There are 4 ways to get from Athens to Thessaloniki by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη

$27 - $40

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Bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Thessaloniki

$40 - $75

Drive  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Thessaloniki 312.6 miles

$75 - $110

Fly  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG

$30 - $123

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Thessaloniki. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Athens and arriving at Thessaloniki. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 23 min.

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The distance between Athens and Thessaloniki is 304 km. The road distance is 500.2 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Thessaloniki without a car is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs .

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The train from Athens to Thessaloniki takes 5 h 23 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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

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Athens to Thessaloniki train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Thessaloniki is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 30 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 40 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 Thessaloniki bus services, operated by KTEL Thessalonikis, arrive at Thessaloniki station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Thessaloniki.
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  • Distance: 189.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 23 min

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Thessaloniki, Greece?

Greek Railways (OSE) operates a train from Athens to Thessaloniki 5 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 23 min. Alternatively, KTEL Thessalonikis operates a bus from Athens to Thessaloniki every 3 hours. Tickets cost $46 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 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
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
Bus operators
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
KTEL Attikis
Phone
210 88 08 000
Email
info@ktelattikis.gr
Website
ktelattikis.gr
Bus from Athens - KTEL Kifisou to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
ktelattikis.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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Athens to Thessaloniki train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), arrive at Thessaloniki station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Thessaloniki is 500 km. It takes approximately 4 h 59 min to drive from Athens to Thessaloniki.

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

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There are 881+ hotels available in Thessaloniki. Prices start at $48 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 .

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