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

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  •  6h 43m

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

76€ - 291€

6 alternative options

Train, bus via Lyon  •  2 days 3h

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Perrache Tgv
  4. Take the bus from Lyon to Sofia
  5. Take the train from Sofia to Thessaloniki
  6. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

239€ - 382€

Train, bus  •  2 days 3h

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

181€ - 280€

Bus  •  2 days 7h

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

133€ - 176€

Bus via Madrid  •  2 days 15h

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

144€ - 182€

Bus, car ferry  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Venecia
  2. Take the car ferry from Venezia to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

191€ - 433€

Drive  •  35h 14m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Athens 2300.4 miles

480€ - 700€

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which costs 75€ - 300€ and takes 6h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Athens is to fly which costs 75€ - 300€ and takes 6h 43m.

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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 7h.

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The distance between Madrid and Athens is 2369 km. The road distance is 3680.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Athens without a car is to train and bus via Lyon which takes 2 days 3h and costs 230€ - 390€.

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It takes approximately 6h 43m 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 43m and costs 75€ - 300€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 130€ - 180€ and takes 2 days 7h.

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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: 1480.4 miles
  • Duration: 6h 43m

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

Air Europa, Aegean Airlines and 13 other airlines fly from Madrid to Athens hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Athens via Sofia in around 2 days 7h.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 700€
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 650€
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
220€ - 800€
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
200€ - 1200€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
200€ - 1200€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
240€ - 950€
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
200€ - 1200€
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 550€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 750€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 700€
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 700€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 650€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Athens via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 200€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
60€ - 70€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
60€ - 70€
1st Class
85€ - 120€
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 65€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
55€ - 65€
1st Class
80€ - 110€
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
40€ - 65€
1st Class
60€ - 95€
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
21€ - 60€
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class Ticket
21€ - 28€
1st Class Ticket
30€ - 40€
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
40€ - 50€
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
52€ - 57€
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
26h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 90€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
190€ - 250€
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
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
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
10h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 60€
Schedules at
valeross.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 2h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
120€ - 150€
Schedules at
yubim.eu
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Venecia
Ave. Duration
30h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
85€ - 130€
Website
alsa.com
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 23€
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
31h 1m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
85€ - 280€
Website
Superfast ferries
Deck
85€ - 86€
Aircraft-type seats
102€ - 104€
2 bed inside cabin
271€ - 272€
3 bed outside cabin
230€ - 280€

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Athens is 1h ahead of Madrid. It is currently 7:30 PM in Madrid and 8:30 PM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Athens is 3681 km. It takes approximately 35h 14m to drive from Madrid to Athens.

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

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There are 5266+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at 47€ per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 26m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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