There are 7 ways to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via Stara Zagora  •  13h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Stara Zagora
  2. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo

$46 - $72

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Fly to Sofia, bus  •  8h 33m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sofia (SOF) ATH - SOF
  2. Take the bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Veliko Turnovo

$37 - $136

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Bus  •  17h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo

$83

Train  •  20h 6m

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
  3. Take the train from Blagoevgrad to Sofia Re / ...
  4. Take the train from Sofia to Gorna Oryahovitsa Re / ...

$47 - $115

Drive  •  10h 50m

  1. Drive from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo 1019 km

$150 - $230

Fly to Bucharest Otopeni, bus, train  •  10h 58m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) ATH - OTP
  2. Take the bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
  3. Take the train from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo

$54 - $174

Fly to Kavala, bus  •  12h 54m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Kavala (KVA) ATH - KVA
  2. Take the bus from Kavala to Sofia
  3. Take the bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Veliko Turnovo

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo is to fly and bus which costs 30€ - 130€ and takes 8h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo is to fly and bus which costs 30€ - 130€ and takes 8h 33m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Veliko Tarnovo. Services depart once a week, and operate Sunday. The journey takes approximately 17h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Veliko Tarnovo via Thessaloniki, Blagoevgrad, Sofia and Gorna Oryahovitsa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 6m.

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The distance between Athens and Veliko Tarnovo is 590 km. The road distance is 1019 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo without a car is to bus via Stara Zagora which takes 13h 15m and costs 40€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 13h 15m to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo, including transfers.

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Athens to Veliko Tarnovo bus services, operated by Municipality of Stara Zagora, depart from Athens station.

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Athens to Veliko Tarnovo train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo is to bus via Stara Zagora which takes 13h 15m and costs 40€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 40€ - 110€ and takes 20h 6m.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo.
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  • Distance: 589.8 km
  • Duration: 13h 15m

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo via Stara Zagora in around 13h 15m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo via Thessaloniki, Blagoevgrad, Sofia, and Gorna Oryahovitsa in around 20h 6m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Athens to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Athens to Bucharest Otopeni via Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $260
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Athens to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Flights from Athens to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Kavala
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $65
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class Ticket
$23 - $30
1st Class Ticket
$35 - $45
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$45 - $55
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$57 - $63
Train from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class Ticket
$12 - $16
1st Class Ticket
$16 - $20
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$23 - $27
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$29 - $32
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Blagoevgrad to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$4 - $5
1st Class
$4 - $6
Train from Sofia to Gorna Oryahovitsa
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$6 - $8
1st Class
$7 - $10
Train from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$3 - $5
1st Class
$4 - $6
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bus operators
Municipality of Stara Zagora
Website
starazagora.bg
Bus from Athens to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Athens to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
valeross.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Plovdiv Express - 2000 LTD
Phone
0888 211 781
Email
plovdiv_ekspres_2000@abv.bg
Website
plovdivexpres-2000.com
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
plovdivexpres-2000.com
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Turnovo
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
17h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$83
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
ETAP Group
Website
etapgroup.com
Bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Veliko Turnovo
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
etapgroup.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Global Biomet
Phone
:+3599884551
Email
office@biomet.bg
Website
biomet.bg
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $12
Website
Global Biomet
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
STRANDJA
Phone
05952/ 36 35
Email
park@strandja.bg
Website
strandja.bg
Bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
strandja.bg
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $17
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Kavala to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Athens to Veliko Tarnovo bus services, operated by Municipality of Stara Zagora, arrive at Veliko Tarnovo station.

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Athens to Veliko Tarnovo train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Gorna Oryahovitsa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Veliko Tarnovo is 1019 km. It takes approximately 10h 50m to drive from Athens to Veliko Tarnovo.

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Bulgaria Air, Ryanair and Aegean Airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 275+ hotels available in Veliko Tarnovo. Prices start at $100 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 10€.

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