There are 9 ways to get from Rome to Athens by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, 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.

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Fly from Rome  •  5 h 29 min

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

$67 - $256

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Fly from Rome Ciampino  •  5 h 26 min

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

$38 - $194

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Train to Naples, fly  •  6 h 50 min

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

$83 - $347

Bus, bus and ferry  •  19 h 50 min

  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

$174 - $250

Train, bus and ferry  •  21 h 16 min

  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

$164 - $251

Train, carferry, bus  •  29 h 5 min

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

$152 - $372

Bus and ferry, bus  •  32 h 41 min

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

$124 - $159

Train  •  41 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Villach Hbf En
  3. Take the train from Villach Hbf to Beograd En
  4. Take the train from Beograd to Thessaloniki AVE
  5. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

$152 - $292

Drive, carferry  •  25 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Brindisi
  2. Take the carferry from Brindisi to Patras
  3. Drive from Patras to Athens

$158 - $279

Questions & Answers

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 19 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome to Athens. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Athens via Bologna C.Le, Villach Hbf, Beograd and Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41 h 28 min.

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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 bus and bus and ferry which takes 19 h 50 min and costs .

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

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Rome to Athens bus services, operated by Prima Linee, depart from Rome Tiburtina station.

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Rome to Athens train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Roma Termini station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which takes 5 h 29 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 41 h 28 min.

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

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Rome to Athens bus services, operated by KTEL Ioanninon, arrive at Athens station.

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

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. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Athens via Bologna C.Le, Villach Hbf, Beograd, and Thessaloniki in around 41 h 28 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from Rome to Athens via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Naples to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Naples to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $220
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Rome to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Train operators
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Napoli Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
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
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$29 - $35
Train from Bologna C.Le to Villach Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$45 - $60
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
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$19 - $25
First Class
$23 - $35
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Villach Hbf to Beograd
Ave. Duration
11 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bus operators
Prima Linee
Phone
0733.818638
Website
primalinee.com
Bus from Rome Tiburtina to Ancona
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
romamarchelinee.it
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Larissa
Ave. Duration
11 h 26 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Ioannina to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
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
3 h
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
19 h 35 min
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
10 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$47
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
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$98
Aircraft-type seats
$115
2 bed inside cabin
$297
3 bed outside cabin
$250 - $300
Grimaldi Lines

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Athens is 1 h ahead of Rome. It is currently 10:52 PM in Rome and 11:52 PM in Athens.

Rome to Athens train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), arrive at Athens station.

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

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There are 3797+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $52 USD 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 .

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