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Transfer between Piraeus, Athens, and Thessaloniki
Posted June 5th, 2013 - 6:58 am by from Zhonghe, Taiwan (Permalink)
I was looking for buses from Athens to Thessaloniki, and accidentally saw information showing as below.

1c. FROM PIREAUS (Astigos 2, str. Tel. 210-4179444)
07:00 - 22:00.

http://www.ktel-thes.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=95&lang=en

But I would like to confirm whether the information is latest updated. And I'm wondering is it saying there are only two buses from Pireaus to Athens setting off at 07:00 and 22:00, instead of having regular buses from 07:00 to 22:00?!

And there's on more small thing I would like to know. If there are buses from Piraeus form Athens, how long does it take?

Thank you sooooooo much! I would be super grateful if there are people being able to solve my problem!!!! It's my first time to visit Greece! I'm so looking forward to it!

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Posted June 5th, 2013 - 7:14 am by from Thessaloniki, Greece (Permalink)
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Posted June 5th, 2013 - 11:53 am by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
If you are looking to go from Pireaus to Athens you do not have to use a bus.
Pireaus is very close to Athens (like 20 minutes by car) and there is a Metro Line (Green Line) that connects the port of Pireaus with Athens City Center and many other areas around.
If you are looking to go from Athens to Thessaloniki you can check this out for buses:http://www.ktel-thes.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=95&lang=en
and this fro trains: http://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/

I would suggest you to go to Thessaloniki by train, because it is faster, easier, less tiring and if you are lucky even cheaper...;-)

Posted June 8th, 2013 - 2:32 pm by from Zhonghe, Taiwan (Permalink)
Oh, thank you soooooo much!!!!
Could I have one more question about my plan?!

Cause I don't know how long it approximately takes from Piraeus to Athens by bus or metro?!

Is it's possible to catch the train departing at 23:55 in Athens if I would arrive at Piraeus port at 23:25?

Posted June 8th, 2013 - 5:59 pm by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
You probably mean to catch the 23:55 train from Athens to Thessaloniki, right? I think this is impossible... Like from the Port to the train station with the luggage you will need at least 10minutes walking!
Then you need to take the metro to Omonoia and there change to the Red line in order to go to Stathmo Larissis, which will take you at least half an hour...;-)

Posted June 8th, 2013 - 6:06 pm by from Porto, Portugal (Permalink)
Is the train sure at night ? Or maybe it's better waiting till the morning ?

Posted June 9th, 2013 - 5:57 pm by from Nisyros, Greece (Permalink)
If you mean if it is dangerous to travel by train at night then no it is not. Travelling at night by train is safe and at some trains you can buy a bed ticket and travel quite comfortable.

Posted June 9th, 2013 - 12:21 pm by from Zhonghe, Taiwan (Permalink)
Yup, that's what I mean.

Hmm, cause I was just wondering you had mentioned that Pireaus is about 20 minutes by car from Athens and there is a Metro Line (Green Line) that connects the port of Pireaus with Athens City Center, I don't know if it's possibel to do it (moving from Pireaus port to Athens train station) in 30 minutes.

haha, thanks again for your patience :)

Posted June 9th, 2013 - 5:54 pm by from Nisyros, Greece (Permalink)
Hi V Lee,

I don't think you can reach the train at 23:55 if you arrive 23:25 at Piraeus. Depending which island you are coming from, then you need some time to reach the metro station and then you need at least 20 minutes to reach the center of Athens by the train in the green line and then you have to change to the red line and it will take you at least 5 minutes to the central train station where the train to Thessaloniki leaves. All that without the time up and down the stairs and around the stations to find the right line etc etc. And at that time the departures of the metro are not that often, maybe you'll have to wait 15 minutes for the next train to come.

So I would suggest you find a place to sleep one night in Athens (there are some hotels around the train station area but it is not the best area of Athens...I don't think you would have a problem for one night though...or you can also stay somewhere in Piraeus, maybe better) and then take the first train in the morning.

Good luck

Ingrid :)

Posted June 9th, 2013 - 8:39 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Why dont u use trainose? IT is cheaper, comfortable and fast i guess.
You may buy tickets with discount (if u buy earlier)
btw nighttrain... people have warned me before, it is called dirty and dangerous.. but i havent faced any problems.
there were weird guys around, listening music from loudspeakers of mobilephone, but no problem.

Posted June 16th, 2013 - 3:18 am by from Zhonghe, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hey,

Thanks for your advice!!! :)
I had checked the time table on the website.

So, do you think it's much cheaper if I book a ticket now? Or is it possible that tickets might be unavailable or more expensive due to a tourist season in summer?!


Posted June 19th, 2013 - 4:28 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Lee,
The website for me at first kind of weird (still it is) I couldnt solve the system yet, but it is kind of like this:

There are some offers, it should start to be announced 5-6 before the departure, until the last day (nearly)
When you pick the route and date it gives you the list of trains (departure, arrival, prices etc..)

The first screen
at very right sight it sayssay "4 offers yet to be unlocked" (so you can wait maybe you will find cheaper one, but if it is 0, there wont be any more discounted tickets for that train)
2@>19€, 4@9€ means, there are 2 seats at 19€ and 4 at 9€, so you should find a cheap one.
And when you picked one of this you will click the button downright of the page "preview and buy tickets"

after that, it will give you a second screen.
I guess you are student and also younger than 26age, so you can choose %50 discount, and put number of people "one two...etc" They didnt ask my ID but they may.

Down there are 5 colors, if can find one of them in the vagoons, like red is the cheapest you can buy for 9 or 19€. You need to pick your seat, the front side of the train is at the down side of the page.
And on very left side there says A1 A2 B1, which is the number of the vagoons. Search them and find the best seat. I guess A1 is the highest price.

And note that, sometimes webpage is not working good in English, you may need to switch to Greek then back to English again.

I guess Night train should be full usually bc it is cheap

attached a photo for you.

Posted June 16th, 2013 - 3:07 am by from Zhonghe, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hi, Ingrid!

Thank you so much for the information!!!

I would be coming from Santorini to Piraeus by ferry at 23:25 if it's on time, and I have checked the time table on trainose website, showing there's a train departing for Thessalonili from Athens. So do you mean it's quite impossible to reach Athens train station from the port in Piraeus in 30 minutes? I thought there's metro with green line directly going from Piraeus to Athens center?

Actually why I wanted to take the night train is that I would like to save some travel time cause it's kind of a long trip and as well to save accommodation cost :P

Best,
V

Posted June 16th, 2013 - 8:34 am by from Nisyros, Greece (Permalink)
Hi V,

Well it is not impossible to reach Athens train station from Piraeus in 30 minutes but it is limited time. At that time the metro doesn't run so frequent and if there is a delay in the metro then you'll miss the train to Thessaloniki.
The green line departs from Piraeus and yes it reaches Athens center at about 20 minutes. From there you get of at the station of Omonia and you have to get the red line for 2 stops to Larissa station where the central train station is.
Omonia metro station is quite big and chaotic but if you find your way to the red line quick and if the metro departs immediately then you can reach the train.
It is not impossible but i'm saying it is quite risky.

If you want to be sure you can take a taxi from the harbor and drive directly to the train station which will take you about 20 minutes. Say to the taxi driver that you have to reach a train at that time. I quess the taxi will take you about 20-25 euros...without beeing sure about that, just guessing.

Otherwise you could find a host in Athens, somewhere in the center so you can be able to reach the train station easilly and stay there for one night and then take the train next day.

Depends on you....you can risk it and maybe manage to get in that train if the boat and metro is on time and if not then loose your ticket, or you can try the safer way...it's up to you really :)

Ingrid