Directions from Athens to Thessaloniki

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Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic 58 / ...

$28 - $40

3 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Thessaloniki

$40 - $80

Drive  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Thessaloniki 312.6 miles

$75 - $110

Fly  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG

$30 - $123

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Thessaloniki, Greece?

Greek Railways (OSE) operates a train from Athens to Thessaloniki every 4 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 23 min. Alternatively, KTEL Thessalonikis operates a bus from Athens to Thessaloniki every 3 hours. Tickets cost $46 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
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 Paros
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Ellinair
Website
en.ellinair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bus operators
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
KTEL Attikis
Phone
210 88 08 000
Email
info@ktelattikis.gr
Website
ktelattikis.gr
Bus from Athens - KTEL Kifisou to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
ktelattikis.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Athens and Thessaloniki is 304 km. The road distance is 500 km.

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Thessaloniki is to train which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 5 h 23 min.

The quickest way to get from Athens to Thessaloniki is to fly which takes 3 h 38 min and costs 25€ - 110€.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Athens and arriving at Thessaloniki. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 5 h 23 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Thessaloniki. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

The train from Athens to Thessaloniki takes 5 h 23 min including transfers and departs every four hours.