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The White Tower of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The "White Tower" (Aspro Pyrgos), Thessaloniki's best-known landmark.
 
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NEWS: International trains are now operating again
between Thessaloniki and
Sofia, Bulgaria and Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

See details below.
 
Macedonia's capital Thessaloniki (Thessalonica) is easy to reach by air from many European cities as well as from Istanbul. There are also several international buses from northern Europe, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Istanbul which stop at Macedonian cities. Currently, due to the economic crisis, there are few international trains to or from Greece (see below).

Although there are rail connections within Macedonia and southwards to Athens, the network of buses provides the most convenient way of travelling around the region. However, since bus services in Greece are operated by independent regional KTEL companies, there is no joined-up system: there is a distinct lack of coordination between the companies and the poor quality of public information concerning routes, timetables and fares (particularly for tourists) is apalling.

There are also strange gaps and anomalies in the coverage of bus services, which often means that if you want to travel to a place 20 km away you may have to travel first to a transport hub 40 km in the opposite direction, then travel from there to your intended destination.

Various local bus services around towns and villages also have their opaque charms, totally devoid of timetables and route information. Coordination is so poor that the bus you have been informed connects with your ferry arrives at the harbour just in time for you to watch the ship disappearing over the horizon (e.g. on Thasos island).

Ferry services are also a law unto themselves, with a plethora of ferry companies constantly changing their schedules (e.g. to Samothraki island).

In winter some public transport services are drastically reduced or do not run at all. Summer services benefit the locals as well as tourists, though often where timetables are available at all, they are often only in Greek. Many employees at the information counters of transport companies consider it a personal offense to be challenged by more than one question, especially if you interrupt their personal mobile phone conversations.

Travelling by public transport in Greece is still economical, especially when compared with fares in other EU countries. And once you do get on your train, bus or boat, the journey can be quite wonderful and the views often simply beautiful.

See also our guides to:

Kavala

Pella

Polygyros

Stageira and Olympiada

Veria

Alexandroupoli, Thrace
 
 
Please note: Due to Greece's economic crisis, information such as
opening times, timetables, fares, prices, etc. is changing continually.

Many tourist information offices have been closed, and many official
websites offer no indication of these changes.

Below is the most up-to-date information we have been able to find.
If you have any more information you would like to share, please
get in contact.
 

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Vergina Sun, flag symbol of Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet
Macedonia

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Photo gallery of Kavala, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Kavala
Photo gallery of Olympiada village, Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Olympiada
Photo gallery of Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Pella
Polygyros photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Polygyros
Photo gallery of Ancient Stageira, Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Ancient Stageira
Photo gallery of Veria, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Veria
 
Macedonia,
Greece

by air
By air - Airports
The region's three airports Thessaloniki, Kavala and Alexandroupoli (Thrace) deal mainly with regular and charter flights fom Europe and Greece. Long haul passengers have to transfer from Athens, other European cities or Istanbul.

Flights within Greece should be booked well in advance,
especially in summer and around public holidays.

Olympic Airlines: www.olympicair.com     Aegean Airlines: www.aegeanair.com

Both websites, in Greek and English, offer the same flights and prices.

 
Thessaloniki, Macedonia

Thessaloniki International Airport "Macedonia"
53103 Kalamaria, Macedonia

website: www.thessalonikiairport.com

IATA code: SKG

The largest and most important airport in northern Greece.

15 km south of the city centre.
Well connected by taxis (20-30 Euros) and bus X1.

Bus X1, about every 30 mins; at night N1 every hour.
Connects the airport to the city centre, the railway station
and "Macedonia" KTEL inter-city bus station.

The bus fare is 2 Euros, regardless of how many stops you travel.

A taxi between the airport and city centre costs 20 Euros;
between the airport and KTEL bus station about 30 Euros.

Kavala, Macedonia

Kavala International Airport "Alexander the Great"
(Μέγας Αλέξανδρος, Mégas Aléxandros)

Near Chrysoupolis (Χρυσουπολης), 30 km east of the city!

See How to get to Kavala for further details.

Tel: +30 25910 53273

See: alxd.gr/AirportGuide/kavala/kavalaE.html

IATA code: KVA

Alexandroupoli, Thrace

Alexandroupolis "Democritus" International Airport
(Κρατικός Αερολιμένας 'Δημόκριτος'),
Alexandroupolis, Thrace.

Website: www.alxd.gr

IATA code: AXD

7 km east of the city centre. There are taxis and frequent buses to the city centre.

This small airport is convenient for those wishing to travel to Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, Samothraki and Lemnos islands (see ferries below) and southern Bulgaria. Istanbul is 5 hours away by road.

The train station, KTEL inter-city bus station and ferry port are in the town centre.

See: How to get to Alexandroupoli, Thrace

Athens Airport

Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"

(Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών "Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος",
Diethnis Aerolimenas Athinon "Eleftherios Venizelos")

Website: www.aia.gr

IATA code: ATH

27 km east of the city centre.

A largest, busiest airport in Greece, with frequent international and domestic
air services, including daily flights to/from Kavala and Alexandroupoli.

The airport is well connected to Athens centre and suburbs by metro, suburban railway, taxis (at least 30 Euros) and buses. The frequent X93 bus connects the airport with the inter-city bus stations (see details below).
 
Thessaloniki Airport radar tower at My Favourite Planet

Thessaloniki Airport
radar tower
 
Macedonia,
Greece

by bus
By bus
KTEL Macedonia central inter-city bus station, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

KTEL Macedonia central inter-city bus station, Thessaloniki.
Inter-city buses in Greece are run by 62 independent regional KTEL bus companies (ΚΤΕΛ, Κοινά Ταμεία Εισπράξεων Λεωφορείων, Common Funds of Bus Proceeds), named after the regional unit they serve.

Each KTEL bus company has its own services, schedules and website (mostly in Greek only) and does not usually provide information or tickets for another company. At present there is no central, national or inter-regional source of information.

We have prepared further information about travelling by bus to, from and around Macedonia and lists of services, bus stations and fares. See:

How to get to Kavala

How to get to Pella

How to get to Polygyros

How to get to Stageira and Olympiada

How to get to Veria

How to get to Alexandroupoli, Thrace

Bus journey times & ticket prices

See a list of bus fares for Macedonia below.

Bus stations

See a list of bus stations for Macedonia below.

NOTE

Thessaloniki has two separate bus stations:

KTEL "Macedonia" inter-city bus station
for long distance inter-city buses

Eastbound buses to Nea Apollonia, Rentina, Stavros, Vrasna, Asprovalta and Olympiada (for Ancient Stageira), formerly served by the KTEL Thessaloniki bus station, now also arrive and depart from the KTEL Macedonia bus station.

KTEL Chalkidikis bus station
for southbound buses to Halkidiki
 

KTEL Macedonia inter-city bus station, Thessaloniki, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Macedonia inter-city bus station, Thessaloniki
Inter-city bus fares across Greece are continually increasing. Ticket prices quoted here are the most up-to-date we could find (latest update June 2019), but may have changed again by the time you read this.

Bus tickets For some inexplicable reason, many bus stations will not sell tickets in advance, only on the day of travel. Where you board a bus at a roadside stop, you can buy a ticket either from the driver or a conductor.

Where online tickets are available they may be a little cheaper, but many bus company websites are in Greek only and online translations are often inaccurate and can be misleading.

Online translation software even has a problem with place names, one appears in English as "Mud" and another as "Beautiful", which is not at all helpful. Another KTEL website states: "Routes are grouped according to the segment they belong to." However the "segments" are not explained.

Discounts on return tickets are offered by some bus companies on some routes.

Be sure to ask the price of a single and return fare ("allez-retour"), especially if you are buying a ticket on the bus itself. Some bus drivers and conductors may charge you for a return ticket if you do not specify you only want a single!

Fare reductions on some KTEL buses for:
students (25%), people wth special needs (50%), soldiers (25%), families (50%), social tourism workers, groups (by arangement).
Appropriate ID or documentation is required.
 
Macedonia,
Greece

by bus
Bus journey times and ticket prices
to/from/around Macedonia
There are generally fewer buses in winter (October - April), and scheules, routes
and fares change (i.e. get worse) continually due to the economic crisis.

Some bus company estimates of journey times, which depend on traffic,
are quite optimistic. We have rounded times to the nearest half hour.

We are attempting to continually expand and improve this information.
If you can help please get in contact.

Last updated June 2019
 
 
  journey
time
fare
KTEL Chalkidikis
Thessaloniki - Polygyros 1.5 hours €6.90
 
KTEL Evros
Thessaloniki - Alexandroupoli 4 hours €31.80
Thessaloniki - Didymoteicho 5.5 hours €41.40
 
KTEL Imathia
Thessaloniki - Veria 1.5 hours €7.40
Thessaloniki - Naousa 2 hours €9.50
Athens - Veria 7 hours * €49
 
KTEL Serres
Thessaloniki - Serres 2.5 hours €9
 
KTEL Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki - Stavros 2 hours €3.90
Thessaloniki - Nea Vrasna/
Asprovalta
2.5 hours €4
Thessaloniki - Olympiada 2.5 hours €4.50
Thessaloniki - Athens

(see below)
6.5 hours €39
 
  journey
time
fare
KTEL Pella
Thessaloniki - Pella 40 min €4.10
Thessaloniki - Edessa 2 hours €9.70
Thessaloniki - Aridaia 2 hours €11.60
Thessaloniki - Skydra 1.5 hours €8.10
Thessaloniki - Kria Vrisi 1.5 hours €8
Thessaloniki - Giannitsa 1 hour €5.50
Athens - Edessa 6 hours €50.90
Athens - Aridaia   €54.10
Athens - Skydra   €49.30
Athens - Kria Vrisi   €49.30
Athens - Giannitsa   €46.70
Ionnina to/from
Aridaia - Edessa - Skydra - Giannitsa

According to the KTEL Pellas website

www.ktelpellas.gr (Greek only)

buses between Ionnina and Edessa and Giannitsa run on Friday and Sunday only.

It provides no route information, but gives the same ticket price of €32.60 for all destinations.

Journey time Ionnina - Edessa 4 hours.
 
* Tickets prices from latest available sources, when there  is no current information on bus company websites.
 
Macedonia,
Greece

bus stations
Bus stations for Macedonia
Thessaloniki Thessaloniki - Halkidiki Athens Larissa
 
Central Macedonia West Macedonia East Macedonia and Thrace
 
The inside of the main hall of the KTEL Macedonia central inter-city bus station, Thessaloniki, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Under the big dome - the main hall of the KTEL "Macedonia" inter-city bus station, Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki has two inter-city bus stations.

For buses to Halkidiki see below.
 
 
  Thessaloniki

(Θεσσαλονίκη) Central Macedonia

KTEL "Macedonia" inter-city bus station

Giannitson Street 194, Thessaloniki.
5 km west of the city centre.

For all destinations except Halkidiki (see below).

Website, including timetable and fare information for inter-city buses to/from Thessaloniki:

ktelmacedonia.gr (Greek and English)

Buses depart and arrive in the large, domed hall at the left of the building (see photo above), in which there are toilets (free of charge).

The ticket booths, cafe, toilets (in the basement, also free) and shops are in the hall to the right.

Each of the regional KTEL bus companies has its own ticket booth, so you have to discover which one serves your destination. Good luck!
+30 2310 595435  
  KTEL Macedonia ticket and information office
in the centre of Thessaloniki


119 Egnatia Odos.
On the north side of the street, just to the west
of the Arch of Galerius.

e-mail: ekdotiriokamaras@ktelmacedonia.gr

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 - 17:30
Closed Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.

Tickets can be purchased in advance.

For reasons best known to itself, the office does not offer tickets or information for buses to: Achaia, Arcadia, Argolid, Chania, Corinthia, Fokida, Laconia, Pieria and local buses of KTEL Thessalonikis (Stavros - Asprovalta - Olympiada).
+30 2310 21 60 00  
  Getting to/from KTEL "Macedonia" bus station

Local buses in an around the city are run by OASTH (Organization of Urban Transport of Thessaloniki, ΟΑΣΘ, Οργανισμός Αστικών Συγκοινωνιών Θεσσαλονίκης).

Tel: (+30) 2310 981 100

The OASTH website has information about routes and timetables routes in Greek and English:

www.oasth.gr

This website used to be excellent, but a recent redesign has made it much less useful, intelligible or reliable for visitors to the city.

The usual bus fare is 1 euro (except the airport bus), no matter how many stops you travel.

If you have to change buses, a ticket valid for 70 minutes
(2 buses) costs 1.20 Euros, for 90 minutes (3 buses) 1.50 Euros.

Reductions for students, families and senior citizens over 65 years (with the necessary documentation) are usually around 50%.

Several local buses terminate at the bus station.

The OASTH X1 bus (at night N1) from the airport to
the bus station via the city centre also stops at the
railway station (just west of the centre, see below).

The number X1 bus (formerly number 78) runs 24 hours a day,
approximately every half hour; every hour at night as the N1.

The X1/N1 fare is 2 Euros, regardless of how many stops you travel. Tickets can be bought from kiosks (peripteros) all over city, or from special booths at the airport (at the bus stop), KTEL bus station, railway station and opposite the National Bank of Greece. There are also ticket machines on the buses (correct change needed).

You must validate your ticket by having it stamped by the orange machine on the bus when you get on.

Journey times to the bus station (depending on traffic)
from the airport around 1.5 hours;
from the centre around 30-40 minutes;
from the train station 20-30 minutes.

Because the bus connects the airport with the train station and main KTEL bus station (and is also used as a local bus) it can get very full.

Despite the "X" and the higher bus fare (double the price of other city buses), this bus is not an express, although it stops at fewer bus stops than other services. The buses are normal city buses, most of which are now quite old. There is no provision for luggage and the gangways are narrow. Passengers often have to stand for the entire journey, and are thrown around as the bus swerves around corners, accelerates or brakes. We recommend disabled travellers and those prone to sea-sickness to take a taxi.

OASTH 45 bus (also 45A and 45B) runs from the KTEL Macedonia bus station, eastwards to the railway station, through the city centre and on to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station (see below).

Taxis
A taxi between the airport and city centre costs €20; between the airport and KTEL Macedonia bus station about €30.
 
OASTH, Organization of Urban Transport of Thessaloniki at My Favourite Planet

OASTH, urban buses in
and around Thessaloniki.

www.oasth.gr
 
Poster showing bus connections between the KTEL Macedonia central inter-city bus station with other parts of the city at My Favourite Planet

Poster showing local OASTH
bus connections between
KTEL Macedonia inter-city
bus station in Thessaloniki
with other parts of the city.

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Note: the airport bus 78
is now the X1. The night
bus 78N is now the N1.
 
 
KTEL Thessaloniki bus station

PLEASE NOTE

Since December 2014 buses from Thessaloniki to Nea Apollonia,
Stavros, Olympiada and Asprovalta no longer arrive or depart
from the old KTEL Thessaloniki bus station in the city centre,
which is now closed.

Buses now arrive and depart from the KTEL "Macedonia"
inter-city bus station
(see above).

For further details, see:
How to get to Stageira and Olympiada

Athens - Thessaloniki buses

KTEL Thessaloniki also runs 9 buses daily each way between
Thessaloniki and Athens, 2 of which also stop at Piraeus.
These buses start/end at Thessaloniki train station, but also
stop at KTEL "Macedonia" inter-city bus station.

Journey time: 6.5 hours

Ticket: €39, return €59

See their website for more details.

See also ATHENS below.
 
KTEL Thessaloniki bus company

KTEL Thessaloniki bus company

www.ktelthes.gr

in Greek and English
 
  Buses Thessaloniki - Halkidiki

Buses between Thessaloniki and Polygyros and other
places in Halkidiki (except Olympiada) are operated
by the KTEL Chalkidikis bus company.

KTEL Chalkidikis bus station, Thessaloniki

Buses for destinations in Halkidiki (except Olympiada) depart
from the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station in the Thessaloniki suburb
Pylaia (Πυλαία), 10 km southeast of the city centre.

It is located just east of Motorway A24, the city's
eastern beltway (inner ring road), near the 9 km
Ano Toumba (Άνω Τούμπα) turn-off.

Tel: (+30) 2310 316555

Strangely, the KTEL Chalkidikis website makes no mention
of the bus station, it is not on its lists of destinations or its
small route map (which does not even include Thessaloniki).
However, there are directions to the unnamed bus station
under "Getting here from..." on its "contact us" page.

From Thessaloniki Airport

Buses in an around the city are run by OASTH (see above).

Routes and timetables routes in Greek and English:

www.oasth.gr

Take the OASTH X1 bus (at night N1) to the bus terminal
at IKEA (suburban shopping centre), then change to
the 36 bus to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station.

X1 bus every 30 minutes, 6:00 - 22.35.
N1 bus every hour, 23:10 - 5:55.
Journey time airport-IKEA around 20 minutes.

36 bus, every 65 minutes.
Journey time IKEA-KTEL Chalkidikis around 20 minutes.

The X1/N1 bus fare is 2 Euro.

Other local buses cost 1 Euro.

The 79 bus also allegedly travels between the airport
and IKEA. Every 30 minutes 6:05-22:30.

I did not see this bus the last time I was at the airport,
even though I was at the bus stop for nearly an hour.

The 79A bus runs July-August only, direct from the airport
to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station, via IKEA.
Every hour, 6:10-22:45.
The bus in the other direction is the 79B.

The OASTH website offers no information about
the 79A or 79B when they are not running.

Timetables at the airport bus stop show different times to those on the website, which are presumably more up-to-date (?).

The route map at the airport bus stop does not show
the location of IKEA or the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station.

From the city centre

OASTH 45 bus runs from the KTEL Macedonia bus station,
5 km west of the city centre, eastwards to the
railway station, through the centre and on
to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station.

The 45, 45A and 45B take slightly different routes.

There is a bus stop for the 45 (also 45a) on Egnatias Odos
in the city centre, just to the west of Aristotelis Square.

The bus destination is "KTEL Halkidikis KOSMOS".
"Kosmos" is a huge suburban shopping centre
near the bus station.

Journey times:
from KTEL Macedonia inter-city bus station 1 hour;
from the train station 40 minutes;
from the centre around 30 minutes.

The local bus fare is 1 Euro.

Taxis
A taxi from the airport or the city centre to the KTEL Chalkidikis bus station costs around 20 Euros; between the the two bus stations about 30 Euros.
 
KTEL Chalkidikis bus company

KTEL Chalkidikis bus company

www.ktel-chalkidikis.gr

The website has timetables
and ticket prices for buses
to and around Halkidiki,
in Greek and English.

KTEL Chakidikis
telephone numbers

Thessaloniki:
(+30) 2310 316 555
(+30) 2310 316 565
(+30) 2310 316 575

Polygyros:
(+30) 23710 22 309

Nea Kallikrateia:
(+30) 23990 21 048

Nea Moudania:
(+30) 23730 21 228

Kassandreia:
(+30) 23740 22 214

Parcel delivery:
(+30) 6985 169179

See the My Favourite Planet
travel guide to
Polygyros, Halkidiki
 
 
IKEA Thessaloniki
OASTH bus teminal


The suburban shopping centre
on the National Road between
the city centre and the airport.

11 km south of the city centre.

4 km south of KTEL Chalkidikis
bus station.

4 km north of the airport.

Several buses stop there,
including X1, N1, 79 and 36.
 
 
 
Macedonia,
Greece

bus stations
Athens

Terminal A (Kifissou Street) and Pedion Areos
Athens

(Αθήνα) Attica, southern Greece

Athens has two main inter-city bus stations,
generally known as Terminal A and Terminal B.

Buses between Athens, Thessaloniki, and other destinations in Macedonia
and Thrace depart and arrive at the Kifissou Street KTEL Bus Station,
also known as Terminal A.

KTEL Kifissou, 100 Odos Kifissou, Kifissos, 10442 Athens.

Ticket office: (+30) 2105 12 94 07

Tickets can be purchased at the bus station, which has a snack bar,
toilets, and a kiosk (sweets, drinks, newspapers, cigarettes...).
There are no decent shops within easy walking distance.

+30 210 51 52 224
Buses to Terminal A

X93 express bus from Athens Airport (Door 5).
Around every 35 minutes. Every 65 minutes at night.
It also stops at the Liossion Street bus station (Terminal B).

51 from the centre, at the corner of Menandrou Street and Zinonos Street,
near Metaxourgeio Square, 2 blocks west of Omonia Square.
Every 15 minutes. Fare €1 one way.
From Terminal A into the centre, the 51 bus stops at the Metaxourgeio metro station.

420 from Piraeus, at the corner of Thermopilon and Akti Kondili streets.

Terminal A is quite a long way north of the city centre and not easy to find. We do not recommend walking. It is possible to get to the bus station by a combination of metro trains and buses, but it really is a chore, especially with luggage. If there are 2 or more of you, take a taxi.

Athens - Thessaloniki buses

There are 9 buses daily each way between Thessaloniki and Athens Terminal A,
2 of which also stop at Piraeus.

Journey time: 6.5 hours

Ticket: €39, return €59

The service is run by KTEL Thessaloniki (see above): www.ktelthes.gr

The same service is also advertised on the KTEL Attika website: www.ktelattikis.gr

This website is in Greek and the "English" version is just an online translation - terrible. The quality
of information is very poor, and much of it is only avaible on PDF documents or external map pages.

As usual, the most reliable information is at the website of the KTEL Macedonia bus station,
with schedules and ticket prices in Greek and English:

ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=4

Buses start/end at Thessaloniki train station (also referred to as the Monastiriou bus terminal).
The KTEL Thessaloniki office is to the right of the station entrance.

They also stop at KTEL "Macedonia" inter-city bus station in Thessaloniki.

In Athens they also stop at the Pedion Areos Park bus terminal, Odos Mavromataion, central Athens, which is much more convenient than Terminal A. It is just 250 metres north of the National Archaeological Museum and 10 minutes walk from Omonia Square.

The open-air Pedion Areos bus terminal is a group of bus stops mostly serving destinations in Attica, including Megara, Marathon, Lavrion, Sounion and several parts and beaches. It is connected to other places in Athens by local buses and trolley bus numbers 2 and 4 (tickets sold at periptero kiosks).

When there, ask for the location of the ticket booth and bus stop for Thessaloniki.

It is not a good place to hang around alone at night.

KTEL ticket office at Omonia Square, central Athens

59 Sokrates Street, Omonia Square.

In a narrow side street, just west of Omonia Square.

Mon-Fri 7:00 - 17:00, Sat: 7:30 - 15:30, Sunday closed.

Tel: (+30) 210 52 37 889

A very useful office and excellent service. The helpful staff speak English,
and tickets for all destinations from Athens can be bought in advance!


The bus stations in Athens have no website (why?), and currently the only source of information about schedules and fares are photocopied pages from the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

Terminal A is hidden away in the side streets of a northern suburb of Athens and can be difficult to get to from the city centre. If there are two or more of you travelling, or if you have luggage, you may find it less stressful to take a taxi, which costs around 20 Euros from the centre (ask the driver the price before you get in!).
 
 
Macedonia,
Greece

bus stations
Larissa
Larissa

(Λάρισα) Thessaly, central Greece

The capital city of Thessaly, and a hub for bus and train travel in central Greece.

KTEL Larissas bus station
1 Odos Olympus, on the corner of Odos Georgiadou, 41222 Larissa.
North of the city centre.

KTEL Larissas website: www.ktellarisas.gr/ (Greek only)

9 buses daily to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 2 hours.
Ticket: €15.30, return €23.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/tid=24

Buses to Larissa from Athens depart from Liosion bus station (Terminal B).

NOTE: There are separate terminals and bus stops around Larissa for some destinations, such as Trikala and Kalampaka (Meteora) and the Peloponnese.

See also Larissa train station below.
+30 2410 567600
 
Macedonia,
Greece

bus stations
Bus stations in Central Macedonia
  Aridaia

(Αριδαία) Central Macedonia

28 Lochagou Passia, 58400 Aridea. At the east of the town centre.

KTEL Pellas website: www.ktelpellas.gr (Greek only)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 2 hours. Ticket: €11.60.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=29
+30 23840 21249  
 
  Edessa

(Έδεσσα) Central Macedonia

KTEL Pellas website: www.ktelpellas.gr (Greek only)

Edessa bus station is at the south side of town,
on the corner of Filipou and Pavlou Mela streets.
5 minutes walk from the centre,
15 minutes from the train station (see below).

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 2 hours. Ticket: €9.70.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=29

2 buses daily each way between Athens and Edessa via Larissa.
Journey time: 6 hours. Ticket: €50.90.

See the useful guide to Edessa with maps:

www.edessacity.gr/office/8guide-edessa-greece_en.pdf

PDF brochure at edessacity.gr. Opens in a new window.
+30 23810 23 511  
 
  Giannitsa

(Γιαννιτσά) Central Macedonia

Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou 12, 58100 Giannitsa.
500 metres south of the town centre, 50 metres north of EO2 National Road.

KTEL Pellas website: www.ktelpellas.gr (Greek only)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1 hour. Ticket: €5.50.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=29

2 buses daily each way between Athens and Giannitsa via Larissa.
Journey time: 6 hours. Ticket: €46.70.
+30 23820 22 317  
 
  Katerini

(Κατερίνη) Central Macedonia

15 Odos Nikolaos Dikas, 60100 Katerini.
Around 1 km northeast of the town centre.

www.ktelpierias.gr (Greek, English, German, Romanian, Russian, Serbian)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1 hour. Ticket: €6.90.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/gr/routes/tid=30

Connections with buses to the Mount Olympus area, local villages and beach resorts.

For local bus number 3 to Dion from the centre of Katerini, see:

Dion: the garden of the gods at The Cheshire Cat Blog.

Local buses around the town and to nearby villages are run by Urban KTEL of Katerini (Αστικό ΚΤΕΛ Κατερίνης, Astika KTEL Katerinis).

www.astika-katerinis.gr (Greek only)

The website is a mess with very little useful information for visitors. Considering that Macedonia as a whole is attempting to attract more visitors, and many places around Katerini are dependent on tourism, the quality and quantity of practical local information are very poor.

Seee also Katerini train station below.
+30 23510 23313  
 
  Kria Brysi

(Κρύα Βρύση) Central Macedonia

Odos Saggariou, on the corner of Vasileos Pavlou, 58300 Kria Vrisi.
North of the small town centre.

KTEL Pellas website: www.ktelpellas.gr (Greek only)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1.5 hours. Ticket: €8.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=29
+30 23820 61506  
 
  Naousa

(Νάουσα) Central Macedonia

Buses to/from Naousa stop in the street outside the KTEL Imathias office.

36 Odos Chatzimalousi 36, 59200 Naousa.
On the east side of town, opposite the church of Agios Georgios.

KTEL Imathias: www.ktel-imathias.gr (Greek only)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 2 hours. Ticket: €9.50, return €12.50.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/tid=12

Local buses

Local blue and white buses in Naousa are run by Astika Leoforeia Naousas (Αστικά Λεωφορεία Νάουσας).

29 Odos Alexandrou Chonou, 59200 Naousa.

Tel: +30 23320 28500

www.astna.gr (Greek only)

e-mail: astikoktelnaousas@gmail.com

The local bus station is on Vasileos Filippou Street, south of the Central Square (Κεντρική Πλατεία, Kentriki Plateia).

Taxi

Taxis in Naousa are silver. There are taxi ranks at Central Square and opposite the Naousa hospital.

Tel: +30 23320 25400, +30 23320 22552, +30 2332 022636

The Archaeological Site of the Nymphaeum of Mieza (the School of Aristotle) is 5 km northwest of the train station and 3.5 km east of Naousa. There are no buses to the site.

See also Naousa train station below.
+30 23320 22223  
 
  Pella

(Πέλλα) Central Macedonia

There is no bus station in Pella.

Frequent KTEL Pellas buses from Thessaloniki to Giannitsa and Edessa stop at Pella bus stop, 1 km south of Pella village, 100 metres north of the EO2/E86 National Road. Passengers have to walk from here to the archaeological site and the museum.

See How to get to Pella.
   
 
  Serres

(Σέρρες) Central Macedonia

Bus station in centre: Apameias Terma, 62124 Serres.

KTEL Serron: www.ktelserron.gr (Greek only)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1.5 hours. Ticket: €9.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=33

Buses between Thessaloniki and Serres take various routes, some of which take much longer. The websites do not specify which routes buses take, although some are marked "Express".

3 buses daily each way between Serres and Athens Terminal A.
Journey time: 7.5 hours. Ticket: €49.

Also buses to Kavala (4 bus daily, 2 on Sunday, 2 hours), Drama, Alexandroupolis and Sofia, Bulgaria.

See also Serres train station below.
+30 23210 22822  
 
  Skydra

(Σκύδρα) Central Macedonia

Buses stop in street outside the KTEL Pellas office, on the
corner of Odos Anixeos and Odos Egnatias, 58500 Skydra.
On the east side of town, 200 metres north of the train station (see below).

KTEL Pellas website: www.ktelpellas.gr (Greek only)

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1.5 hours. Ticket: €8.10.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=29
+30 23810 89222  
 
  Veria

(Βέροια) Central Macedonia

28 Hras Street, 59100 Veria, Imathia, Macedonia, Greece.

KTEL Imathias: www.ktel-imathias.gr (Greek only)

The small bus station is in a courtyard in the town centre (10 minutes walk from Veria Archaeological Museum), hidden behind houses and shops. There is also an entrance to the courtyard from Odos Trempesina, on the west side. There is a ticket office and waiting room, toilets and a small cafe.

If you have to wait some time for your bus, you may prefer to sit at a nearby cafe in the town or visit one of the many old churches. You can leave your luggage at the bus station.

Veria train station (see below) is 3 km outside the town.

Frequent buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1.5 hours. Ticket: €7.40, return €10.50.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/tid=12

2 buses daily each way between Veria and Athens Terminal A.
Journey time: 7 hours. Ticket: €49.

There are 8 local buses a day between Veria and Vergina (ancient Aigai).

See also: How to get to Veria
+30 23310 22342  
 
Macedonia,
Greece

bus stations
Bus stations in West Macedonia
  Florina

(Φλώρινα) West Macedonia

Odos Makedonomahon 10, 53100 Florina.
In the town centre.

www.ktelflorinas.gr (Greek only)

Buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 3 hours. Ticket: €17, return € 24.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/gr/routes/tid=36

See also Florina train station below.
+30 23850 22430  
 
  Kastoria

(Καστοριά) West Macedonia

14 Odos Athanasiou Diakou, 52100 Kastoria.
300 metres west of the town centre.

www.ktel-kastorias.gr (Greek only)

Buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 2.5 hours. Ticket: €19.10, return € 32.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=19

Buses also to/from Kozani, Volos and Ioannina.
+30 24670 83455  
 
  Kozani

(Κοζάνη) West Macedonia

22 Odos Evangelos Giannaris, 50132 Kozani.
On the eastern side of Kozani, about 800 metres from the town centre.

www.ktelkozanis.gr (Greek only)

Buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 1.5 hours. Ticket: €12.70, return € 20.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=22

The passenger railway line to Kozani and the train station
there were closed in 2010, probably permanently.
+30 24610 34455  
 
 
Macedonia,
Greece

bus stations
Bus stations in
East Macedonia and Thrace
  Alexandroupoli

(Αλεξανδρούπολη) Thrace

KTEL Evrou inter-city bus station,
Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou 36 (corner of Leoforos 14th Maiou),
68100 Alexandroupoli.

In the town centre, 15 minutes walk from the
ferry port and train station (see below).

KTEL Evrou website: www.ktelevrou.gr (Greek only)

7 buses daily to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 4 hours. Ticket: €31.80, return €49.40.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=8

For further details, see How to get to Alexandroupoli, Thrace
+30 25510 26479  
 
  Drama

(Δράμα) East Macedonia

1 Odos Vitsi, 66100 Drama. In the city centre.

www.kteldramas.gr (Greek only)

Buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: Ticket: €14.50, return €26.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=7

Buses also to/from Athens, Kavala, Serres and Xanthi.

See also Drama train station below.
+30 25210 32421  
 
  Kavala

(Καβάλα) East Macedonia

4 Mitropolitou Kavalas Street, on the corner of Filikis Eterias Street.

In the city centre, 5 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

Tel: 2510 22 22 94

Ticket office: 2510 23 22 67

website: www.ktelkavalas.gr (info in English not very helpful)

For further details, see How to get to Kavala
+30 2510 22 22 94  
 
  Komotini

(Κομοτηνή) Thrace

15 Odos Georgiadou Mameli (corner of Odos Christou Tsoumta), 69100 Komotini. In the city centre.

KTEL Rodopis: www.ktelrodopis.gr (Greek only)

Buses to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 3.5 hours. Ticket: €27.50, return € 49.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/gr/routes/tid=32

Komotini Archaeological Museum (open daily 8:00-15:00) is just 350 metres from the bus station, and worth a visit if you have a few hours to wait for your bus and can leave your luggage at the bus station.

See also Komotini train station below.
+30 25310 22912  
 
  Xanthi

(Ξάνθη) Thrace

6 Odos Dimokritou, 67100 Xanthi. In the city centre.

KTEL Xanthis: www.ktelxanthis.gr (Greek only)

9 buses daily to/from Thessaloniki.
Journey time: 2.5 hours. Ticket: €20, return €35.

Schedules in Greek and English: ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/list/tid=28

See also Xanthi train station below.
+30 25410 27200  
 
 
Macedonia,
Greece

by train
By train
Thessaloniki railway station at My Favourite Planet

The main Thessaloniki railway station.

Construction of the "New Station" (Νέος Σιδηροδρομικός Σταθμός Θεσσαλονίκης, Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos Thessalonikis) was begun in the 1930s, but suspended due to politcal upheavals, including the Second World War, and economic problems. It was finally completed at the end of the 1950s with a slightly modified design, and opened on 12 June 1961. The building has hardly changed since. Recently the forecourt has become a building site as part of the construction works on the new Thessaloniki Metro.  
 
THE BAD NEWS:

In September 2011 all international trains to and from Greece were suspended.

THE GOOD NEWS:

From May 2014, train services have resumed between Thessaloniki
and Sofia, Bulgaria and Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

SEE DETAILS BELOW
 
Trains in Greece are run by OSE (Ο.Σ.Ε.):

www.ose.gr (Greek and English)

Train schedule and fare information at Trainose, the official
OSE website for passenger train information:

www.trainose.gr (Greek and English).

The site has recently improved its information in English.
However, rather than show timetables and fares, you have to use the ticket booking interface, name the desired departure and destination stations and enter planned date of travel. The site then shows the trains and fares for that particular journey on that day. If you click on a train or route number in the list, a tab opens showing stations along that route.


Railway stations

See our list of railway stations for Macedonia below.

Facilities for disabled persons

There are employees at major stations to assist
disabled persons.

Some stations have lifts (elevators) to the platforms.

Information and facilities for disabled persons:
Athens: +30 210 5298838
Larissa: +30 2410 590263

Fare discounts

Fare discounts are available for:
• Children aged 4-12, 50%
• Youth under 26 and elderly over 65, 25%
• Disabled people and their escort, 50%
• Groups, 30%-50%
 

Early steam train at Thessaloniki railway station at My Favourite Planet

Early steam locomotive exhibited
outside Thessaloniki train station.
See a map of the Greek rail
network by Thorsten Büker:

bueker.net
 
Rail lines and destinations

Three rail lines pass through Macedonia, all centered on Thessaloniki.

Southbound trains

Thessaloniki - Athens trains through Central Greece.

There are currently 6 trains daily each way between Thessaloniki and Athens:
5 Intercity (IC) trains. Ticket €45.40.
1 Regional (REG) train. Ticket €25.10.
Journey time around 4-5 hours.

Stations on the route: Thessaloniki - Platy - Κaterini - Larissa - Palaeofarsalos - Lianokladi
- Livadia - Thebes - Archanes (SKA) - Athens

- Change at Platy for westbound trains to Veria - Naousa - Edessa

- Get off at Κaterini for buses to Dion

- Change at Larissa (see below) for
   southeast bound trains to Volos and Milies
   northwest bound trains to Karditsa, Trikala, Kalambaka (Meteora)

- Palaeofarsalos also connects with the Karditsa-Kalambaka line

- Change at Lianokladi (Leianokladi) for eastbound trains to Lamia and Stilida

- From Livadia there are buses to Delphi. Journey time 45 minutes. Livadia train station is 10 km east of the town centre, with no local bus connection. The only way to get there is by taxi, around €10. There are 3 buses a day between the centre of Livadia and Delphi. I have taken this bus, and it is on the timetable at the bus stop in Delphi, but there is no mention of it on KTEL websites.

- Thebes train station is around 1.5 km from the centre - uphill. A pleasant farming town with little in the way of sights, but the excellent Thebes Archaeological Museum has now reopened.

- SKA, Acharnes Railway Centre (Σιδηροδρομικό Κέντρο Αχαρνών), at Acharnes north of Athens, is major junction, connecting intercity and suburban rail services. Apart from stations on the Athens - Larissa - Thessaloniki line, destinations from here usually include: Athens airport and east Attica; stations to Corinth, the northern Peloponnese and Patras. However, many of these services are currently (2019) suspended due to major reconstruction of various rail lines.

West / North bound trains

Trains from Thessaloniki through Central Macedonia to Florina in West Macedonia:

Thessaloniki - Platy - Veria - Naousa - Edessa - Florina

Stations on the route: Thessaloniki, Sindos, Adendro, Platy, Alexandreia, Veria, Naousa, Skydra, Edessa, Arnissa, Agios Panteleimon, Amyntaio, Xino Nero, Vevi, Sitaria, Mesonision, Florina

- For some services on this route passengers must change trains at Platy, which is the junction for the Thessaloniki - Larissa - Athens Intercity line.

The passenger railway line to Kozani and the train station there were closed in 2010.

International train services to Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
and Belgrade, Serbia have now been resumed (see below)

Eastbound trains

Thessaloniki - Alexandroupoli intercity trains through East Macedonia and Thrace:

Thessaloniki - Strymona - Serres - Drama - Xanthi - Komotini - Mesti - Alexandroupoli

- From Alexandroupoli, northbound trains to northern Thrace.

- International train services to Turkey are currently suspended, but trains to Bulgaria have now been resumed (see below).
 
 
Macedonia,
Greece

by train
Train stations for Macedonia
  Alexandroupoli

(Αλεξανδρούπολη) Thrace

The train station is also referred to as Alexandroupoli Port.

Odos Karaoli 73-75.

The train station is on the seafront, just to the east of the ferry port, and 15 minutes walk from the KTEL inter-city bus station (see above).

The bus terminal for local buses around town and to the suburbs, is just outside the train station.

For further details, see How to get to Alexandroupoli, Thrace
+30 25510 26395  
 
  Athens

(Αθήνα) Attica, southern Greece

The main railway station in central Athens, for trains to Evia central and northern Greece is called "Larissa Station" (Stathmos Larisis).

Not to be confused with the train station of Larissa, Thessaly (see below).

50 Odos Theodorou Diligiannis, 10439 Athens.

Locals call the street "Deligianni". The address is sometimes given as Odos Domokou. This is the same street, running north from Karaiskaki Square. It is called Domokou south of the station and then Deligianni to the north.

750 metres northwest of Karaiskaki Square.
1.5 km northwest of Omonia Square.
2 km south of Liosion Street KTEL intercity bus stion (Teminal B).

Larissa Station has its own Metro stop, Stathmos Larisis,
on Metro Line 2, Syntagma - Sepolia. The red line on Metro maps).

Or take trolley bus No. 1 from Venizelou (Panepistimiou) Street.

Trains also usually depart from here for stations to Corinth and along the north coast of the Peloponnese to Patras (the old Peloponnese Station is now closed down). However, currently (2019) the line is closed due to reconstruction works, and it is uncertain when it will be reopened. Train services have been replaced by a system of buses and trains along the route.

Note: The OSE Main Information Centre in central Athens has closed down.
+30 21082 37741  
 
  Drama

(Δράμα) East Macedonia

Plateia Sidirodromikou Stathmou, 66100 Drama.
On the west side of the city centre.
   
 
  Edessa

(Έδεσσα) Central Macedonia

Train station: Leoforos Nikis.

The train station is at the east side of town, 10 minutes walk from the city centre along 18th October Avenue.

The KTEL bus station (see above) is about 15 minutes walk.

Taxis, which are usually available at the station, cost about €5.

Station Radio Taxi Edessa
Tel: 23810 23392 and 23810 22904

Frequent daily trains between Thessaloniki and Edessa, via Platy
(junction for the Thessaloniki - Larissa - Athens railway line).
Journey time around 1.5 - 5 hours, depending on type of train
and waiting time for connections at Platy.
Ticket €7 - €14.50, depending on type of train.
+30 23810 23510  
 
  Florina

(Φλώρινα) West Macedonia

Train station: Sidirodromikou Stathmou, 53100 Florina.
400 metres east of the town centre.
800 metres southeast of the bus station (see above).

Frequent daily trains between Thessaloniki and Florina, via Platy
(junction for the Thessaloniki - Larissa - Athens railway line).
Journey time around 3 hours.
Ticket €10 - €18.50, depending on type of train.

The station is 100 metres north of Florina Archaeological Museum,
Sidirodromikou Stathmou Square, 53100 Florina.
Tel: +30 23850 28206
Opening hours: 8:30-15:00. Winter 8:00-14:30. Monday closed.
Ticket: €2, reduced €1
   
 
  Katerini

(Κατερίνη) Central Macedonia

Odos Georgiou Malea, 60100 Katerini.

Katerini train station is around 1 - 2 km east of the city centre,
1.6 km southeast of the bus station (see above).

There are said to be local buses (see above) between the station and the centre, but so far we have found no reliable current information. There are plenty of taxis in the town.

Katerini is on the railway line between Thessaloniki and Athens.

There are 16 trains daily to and from Thessaloniki stopping at Katerini.

4 are Intercity (IC) trains between Thessaloniki and Athens.

10 are Thessaloniki Suburban Railway (SUB; Greek, ΠΡΟΑ) trains between Thessaloniki and Larissa.

1 "Regional" (REG; Greek, ΑΠ) train travels between Thessaloniki and Palaeofarsalos via Larissa.

Journey time Thessaloniki - Katerini around 1 hour.
Ticket: €9 (Suburban Railway and Regional trains), €12.10 (Intercity trains).
+30 23510 23709  
 
  Komotini

(Κομοτηνή) Thrace

Odos Sidirochoriou (corner of Odos P. Tsaldari), 69100 Komotini.
1 km southwest of the city centre.

There are 2 trains daily each way between Thessaloniki and Komotini,
on the Thessaloniki - Alexandroupoli line.

Journey time Thessaloniki - Komotini around 7 hours.
1 Regional (REG) train. Ticket €11.30.
1 Intercity (IC) train. Ticket €15.80.
   
 
  Kozani

(Κοζάνη) West Macedonia

The passenger railway line to Kozani and the train station
there were closed in 2010, probably permanently.

See Kozani bus station above.
   
 
  Larissa

(Λάρισα) Thessaly, central Greece

The capital city of Thessaly, and a hub for bus and train travel in central Greece.

Odos Ptolemeou, on the corner of 28th Oktovriou, 41335 Larissa.
1 km south of city centre.

Not to be confused with the "Larissa Station" in Athens (see above).

OSE Travel Service

35 Odos Papakyriazi. In the centre, opposite the town hall.

Tel: +30 24105 90 239
   
 
  Naousa

(Νάουσα) Central Macedonia

The station is 7 km east of the city centre by road! It is just east
of the main Veria - Skydra road, 2 km south of Kopanos (Κοπανός).

Local buses (see above) run between Naousa town centre and the station,
and there are also a few taxis (see above).

Frequent daily trains between Thessaloniki and Naousa, via Platy
(junction for the Thessaloniki - Larissa - Athens railway line).
Journey time around 1.5 - 4 hours, depending on type of train
and waiting time for connections at Platy.
Ticket €5 - €12.50, depending on type of train.

The Archaeological Site of the Nymphaeum of Mieza (the School of Aristotle) is 5 km northwest of the train station and 3.5 km east of Naousa.
There are no buses to the site.
+30 23210 59700  
 
  Platy

(Πλατύ), Imathia, Central Macedonia

Odos Agoras, 59032 Platy.

The train station is outside the small town, 500 metres southwest of the centre.

Despite its small size, the Platy train station is an important junction between the Athens-Larissa-Thessaloniki line (Intercity and Regional trains) and the Thessaloniki Suburban Railway (SUB; Greek, ΠΡΟΑ) for trains westwards to Veria, Naousa, Edessa and Florina.

Journey time Thessaloniki - Platy around 30 minutes.
Ticket: €2 (SUB trains); €9.50 (Intercity trains).
   
 
  Serres

(Σέρρες) Central Macedonia

South of the city centre, 1 km southwest of the bus station see above.

There are 2 trains daily each way between Thessaloniki and Serres,
on the Thessaloniki - Alexandroupoli line.

Journey time Thessaloniki - Serres around 3 hours.
1 Regional (REG) train. Ticket €5.10.
1 Intercity (IC) train. Ticket €8.90.
+30 23210 59700  
 
  Skydra

(Σκύδρα) Central Macedonia

Odos Charonitoi, 58500 Skydra.
On the east side of town, 200 metres south of the bus station (see above).

Frequent daily trains between Thessaloniki and Skydra, via Platy
on the Thessaloniki - Edessa - Florina railway line.
+30 23810 89204  
 
  Thessaloniki

(Θεσσαλονίκη) Central Macedonia

Macedonia's main train station, with connections southwards to Athens,
northwestwards to Edessa, eastwards to Alexandroupoli, as well as
international trains (see below).

28 Monastiriou Street.
1 km west of the city centre.

Several local buses stop outside the train station. The OASTH X1 bus (at night N1), which connects the airport with the railway station and main KTEL "Macedonia" inter-city bus station (see above) via the city centre, runs 24 hours a day, around every 30 minutes, every hour at night.

The fare is €2, regardless of how many stops you travel (other buses within Thessaloniki cost €1). Tickets can be bought from kiosks (peripteros) all over town, on vending machines on buses and from special booths at the airport and bus station. You have to validate your ticket by having it stamped by one of the orange machines on the bus when you get on.

Journey time to the railway station from the airport is around 1 hour,
from the city centre around 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

Because the bus connects the airport with the train station and main KTEL bus station (and is also used as a local bus) it can get very full.

OASTH bus 45 connects the KTEL "Macedonia" bus station with the railway station, city centre and KTEL Chalkidikis bus station (see above). Fare €1.

A taxi from the city centre costs about €5; from the airport about €20.

OSE Travel Service

18 Aristotelous Street. In the city centre.

Tel: +30 2130 121532

e-mail: st.grafeiothessalonikis@trainose.gr

Monday, Wednesday 9.00 - 18.00.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00 - 21.00.
Saturday 9.00 - 15.00.
Sunday closed.

Friendly information and ticket sales, also for international trains (see below).
+30 2310 517517  
 
  Veria

(Βέροια) Central Macedonia

Veria railway station is 3 km outside the town, or to be more precise
below the town, as the station is on the plain and Veria is at the top
of a steep hill - 128 metres (420 feet) above sea level.

Local blue buses (€1) and taxis shuttle between the station and town.

See: How to get to Veria
+30 23310 24444  
 
  Xanthi

(Ξάνθη) Thrace

1 km south of the city centre.

There are 2 trains daily each way between Thessaloniki and Xanthi,
on the Thessaloniki - Alexandroupoli line.

Journey time Thessaloniki - Xanthi around 7 hours.
1 Regional (REG) train. Ticket €10.90.
1 Intercity (IC) train. Ticket €14.70.
   
 
Macedonia,
Greece

by train
International trains
In 2011 all international train services to and from Greece
were suspended due to the Greek economic crisis.

Since 2014 services to Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia
have been resumed.

See details of timetables and fares in English
at the Greek railways website: www.trainose.gr


Thessaloniki to/from Sofia, Bulgaria

There is one daily train each way between Thessaloniki and Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

Route from Thessaloniki: Thessaloniki - Strimon - Promachon - Kulata - BORDER -
Gen. Todorov - Sandanski - Blagoevgrad - Dupnica - Radomir - Pernik - Zah. fabrika - Sofia

Journey time Thessaloniki - Sofia approximately 7 hours.

Fare Thessaloniki - Sofia: one-way 16.80 Euros, return 33.60 Euros
One way tickets are valid for 15 days; return tickets are valid for 1 month.
Seat reservation is mandatory. Reservation fee depends on ticket and service,
typically 1 Euro each way.


Thessaloniki to/from Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

There are regular trains as well as the daily "Hellas Express" night train from Thessaloniki
to Skopje, Macedonia's capital, then onwards to Belgrade, Serbia and Budapest, Hungary.

Route: Thessaloniki - Gevgelija - Demir Kapija - Negotino Vardar - Veles - Skopje
Then stations to Belgrade and Budapest.

Approximate journey times from Thessaloniki:
Skopje 5 hours; Belgrade 14 hours; Budapest 27 hours.

Fares:
Thessaloniki - Veles one-way 10 Euros, return 16 Euros
Thessaloniki - Skopje one-way 12.20 Euros, return 19.50 Euros
Thessaloniki - Nis, Serbia one-way 22.20 Euros, return 35.50 Euros
Thessaloniki - Belgrade, Serbia one-way 33.80 Euros, return 54,10 Euros

Timetable information in English at the Serbian Railways website:

w3.srbrail.rs/zsredvoznje/?lang=en


Thessaloniki to/from Istanbul, Turkey

Train services between Greece and Turkey remain suspended.

It is possible to travel by train via Bulgaria, but it is a very long journey.
At time of writing there are maintenance works on the lines on the Turkish
side of the border which means travelling by bus to Istanbul.

Unless you are planning to visit Bulgaria anyway, or you really, really like train travel,
it is quicker, more convenient and ultimately cheaper to make the journey by bus or plane.

For information about buses between Turkey and Greece,
see Tom Brosnahan's excellent Turkey Travel Planner website:

www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Transport/bus_ist_athens.html
 
 
Macedonia,
Greece

ferries
By ferry
Thessaloniki ferry terminal at My Favourite Planet

The Thessaloniki "passeger terminal" at the Thessaloniki ferry port.
The main ferry ports in Macedonia are Thessaloniki and Kavala,
with services to several Aegean islands and mainland ports.

There is a weekly ferry between Thessaloniki and Samos.

To the east, Alexandroupoli in Thrace serves the northeastern Aegean island of Samothraki.

Ferries to the island of Thasos depart from Kavala, and also from the small port of Keramoti,
46 km southeast of Kavala. This port is used mainly by tourists arriving at Kavala Megas
Alexandros International Airport, 30 km southeast of Kavala (see airports above).

From Kavala there are also ferry connections to Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria,
Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes, Kymi, Agios Konstantinos and Piraeus.

For further information about Kavala and Keramoti ferries,
see: How to get to Kavala.


Port of Thessaloniki

A'Provlita Limenos, Thessalonikis, 54110 Thessaloniki, Greece.

Tel: +30 2 310 593 121

Fax: +30 2 310 510 500

www.thpa.gr

Central Port Authority of Kavala

Odos Averof 1, 65403 Kavala.

Tel: +30 2510 223 691, +30 2510 223 282,
+30 2510 225 192

Fax: +30 2510 223628

website: www.portkavala.gr (Greek and English)

Keramoti Harbour Office

Tel: +30 2591 051204

Further information about Greek ferries:

www.ferrylines.com          www.ferriesingreece.com

 
Map of Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Map of Macedonia and the North Aegean Sea


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