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Thessaloniki to Istanbul train
The direct Dostluk-Filia train has canceled its operations.
there is a train departing from Thessaloniki around 1545 which around 0030 is arriving at Pithio train station-the greek one in borders with Turkey.
From there u may take the turkish train around 0210.
Before hand though,try to verify the route of the turkish one.For the greek i m 100% as i m using it often.
Thessaloniki is well connected to Athens and most main cities in the country, and European capitals and cities, too.
My niece and I got from Katerini to Thessa in 1 hour, and paid our return tickets 5 euros each (July 2007).
Thessaloniki - Athens Intercity bus luggage
Just returned from a trip that involved a train ride on a Greek Intercity Train from Thessaloniki to Athens. I want to share a tip about something that I looked for before the trip: what luggage to bring. The attached photo shows the overhead rack for passenger baggage. There is also a compartment near the exit for larger luggage, but it would be difficult to keep an eye on your bag there while you are in your seat. I recommend a small (about 1' X 2') duffle bag on wheels - you can take multiple bags. Such a bag would fit on the rack nicely and you can then ride on the train at ease without worrying about keeping an eye on your bag.
InterCity / InterCity Express to Athens
There are two daily services to and from Athens with InterCity Express trains. They're the best trains in Greece as they're fast and clean. The trip to Athens takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the train stops only in Larissa and Lianokladi stations. All ICE trains are air conditioned and have restaurants.
It costs about 48 euros for second class and 56 euros for first class.
There are also four InterCity trains to and from Athens. They're also fast (the trip takes about 4 hours and 45 minutes) but their quality isn't as good as with InterCity Express trains. They're also air conditioned and have restaurants.
The tickets cost about 35 euros for second class and 42 euros for first class.
Railway Station of Thessaloniki
It is the biggest rail station in Greece, although medium by European standards. Although it isn't so old, it looks really neglected and needs renovation. It has 8 ticket vending offices but most times only 2 or 3 are open. The stuff there is really rude and most of them don't speak English or any other language than Greek. The main hall is full of homeless people who stay there the most of the day. There's a bar - fast food restaurant with poor quality of food, a newsagent's which sells also some snacks and beverages, some ATM's and a post office.
While on platforms, passengers should be careful because of pickpockets. There are also some people there trying to sell things illegaly. They're not dangerous but can be really annoying.
I went to the train station the other day to inquire about a train to Budapest. Now, I am fully aware that my inability to speak Greek is a big reason for many of my troubles here in Greece. Yet, when someone sits behind a thick plexiglass window, you'd expect them to speak at a volume at which you could hear them, or that they would at least move closer to the window opening when speaking. Also incredibly rude was the non-chalance with which this hag behind the counter continued to smoke her damn cigarette and shake her head without evening looking in my direction everytime I would try to speak. She did not bother to even point me to another office or person who might be able to help. It was useless.
Go prepared so that you do not need to explain or ask anything about your journey when you get there...otherwise good luck.
The station itself is old and in need of some sprucing up. It looked like death had consumed it. Dark and dreary.
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reaching Thessaloniki by train
There is direct connection Athens - Thessaloniki, by fast train "intercity". which lasts about 5 hours. The train is quite good and the route is also wonderful, as you can enjoy the nature landscapes of north Greece.
The ticket costs about 28 euro one way trip.
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There's a direct train from...
There's a direct train from Prague to Thessaloniki via Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia. Direct trains go to Athens several times a day. Across from the train station are bus ticket offices that sell rides to almost everywhere in Greece. There's also a ferry terminal with weekly rides to Lesvos and other Greek Islands.
By railThe city is linked to...
The city is linked to Athens and to the towns of Macedonia and Thrace. The line through Yugoslavia connects the city with Central and Western Europe.The line through Bulgaria with Eastern Europe and the line through Turkey links the city to to Near East.
The train station
It is the biggest train station in Greece, by there you can travel to enough different directions. From this modern station, you can have a pleasant walk to the centre, just a 20 minutes distance.
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