There are 9 ways to get from Athens to Messina by plane, ferry, train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Reggio Calabria, ferry  •  10 h 49 min

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

$170 - $1,824

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Fly to Catania, train  •  7 h 6 min

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

$87 - $319

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Fly to Palermo, train  •  9 h 27 min

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

$100 - $408

Fly to Lamezia Terme, train, car ferry  •  10 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Lamezia Terme (SUF) ATH - SUF
  2. Take the train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
  3. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

$121 - $395

Bus, bus and ferry via Ancona  •  29 h 6 min

  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, train via Napoli Centrale  •  29 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Bari
  3. Take the bus from Bari Porto to Napoli
  4. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni Ic / ...
  5. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

$185 - $435

Bus, car ferry, train  •  32 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras 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 car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima

$134 - $270

Bus Albtrans sh.p.k, bus and ferry  •  33 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Fier
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Fier to Brindisi
  3. Take the bus from Brindisi to Taranto
  4. Take the bus from Taranto to Cosenza
  5. Take the bus from Cosenza to Messina FS

$147 - $186

Drive, car ferry  •  25 h 22 min

  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 - $282

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Messina is to fly and train which costs 70€ - 280€ and takes 7 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Messina is to fly and train which costs 70€ - 280€ and takes 7 h 6 min.

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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 Ugo Bassi and Ancona. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 6 min.

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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 29 h 6 min and costs 180€ - 260€.

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It takes approximately 10 h 49 min 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 6 h 50 min 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 1 h behind Athens. It is currently 11:28 AM in Athens and 10:28 AM in Messina.

Air Serbia, Blue Panorama Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Alitalia offer flights from Athens Airport to Reggio Calabria Airport.

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There are 707+ hotels available in Messina. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Messina.
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  • Distance: 446.7 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 49 min

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, take the bus to Catania via Archimede, take the walk to Catania Centrale, then take the train to Messina.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Bologna, Rome
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Nice, Rome
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Athens to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Athens to Lamezia Terme via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Flights from Athens to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Flights from Athens to Lamezia Terme via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from Athens to Lamezia Terme via Sofia, Venice Treviso
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Blue Panorama Airlines
Website
blue-panorama.com
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Athens to Reggio Calabria via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $950
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Catania
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $350
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Lamezia Terme via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Athens to Lamezia Terme via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Train operators
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 Catania Centrale to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Taranto to Reggio Di Calabria Centrale
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$30 - $40
Train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$15 - $18
Train from Brindisi to Taranto
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$10 - $13
Bus operators
KTEL Grevenon
Phone
24620 22242
Website
ktelgrevenon.gr
Bus from Athens to Trikala
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
ktelgrevenon.gr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Trikala to Ancona
Ave. Duration
10 h 42 min
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
11 h 17 min
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
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Bari Porto to Napoli
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Marozzi VT
Phone
080 579 0211
Email
info@marozzivt.it
Website
marozzivt.it
Bus from Bari-Porto to Napoli
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $29
Schedules at
marozzivt.it
Bus from Brindisi to Taranto
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Schedules at
marozzivt.it
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 4 2239 203
Email
rezervime@albtrans.net
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Athens to Fier
Ave. Duration
10 h 49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$47
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
11 h 25 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Saj
Phone
0981 500331
Email
info@saj.it
Website
saj.it
Bus from Taranto to Cosenza
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
saj.it
Ias Auto Linee
Phone
0983 565635
Email
ias@iasautolinee.it
Website
iasautolinee.com
Bus and ferry from Cosenza to Messina FS
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
iasautolinee.com
Ferry operators
Caronte & Tourist
Phone
800 627414
Email
servizioclienti@carontetourist.it
Website
carontetourist.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $45
Schedules at
carontetourist.it
Passenger
$2 - $3
Car
$29 - $45
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Patras to Bari
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$94 - $96
Aircraft-type seats
$107 - $108
2 bed inside cabin
$268 - $269
3 bed outside cabin
$220 - $270
Grimaldi Lines

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