There are 6 ways to get from Ankara to Athens by plane, bus, train, car ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  7 h 56 min

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

$79 - $214

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  22 h 15 min

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

$35 - $75

4 alternative options

Bus  •  21 h 30 min

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

$72 - $105

Train, bus via Thessaloniki  •  24 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Gebze
  2. Take the bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
  3. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  4. Take the train from Alexandroupoli to Thessaloniki 601
  5. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens 601

$78 - $116

Bus, car ferry  •  26 h 26 min

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

$92 - $199

Drive  •  16 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Ankara to Athens 963 miles

$230 - $340

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

Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and two other airlines fly from Ankara to Athens every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ankara to Athens via Istanbul and Istanbul Otogar in around 21 h 30 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Izmir, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Antalya, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Izmir
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $400
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Ankara to Athens via Kiev
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Gebze
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Alexandroupoli to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$25 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$29 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Dedeagac
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Balikesir to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Balikesir
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $17
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
$22 - $30
Schedules at
jaletour.com
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Car ferry from Mytilene to Piraeus
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $120
Schedules at
bluestarferries.com
CABIN A2 outside
$85 - $120
CABIN A3 outside
$80 - $90
CABIN A4 outside
$80 - $90
Economy
$50 - $60
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mytilene to Piraeus
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$55 - $140
Business
$131
2 bed outside Cabin
$94
4 bed outside Cabin
$88

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Ankara to Athens?

The distance between Ankara and Athens is 819 km. The road distance is 1541 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Ankara to Athens?

The cheapest way to get from Ankara to Athens is to train and bus which costs 140 ₺ - 310 ₺ and takes 22 h 15 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Ankara to Athens?

The quickest way to get from Ankara to Athens is to fly which takes 7 h 56 min and costs 310 ₺ - 900 ₺.

Is there a direct bus between Ankara and Athens?

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 21 h 30 min.

How long does it take to get from Ankara to Athens?

It takes approximately 7 h 56 min to get from Ankara to Athens, including transfers.