How to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki

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Travel Information from Athens to Thessaloniki

distanceDistance187 miles (302 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFerry or flight
priceTicket price range$52 -
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $52 (€45) • 50 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $52 (€45) • 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesOurbus, Blue Star Ferries or Aegean Airlines

Travel 187 miles (302 km) by ferry or flight to Thessaloniki from Athens. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Ourbus, Blue Star Ferries or Aegean Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, ferry or flight from Athens to Thessaloniki.

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from Athens to Thessaloniki

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

Our recommendation
flight

The best way to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki is by taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

sky express
08:30PM0h55
Athens International Airport (ATH)
09:25PMThessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
$1351One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
sky express
08:30PM0h55
Athens International Airport (ATH)
09:25PMThessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
$1351One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
sky express
08:30PM0h55
Athens International Airport (ATH)
09:25PMThessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
$1351One-way
0 transfers
Other options
sky express
10:50AM1h05
Athens International Airport (ATH)
11:55AMThessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
$1721One-way
0 transfers
Aegean Airlines
08:00AM0h55
Athens International Airport (ATH)
08:55AMThessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
$1771One-way
0 transfers
Olympic Air
06:00AM3h05
Athens International Airport (ATH)
09:05AMThessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
$1731One-way
1 transfer

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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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    FAQs: Travel from Athens to Thessaloniki

    FAQs: Travel to Thessaloniki easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Athens to Thessaloniki.
    FAQs

    There are 2 ways to get from Athens to Thessaloniki: ferry or flight.

    The cheapest way to get from Athens to Thessaloniki is by taking a flight with average ticket prices of $52 (€45) compared to other travel options to Thessaloniki:

    A flight is () less than a bus with an average ticket price of () from Athens to Thessaloniki.

    Taking a flight costs $45 (€39) less than taking a ferry, which costs on average $97 (€84) for the same trip.

    The quickest way to travel between Athens and Thessaloniki is by flight, which takes on average 50 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

    Ferry takes on average 27 h 20 min.

    Thessaloniki is approximately 187 miles (302 km) away from Athens.

    The average frequency per day from Athens to Thessaloniki is:

    • 2 ferries a day.

    However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Athens and Thessaloniki as scheduled services by ferry or flight can vary by season or day of the week.

    These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Athens to Thessaloniki:

    • Buses mostly depart from Athens, Leoforou Kifisou - KTEL (Άθενς, Λεωφόρου Κηφισού - ΚΤΕΛ ΚΗΦΙΣΟΥ) and arrive in Thessaloniki, Airport Makedonia.
    • Flights mostly leave from Athens International Airport and tend to arrive in Thessaloniki International Airport.

    The following travel companies offer services from Athens to Thessaloniki:

    • Travel with Blue Star Ferries, Mediterranea Pitiusa or Seajets to go to Thessaloniki by ferry. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Blue Star Ferries Athens to Thessaloniki tickets on Omio for $97 (€84).
    • Travel with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air to go to Thessaloniki by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Aegean Airlines Athens to Thessaloniki tickets on Omio for $64 (€55).

    Yes, there are direct services available from Athens to Thessaloniki with the following travel companies:

    • 1 direct ferry per day with Blue Star Ferries.

    Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Thessaloniki as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Thessaloniki from Athens.

    Looking to extend your trip from Athens to Thessaloniki? Many Omio customers who go from Athens to Thessaloniki usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Sofia, Istanbul, Belgrade or Skopje. If you're looking to explore Sofia, Istanbul, Belgrade or Skopje from Thessaloniki, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
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