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

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

Bus Valeross  •  12 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Plovdiv

$35 - $80

Cheapest option

Fly to Sofia, train  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sofia (SOF) ATH - SOF
  2. Take the train from Iskarsko shose to Plovdiv

$32 - $127

6 alternative options

Bus Ilias Travel  •  15 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Plovdiv

$70 - $110

Bus KTEL Xanthis  •  17 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens KTEL Kifisou to Xánthi
  2. Take the bus from Xanthi to Plovdiv

Drive  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Plovdiv 579.7 miles

$130 - $210

Fly to Alexandroupolis, bus  •  9 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Alexandroupolis (AXD) ATH - AXD
  2. Take the bus from Alexandroupoli to Komotini
  3. Take the bus from Komotini to Plovdiv

Fly to Thessaloniki, bus  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Plovdiv Zob Süd

$51 - $144

Fly to Kavala, bus  •  10 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Kavala (KVA) ATH - KVA
  2. Take the bus from Kavala to Gotse Delchev
  3. Take the bus from Goce Delčev to Plovdiv

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Plovdiv is to fly and train which costs 27€ - 110€ and takes 7 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Plovdiv is to fly and train which costs 27€ - 110€ and takes 7 h 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Plovdiv. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 18 min.

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The distance between Athens and Plovdiv is 472 km. The road distance is 927.6 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Plovdiv without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 18 min and costs 30€ - 70€.

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The bus from Athens to Plovdiv takes 12 h 18 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Athens to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Valeross, depart from Athens station.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Alexandroupolis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Athens to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Valeross, arrive at Plovdiv station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Plovdiv is 928 km. It takes approximately 9 h 36 min to drive from Athens to Plovdiv.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Plovdiv.
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  • Distance: 295 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 18 min

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

Valeross operates a bus from Athens to Plovdiv twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $70 and the journey takes 12 h 18 min. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
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 Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Alexandroupolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 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
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Athens to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
12 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
valeross.com
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Athens to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Athens to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Plovdiv Zob Süd
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Athens to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$74 - $79
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
KTEL Xanthis
Phone
25410 27200
Email
info@ktelxanthis.gr
Website
ktelxanthis.gr
Bus from Athens KTEL Kifisou to Xánthi
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
ktelxanthis.gr
Bus from Xanthi to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
ktelxanthis.gr
KTEL Evrou
Phone
25510-26479
Website
ktelevrou.gr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Komotini
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
ktelevrou.gr
KTEL
Website
ktelbus.com
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Komotini
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
KTEL Rodopis
Phone
25310 22912
Email
info@ktelrodopis.gr
Website
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Komotini to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Kavala to Gotse Delchev
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com
Gotse Delchev Municipality Bus
Website
obs-gd.eu
Bus from Goce Delčev to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
obs-gd.eu

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

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There are 526+ hotels available in Plovdiv. Prices start at $28 USD 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 9€.

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