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There are 7 ways to get from Athens to Castro by bus, car ferry, train, car or plane

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Bus, car ferry

  1. Take the bus from Athens - KTEL Kifisou to Igoumenitsa
  2. Take the car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi
  3. Take the bus from Lecce to Castro

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Durrës
  2. Take the bus from Durrës to Struga
  3. Take the Bus from Struga to Bari
  4. Take the bus from Bari Largo Sorrentino to Maglie Megapark Via Otranto

Bus, car ferry, train

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Bari
  3. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Lecce
  4. Take the bus from Lecce to Castro

Bus, car ferry, Leonetti Bus

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Bari
  3. Take the Leonetti Bus from Bari to Lecce - Autostazione
  4. Take the bus from Lecce - Bar Commercio to Diso

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Athens to Mantoúdi
  2. Take the car ferry from Mantoúdi to Volos
  3. Drive from Volos to Castro

Fly to Brindisi, bus

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Brindisi (BDS)
  2. Take the bus from Brindisi to Diso

Fly to Corfu, car ferry, bus

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Corfu (CFU)
  2. Take the car ferry from Corfu to Brindisi
  3. Take the bus from Brindisi to Diso
Greece → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Greece

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Greece
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vatican

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Greece

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Greece
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  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Isle of Man, Jersey, Martinique, Monaco, Réunion, Svalbard and Jan Mayen and United Kingdom
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Macau, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Réunion, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vatican
  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Monaco and United Kingdom unless other countries have been visited within the past 14 days prior to arrival
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Greece

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Greece.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Castro is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Castro is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Castro is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Greece from Italy.

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Last updated: 20 Jan 2022
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The most affordable way to get from Athens to Castro is to bus, which costs €55 - €70 and takes 29h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Castro is to fly and bus which costs €55 - €200 and takes 11h 17m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Castro. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Castro via Durrës, Struga, Bari Largo Sorrentino and Maglie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29h 19m.

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The distance between Athens and Castro is 510 km.

The best way to get from Athens to Castro without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 21h 51m and costs .

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It takes approximately 21h 51m to get from Athens to Castro, including transfers.

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Athens to Castro bus services, operated by Albtrans sh.p.k, depart from Athens station.

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There is no direct flight from Athens Airport to Brindisi Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 15m and has one stopover.

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Athens to Castro bus services, operated by Elios Autoservizi, arrive at Maglie Megapark Via Otranto station.

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Castro is 1h behind Athens. It is currently 10:44 PM in Athens and 9:44 PM in Castro.

Map of how to get from Athens to Castro.
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  • Distance: 510.3 km
  • Duration: 21h 51m

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Castro, Apulia, Italy?

You can take a bus from Athens to Castro via Durrës, Durrës, Struga, Struga, Bari, Bari Largo Sorrentino, Maglie Megapark Via Otranto, and Maglie in around 29h 19m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Corfu
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €280
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Corfu
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €190
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Brindisi via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€35 - €230
Flights from Athens to Brindisi via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
€35 - €230
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Athens to Brindisi via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€210 - €600
Flights from Athens to Brindisi via Geneva
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€210 - €600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Brindisi via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €260
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Athens to Brindisi via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€30 - €200
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Lecce
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Lecce
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €21
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€19 - €21
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Lecce
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€10 - €15
Bus operators
KTEL Thesprotias
Phone
2665 0 22309
Email
info@ktel-thesprotias.gr
Website
ktel-thesprotias.gr
Bus from Athens - KTEL Kifisou to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €60
Website
KTEL Thesprotias
S.T.P. di Terra d' Otranto
Phone
0832-228441
Email
info@stplecce.it
Website
stplecce.it
Bus from Lecce to Castro
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Schedules at
stplecce.it
2nd Class
€4 - €6
Bus from Lecce - Bar Commercio to Diso
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Schedules at
stplecce.it
2nd Class
€3 - €5
Bus from Brindisi to Diso
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Schedules at
stplecce.it
2nd Class
€5 - €8
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Athens to Patras
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €23
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
TTI Leonettibus SRL
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 42 239 203 / +355 69 400 4075
Email
albtrans06@yahoo.com
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Athens to Durrës
Ave. Duration
12h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€32
Website
Albtrans sh.p.k
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus from Durrës to Struga
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Bus from Struga to Bari
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€15 - €23
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Elios Autoservizi
Phone
0832.871016
Website
eliosautoservizi.com
Bus from Bari Largo Sorrentino to Maglie Megapark Via Otranto
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€2
Schedules at
eliosautoservizi.com
Ferry operators
European Seaways
Phone
+30 210 9561630
Email
info@europeanseaways.com
Website
europeanseaways.com
Car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
European Seaways
Car ferry from Corfu to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once a week
Website
European Seaways
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Patras to Bari
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€80 - €230
Website
Superfast ferries
Deck
€81 - €82
Aircraft-type seats
€91 - €92
2 bed inside cabin
€228 - €229
3 bed outside cabin
€190 - €230
Anes Ferries
Phone
210 5237613
Email
info@anes.gr
Website
anes.gr
Car ferry from Mantoúdi to Volos
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Website
Anes Ferries
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Corfu to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€17 - €25
Website
Grimaldi Lines

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Air Dolomiti, Sky Express, Wizz Air and four other airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Brindisi Airport.

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There are 469+ hotels available in Castro. Prices start at €87 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 €10.

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