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There are 8 ways to get from Athens to Sandanski by train, bus, car or plane

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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Train  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Neo Petritsi Θεσσαλονίκη - Αλεξανδρούπολη Λιμάνι

$40 - $55

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Bus  •  10 h

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sandanski

$31

6 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Sandanski

$87 - $124

Bus KTEL Thessalonikis  •  9 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Sandanski

$48 - $64

Drive  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Sandanski 396.5 miles

$95 - $140

Fly to Thessaloniki, bus  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Sandanski

$80 - $198

Fly to Kavala, bus  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Kavala (KVA) ATH - KVA
  2. Take the bus from Kavala to Serres
  3. Take the bus from Serres to Sandanski

$120 - $331

Fly to Sofia, bus  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sofia (SOF) ATH - SOF
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Sandanski

$35 - $132

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Sandanski is to bus which costs 27€ and takes 10 h.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Sandanski is to drive which costs 80€ - 120€ and takes 6 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Sandanski. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h.

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The distance between Athens and Sandanski is 401 km. The road distance is 634.4 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Sandanski without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 57 min and costs 75€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 48 min to get from Athens to Sandanski, including transfers.

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Athens to Sandanski bus services, operated by KTEL Thessalonikis, depart from Athens Pedion Areos station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Sandanski is to train which takes 8 h 48 min and costs 35€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 9 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Thessaloniki Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Athens to Sandanski bus services, operated by Arda Tur, arrive at Sandanski station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Sandanski.
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  • Distance: 250.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 48 min

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

You can take a train from Athens to Sandanski via Thessaloniki and Neo Petritsi in around 8 h 48 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Sandanski via Thessaloniki in around 9 h 50 min.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
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
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
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 Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
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
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
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Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Train from Thessaloniki to Neo Petritsi
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$8 - $10
First Class
$9 - $12
Bus operators
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
KTEL Attikis
Phone
210 88 08 000
Email
info@ktelattikis.gr
Website
ktelattikis.gr
Bus from Athens - Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
ktelattikis.gr
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Bus from Athens to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$31
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Bus from Serres to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
KTEL Kavalas
Phone
(+30) 2510.222294
Email
info@ktelkavalas.gr
Website
ktelkavalas.gr
Bus from Kavala to Serres
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
ktelkavalas.gr
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
avtogari.info
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Trans5
Website
trans5.bg
Bus from Sofia to Sandanski
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
trans5.bg
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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Sandanski is 634 km. It takes approximately 6 h 25 min to drive from Athens to Sandanski.

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Ellinair, Sky Express , Ryanair and Olympic Air offer flights from Athens Airport to Thessaloniki Airport.

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There are 187+ hotels available in Sandanski. Prices start at $23 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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