There are 10 ways to get from Athens to Bansko by train, car, bus, car ferry or plane

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Train, drive  •  9 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Rodopolis
  3. Drive from Rodopolis to Bansko

$56 - $81

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Bus Union Ivkoni  •  11 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad

$27 - $70

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Train, bus  •  11 h 24 min

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

$45 - $58

Bus Arda Tur  •  12 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad

$36 - $38

Car ferry, bus  •  28 h 33 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Kavala Nissos Mykonos / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kavala to Bansko

Drive  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Bansko 448.8 miles

$100 - $160

Fly to Kavala, bus  •  7 h 13 min

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

Fly to Thessaloniki, bus  •  9 h 41 min

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

$47 - $144

Fly to Sofia, bus  •  8 h 44 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  •  9 h 59 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

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Bansko is to bus which costs 31€ - 33€ and takes 12 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Bansko is to drive which costs 90€ - 140€ and takes 7 h 43 min.

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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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The distance between Athens and Bansko is 429 km. The road distance is 718.1 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Bansko without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 23 min and costs 23€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 9 h 52 min to get from Athens to Bansko, including transfers.

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Athens to Bansko bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Athens station.

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

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Athens to Bansko bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Blagoevgrad station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Bansko is 718 km. It takes approximately 7 h 43 min to drive from Athens to Bansko.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Bansko.
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  • Distance: 268.4 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 52 min

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

Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Athens to Bansko twice daily. Tickets cost $25 - $70 and the journey takes 10 h.

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 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 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
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
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $150
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
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
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Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Train from Thessaloniki to Rodopolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$6 - $9
First Class
$8 - $10
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
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
$15 - $17
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Kavala to Bansko
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 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
$8 - $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
22 h 25 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $270
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$75 - $270
Business
$269
4 bed inside cabin
$100

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Olympic Air offers flights from Athens Airport to Kavala Airport.

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There are 537+ hotels available in Bansko. Prices start at $22 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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