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Athens to Thessaloniki by train

The journey from Athens to Thessaloniki by train is 189.01 mi and takes 4 hr 53 min. There are 4 connections per day, with the first departure at 7:58 AM and the last at 5:58 PM. It is possible to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki by train for as little as $41.88 or as much as $44.13. The best price for this journey is $41.88.

Lowest Price$41.88
Journey Duration4 hr 53 min
Connection per Day4
Lowest Price$41.88
Highest Price$44.13
First Departure7:58 AM
Last Departure5:58 PM
Distance189.01 mi

Athens to Thessaloniki Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki by Train

Embarking on a train journey from Athens, the historic capital of Greece, to Thessaloniki, a vibrant city known for its rich cultural heritage and lively atmosphere, offers travelers an opportunity to explore Greece's diverse landscapes and historical richness. Covering a significant distance, this route typically takes around 4 hr 53 min. Operated by TrainOSE, the Greek national railway company, this service connects these two major cities efficiently, providing a comfortable and scenic journey. With multiple 4 departures daily, and passengers have various options to suit their travel plans. To secure the best fares, often quite affordable, booking in advance is recommended. Passengers are advised to arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before departure for a smooth boarding process.

The train services from Athens to Thessaloniki, operated by TrainOSE, include modern and comfortable options catering to various travel needs. The Intercity (IC) trains, known for their speed and efficiency, offer amenities such as air conditioning, comfortable seating, and a café-bar where passengers can purchase snacks and beverages. For travelers seeking a more leisurely and cost-effective journey, TrainOSE also provides regular train services. While slower than the Intercity options, these trains offer a pleasant travel experience with standard amenities. The route takes passengers through the heart of Greece, passing by historical cities like Larissa and the majestic landscapes of the Tempi Valley, offering glimpses of urban and natural Greek beauty.

The journey begins at Athens Railway Station (Larissa Station), which is centrally located and easily accessible from various parts of the city. Upon arrival in Thessaloniki, passengers disembark at Thessaloniki Railway Station, conveniently situated for exploring the city's numerous attractions, including the White Tower, the Byzantine Walls, and the vibrant waterfront area.

Things to Do in Thessaloniki:

  1. Visit the iconic White Tower and learn about the city's history.
  2. Explore the Rotunda, a massive round building dating back to Roman times.
  3. Stroll along the waterfront promenade for beautiful sea views and lively cafes.
  4. Discover the city's Byzantine past at the Church of Saint Demetrius.
  5. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Aristotelous Square, the heart of Thessaloniki.
  6. Sample local cuisine at the Modiano and Kapani markets.
  7. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki for ancient Greek artifacts.
  8. Explore the Ano Poli (Upper Town) for traditional architecture and panoramic views.
  9. Experience Thessaloniki's nightlife in the Ladadika district.
  10. Relax at one of the city's beautiful beaches, such as Agia Triada.

What to Eat in Thessaloniki:

  1. Bougatsa: A delicious pastry with cream or cheese, perfect for breakfast.
  2. Gyros: A popular Greek fast food consisting of meat, tomato, onion, and tzatziki wrapped in pita.
  3. Moussaka: A traditional Greek dish made with layers of eggplant, minced beef, and béchamel sauce.
  4. Seafood: Fresh from the Aegean Sea, including grilled octopus and fried calamari.
  5. Tsipouro: A strong distilled spirit, often accompanied by small plates of food (meze).
  6. Koulouri Thessalonikis: A circular bread with sesame seeds, a popular street food snack.
  7. Souvlaki: Skewered and grilled meat, a staple in Greek cuisine.
  8. Chalva: A sweet dessert made from tahini and sugar, often flavored with nuts or chocolate.
  9. Feta Cheese: Enjoy the authentic taste of Greek feta, often served in salads or as a side dish.
  10. Trigona Panoramatos: A sweet pastry filled with cream, unique to Thessaloniki.

Day Trips from Thessaloniki:

Thessaloniki's strategic location in Northern Greece makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby attractions:

  1. Mount Olympus: The mythical home of the Greek gods, offering hiking trails and stunning natural beauty.
  2. Chalkidiki Peninsula: Known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for a relaxing day by the sea.
  3. Pella: The ancient capital of Macedonia, with well-preserved ruins and a museum showcasing the region's history.
  4. Vergina: Visit the Royal Tombs of the Macedonian kings, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
  5. Edessa: Famous for its picturesque waterfalls and traditional architecture.
  6. Kavala: A coastal city with a beautiful old town and a Byzantine castle.
  7. Meteora: A UNESCO World Heritage site with monasteries atop towering rock formations.
  8. Lake Kerkini: A haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers, ideal for boat tours and wildlife spotting.
  9. Nymfaio is a charming mountain village known for its traditional stone houses and scenic landscapes.
  10. Thermi: A nearby town with therapeutic hot springs and spa facilities.

Travel Tips for Thessaloniki:

When visiting Thessaloniki, immerse yourself in its vibrant culture by exploring on foot or using the city's efficient public bus system, OASTH. With a Mediterranean climate, Thessaloniki offers hot summers and mild winters, so pack accordingly with light clothing for summer and layers for cooler evenings. The city's culinary scene is a treasure trove of flavors, featuring traditional Greek dishes like Bougatsa and fresh seafood alongside international cuisine. Thessaloniki has many festivals and cultural events year-round, such as the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Dimitria Festival, so be sure to check the local events calendar. For a more enriching experience, learn a few basic Greek phrases to connect with locals. Remember to visit the city's waterfront promenade for a stroll and explore the historic White Tower for a glimpse into Thessaloniki's past.

For those looking to experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Northern Greece, a train journey from Athens to Thessaloniki is an excellent choice. With its comfortable amenities and convenient services, it's an ideal way to explore these two dynamic cities, and Virail can assist in finding the best travel deals for your journey.

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Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Athens to Thessaloniki.

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If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Athens to Thessaloniki, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Athens to Thessaloniki.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $40.10 to $44.13 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 9% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Athens to Thessaloniki

The cheapest Athens - Thessaloniki train tickets can be found for as low as $37.11 if you’re lucky, or $43.20 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $43.99.

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When travelling to Thessaloniki by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Athens to Thessaloniki CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Athens to Thessaloniki by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Athens and Thessaloniki are 21.29kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Athens and Thessaloniki? By taking the train between Athens and Thessaloniki you will save 39.55kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 1.52kg compared to a bus and 27.38kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Athens to Thessaloniki?
A train ticket from Athens to Thessaloniki is $43.08. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $41.88.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Athens to Thessaloniki?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Athens to Thessaloniki is $41.88. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Athens and Thessaloniki by train?
Athens to Thessaloniki is 189.01 mi.
How long does the train between Athens and Thessaloniki take?
Athens to Thessaloniki is on average 4 hr 53 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 4 hr 53 min.
How many train connections per day go from Athens to Thessaloniki?
Athens to Thessaloniki has 4 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Athens to Thessaloniki leave?
The earliest train from Athens to Thessaloniki departs at 7:58 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Athens to Thessaloniki depart?
The latest train from Athens to Thessaloniki departs at 5:58 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Athens to Thessaloniki in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $41.88 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Athens to Thessaloniki?
There are on average 4 direct connection(s) from Athens to go to Thessaloniki.
What's the fastest journey time between Athens to Thessaloniki by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Athens and Thessaloniki is 4 hr 53 min.
Is there a direct train from Athens to Thessaloniki?
Yes, there is a direct train between Athens and Thessaloniki.
What are the CO2 emissions for Athens to Thessaloniki by train?
The train journey from Athens to Thessaloniki creates 21.29kg of CO2 emissions.

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