The Pelion Train
"The steam train of Pelion, «Moutzouris-Smudgy» through its unique travel across the slopes of Pelion, offers the opportunity to explore the unique landscape and admire the innovation for the time of construction.
This service is included in holiday packages focused on the exploration of the Nature and the Tradition of Mountain Pelion and it is offered also to individuals or companies or groups.
After research in local tourist enterprises, tourists come to the area in order to experience local culture and nature during April to October.
So, the local entrepreneurs, together with the Hellenic Railway Organization, have worked out the cooperation agreement in order to make it possible for tourists to use the train while staying for a few days in the area.
The train operates mainly at weekends, offering visitors a chance to enjoy the area by using it.
By having the Train service included in holiday packages and offered to individuals, companies and groups as a method of transport rather than the road network, we will have the opportunity to attract the tourists and other people to the village and mountain, in general, in a time where most prefer the seaside.
The advantage for the local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders clearly comes from a higher number of clients during the season of operation that grants improved economic sustainability.
Local travel agencies (tour operators) benefit directly from the sale of the holiday packages including the train attraction.
The advantage for restaurant owners is an increased number of clients.
Tourists benefit from the opportunity to have at their disposal a new opportunity to know, learn & experience an inspired work, blended in perfectly with the surrounding environment...
WHY is the best practice considered as good
The train of Pelion generates positive results since this activity fits perfectly with the surrounding environment attracting a high number of tourists each year. Therefore, local entrepreneurs felt that this initiative matched with their businesses and therefore they could have a role in it.
WHAT are the measurable results
Number of tourist presences coming to Milies using of train instead of cars.
Number of companies using the train for their activities.
By using the train the positive environmental impact is substantial, since the train pollutes less than the accumulated cars that the people who are travelling by train are using.
New opportunities created on the local level
Strengthening of the food, the handicraft, the local products sector of the villages that train passes.
The Train of Pelion is promoted directly from the Greek Railway Organization but also from the Municipality of Southern Pilion and the local entrepreneurs.
The cost for a round trip is 18 € for the adults and 10 € for kids. For a one way trip the cost is 10 € and 6 € respectively.
Possibility of tansferring the best practice
The practise is difficult to be transferred as it is, inside Greece due to its uniqueness, combining large scale infrastructures with the natural environment.