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There are 7 ways to get from Barcelona to Athens by plane, train, bus, car ferry or car

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Fly  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Athens (ATH) BCN - ATH

$92 - $297

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Train, bus via Budapest  •  44 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Dijon Ville Tgv
  3. Take the train from Dijon Ville to Zürich HB Tgv
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld Rj
  5. Take the bus from Budapest to Athens

$451 - $663

Train, bus Union Ivkoni  •  46 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
  3. Take the bus from Chambéry to Sofia
  4. Take the bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  5. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

$194 - $300

Bus Ruse Bus  •  46 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Sofia 0800
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Athens

$173 - $208

Bus Georg  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Athens

$343 - $418

Bus, car ferry  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Venice, Venice
  2. Take the car ferry from Venezia to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

$190 - $466

Drive  •  29 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Athens 1936.1 miles

$460 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Athens is to fly which costs 80€ - 260€ and takes 6 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Athens is to fly which costs 80€ - 260€ and takes 6 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Barcelona to Athens. However, there are services departing from Metro Tetuan and arriving at Athens via Barcelona and Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 49 min.

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The distance between Barcelona and Athens is 1877 km. The road distance is 3097.8 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Athens without a car is to train and bus which takes 44 h 30 min and costs 390€ - 600€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 21 min to get from Barcelona to Athens, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Athens bus services, operated by Ruse Bus, depart from Barcelona station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Athens is to fly which takes 6 h 21 min and costs 80€ - 260€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 150€ - 190€ and takes 46 h 49 min.

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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Barcelona to Athens bus services, operated by Tourist Service Holding AD, arrive at Athens station.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1173.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 21 min

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Athens, Greece?

Vueling Airlines, Aegean Airlines and seven other airlines fly from Barcelona to Athens every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Barcelona to Athens via Gran Via-Selva de Mar, Barcelona, and Sofia in around 46 h 49 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,300
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Barcelona to Athens via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Train operators
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Dijon Ville
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$95 - $110
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$95 - $110
1st Class
$130 - $190
Train from Dijon Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$100 - $120
1st Class
$140 - $210
Spanish Railways AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
10 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$27 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Siamos Tours
Phone
0030 2108219900
Email
vsiamos@otenet.gr
Website
siamostours.gr
Bus from Budapest to Athens
Ave. Duration
20 h 48 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Schedules at
siamostours.gr
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Chambéry to Sofia
Ave. Duration
25 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Barcelona to Sofia
Ave. Duration
37 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $350
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $69
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Barcelona to Sofia
Ave. Duration
33 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Venice, Venice
Ave. Duration
17 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
Ferry operators
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Venezia to Patras
Ave. Duration
31 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97 - $99
Aircraft-type seats
$118 - $120
2 bed inside cabin
$312 - $313
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320

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Athens is 1 h ahead of Barcelona. It is currently 12:07 PM in Barcelona and 1:07 PM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Athens is 3098 km. It takes approximately 29 h 52 min to drive from Barcelona to Athens.

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Vueling Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Tarom and six other airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 3857+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $48 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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