There are 6 ways to get from Athens to Ankara 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 40 min

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

$78 - $213

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  22 h 16 min

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

$31 - $65

4 alternative options

Bus  •  20 h 58 min

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

$68 - $95

Train, bus  •  25 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki 600
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli 600
  3. Take the bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul Otogar
  4. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
  5. Take the train from Gebze to Ankara YHT

$73 - $111

Car ferry, bus  •  27 h 25 min

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

$82 - $186

Drive  •  16 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Ankara 964 miles

$230 - $340

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

Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and three other airlines fly from Athens to Ankara hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Ankara via Istanbul Otogar and Istanbul in around 20 h 58 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Istanbul, Izmir
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Istanbul, Antalya
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $400
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Sabiha Gokcen, Izmir
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Athens to Ankara via Kiev
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Gebze to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Train from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$24 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
Bus operators
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ankara
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Dedeagac to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ayvalik to Balikesir
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from Balikesir to Ankara
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
pamukkale.com.tr
Ferry operators
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Car ferry from Piraeus to Mytilene
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times 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 - $55
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Mytilene
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$50 - $130
Business
$125
2 bed outside Cabin
$90
4 bed outside Cabin
$83
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
jaletour.com
Car ferry from Mitilini to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
jaletour.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Athens and Ankara is 819 km. The road distance is 1542 km.

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Ankara is to bus and train which costs 26€ - 60€ and takes 22 h 16 min.

The quickest way to get from Athens to Ankara is to fly which takes 7 h 40 min and costs 65€ - 190€.

No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Ankara. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Ankara via Istanbul. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 58 min.

It takes approximately 7 h 40 min to get from Athens to Ankara, including transfers.