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Fly  •  6h 47m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Athens (ATH) MAD - ATH

€48 - €179

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Train, bus via Mannheim  •  45h 8m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mannheim Hbf Tgv
  4. Take the bus from Mannheim to Thessaloniki
  5. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

€292 - €472

Train, bus  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the bus from Barcelona to Sofia
  3. Take the bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  4. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

€202 - €311

Bus  •  2 days 6h

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

€174 - €207

Bus via Madrid  •  2 days 11h

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

€402 - €487

Bus, train  •  2 days 14h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  3. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

€174 - €225

Drive  •  34h 40m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Athens 3663.6 km

€460 - €700

Madrid (MAD) to Athens (ATH) flights

The flight time between Madrid (MAD) and Athens (ATH) is around 6h and covers a distance of around 2380 km. The fastest flight normally takes 3h 15m. Services are operated by Air Europa, Aegean Airlines, Iberia and others. Typically 110 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
6h
Fastest flight journey time:
3h 15m
Flight distance:
2380 km
Flights per week:
110
Cheapest price:
€35
Carbon emissions:
482 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
01:55
Last flight departs at:
22:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid (MAD) to Athens (ATH) flight schedules

Spain → Greece
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International entry into Greece from Spain

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Greece, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside Greece with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Greece from Spain

  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from Spain
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Andorra, Cyprus, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 7 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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Rules to follow in Greece

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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Greece from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Athens is 0210 521 2054.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Athens is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Athens is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0210 521 2054.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Greece.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which costs €45 - €180 and takes 6h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which costs €45 - €180 and takes 6h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Athens. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Athens via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 6h.

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The distance between Madrid and Athens is 2369 km. The road distance is 3663.6 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Athens without a car is to train and bus via Mannheim which takes 45h 8m and costs €290 - €480.

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It takes approximately 6h 47m to get from Madrid to Athens, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which takes 6h 47m and costs €45 - €180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €170 - €210 and takes 2 days 6h.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 15m.

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

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Athens.
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  • Distance: 2369.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 47m

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

Air Europa, Aegean Airlines and 12 other airlines fly from Madrid to Athens hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Athens via Sofia in around 2 days 6h.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €390
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €390
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €390
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €600
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €280
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Malta
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€35 - €220
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €600
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €410
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €420
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€160 - €700
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€95 - €130
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€95 - €120
1st Class
€110 - €130
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€19 - €28
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bus operators
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Mannheim to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
24h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€50 - €110
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Barcelona to Sofia
Ave. Duration
33h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
42h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€100 - €150
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
47h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€100 - €140
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 1h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€330 - €430
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
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
11h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€66
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 2h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€120 - €150
Website
Yubim

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Athens is 1h ahead of Madrid. It is currently 11:46 PM in Madrid and 12:46 AM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Athens is 3664 km. It takes approximately 34h 40m to drive from Madrid to Athens.

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Air Europa, Aegean Airlines, Iberia and eight other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Athens Airport.

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