Bus Travel to and from Athens

Travel around Greece by bus is inexpensive and usually comfortable (though a lot depends on your driver and the condition of the bus). The journey from Athens to Thessaloniki takes roughly the same time as the regular train, though the InterCity Express train covers the distance 1¼ hours faster.

To reach the Peloponnese, buses are speedier than trains, though a new high-speed rail to Corinth and beyond (to Kiato) is slowly changing this. Information and timetables are available at tourist information offices and metro stations.

Make reservations at least one day before your planned trip, earlier for holiday weekends.

Terminal A—aka Kifissos Station—is the arrival and departure point for bus lines that serve parts of northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, and the Peloponnese destinations of Epidavros, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, and Corinth. Each destination has its own phone number; EOT offices distribute a list. Terminal B serves Evia, most of Thrace, and central Greece, including Delphi. EOT provides a phone list. Tickets for these buses are sold only at this terminal, so you should call to book seats well in advance in high season or holidays.

To get to the city center from Terminal A, take Bus 051 to Omonia Square; from Terminal B, take Bus 024 downtown. To get to the stations, catch Bus 051 at Zinonos and Menandrou off Omonia Square (for Terminal A) and Bus 024 on Amalias in front of the National Garden (for Terminal B). International buses drop their passengers off on the street, usually in the Omonia or Syntagma Square areas or in Plateia Karaiskaki, Metaxourgeio.