There are 8 ways to get from Athens to Blagoevgrad 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.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  9 h 9 min

  1. Ic 58 / ...

$36 - $49

Cheapest option

Bus Union Ivkoni  •  10 h 25 min

$26 - $45

6 alternative options

Train, bus via Blagoevgrad  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Ic 58 / ...

$38 - $52

Bus KTEL Thessalonikis  •  10 h 38 min

$97 - $138

Drive  •  7 h 21 min

  1. 434.5 miles

$100 - $160

Fly to Thessaloniki, bus  •  6 h 34 min

  1. ATH - SKG

$65 - $172

Fly to Kavala, bus  •  8 h 53 min

  1. ATH - KVA

$122 - $328

Fly to Sofia, train  •  8 h 39 min

  1. ATH - SOF

$31 - $127

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

Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad once daily. Tickets cost $26 - $40 and the journey takes 10 h 25 min. Two other operators also service this route.

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 Paros
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
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 Paros
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
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
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
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 Athens to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
11 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Bus from Kavala to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
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 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $18
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Athens to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
10 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$58 - $61
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h
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 - Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
ktelattikis.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 43
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Kavala to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Athens and Blagoevgrad is 452 km. The road distance is 695 km.

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Blagoevgrad is to bus which costs 22€ - 40€ and takes 10 h 25 min.

The quickest way to get from Athens to Blagoevgrad is to fly and bus which takes 6 h 34 min and costs 55€ - 150€.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Blagoevgrad. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 25 min.

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