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

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Bus via Ioannina  •  8h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Ioannina
  2. Take the bus from Ioannina to Gjirokastër

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Bus  •  9h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Gjirokastër

$46

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the train from Athens to Lianokladi Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lamia to Kakavia

$52 - $77

Bus via Trikala  •  10h

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Trikala
  2. Take the bus from Trikala to Gjirokastër

$81 - $114

Drive  •  5h 38m

  1. Drive from Athens to Gjirokastër 316.2 miles

$75 - $110

Fly to Ioannina, bus  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Ioannina (IOA) ATH - IOA
  2. Take the bus from Ioannina to Gjirokastër

Fly to Corfu, Flying Dolphin, drive  •  6h 42m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Corfu (CFU) ATH - CFU
  2. Take the Flying Dolphin from Corfu to Sarandë
  3. Drive from Sarandë to Gjirokastër

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Gjirokastër is to bus which costs 40€ and takes 9h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Gjirokastër is to drive which costs 65€ - 100€ and takes 5h 38m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Gjirokastër. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 1m.

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The distance between Athens and Gjirokastër is 387 km. The road distance is 506 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Gjirokastër without a car is to bus via Ioannina which takes 8h 4m and costs .

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It takes approximately 8h 4m to get from Athens to Gjirokastër, including transfers.

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Athens to Gjirokastër bus services, operated by KTEL Ioanninon, depart from Athens station.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Ioannina Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Athens to Gjirokastër bus services, operated by Albtrans sh.p.k, arrive at Gjirokastër station.

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Gjirokastër is 1h behind Athens. It is currently 7:34 AM in Athens and 6:34 AM in Gjirokastër.

Map of how to get from Athens to Gjirokastër.
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  • Distance: 241.9 miles
  • Duration: 8h 4m

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Gjirokastër, Albania?

You can take a bus from Athens to Gjirokastër via Ioannina in around 8h 4m.

Airlines
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Athens to Corfu
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Athens to Corfu
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $270
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Lianokladi
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
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2nd Class Ticket
$11 - $15
1st Class Ticket
$16 - $20
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$23 - $27
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$28 - $32
Bus operators
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 4 2239 203
Email
rezervime@albtrans.net
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Ioannina to Gjirokastër
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
Albtrans sh.p.k
Bus from Athens to Gjirokastër
Ave. Duration
9h 1m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$46
Website
Albtrans sh.p.k
KTEL Fthiotidos
Phone
22310 - 51345
Email
info@ktelfthiotidos.gr
Website
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus from Lamia to Kakavia
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$33 - $37
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
KTEL Trikala
Phone
(+30) 24310 73130
Email
info@ktel-trikala.gr
Website
ktel-trikala.gr
Bus from Athens to Trikala
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
ktel-trikala.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Trikala to Gjirokastër
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Ferry operators
Ionian Seaways
Phone
+30 26610 38690
Website
ionianseaways.com
Ferry from Corfu to Sarandë
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Website
Ionian Seaways

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Gjirokastër is 506 km. It takes approximately 5h 38m to drive from Athens to Gjirokastër.

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Sky Express and Olympic Air offer flights from Athens Airport to Ioannina Airport.

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There are 200+ hotels available in Gjirokastër. Prices start at $25 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs 9€.

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