Athens to Thessaloniki by train
The train from Athens to Thessaloniki lasts on average 5 h 42 min. There are around 7 trains that depart a day between Athens and Thessaloniki. The first one leaves at 07:56, and the last one 19:22. The comfortable InterCity Trains leave Thessaloniki every couple of hours, so you are guaranteed to get there quickly and comfortably. The average price is $ 44.05.
OSETrains (Hellenic trains) operate the line between Athens and Thessaloniki; some trains are Greek Intercity trains. But recently, OSE has been elevating the train journey experience with their new InterCity Express line! The ETR (Elettro Treno Rapido) high-speed trains provide a faster and even more comfortable way to travel through beautiful Greece.
ICE trains offer two classes of travel, A and B. Class A is a luxurious choice, with plenty of comfortable seats, climate control, and electric sockets. Class B rides are still pleasant and perfect for more budget-conscious travelers.
Here are some of the services you can find on ICE trains.
- VIP Lounge - Travelers in the A class will be served complimentary refreshments of their choice - from a selection that includes soft drinks, coffee, and water to snacks.
- HT Card, a card offering a discount of 15 percent, and the HT Business Card will secure you a place in the VIP lounge.
- Restaurant/ Bar - You will have access to the services in the restaurant's facility and at your seat.
- A specially trained team ready to help people with disabilities.
- Power plugs under each seat
- Small pets are free of charge, provided they are in a cage with maximum dimensions of 50x40x70.
Several discounts are available: different family discounts and student and veteran discounts. So double-check if you are eligible; there is a big chance you are!
You will start your journey at New Thessaloniki Station. The main railway Terminal in the city. Travelers from New Thessaloniki Railway Station can now venture to various destinations in and outside Greece, courtesy of TrainOSE's extensive network - including Athens, Alexandroupoli, Larissa, and Florina.
Your final destination will be Athens Central Station, also known as Larissa, situated in the central neighborhood of Kolonos. But be careful when booking a ticket to write Athens, as there are several other stations with the name Larisa.
While in Thessaloniki, there is a lot to explore. Located in northern Greece, visitors visit the grand UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aristotelous Square, relax on the Thermaikos Gulf beaches and appreciate the delicious local cuisine. Admirers of modern architecture will also be satisfied with the iconic Helexpo Maroussi building that features its glass elevator! You can spend days shopping or exploring the city's unique landmarks, such as the White Tower or St. Demetrios Church, and remain constantly impressed by Thessaloniki's remarkable beauty. Whether you're an adventure-seeker eager to explore or to seek a place to relax, this enchanting city is sure not to disappoint.
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