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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Athens by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Madrid  •  6h 47m

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

51€ - 309€

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Train to Valencia, fly  •  7h 58m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
  2. Fly from Valencia (VLC) to Athens (ATH) VLC - ATH

78€ - 252€

Train, bus via Mannheim  •  45h 42m

  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

293€ - 474€

Train, bus  •  2 days 2h

  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

177€ - 285€

Bus  •  2 days 6h

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

134€ - 192€

Bus via Madrid  •  2 days 13h

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

417€ - 506€

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

148€ - 197€

Drive  •  35h 12m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Athens 3679.3 km

480€ - 700€

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which costs 50€ - 310€ and takes 6h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which costs 50€ - 310€ 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 3679.3 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 42m 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 50€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 130€ - 200€ 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 Union Ivkoni, 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 14 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
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 240€
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
35€ - 240€
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 170€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 600€
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 1100€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 500€
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 900€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 290€
Flights from Valencia to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
90€ - 390€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 550€
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 800€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 700€
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 900€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 430€
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 900€
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
90€ - 750€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 490€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Valencia to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 550€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
40€ - 55€
Promo+
45€ - 49€
Flexible
60€ - 80€
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 85€
Promo+
70€ - 75€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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
trainose.gr
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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
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 22€
Website
Arda Tur
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Athens Akominatou
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Arda Tur
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
46h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
100€ - 150€
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
350€ - 440€
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Valeross
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
67€
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 5:17 PM in Madrid and 6:17 PM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Athens is 3679 km. It takes approximately 35h 12m to drive from Madrid to Athens.

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

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There are 5871+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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