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

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Fly from Rome  •  5h 29m

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

64€ - 204€

Cheapest option

Fly from Rome Ciampino  •  5h 32m

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

34€ - 148€

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Train to Naples, fly  •  6h 47m

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

71€ - 377€

Train, car ferry, bus  •  26h 58m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Brindisi Fa
  2. Take the car ferry from Brindisi to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patra to Kiato
  4. Take the train from Kiato to Athens

93€ - 227€

Leonetti Bus, car ferry, bus  •  29h 47m

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

127€ - 248€

Night train, bus and ferry, bus  •  30h 34m

  1. Take the night train from Roma Termini to Brindisi Ini
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Brindisi to Fier
  3. Take the bus from Fier to Athens

140€ - 180€

Drive, car ferry  •  18h 21m

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

192€ - 395€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Athens is 0210 521 2054.

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The social distance requirement in Athens is 1 metre.

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No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Greece.

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs 30€ - 150€ and takes 5h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs 60€ - 210€ and takes 5h 29m.

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It is approximately 1050 km to get from Rome to Athens.

The best way to get from Rome to Athens without a car is to train and car ferry and bus which takes 26h 58m and costs 90€ - 230€.

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

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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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Athens is 1h ahead of Rome. It is currently 7:09 PM in Rome and 8:09 PM in Athens.

Alitalia, Aegean Airlines, Ryanair and Air Serbia offer flights from Rome Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 706+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 14€.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1050.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 29m

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

Aegean Airlines, Alitalia and two other airlines fly from Rome to Athens twice daily.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 330€
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 230€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 250€
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
85€ - 360€
Flights from Naples to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 360€
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 250€
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
85€ - 360€
Flights from Naples to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 360€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens via Malta
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
55€ - 200€
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
21€ - 120€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 210€
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 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
19€ - 26€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Roma Termini to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 130€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
40€ - 60€
Base Standard
70€ - 100€
Base Premium
85€ - 130€
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 3 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 21€
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
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 50€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
19€ - 28€
Smart Low Cost
17€ - 25€
Smart Flex
35€ - 50€
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
15€ - 30€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
27€ - 30€
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Kiato to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Book at
Raileurope.com
Trenitalia Intercity Night

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
800 90 60 60
Website
trenitalia.com
Night train from Roma Termini to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Trenitalia ICN
Schedules at
Trenitalia
Schedules at
Bahn DB
Bus operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Bus from Patra to Kiato
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Book at
Raileurope.com
TTI Leonettibus SRL
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 Brindisi to Fier
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
55€ - 75€
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
Ferry operators
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Brindisi to Patras
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 80€
Website
Grimaldi Lines
Ventouris Ferries
Phone
+30 210 4828001
Email
booking@ventourisferries.com
Website
ventourisferries.com
Car ferry from Bari to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 140€
Website
Ventouris Ferries
DECK
60€
AIRTYPE SEATS
65€
2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN
135€
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Bari to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75€ - 220€
Website
Superfast ferries
Deck
80€
Aircraft-type seats
88€
2 bed inside cabin
213€
3 bed outside cabin
170€ - 210€

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