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Trains in Greece


Your Interrail Pass gives you access to trains and ferries across Greece and its islands. Be prepared for stunning views along the way! Greece is currently not connected by rail from other countries because of operational issues. It is, however, possible to take a ferry from Italy to Greece. Also check out the Greek Island pass for more possibilities.


Train types in Greece

The Greek railway company Hellenic Train operates services between some of the country's main cities, including Athens and Thessaloniki. Find train times on the Hellenic Train website.

Map with main train connections in Greece

Domestic trains in Greece

Interrail Pass holders can travel on all Hellenic trains. Interrailers only have to pay the InterCity (IC) train supplements and any additional fees. Check out our timetable or the Hellenic train website for more information.


  • InterCity
    • Athens – Larissa – Thessaloniki
    • Larissa – Thessaloniki
    • Larissa – Volos
    • Athens – Kalambaka
    • Reservations required (but free of charge).
  • Suburban railway
    • Connects major urban centres to the suburbs.
    • Available in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras.
    • Reservations not required.


Bicycles are allowed as check-in luggage on certain trains. Please check at the train stations if any fees apply.

International trains
Currently, there is no international train traffic from Thessaloniki to North Macedonia, Bulgaria or Turkey. At the moment, it is not known yet when services will start running again.


Popular connections

Route InterCity travel times
Athens to Thessaloniki 4h 40m
Athens to Larissa 3h
Larissa to Thessaloniki 1h 35m
Athens to Patras (Partially by bus) 2h 55m
Athens to Kalambaka 4h 21m

Scenic train routes in Greece

The Pelion train

  • A steam train travels from Ano Lehonia to Milies, up the spectacular Mount Pelion.

  • The journey lasts 1.5 hours, including a 15-minute break.


The Rack Railway

  • A rack railroad from Diakofto to Kalavryta takes you through the gorgeous Vouraikos Gorge.

  • The journey lasts approximately 1 hour.

International ferry routes from Greece to Italy

Interrail Pass holders with a Pass valid in both Greece and Italy get FREE and discounted ferry travel to Italy on the following routes:

Superfast Ferries

  • Patras/Igoumenitsa to Ancona/Bari/Venice

  • Corfu - Ancona/Bari/Venice (summer only)



Not possible through Interrail reservation self-service system


Locally at the train station


Get your Pass for Greece

Interrail Greek Islands Pass

  • Explore the Greek Islands by ferry.

  • Travel between Italy and Greece by ferry with the 6-day Pass.

  • Prices from € 77


View Greek Island Passes 

Interrail Greece Pass


  • Travel in Greece by train.

  • Discounts for youths, seniors and families.

  • Prices from € 91


View Greece Passes  →

Interrail Global Pass

  • Have the freedom to travel in Greece and up to 32 other Interrail countries by rail.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Prices from € 212



View Global Passes 


Tips and tricks for Greece

The Greek main train stations

  • Athens

  • Thessaloniki

  • Patras

  • Larissa


The main train stations in Greece have a number of features:

  • Passenger information services

  • Free WiFi access for 30 minutes

  • Lockers

    • Athens: 06:00 to 00:00

    • Thessaloniki: 24 hours

    • Patras: 05:30 to 21:30

Spelling of names in Greece

The spelling of Greek towns might differ from what you're used to. Here is the local spelling of popular places in Greece:

  • Athina = Athens

  • Iráklio = Heraklion

  • Kérkyra = Corfu

  • Pátra = Patras

  • Pireás = Piraeus

Boat travel between Greece and Italy and other discounts

  • Superfast Ferries


Discounted ferry travel between the Greek Islands

  • Blue Star Ferries

  • Superfast Ferries


See all Pass benefits for Greece


Go the Last Mile

Found yourself at the end of the line but not at your destination? When public transportation ends, it's time to take matters into your own hands: rent a car for the last kilometers!


Interrailers get up to a 15% discount on all Avis retail prices. 


You can find more information in the Terms & Conditions


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