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There are 8 ways to get from Athens to Messina by plane, ferry, bus, train, bus and ferry, car ferry, night bus or car

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Fly to Reggio Calabria, ferry  •  9h 15m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Reggio Calabria (REG) ATH - REG
  2. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima

$164 - $1,823

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Fly to Catania, bus  •  6h 47m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Catania (CTA) ATH - CTA
  2. Take the bus from Catania Airport to Messina - Piazza Repubblica

$85 - $313

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Fly to Palermo, train  •  10h

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Palermo (PMO) ATH - PMO
  2. Take the train from Palermo Centrale to Messina Centrale

$95 - $408

Bus, bus and ferry  •  28h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Trikala
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Trikala to Ancona
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Messina

$213 - $303

Bus, car ferry, night bus, train  •  28h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Bari
  3. Take the night bus from Bari Centrale to Lamezia Terme Centrale Bus
  4. Take the train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni Reg / ...
  5. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

Bus, car ferry  •  29h 38m

  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 Cosenza
  4. Take the bus from Cosenza, Cosenza to Messina 582

$156 - $276

Bus, bus and ferry, train, ferry  •  34h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Fier
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Fier to Brindisi
  3. Take the train from Brindisi to Taranto Reg
  4. Take the train from Taranto to Reggio Di Calabria Centrale Ic
  5. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima

$165 - $232

Drive, car ferry  •  25h 21m

  1. Drive from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Brindisi
  3. Drive from Brindisi to Villa San Giovanni
  4. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

$140 - $287

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Messina is to fly and bus which costs 70€ - 280€ and takes 6h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Messina is to fly and bus which costs 70€ - 280€ and takes 6h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Messina. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Messina via Trikala, Piazza U.Bassi and Ancona. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 18m.

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The distance between Athens and Messina is 715 km.

The best way to get from Athens to Messina without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 28h 18m and costs 180€ - 270€.

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It takes approximately 9h 15m to get from Athens to Messina, including transfers.

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Athens to Messina bus services, operated by KTEL Grevenon, depart from Athens station.

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There is no direct flight from Athens Airport to Reggio Calabria Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 20m and has one stopover.

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Athens to Messina bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, arrive at Messina station.

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Messina is 1h behind Athens. It is currently 10:05 PM in Athens and 9:05 PM in Messina.

Map of how to get from Athens to Messina.
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  • Distance: 446.7 miles
  • Duration: 9h 15m

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Messina, Italy?

There is no direct connection from Athens to Messina. However, you can take the subway to Στ.Αεροδρομιου, take the walk to Athens airport, fly to Reggio Calabria, take the walk to Reggio di Calabria - Airport, take the line 28 bus to Reggio di Calabria - Viale Zerbi Incrocio Boccioni, take the walk to Reggio Calabria, then take the ferry to Messina. Alternatively, you can take the subway to Στ.Αεροδρομιου, take the walk to Athens airport, fly to Catania, take the walk to Catania Airport, then take the bus to Messina.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $950
Flights from Athens to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $950
Flights from Athens to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Flights from Athens to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Catania
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $350
Flights from Athens to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Train operators
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 Palermo Centrale to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$31 - $37
Train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$15 - $18
Train from Brindisi to Taranto
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$10 - $13
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Taranto to Reggio Di Calabria Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Catania Airport to Messina - Piazza Repubblica
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
KTEL Grevenon
Phone
24620 22242
Website
ktelgrevenon.gr
Bus from Athens to Trikala
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelgrevenon.gr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Trikala to Ancona
Ave. Duration
10h 42m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Messina
Ave. Duration
11h 17m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Athens to Patras
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
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
Night bus from Bari Centrale to Lamezia Terme Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
Frequency
5 times a week
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
$50 - $70
Schedules at
ktel-thesprotias.gr
Saj
Phone
0981 500331
Email
info@saj.it
Website
saj.it
Bus from Lecce to Cosenza
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
saj.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cosenza, Cosenza to Messina
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 4 2239 203
Email
rezervime@albtrans.net
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Athens to Fier
Ave. Duration
10h 49m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
albtrans.net
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus and ferry from Fier to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Ferry operators
Metromare Dello Stretto
Website
metromaredellostretto.it
Ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
metromaredellostretto.it
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
$90 - $270
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$93 - $94
Aircraft-type seats
$105 - $106
2 bed inside cabin
$262 - $264
3 bed outside cabin
$210 - $260
Caronte & Tourist
Phone
800 627414
Email
servizioclienti@carontetourist.it
Website
carontetourist.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $45
Schedules at
carontetourist.it
Passenger
$2 - $3
Car
$28 - $45
Bluferries
Phone
340 98 48 540
Website
bluferries.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
bluferries.it
European Seaways
Phone
+30 210 9561630
Email
info@europeanseaways.com
Website
europeanseaways.com
Car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $160
Schedules at
europeanseaways.com
DECK
$69
AIRTYPE SEATS
$75
2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN
$156
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Aegean Airlines, Air Serbia and Alitalia offer flights from Athens Airport to Reggio Calabria Airport.

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There are 659+ hotels available in Messina. Prices start at $42 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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