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There are 5 ways to get from Ankara to Athens by plane, train, bus, car ferry or car

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Fly  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Ankara (ESB) to Athens (ATH) ESB - ATH

$77 - $212

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Bus  •  23 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Ankara to Istanbul
  2. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens

$21 - $57

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  22 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Gebze Yht
  2. Take the bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
  3. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens

$25 - $56

Bus, car ferry  •  27 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Ankara to Gomec
  2. Take the car ferry from Ayvalık to Mitilini
  3. Take the car ferry from Mytilene to Piraeus

$77 - $178

Drive  •  16 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Ankara to Athens 963 miles

$230 - $340

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ankara to Athens is to bus which costs 120 ₺ - 330 ₺ and takes 23 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ankara to Athens is to fly which costs 430 ₺ - 1.200 ₺ and takes 7 h 46 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ankara to Athens. However, there are services departing from Ankara and arriving at Athens via Istanbul Otogar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 40 min.

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The distance between Ankara and Athens is 819 km. The road distance is 1540.8 km.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Athens without a car is to train and bus which takes 22 h 15 min and costs 140 ₺ - 320 ₺.

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It takes approximately 7 h 46 min to get from Ankara to Athens, including transfers.

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Ankara to Athens bus services, operated by Kamil Koc, depart from Ankara station.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Athens is to fly which takes 7 h 46 min and costs 430 ₺ - 1.200 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 120 ₺ - 330 ₺ and takes 23 h 40 min.

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There is no direct flight from Ankara Airport to Athens Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Ankara to Athens bus services, operated by Kamil Koc, arrive at Athens station.

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Map of how to get from Ankara to Athens.
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  • Distance: 511.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 46 min

What companies run services between Ankara, Turkey and Athens, Greece?

Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines and three other airlines fly from Ankara to Athens hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ankara to Athens via Istanbul Otogar in around 23 h 40 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Izmir
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Izmir, Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Gebze
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Gomec
Ave. Duration
11 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from ASTI Ankara Bus Terminal to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $11
Schedules at
pamukkale.com.tr
Ferry operators
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
jaletour.com
Car ferry from Ayvalık to Mitilini
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Schedules at
jaletour.com
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mytilene to Piraeus
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$50 - $130
Business
$130
2 bed outside Cabin
$88
4 bed outside Cabin
$82
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Car ferry from Mytilene to Piraeus
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Schedules at
bluestarferries.com
CABIN A2 outside
$80 - $110
CABIN A3 outside
$75 - $85
CABIN A4 outside
$75 - $85
Economy
$45 - $60

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Athens is 1 h behind Ankara. It is currently 1:46 AM in Ankara and 12:46 AM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Ankara to Athens is 1541 km. It takes approximately 16 h 3 min to drive from Ankara to Athens.

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Pegasus Airlines, Lufthansa, Ukraine International Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Ankara Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 3857+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $48 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Ankara Airport is to bus which takes 1 h 14 min and costs 11 ₺.

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