There are 9 ways to get from Athens to Bansko by train, bus, car ferry, 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.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  11 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic 58 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad

$40 - $55

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad

$27 - $69

7 alternative options

Train, bus via Drama  •  13 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki 600
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Drama 600
  3. Take the bus from Drama to Bansko

$49 - $66

Car ferry, bus  •  35 h 5 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Kavala Conventional ferry
  2. Take the bus from Kavala to Bansko

$84 - $328

Drive  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Bansko 448.8 miles

$100 - $160

Fly to Kavala, bus  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Kavala (KVA) ATH - KVA
  2. Take the bus from Kavala to Bansko

$120 - $324

Fly to Thessaloniki, bus  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad

$42 - $142

Fly to Sofia, bus  •  8 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sofia (SOF) ATH - SOF
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Bansko

$35 - $132

Fly to Alexandroupolis, bus  •  10 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Alexandroupolis (AXD) ATH - AXD
  2. Take the bus from Alexandroupoli to Kavala
  3. Take the bus from Kavala to Bansko

$87 - $194

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Bansko is to train and bus which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 11 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Bansko is to fly and bus which takes 7 h 38 min and costs 100€ - 280€.

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The distance between Athens and Bansko is 429 km. The road distance is 718 km.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 11 h 6 min to get from Athens to Bansko, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Bansko. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Bansko via Blagoevgrad. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 23 min.

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What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Bansko, Bulgaria?

Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Athens to Bansko twice daily. Tickets cost $24 - $65 and the journey takes 10 h. Ilias Travel also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Paros
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Paros
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Ellinair
Website
en.ellinair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Train from Thessaloniki to Drama
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$13 - $18
First Class
$16 - $22
Bus operators
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Bus from Drama to Bansko
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Bus from Kavala to Bansko
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $18
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
12 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$54 - $58
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Union Ivkoni
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 43
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Kavala to Bansko
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Bansko
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Municipality of Bansko
Website
bansko.net
Bus from Sofia to Bansko
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
bansko.net
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Bansko
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
KTEL Evrou
Phone
25510-26479
Website
ktelevrou.gr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Kavala
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
ktelevrou.gr
Ferry operators
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Kavala
Ave. Duration
28 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$70 - $310
Business
$306
2 bed outside cabin
$120
4 bed outside cabin
$100

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