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Country info: Greece (Ελλάδα)

Rail companies: OSE (Organismós Sidirodrómon Elládos)

Greek Rail Network Map

Currency: Euro

 

Athens to Thessaloniki train schedule and fares (checked & updated November 25, 2014):

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Thessaloniki to Athens train schedule and fares:

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* Prices in this table indicate fares for the train tickets purchased at the station and on the day of the trip, but potential passengers should take into consideration that tickets purchased:

  • online via OSE website are 10% cheaper (Online Fare)
  • additional 15% discount passengers receive when purchasing their tickets more than 2 days in advance
  • another 20% discount applies when passengers buy return tickets

 

Train travel in Greece: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other useful info

National Train Service:

Train types in Greece: Suburban, 'Regular', Express, Sleeper, InterCity & International trains

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  • Suburban (Προαστιακός) - commuter service around big cities (lines Chalkida - Athens - Piraues, Kiato - Athens - Airport; Thessalomiki - Larissa, Thessaloniki - Edessa - Florina; Agios Andreas - Patra - Rio - Agios Vasileios), no seat reservation required 
  • Regular (Κοινή αμαξοστοιχία, marked as ΑΠ, ΗΛ, DES) - standard passengers trains on secondary routes, usually have 4 digit number, no seat reservation required
  • Express (Ταχεία & Ταχεία προτεραιότητας, marked as TAX) – express & priority express trains, usually have 3 digit number, seat reservation not obligatory, but possible
  • Sleeper (Κλινοθεσιο) – overnight sleeper train with compulsory berth/bed reservation, runs between Thessaloniki and Athens (service currently suspended, although overnight service between Athens and Thessaloniki does exist)
  • InterCity – (marked as IC on OSE website) – fast intercity service between major Greek cities (like Thessaloniki and Athens), seat reservation & higher tariff/supplement for pass holders applies
  • International trains – until the early 2011 there were six international trains in Greece:

-  from Athens to Sofia, called ΔΙΕΘΝΗ-ΒΟΥΛΓΑΡΙΑ

- from Thessaloniki to Sofia, called ΔΙΕΘΝΗ-ΒΟΥΛΓΑΡΙ (on route from Thessaloniki to Sofia and Plovdiv OSE used to run special buses)

- from Athens to Bucharest, called ΔΙΕΘΝΗ-ΡΟΥΜΑΝΙΑ

- from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, called ΔΙΕΘΝΗ-ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ

- from Thessaloniki to Belgrade via Skopje (daytime and overnight), called ΔΙΕΘΝΗ- ΣEPBIA

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Since February 2011 OSE ceased operation of all the international trains with the official formulation 'until further notice'. And only in May 2014 finally international trains from Thessaloniki to Sofia #360 (6:55-13:45) &  from Sofia to Thessaloniki #361 (15:30-22:22) and Thessaloniki-Skopje-Belgrade #334 'Hellas' (15:52-19:50-5:33) & Belgrade-Skopje-Thessaloniki #335 (18:45-5:06-11:10) were back in the schedule and running.

One-way ticket from Thessaloniki to Sofia currently cost 16,8 euro (≈ 33 BGN), while for the return trips offered special promo fare - 25 euro (although purchase at least 15 days in advance required + limited number of promo tickets per departure)

One-way ticket from Thessaloniki to Belgrade cost 33,8 euro (≈ 4000 RSD), return ticket is 54,1 euro (≈ 6500 RSD). One-way ticket from Thessaloniki to Skopje cost 12,2 euro (≈ 750 MKD), return ticket is 19,5 euro (≈ 1200 MKD)

Greece has two major railway regions – Peloponnesian Railway and continental rail network. First one uses narrow gauge (1000mm), while second - standard European gauge (1435mm)

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Supplements for sleeping train from Athens to Thessalonoki (or vice versa) 8 euro (2nd class) and 15.4 (1st class)

Though traveling by train in Greece is not very expensive there is still a number of ways how it is possible to save money by taking advantage of various discounts offered by TrainOSE:

Discounts offered by Greek Railways (OSE):

  1.  - 10% off in case passenger purchase ticket online
  2.  - 15% off in case passenger purchase ticket >2 days in advance
  3.  - 20% off in case passenger purchase return ticket

(all the the above discounts can sum up, but may not exceed 40% in total)

Since 2011 OSE as well offers discounted promo tickets (WEB Fare) available online via TrainOSE website, ticket price levels start from only 9 euro, then 19 euro, 29 euro and finally 39 euro (each price level has a limited amount of tickets per departure)
 

Families (2 and more passengers) traveling together can as well benefit from OSE Family Card (cost 13 euro), which allows additional discount of 25% (or 50% for families of 3 to 8 people) for groups traveling together

Another major deal for national and international travels in the region is Balkan Flexi Pass, the offer for journeys in the area of South East European railways. Pass allows unlimited train travel during 5, 10 or 15 days (during one month validity) in Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro  

Balkan Flexi Pass prices (2nd class):

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International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

Special tariff applies for connections between members of South-East Europe Railways Group (SERG): railway companies of Albania, Bulgaria,

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FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro and Republika Serbska (ZRS)

This tariff is called SET and gives discount of app. 50% from SCIC-NRT tariff

b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

Not available

c) CityStars

Not available

 

How to Buy Train Tickets in Greece:

Passengers can purchase tickets for journeys within Greece online via Greek Railways (OSE) website www.ticket.trainose.gr


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