There are 8 ways to get from Rome to Athens by plane, train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, 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.

Recommended option

Fly from Rome  •  5h 29m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Athens (ATH) FCO - ATH

62€ - 315€

Cheapest option

Fly from Rome Ciampino  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from Rome Ciampino (CIA) to Athens (ATH) CIA - ATH

42€ - 185€

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Train to Naples, fly  •  6h 14m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
  2. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Athens (ATH) NAP - ATH

70€ - 389€

Train, car ferry, bus  •  24h 58m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale Fa / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Bari to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

136€ - 369€

Leonetti Bus, car ferry, bus  •  27h 50m

  1. Take the Leonetti Bus from Rome - Tiburtina station to Brindisi - Autorità Portuale
  2. Take the car ferry from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa
  3. Take the bus from Igoumenitsa to Athens - KTEL Kifisou

140€ - 249€

Bus and ferry, bus  •  31h 38m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Rome Tiburtina to Fier
  2. Take the bus from Fier to Athens

99€ - 123€

Train, ferry, bus  •  32h 1m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Ancona Re / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Ancona M.Ma to Patra
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

Drive, ferry  •  18h 54m

  1. Drive from Rome to Bari M.ma
  2. Take the ferry from Bari M.ma to Igoumenitsa
  3. Drive from Igoumenitsa to Athens

204€ - 415€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 5h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 5h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Athens. However, there are services departing from Rome Tiburtina and arriving at Athens via Fier. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31h 38m.

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The distance between Rome and Athens is 1050 km.

The best way to get from Rome to Athens without a car is to train and car ferry and bus which takes 24h 58m and costs 130€ - 370€.

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It takes approximately 5h 29m to get from Rome to Athens, including transfers.

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Rome to Athens bus services, operated by Florentia Bus, depart from Rome Tiburtina station.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 55m.

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Rome to Athens bus services, operated by Albtrans sh.p.k, arrive at Athens station.

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Athens is 1h ahead of Rome. It is currently 7:25 AM in Rome and 8:25 AM in Athens.

Map of how to get from Rome to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1049.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 29m

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

Aegean Airlines, Alitalia and five other airlines fly from Rome to Athens every 3 hours.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens via Catania
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
35€ - 260€
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
29€ - 170€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 220€
Flights from Rome to Athens via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 220€
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 340€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 290€
Flights from Naples to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 260€
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 350€
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens via Budapest
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 210€
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Rome to Athens via Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
50€ - 290€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Naples to Athens via Mykonos
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
85€ - 220€
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
18€ - 25€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 110€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
35€ - 50€
Base Standard
60€ - 85€
Base Premium
75€ - 110€
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 50€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
19€ - 27€
Smart Low Cost
17€ - 24€
Smart Flex
35€ - 50€
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
Train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
29€ - 40€
Train from Roma Termini to Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 25€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
17€ - 25€
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 29€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 29€
Train from Roma Termini to Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 54m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 40€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
33€ - 37€
Bus operators
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 23€
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
TTI Leonettibus SRL
Phone
+39081969167
Email
servizioclienti@leonettiroma.it
Website
leonettiroma.it
Bus from Rome - Tiburtina station to Brindisi - Autorità Portuale
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Schedules at
leonettiroma.it
KTEL Thesprotias
Phone
2665 0 22309
Email
info@ktel-thesprotias.gr
Website
ktel-thesprotias.gr
Bus from Igoumenitsa to Athens - KTEL Kifisou
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 60€
Website
KTEL Thesprotias
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus and ferry from Rome Tiburtina to Fier
Ave. Duration
19h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
65€ - 95€
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 3m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
32€
Website
Albtrans sh.p.k
Ferry operators
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Bari to Patras
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 230€
Website
Superfast ferries
Deck
81€ - 82€
Aircraft-type seats
91€ - 92€
2 bed inside cabin
228€ - 229€
3 bed outside cabin
190€ - 230€
Ferry from Bari to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
75€ - 220€
Website
Superfast ferries
Deck
80€
Aircraft-type seats
88€
2 bed inside cabin
213€
3 bed outside cabin
170€ - 210€
European Seaways
Phone
+30 210 9561630
Email
info@europeanseaways.com
Website
europeanseaways.com
Car ferry from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
60€ - 140€
Website
European Seaways
DECK
60€
AIRTYPE SEATS
65€
2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN
135€
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Ferry from Ancona M.Ma to Patra
Ave. Duration
24h
Frequency
6 times a week
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Ferry from Bari M.ma to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com

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Bulgaria Air, Olympic Air, Air Serbia and four other airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Athens Airport.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 7€ - 35€.

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