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

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Fly from Rome  •  5h 29m

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

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Train to Naples, fly  •  6h 1m

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

Fly from Rome Ciampino  •  8h 10m

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

Train, car ferry, bus  •  25h 53m

  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 Othonos kai Amalias to Athens

Bus, car ferry  •  29h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Bari Port 579 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Bari to Durrës
  3. Take the bus from Durrës to Athens

Bus  •  32h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Roma to Pescara
  2. Take the bus from Pescara Central Train Station to Ancona Central Train Station
  3. Take the Bus from Ancona to Igoumenitsa
  4. Take the bus from Igoumenitsa to Athens - KTEL Kifisou

Train, Bus  •  32h 57m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Ancona Ic
  2. Take the Bus from Ancona to Larissa
  3. Take the train from Larissa to Athens Ic

Drive, car ferry  •  24h 10m

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

Rome to Athens by bus, car ferry and walk

The journey time between Rome and Athens is around 29h 34m and covers a distance of around 1379 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h. Operated by FlixBus, Adria Ferries and Albtrans sh.p.k, the Rome to Athens service departs from Rome Tiburtina Bus station and arrives in Athens. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Services
29h 34m Average Duration
€114 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs €40 - €200 and takes 5h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which costs €40 - €200 and takes 5h 29m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Athens. However, there are services departing from Roma and arriving at Athens - KTEL Kifisou via Pescara Central Train Station, Ancona and Igoumenitsa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h 22m.

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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 25h 53m and costs €110 - €360.

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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 Di Fonzo, depart from Roma station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Athens is to fly which takes 5h 29m and costs €40 - €200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €170 - €250 and takes 32h 22m.

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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 Thesprotias, arrive at Athens - KTEL Kifisou station.

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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?

Alitalia, Sky Express and three other airlines fly from Rome to Athens every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rome to Athens via Pescara, Pescara Central Train Station, Ancona Central Train Station, Ancona, and Igoumenitsa in around 32h 22m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€23 - €230
Flights from Rome to Athens via Catania
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€23 - €230
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Warsaw Modlin
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Krakow
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €300
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €400
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Krakow
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€130 - €430
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €280
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€95 - €390
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Rome to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €390
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Rome to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €290
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Naples to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€35 - €270
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Train operators
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 Station
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €28
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €25
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
Train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€28 - €80
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€30 - €45
Smart Low Cost
€28 - €40
Smart Flex
€55 - €80
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 Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €110
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€35 - €50
Base Standard
€60 - €85
Base Premium
€75 - €110
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 Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €45
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€29 - €45
Train from Roma Termini to Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
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 Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€18 - €40
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€33 - €37
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €22
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Airport
€10
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Patras Othonos kai Amalias to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Union Ivkoni
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Bari Port
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 42 239 203 / +355 69 400 4075
Email
albtrans06@yahoo.com
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Durrës to Athens
Ave. Duration
11h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€32
Website
Albtrans sh.p.k
Di Fonzo
Phone
0873.364785
Email
info@difonzobus.com
Website
difonzobus.com
Bus from Roma to Pescara
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15
Schedules at
difonzobus.com
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Pescara to Ancona
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
AL-TRANS
Phone
+38 (032) 221-68-58
Email
altransinfo@gmail.com
Website
al-trans.com.ua
Bus from Pescara to Ancona
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
al-trans.com.ua
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus from Ancona to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
18h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€80 - €120
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus from Ancona to Larissa
Ave. Duration
24h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€100 - €160
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
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
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
Adria Ferries
Phone
071 50211621
Email
booking@adriaferries.com
Website
adriaferries.com
Car ferry from Bari to Durrës
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Adria Ferries
Deck
€60 - €70
Car
€95 - €105
Inside cabin 2 beds
€90 - €100
Inner cabin 2 beds
€95 - €110
Outside cabin 2 beds
€114
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

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Athens is 1h ahead of Rome. It is currently 10:45 AM in Rome and 11:45 AM in Athens.

Sky Express, Aegean Airlines, Alitalia and two other airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 853+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at €87 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 €7 - €35.

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