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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Thessaloniki to Athens. Traveling by bus from Thessaloniki to Athens usually takes around 25 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Union Ivkoni bus can make the trip in 19 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance188 mi (303 km)
Shortest duration19h 15m
Cheapest price€63.35
Most frequent serviceUnion Ivkoni
Bus lines1

What bus companies travel from Thessaloniki to Athens?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Thessaloniki to Athens. Union Ivkoni connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Union Ivkoni41d 1h 16m€79.10
  • Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni was founded in Bulgaria in 1992 and quickly expanded its operations throughout Europe. Popular routes include both shorter travels within one country and long-haul international trips. Their reliable buses offer amenities to make your trip comfortable, including air conditioning, extra legroom, and power outlets. Union Ivkoni usually operates 4 trips per day on the route from Thessaloniki to Athens, and the trip usually takes 25 hours and 16 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Thessaloniki to Athens during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Thessaloniki to Athens?

The bus takes an average of 25 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 303 kilometers from Thessaloniki to Athens. However, the fastest bus only takes 19 hours and 15 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

"Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Athens at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet."

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Thessaloniki?

The first bus leaves at 01:00 and the last bus leaves at 01:00. To see the times for all buses from Thessaloniki to Athens, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Athens each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Thessaloniki to Athens every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Thessaloniki?

Main departure station: Bus Station KTEL

Thessaloniki has two bus stations with service to Athens.

All bus stations in Thessaloniki:

  • Bus Station KTEL

  • Monastiriou Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Athens?

Main arrival station: Pl. Karaiskaki 2

All buses from Thessaloniki arrive at one main station in Athens.

Bus stations in Athens:

  • Pl. Karaiskaki 2

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