How to travel from Thessaloniki to Athens

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Travel Information between Thessaloniki and Athens

distanceDistance187 miles (302 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFerry or flight
priceTicket price range$42 -
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $42 (€36) • 44 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $42 (€36) • 44 min
carriersPopular travel companiesOurbus, Blue Star Ferries or Aegean Airlines

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

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from Thessaloniki to Athens

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

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

Aegean Airlines
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
11:59PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
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Aegean Airlines
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
11:59PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
0 transfers
Aegean Airlines
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
11:59PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
0 transfers
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Aegean Airlines
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
10:20PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
0 transfers
sky express
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
10:55PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
0 transfers
Aegean Airlines
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
09:00AMAthens International Airport (ATH)
1 transfer
0 transfers

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How to Travel from Thessaloniki to Athens?

The main way to travel from Thessaloniki to Athens is by plane. The average time for a direct flight is 50 minutes, while connecting flights take longer. A flight with transfer can take anywhere between 2 hours and 30 minutes and more than 19 hours, depending on the layover time and the number of transfers. There are flights with one or two transfers, and services are available every day of the week.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Thessaloniki to Athens is by plane. Direct flights cost significantly less than connecting flights. The majority of the lowest cost flights are from Olympic, and are operated by Aegean airlines. The services are available daily, and the earliest flight leaves around 6:25 a.m. while the last plane leaves around 10:25 p.m. during the week.

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

The fastest way to travel from Thessaloniki to Athens is through a direct flight. Olympic flights operated by Aegean Airlines take approximately 50 minutes to fly from Thessaloniki International Airport to Athens International Airport. Check-in time is about 50 minutes. The fastest connecting flights take around 2 hours and 34 minutes.

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Travel from Thessaloniki to Athens by Plane

Planes travel from Thessaloniki to Athens every day. You can find around 10 direct flights and around 24 more indirect flights daily. In total, there are approximately 34 flights between Thessaloniki and Athens each day, and there are several service providers for this route. For example, Olympic Air provides direct flights from Thessaloniki to Athens. Olympic Air is a subsidiary of Aegean Airlines, which is the Greek National Carrier. Other flight providers from Thessaloniki to Athens include Sky Express, Air Serbia, Blue Air, Turkish Airlines, Tarom, and Transavia Airlines.

When flying on Olympic Air, you can use self check-in to save time at the airport. If you choose to check-in online, make sure to arrive to the boarding gate at least 30 minutes prior to departure. 

The departure airport is the Thessaloniki International Airport. It is around 10.5 miles from the city center, which is accessible via a 30 minute taxi ride. The facilities at the airport include restaurants, cafeterias, duty free shops, banks, a post office, a veterinary station, parking, luggage storage, ticket counters and check-in counters.

The arrival station is the Athens International Airport. It is around 22 miles from the city center. A taxi ride into town takes approximately 40 minutes depending on the traffic. The airport is also connected via the metro and buses. The facilities at the airport include airport lounges, WiFi, airport hotels, showers, rest zones, luggage storage, mobile charging, baby rooms, ATMs, and a pharmacy. 

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Find the best journey between Thessaloniki and Athens with Aegean Airlines. Comparing schedules and prices and booking the most convenient route has never been easier with over 1000 travel companies on Omio.

Aegean Airlines is Greece’s leading airline and you can choose between Economy and Business tickets for your next travel between Thessaloniki and Athens.

    FAQs: Travel from Thessaloniki to Athens

    FAQs: Travel to Athens 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 Thessaloniki to Athens.

    There are 2 options to travel to Athens from Thessaloniki including taking a ferry or flight.

    The cheapest way to travel to Athens from Thessaloniki is a flight with an average price of $42 (€36).

    This is compared to other travel options from Thessaloniki to Athens:

    Taking a flight costs () less than taking a bus, which average ticket prices of ().

    A flight is $66 (€57) less than a ferry for this trip with tickets for a ferry from Thessaloniki to Athens costing on average $108 (€93).

    The fastest way to get to Athens from Thessaloniki is by flight with an average travel time of 44 min.

    Other travel options to Athens take longer:

    Ferry takes 25 h 35 min on average.

    The Thessaloniki to Athens distance is around 187 miles (302 km).

    The average frequency per day from Thessaloniki to Athens is:

    • 2 ferries a day.

    However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Athens from 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 Thessaloniki to Athens:

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

    The following travel companies offer services from Thessaloniki to Athens:

    • Blue Star Ferries, Mediterranea Pitiusa or Seajets can take you to Athens by ferry. If searching for a good deal on ferries, you can find tickets for Blue Star Ferries from Thessaloniki to Athens for $108 (€93).
    • Travel with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air to go to Athens by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Aegean Airlines Thessaloniki to Athens tickets on Omio for $48 (€41).

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

    • Direct ferry available with Blue Star Ferries 1 direct ferry per day.

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

    Many of our customers traveling from Thessaloniki to Athens don't make Athens their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Athens are Santorini, Rome, Paris or Mykonos, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Athens to any of these top destinations today!
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