How to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki

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from Athens to Thessaloniki

You can get from Athens to Thessaloniki by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Athens to Thessaloniki on Sep 27 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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How to Travel from Athens to Thessaloniki?

Visitors can travel from Athens to Thessaloniki by train, car, bus or flight. This is a popular route, with the train being the recommended mode of transport. The distance between the two cities is around 300 miles. It takes 4 hours and 23 minutes to reach Thessaloniki from Athens by train, 5 hours 45 minutes by bus, and less than an hour by plane. 

What is the Cheapest Way to Get from Athens to Thessaloniki?

The cheapest way to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki is by bus, which takes 5 hours and 45 minutes. The trip is direct, and departs from Athens and arrives at Thessaloniki Monastiriou. There are several service operators for this route, including KTEL Thessalonikis, which travels every three hours daily with a trip duration of 5 hours and 45 minutes, and Eurobus SK, which travels once a week with a duration of 7 hours.

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Athens to Thessaloniki?

Flying is the fastest way to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki. The trip takes just under an hour, but it is also the most expensive mode of transport compared to the others. The two most common Airlines that serve this route are Olympic Air and Ellinair, both of which service this route every day.  

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Travel from Athens to Thessaloniki by train

Taking the train from Athens to Thessaloniki is a safe, fast, and pleasant way to reach your destination, and the trip takes only 4 hours and 23 minutes. Some trains offer WiFi and plug sockets, and first-class passengers enjoy additional benefits. There are several trains that serve this route and which depart at different times, and there are additional night trains that reach Thessaloniki in around 5 hours. This route is serviced by Greek Railways (OSE), and trains depart every 4 hours.

Travel from Athens to Thessaloniki by bus

Traveling by bus from Athens to Thessaloniki is not only the cheapest option, but also offers many more departure times. There are several commonly used bus operators, namely KTEL Thessalonikis and KTEL Magnesias, which both travel every 3 to 4 hours daily with a trip duration of 5 hours 45 minutes. Trips offered by Eurobus SK and Korona Travel take 7 hours and trips are offered once a week. There are two different bus depots in Athens: KTEL Attika bus station and KTEL bus Station Kifissou. In Thessaloniki, buses arrive into either Monastiriou 67, which is close to the railway station, or Gianitson 244 near the center of Thessaloniki. 

Travel from Athens to Thessaloniki by Plane

If you prefer a fast journey, the best way to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki is by plane. The trip takes just under an hour. The arrival airport is Makedonia (SKG) in Thessaloniki. You can fly with either Olympic Air (Aegean) or Ellinair, which are the two biggest Airlines in Greece. Ellinair offers this route twice a day, while Olympic Air offers 11. On arrival, you can take a pre-booked taxi to your accommodation or the city center. You can also take a bus into the city. 

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The distance is approximately 188 miles (303 km) from Athens to Thessaloniki.

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