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

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Fly  •  5h 52m

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Athens (ATH) NCE - ATH

86€ - 182€

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Train, bus via Trieste  •  32h 37m

  1. Take the train from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Trieste Centrale Fr
  3. Take the bus from Trieste to Skopje
  4. Take the train from Skopje to Thessaloniki
  5. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

129€ - 266€

Train, bus  •  33h 49m

  1. Take the train from Ventimiglia to Genova P.Za Principe Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Genova P.Za Principe to Vicenza Fr
  3. Take the bus from Vicenza to Skopje
  4. Take the train from Skopje to Thessaloniki
  5. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

124€ - 281€

Bus  •  38h 40m

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

119€ - 138€

Bus, train  •  40h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Nice to Sofia
  2. Take the train from Sofia to Thessaloniki
  3. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Ic

203€ - 261€

Train, bus and ferry, bus  •  44h 56m

  1. Take the train from Nice Ville to Savona Ec
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Savona to Fier
  3. Take the bus from Fier to Athens

120€ - 159€

Drive  •  22h 57m

  1. Drive from Nice to Athens 2414.8 km

290€ - 440€

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The cheapest way to get from Nice to Athens is to fly which costs 85€ - 190€ and takes 5h 52m.

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The fastest way to get from Nice to Athens is to fly which takes 5h 52m and costs 85€ - 190€.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nice to Athens. However, there are services departing from Nice and arriving at Athens via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38h 40m.

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The distance between Nice and Athens is 1520 km. The road distance is 2414.8 km.

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The best way to get from Nice to Athens without a car is to train and bus via Trieste which takes 32h 37m and costs 120€ - 270€.

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It takes approximately 5h 52m to get from Nice to Athens, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Nice to Athens is to fly which takes 5h 52m and costs 85€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 110€ - 140€ and takes 38h 40m.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Nice to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1520.2 km
  • Duration: 5h 52m

What companies run services between Nice, France and Athens, Greece?

Air France, Aegean Airlines and three other airlines fly from Nice to Athens 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nice to Athens via Sofia in around 38h 40m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nice to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 420€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Nice to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
180€ - 440€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Nice to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
180€ - 600€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Nice to Athens via Naples
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
65€ - 290€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nice to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 550€
Train operators
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
Website
Thello
Train from Ventimiglia to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
13€ - 18€
Website
Thello
Train from Nice Ville to Savona
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
Thello
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 Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 95€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
30€ - 45€
Base Standard
55€ - 75€
Base Premium
65€ - 95€
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Vicenza
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
26€ - 85€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
26€ - 40€
Base Standard
45€ - 65€
Base Premium
60€ - 85€
Railways of the Republic North Macedonia Transport AD
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 28€
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Book at
Raileurope.com
Trenitalia

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 Ventimiglia to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
9€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
18€ - 20€
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 Ventimiglia to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
10€ - 14€
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
Bus from Vicenza to Skopje
Ave. Duration
13h 28m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
50€ - 80€
Schedules at
ms.mk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Nice to Sofia
Ave. Duration
26h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.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
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Nice to Sofia
Ave. Duration
27h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
170€ - 230€
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus and ferry from Savona to Fier
Ave. Duration
29h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 42 239 203 / +355 69 400 4075
Email
albtrans06@yahoo.com
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Fier to Athens
Ave. Duration
11h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
32€
Website
Albtrans sh.p.k

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

Yes, the driving distance between Nice to Athens is 2415 km. It takes approximately 22h 57m to drive from Nice to Athens.

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Air France, Aegean Airlines, easyJet and two other airlines offer flights from Nice Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 2320+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Nice to Nice Airport is to tram which takes 25 min and costs 2€.

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