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Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  6h 4m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Athens (ATH) MXP - ATH

€46 - €185

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Fly from Milan Bergamo  •  5h 52m

  1. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Athens (ATH) BGY - ATH

€37 - €150

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Fly from Milan Linate  •  7h 36m

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Athens (ATH) LIN - ATH

€62 - €222

Train to Verona, fly  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
  2. Fly from Verona (VRN) to Athens (ATH) VRN - ATH

€107 - €267

Train to Bologna, fly  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
  2. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Athens (ATH) BLQ - ATH

€51 - €276

Train, bus via Skopje  •  26h 16m

  1. Take the train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Trieste Centrale Fr
  2. Take the bus from Trieste to Skopje
  3. Take the train from Skopje to Thessaloniki
  4. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

€109 - €237

Train, car ferry, bus  •  29h 55m

  1. Take the train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Ancona Fr
  2. Take the car ferry from Ancona to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

€120 - €386

Train, Bus  •  33h 22m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the Bus from Bologna to Larissa
  3. Take the train from Larissa to Athens Ic

€147 - €275

Bus  •  33h 49m

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

€109 - €208

Bus via Belgrade  •  34h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Beograd Genoa Piazza della Vittoria - Belgrad Central Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Beograd to Athens

€82 - €237

Drive  •  20h 4m

  1. Drive from Milan to Athens 2108 km

€260 - €390

Milan to Athens by bus

The bus journey time between Milan and Athens is around 3 days 3h and covers a distance of around 2179 km. The fastest bus normally takes 3 days 3h. Operated by ATM, Fudeks, Lasta and others, the Milan to Athens bus service departs from via orefici, 24 fronte via cantu' and arrives in Athens. Typically two buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
3 days 3h
Fastest bus time:
3 days 3h
Bus distance:
2179 km
Buses per week:
2
Cheapest price:
€87
Carbon emissions:
272 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
06:03
Last bus departs at:
06:03

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Milan to Athens bus schedules

Italy → Greece
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International entry into Greece from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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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 Italy

  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from Italy
  • 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)
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Rules to follow in Greece

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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 Italy.

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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 Italy from Greece.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Athens is to fly which costs €35 - €150 and takes 5h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Athens is to fly which costs €35 - €150 and takes 5h 52m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Athens. However, there are services departing from Milan and arriving at Athens via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33h 49m.

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It is 1462 km from Milan to Athens. It is approximately 2108 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Milan to Athens without a car is to train and bus via Skopje which takes 26h 16m and costs €100 - €240.

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It takes approximately 6h 4m to get from Milan to Athens, including transfers.

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Milan to Athens bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Milan station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Athens is to fly which takes 6h 4m and costs €45 - €190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €100 - €210 and takes 33h 49m.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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

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Map of how to get from Milan to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1461.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 4m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Athens, Greece?

Aegean Airlines, easyJet and seven other airlines fly from Milan to Athens every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milan to Athens via Sofia in around 33h 49m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €280
Flights from Verona to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €220
Flights from Verona to Athens via Zakinthos
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€50 - €220
Flights from Verona to Athens via Heraklion
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€60 - €260
Flights from Verona to Athens via Mykonos
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €230
Flights from Bologna to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €190
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €4300
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€85 - €260
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €370
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Palermo, Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €370
Flights from Bologna to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€180 - €430
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €550
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €280
Flights from Verona to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €220
Flights from Bologna to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €190
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €220
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Naples
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€45 - €220
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€100 - €310
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €4300
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€85 - €260
Flights from Bologna to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€190 - €600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €800
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€200 - €700
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from Bologna to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€11 - €170
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€14 - €230
Blue Air
Website
flyblueair.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Athens via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Bologna to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€170 - €410
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€18 - €25
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
Train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €95
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€30 - €45
Base Standard
€55 - €75
Base Premium
€65 - €95
Train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €100
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€30 - €45
Base Standard
€55 - €75
Base Premium
€65 - €100
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€16 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €20
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €27
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €24
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €20
Railways of the Republic North Macedonia Transport AD
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
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €19
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bus operators
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Trieste to Skopje
Ave. Duration
10h 22m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Schedules at
ms.mk
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €23
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus from Bologna to Larissa
Ave. Duration
27h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€120 - €190
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Milan to Sofia
Ave. Duration
21h 29m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Milano to Sofia
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€110 - €150
Website
Yubim
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
Lasta
Website
lasta.rs
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Belgrad Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
17h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Lasta
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Beograd to Athens
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€45 - €150
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Ferry operators
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€65 - €200
Website
Minoan Lines
Deck
€67 - €69
Airplane economy seats
€79 - €81
2-berth outside
€160 - €200
3-berth outside shower
€140 - €180
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€65 - €110
Website
Grimaldi Lines
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
23h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€80 - €260
Website
Superfast ferries
Deck
€84 - €85
Aircraft-type seats
€97 - €99
2 bed inside cabin
€254 - €256
3 bed outside cabin
€210 - €260

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Athens is 1h ahead of Milan. It is currently 11:04 PM in Milan and 12:04 AM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Athens is 2108 km. It takes approximately 20h 4m to drive from Milan to Athens.

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Wizz Air, Aegean Airlines, Alitalia and four other airlines offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 700+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Malpensa Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs €11 - €16.

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