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

Recommended option

Fly from Rome  •  5h 29m

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

$67 - $256

Cheapest option

Fly from Rome Ciampino  •  5h 31m

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

$38 - $194

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Train, bus and ferry via Kalambaka  •  20h 58m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Ancona Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Kalabaka
  3. Take the train from Kalambaka to Athens

$154 - $246

Train, bus and ferry  •  21h 15m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Ancona Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Larissa
  3. Take the train from Larissa to Athens

$162 - $266

Bus, bus and ferry  •  21h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina to Ancona
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Ioannina
  3. Take the bus from Ioannina to Athens

$166 - $240

Train, car ferry, bus  •  29h 17m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Ancona Ic / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Ancona to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

$152 - $372

Bus and ferry, bus  •  32h 32m

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

$123 - $158

Drive, car ferry  •  23h 1m

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

$196 - $430

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs 30€ - 170€ and takes 5h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs 55€ - 230€ and takes 5h 29m.

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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 Ancona and Ioannina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21h 51m.

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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 bus and ferry which takes 20h 58m and costs 130€ - 220€.

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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 Roma Marche Linee, 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 KTEL Ioanninon, arrive at Athens station.

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Athens is 1h ahead of Rome. It is currently 6:49 AM in Rome and 7:49 AM in Athens.

Map of how to get from Rome to Athens.
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  • Distance: 656.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 29m

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

Alitalia, Aegean Airlines and two other airlines fly from Rome to Athens every 4 hours.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Rome to Athens via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $220
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Rome to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Train operators
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Kalambaka to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class Ticket
$19 - $24
1st Class Ticket
$27 - $35
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$37 - $43
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$46 - $51
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $50
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class Ticket
$17 - $22
1st Class Ticket
$24 - $30
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$34 - $39
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$42 - $46
Bus operators
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Kalabaka
Ave. Duration
10h 28m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Larissa
Ave. Duration
11h 26m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Roma Marche Linee
Phone
+39 0733 818638
Email
info@romamarchelinee.it
Website
romamarchelinee.it
Bus from Rome Tiburtina to Ancona
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
romamarchelinee.it
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Ioannina to Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
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
$75 - $110
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 4 2239 203
Email
rezervime@albtrans.net
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Fier to Athens
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
albtrans.net
Ferry operators
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97
Aircraft-type seats
$114
2 bed inside cabin
$294
3 bed outside cabin
$250 - $300
Car ferry from Bari to Patras
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$93 - $94
Aircraft-type seats
$105 - $106
2 bed inside cabin
$262 - $264
3 bed outside cabin
$210 - $260

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

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There are 4124+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32m and costs 10€ - 15€.

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