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There are two ways to get from Patra to the Greek mainland: a bridge and a ferry (both from Rio to Antirrio). The ferry is free for foot passengers and cheaper than the bridge for cars, and also easier to access than the bridge. It runs several times per hour.
From Rio Toll Station:
Take Bus No 6 from downtown Patra (EUR 1.30). Ask for Korinthou Street. There are stops there. Get off at the end of the line at the hospital. There's a road on your left leading to the toll station after 15 min walk.
A hitchhiker's experience
I have hitchhiked right after the toll station 3-4 times. Only once a toll station employee told me to leave. I went to the cantine 20m away and got a ride there from a guy who had stopped for a snack. Another time a policeman just asked me to step behind the bars. I had no problem to catch a ride.
- Recent, June 2012)
I followed these directions but didnt have any luck getting off at the right stop, its a bit confusing. The best idea is to get on the correct bus #6, to hospital, my driver spoke no english or spanish, but he understood hospital, after you SEE the hospital WAIT, he will go do a loop, and stop at 1 little newstand then continue, the next time he will stop at the CANTINA(it looks like nothing, might be a few cars there) get off! You should see the highway right in front of you(above) crawl/hike up the 10 ft ravine and bam your on the highway(emergency lane) all the cars were slow so no worries, now walk to the left, you should be like 40ft. from the toll booth. Theres probably a woman walking by in a yellow shiny shirt and she will help you across without getting hit by the other cars. When your on the other side, walk 30 ft towards Athens and theres a Cantina thats out of business. Stand there, no problems, I got an offer within 30 minutes, helps to have a sign! Luck
South towards the Peloponese
Catch bus no 8 from outside the central railway station. Stay on for about 1/2 an hour, into the small town of Ovyra on the outskirts of Patras. The bus takes a sharp right in the down and goes down a hill. At the bottom of the hill it turns left. Get off at the next stop (you should see signs for the junction) and you can follow signs to easily walk to the slip road for the E55 going south.