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I found the following information in the internet:
There are two bus-lines, one Greek and one Turkish.
The Greek line is run by OSE (Greek Railways Organisation). Departure from Athens everyday except Sunday at 19.00 evening, stop at Thessaloniki around 2.00-2.30 after midnight, Xanthi around 6.00 next day in the morning, Komotini around 7.00, Alexandroupoli around 8.00, arrival at Istanbul around 14.00-15.00 afternoon (depending on weather and traffic on the border). Ticket price from Alexandroupoli 15 euros, round trip 24 euros. Info and tickets at the Greek Railway Stations. Alexandroupoli R. Station tel. (0030) 25510 26395. This info is part from an independent travel site in Greek (http://www.geocities.com/omogeneia/urgent-transportation1.html) and part from OSE site (http://www.ose.gr, bus info is only in Greek language).
The Turkish line: Kamll Koc, exactly the same schedule (!!!). Agent in Alexandroupoli: Thraki Tours, tel. (0030) 25510 26872, (0030) 25510 32611, fax: (0030) 25510 23777. This info is from an independent travel site (http://www.geocities.com/omogeneia/urgent-transportation1.html). The site of Kamil Koc is only in Turkish language (http://www.kamilkoc.com.tr/)
Good luck !
Updated Apr 16, 2008
There is regular, daily bus traffic from Thessaloniki to Istanbul and most of them stop in Alexandroupolis, to reserve a ticket weeks in advance from our Balkan companies might be difficult and I have no idea which company to recommend.
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Written Apr 15, 2008
Alex is the last major town of Greece on the way to Turkey (just 30 mins eastwards). The border crossing is the EVROS/ Maritsa river with has to be crossed by car only. ONLY greek taxis take you to the other side, so even if you are on the turkish side of the border you will have to call a taxi from Alexandroupolis to drive you over!
Written Feb 24, 2003
There is a very nice road, Egnatia, connecting Alexandroypolis to Thessaloniki (320 kms- 4 hours drive) and to the turkish border and Istanbul.
Egnatia is still under construction, but many parts have already been completed, especially from the port of Kavala and eastwards.
The small airport of Alexandroypolis offers connections to Athens, but not to Thessaloniki.
During the summer season, there are two ferries traficing the line between Alexandroypolis and the island of Samothraki. Reduced service during winter period.
Updated Aug 30, 2002