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There are 8 ways to get from Athens to Macedonia by train, bus, car or plane

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

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Train, bus  •  10 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob

$50 - $71

Cheapest option

Bus Siamos Tours  •  13 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Gevgelija
  2. Take the bus from Gevgelija to Skopje

$41 - $46

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Bus KTEL Thessalonikis  •  10 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob

$68 - $80

Train  •  12 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Platy
  2. Take the train from Platy to Florina
  3. Take the train from Bitola to Skopje 540 / ...

$52 - $93

Drive  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Skopje 438.7 miles

$100 - $160

Fly to Thessaloniki, train  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Mesonision

$46 - $146

Fly to Ioannina, bus  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Ioannina (IOA) ATH - IOA
  2. Take the bus from Ioannina to Florina

$92 - $284

Fly to Skopje, line 641 train  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Skopje (SKP) ATH - SKP
  2. Take the line 641 train from Skopje to Dračevo

$106 - $563

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Macedonia is to bus which costs 36€ - 41€ and takes 13 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Macedonia is to fly and line 641 train which costs 90€ - 490€ and takes 6 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Macedonia. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Skopje Zob via Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 45 min.

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The distance between Athens and Macedonia is 439 km. The road distance is 701.9 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Macedonia without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 29 min and costs 40€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 10 h 29 min to get from Athens to Macedonia, including transfers.

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Athens to Macedonia bus services, operated by KTEL Thessalonikis, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Macedonia is to bus which takes 10 h 45 min and costs 55€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 45€ - 85€ and takes 12 h 14 min.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Thessaloniki Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Athens to Macedonia bus services, operated by Simeonidis Tours, arrive at Skopje Zob station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Macedonia.
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  • Distance: 274.4 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 29 min

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Macedonia?

You can take a bus from Athens to Skopje via Thessaloniki Monastiriou and Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis in around 10 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Athens to Skopje via Platy, Florina, and Bitola in around 12 h 14 min.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Athens to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Ellinair
Website
en.ellinair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
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Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Train from Athens to Platy
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$25 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
Train from Platy to Florina
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$10 - $13
First Class
$12 - $15
Train from Thessaloniki to Mesonision
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$11 - $15
First Class
$14 - $18
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Bitola to Skopje
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $40
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Train from Skopje to Dračevo
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
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mzt.mk
Bus operators
Simeonidis Tours
Phone
+30-2310540970
Email
info@simeonidistours.gr
Website
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
Siamos Tours
Phone
0030 2108219900
Email
vsiamos@otenet.gr
Website
siamostours.gr
Bus from Athens to Gevgelija
Ave. Duration
8 h 42 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$33 - $39
Schedules at
siamostours.gr
Rule Turs
Phone
02/ 3163 – 346
Email
ruleturs@sas.com.mk
Website
sas.com.mk
Bus from Gevgelija to Skopje
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8
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Phone
26510 25014
Website
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Bus from Ioannina to Florina
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$25 - $31
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr

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Macedonia is 1 h behind Athens. It is currently 3:14 AM in Athens and 2:14 AM in Macedonia.

Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Macedonia is 702 km. It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to drive from Athens to Macedonia.

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Ellinair, Sky Express , Ryanair and Olympic Air offer flights from Athens Airport to Thessaloniki Airport.

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There are 10+ hotels available in Macedonia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs 9€.

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