissa: 4.5 h (8 stops). Estimated travel time from Larissa to Volos: 50 mins (6 stops). For more information and on-line booking of tickets for train from Athens to Volos: https://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/ .
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  • Public transport (intercity bus):From Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport terminal you have to walk to the suburban railway / METRO terminal which is located just outside (3 minutes walking distance). Take the train towards AnoLiosiaand get off at ProastiakosStathmosKifisias – Kifisia suburban railway station (Estimated travel time: 21 mins, 5 stops).You will have to reach the Kifisia bus terminal just outside (1 min walking distance) and get the express bus “X93” to Liosionintercity bus station – KTEL Liosion(Estimated travel time: 15 mins, 2 stops – for more information: http://www.oasa.gr/?id=ind3ex&lang=en&http://www.athenstransport.com/english/). Then you will have to walk to the intercity bus terminal (1 min walking distance) and get the bus to Volos – KTEL Magnissias (for more information: http://ktelvolou.gr/en/home/ or please call: +30 210 8329585, +30 24210 33253).Estimated travel time to Volos including 1-2 stops: 4 h).
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From THESSALONIKI to VOLOS

  • Private vehicle (road): From Thessaloniki International Airport “Macedonia” terminal, take the E75 national motorway to Athens (via Thessaloniki ring road). After passing outside the city of Larissa (218 km), take the E92 national road (Interchange – Exit E06) to Volos (16.1 Km). Total distance: 238 Km. Estimated travel time: 2.5 h (for more information / assistance please call 112 free of charge). Important notice: apart from the fuel cost you have to take into consideration that there are some 10 toll stations in your way with a total cost of 25 € (including forward and return trip).
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  • Public transport (train / intercity bus): From Thessaloniki International Airport “Macedonia” terminal, take the bus “78: Aerodromio – KTEL”(for more information on bus transport: http://oasth.gr/en/). You should get off at either Thessaloniki Railway station in 16 stops (to take the train to Volos) or at the Macedonia Intercity Bus Terminal in 18 stops / end stop (to take the intercity bus to Volos). Alternatively, you may get a taxi to the railway station orthe intercity bus station, with an estimated cost of 20-25 €.For on-line booking of tickets for train from Thessaloniki to Volos: https://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/ . In the intercity bus terminal you should get the bus to Volos – KTEL Magnissias(for more information: http://ktelvolou.gr/en/home/ or please call: +30 2310 595424, +30 24210 33253). Estimated travel time (intercity bus or train): 4 h.
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From VOLOS intercity bus terminal or railway station to VALIS Resort Hotel Agria (3rd CSUM venue)

  • Private vehicle (road): Follow the main highway (entrance) to city center through Dimitriados street and Polimeristreet towards Agria. You should get to the 3rd CSUM venue in 8,5 Km. Estimated travel distance: 15-21 mins (for more information / assistance please call 112 free of charge).
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  • Public transport (bus): Take the bus “5” towards Lechonia / Platanidia. If you travel to Volos by intercity bus, the local bus station is on the other side of the road right in front of you. In case you travel to Volos by train, you should take the bus from either “Palia” or “Dimarchio” bus stops just 0.2 km from Volos Railway Station after you exit on your right. There is a bus every 20-30 minutes. After 20 stops you should get off the bus at “Valis” stop (please, ask the driver to indicate you where you should you get off the bus), just outsideVALIS Resort Hotel Agria- 3rd CSUM venue (http://valishotel.gr/?lang=en). Estimated travel time: 30 mins. Estimated cost: 1,5€ (from kiosks) or 2€ (on the bus, from driver). Alternatively, you may get a taxi from either the intercity bus station or the railway station to VALIS Resort Hotel Agria, with an estimated cost of 15-20 €.

Culture & Leisure

 

Volos is one of the largest and most attractive cities in Greece as well as one of the country’s most prominent ports, located on the Pagassetic Gulf, where it is believed that the Argonautica started, as narrated by Homer. Volos is the capital city of the area known as Magnesia, which includes the Pelion mountain (and homonymous peninsula), known from the Greek Mythology as the Centaurs’ and muses’ kingdom and the mother land of Jason. Magnesia was created as a prefecture incorporated within Thessaly, a traditional geographic and modern administrative region of Greece. In addition to the territory of the present regional unit of Magnesia, the Magnesia Prefecture also included the Northern Sporades group of islands (Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos). Volos, a seaport city of approximately 150.000 inhabitants, has rich industrial, commercial, intellectual and social history marked by cultural diversity and intense population movements. The city and the surrounding areas are full of folk, traditional and cultural attractions as well as touristic destinations.

 

 

Culture and touristic attractions

Volos

1 Volos museum of the city Volos museum of the city

15-17 Feron st., Palia, Volos

Tel.  +30 24210 29878 & +30 24210 39644

Open:  10.30 – 13.30 except for Monday & 18:00-21:00 on Wednesday and Friday

2 Athanassakio Athanassakio Archaeological museum

1 Athanasaki st., Volos

Tel. +30 24210 25285 – 76278.

Open:  08.30 – 15.00 except for Monday

3 Giorgio De Chirico Giorgio De Chirico Art Centre – A. Damtsa Museum

3 Metamorfoseos st., Volos

Tel. +30 24210 31701.

Open: 10:00 – 13:00 except for the weekend

4 Folklore centre K. Makri Folklore centre K. Makri

38 K. Makri st, Volos

Tel. +30 24210 37119.

Open: 08.30 – 12.30 except for the weekend

5 Tsalapata industrial history museum

 Tsalapata area, south gate, Palia, Volos

Tel. +30 24210 29844, 210 3218015.

Open: 10.00 – 17.00 except for Tuesday

6 Railway Thessaly railway museum

Railway station square, Volos

Tel. +30 24210 23519 – 24008.

Open:  08.00 – 14.00 except for the weekend (appointments set 10 days earlier)

7 C. Zogia gallery museum C. Zogia gallery museum

A. Gazi and Vlachava st., Volos

 

Tel. +30 24210 39644.

Open: Wednesday 17.00 – 20.00 & Friday 10.00 – 13.00

8 A. Koutroumpa entomology museum A. Koutroumpa entomology museum

98 Zachou st., Volos

 

Tel. +30 24210 60601 – 48556.

Open: On request

 

9 Goritsa hill

Volos

Tel. +30 24210 25285 – 28563.

Open: 8.30 – 15.00, weekdays except for Monday

10 Ancient Dimitriada,

Pefkakia area, Volos

Tel. +30 24210 88091.

Open: 8.00 – 14.30 on weekdays & on request on weekend

Pelion

11 Theofilos museum Theofilos museum

Anakasia – Ikia Kontou (Kontos’ house)

Tel. +30 24210 47340—49151.

Open: 8.00 – 15.00 weekdays except for Monday

12 Pelion folk art & history museum Pelion folk art & history museum

Makrinitsa village, Topali manor house

Tel. +30 24280 99505.

Open : 10.00 – 17.00 weekdays except for Monday

13 Sculptor Nicolas pictorial museum Sculptor Nicolas pictorial museum

Agios Georgios Nilias, Central square

Tel. +30 24280 93100.

Open: 10.00 – 17.00 on weekend

14 Milies folklore traditional museum Milies folklore traditional museum

Milies town hall, 1st floor

Tel. +30 24230 86602.

Open: 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00 on weekdays

Magnesia

15 Almiros Archaeological museum Almiros Archaeological museum

48 Athinon st., Almiros

Tel. +30 24220 21326.

Open: 8.30 – 15.00 weekdays except for Monday

16 Pteleos sea museum Pteleos sea museum

Achilio – Pteleos municipality

Tel. +30 24220 41227.

Open: on request

17 MUSEUM OF ALEXANDER PAPADIAMANTI MUSEUM OF ALEXANDER PAPADIAMANTI

Skiathos island, Square Papadiamantis

Tel. +30 24270-23843.

Open: all day from May to November

18 Folklore Museum of Skopelos Folklore Museum of Skopelos

Skopelos island

Tel. +30 24220 41227.

Open: 11:00-13:00 & 18:00-20:00 except for Sunday

19 COSTA AND MUSEUM ALONNISOY ANGELAS Mauritius COSTA AND MUSEUM ALONNISOY ANGELAS Mauritius

Alonissos island

Tel. +30 24220 41227.

Open: 11:00-19:00 all week

  20 Sesklo archaeological site

Sesklo

Tel. +30 24210 95172

Open: 8.30 – 15:00 weekdays except for Monday

21 Dimini archaeological site

Dimini

Tel. +30 24210 85960

Open: 8.30 – 15:00 weekdays except for Monday

22 Nea Aghialos archaeological site (Fthiotide Thives)

Nea Aghialos

Tel. +30 24280 76468 & 24280-77057

Open: 8.30 – 15:00 weekdays

23 Feres archaeological site

Feres

Tel. +30 24210 25285 και 76278.

Open: on request

Attractions & destinations

24 Pelion train Pelion little train (from Ano Lehonia to Milies) http://www.trainose.gr/en/tourism-culture/train-and-recreation/the-pelion-train/

Weekend

25 Skiathos island

 

http://www.skiathos.gr/index.php?lang=en

One of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece with charming beaches, maintaining its traditional charm and architectural heritage and offering top quality tourism.

26 Skopelos island  http://www.skopelos.gr/joomla/en/

Verdant, 360 churches and chapels, splendid beaches and impressive traditional women costumes.

27 Alonissos island http://alonissos.gr/en/

Serene, unique in flora and fauna, with natural environment preserved and protected (Marine Park of the North Sporades: One of the few biotopes providing shelter to the Mediterranean seal “monachus-monachus”).

For more information (indicative sites):

http://dimosvolos.gr/?lang=en

http://www.port-volos.gr/cgi-bin/pages/index.pl?arlang=English

http://www.discoverpelio.com/

 

ORGANIZER

University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering,
Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory-TTLog
Pedion Areos, GR-38334
Volos, Greece
http://ttlog.civ.uth.gr/

 

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

Tel. : +30-2421074164, +30-2421074158, +30-2421074191
Fax : +30-2421074131
E-Mail: infocsum@civ.uth.gr

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