There are 9 ways to get from Basel to Athens by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus, car or car ferry

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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Fly from Basel  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Athens (ATH) BSL - ATH

$103 - $334

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Train to Zurich, fly  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Athens (ATH) ZRH - ATH

$128 - $368

Train, bus and ferry  •  25 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale Ece / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
  4. Take the train from Larissa to Athens

$273 - $429

Bus Zlatan Prevoz D.O.O.  •  32 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Beograd
  2. Take the bus from Beograd to Athens

$110 - $200

Drive, carferry  •  30 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Ancona
  2. Take the carferry from Ancona to Patras
  3. Drive from Patras to Athens

$222 - $519

Bus Durmo Tours  •  38 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Skopje
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Thessaloniki
  3. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Athens Karaiskaki sq

$157 - $209

Train  •  44 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Beograd En
  3. Take the train from Beograd to Thessaloniki AVE
  4. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

$210 - $373

Train, car ferry, bus  •  45 h

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia S.Lucia Ec
  3. Take the car ferry from Venezia to Patras
  4. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

$225 - $514

Drive  •  24 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Athens 1525.9 miles

$360 - $550

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No, there is no direct bus from Basel to Athens. However, there are services departing from Basel and arriving at Athens via Beograd. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Athens. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Athens via Zürich HB, Beograd and Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44 h 46 min.

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The distance between Basel and Athens is 1689 km. The road distance is 2441.5 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Athens without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 25 h 51 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 55 min to get from Basel to Athens, including transfers.

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Basel to Athens bus services, operated by Zlatan Prevoz D.O.O., depart from Basel station.

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Basel to Athens train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Basel SBB station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Athens is to fly which takes 5 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 32 h 38 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 44 h 46 min.

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 45 min.

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Basel to Athens bus services, operated by Crazy Holidays, arrive at Athens station.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1055.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 55 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Athens, Greece?

Aegean Airlines, easyJet and three other airlines fly from Basel to Athens every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Basel to Athens via Beograd in around 32 h 38 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Basel to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Basel to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Athens via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Athens via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Basel to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Athens via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Train operators
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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Beograd
Ave. Duration
20 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia S.Lucia
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$19 - $25
First Class
$23 - $35
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
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
Ave. Duration
14 h 4 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$140 - $210
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Zlatan Prevoz D.O.O.
Phone
00 381 31 510 060
Email
zlatanprevoz@gmail.com
Website
zlatanprevoz.com
Bus from Basel to Beograd
Ave. Duration
15 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $120
Schedules at
zlatanreisen.com
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Beograd to Athens
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Basel to Skopje
Ave. Duration
25 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Schedules at
ms.mk
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Athens Karaiskaki sq
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
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
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $230
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$77 - $80
Airplane economy seats
$91 - $94
2-berth outside
$190 - $230
3-berth outside shower
$170 - $200
Grimaldi Lines
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
23 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97 - $98
Aircraft-type seats
$111 - $115
2 bed inside cabin
$292 - $296
3 bed outside cabin
$250 - $300
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
$98 - $99
Aircraft-type seats
$118 - $120
2 bed inside cabin
$311 - $314
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320

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Athens is 1 h ahead of Basel. It is currently 3:14 AM in Basel and 4:14 AM in Athens.

Basel to Athens train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), arrive at Athens station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Athens is 2441 km. It takes approximately 24 h 7 min to drive from Basel to Athens.

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Aegean Airlines, KLM, Austrian Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Basel Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 3797+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Basel to Basel Airport is to line 50 bus which takes 8 min and costs .

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