Living in Greece

A practical guide to moving, living, working & traveling in Greece, plus musing and misadventures from an American in Athens

KTEL Buses of Greece

KTEL Bus

KTEL, the long-distance bus network of Greece, is a vital part of traveling in the country since the terrain and austerity cutbacks limit destinations reachable by train. With the rising price of fuel, high road tolls and gas station strikes, even car travel can be cost prohibitive or impossible at times.

Another bonus is KTEL buses can be counted on to serve travelers when ferries, public transport and trains are on strike.

Below is a list of links to local KTEL websites containing timetables and ticket fares (subject to change) for Greek buses, which was compiled after the ex-KTEL website removed all free information in March 2008 and became a paid phone service in Greek only. See “KTEL website” to learn why.

*Last updated September 18, 2013. However, note that schedules can change, and answers in ‘Comments’ reflect whatever was true at that time.

Tip

To pinpoint your destination without reading the entire list, use your browser. Go to the top left to “Edit” –> “Find” and start typing the city of your choice. Your browser will then highlight all matches or prompt you to hit ‘Find next.’ Try a few different spellings if you are unsure.

If the two cities you need do not appear under the same heading, or there doesn’t seem to be a direct route, look at an online map of Greece and look for points in between where you could make a connection.

Didn’t find it on the list?

If the route you’re looking for is not on the list:

  • English speakers can get schedules in person or by phone at EOT offices (Tourist Information Offices in Greece; see “List of Tourist Offices in Greece“), inquire at the Information Desk at the airport or ask hotel reception upon arrival in Greece.
  • Greek speakers can call local KTEL phone numbers in Greek.

The ktelbus.com website has a contact list in English, but it only lists KTEL sites by municipality using the Greek alphabet and is not comprehensive, plus staff answering the phone will most likely only speak Greek. My list is arranged A-Z according to the English alphabet and is more complete because I include locally created, English-language sources that fill the gap where no KTEL site exists.

*The link for tourist offices in Greece is correct, as provided by the official website. However, I realize it sometimes doesn’t work. That’s a taste of how your trip will go.

International Buses

There are no trains from Greece to cities abroad as of February 13, 2011. If you’re looking for buses to Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, FYROM/Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey, see “Buses from Greece to international locations.”

Practical Info about Traveling by Bus in Greece

– KTEL buses are teal green or blue and white, or orange and white in a variety of designs. Look at the design of yours when the bus takes a rest break to make sure you re-board the correct one or look at the destination sign in the front

– The majority of buses are modern, air conditioned and comfortable; sometimes it’s too cold, which is great in summer

– Luggage will be taken by the driver or you will be instructed to place it in a large compartment underneath the bus when the door opens. Passengers can bring suitcases, bicycles, boxes, furniture (within reason). I’ve never seen KTEL impose weight limits.

– Overhead storage inside the bus is limited and not normally large enough for a carry-on suitcase. Most people use them for small backpacks, fanny packs, snacks/drinks, umbrellas, coats, helmets, hats, briefcase.

– Look for your seat number (thesi) on the actual seat you’ll be sitting in, usually marked above or behind the seat or on the aisle in pairs.

– Buses traveling a distance will make a food/smoke/rest/restroom (WC) stop midway, during which the bus is locked. There are no on-board services.

– Food at Greek-owned rest stops are typically overpriced and substandard in quality, and the bus driver gets a commission — bring your own snacks/food/drink or pray for a name-brand fast food chain (rare).

– Bus tickets to islands include a ferry ticket, unless you are disembarking before it crosses (i.e. Zakynthos, Kefallonia, Corfu/Kerkyra).

– An unlimited or multi-ride pass does not exist at this time for the entire KTEL network. However, some individual networks have weekly, monthly and three-month regional travel cards, such as KTEL Argolida*

– Purchasing a round-trip or return ticket will save you approximately 20 percent

– Round-trip or return bus tickets are typically valid for 30, 60 or 90 days. Length of validity varies by KTEL location, so inquire with the ticketing agent if this is a concern

– Be aware that many cities have two or more bus terminals. If you tell someone where you want to go, they should direct you to the correct one.

– Summer schedules typically run from April-October and winter from November-March, although the transport ministry can announce differently at any time.

– Tickets can be purchased online with limited (not all) KTEL websites but only in Greek. Most people show up early to get a ticket/seat and do not reserve one, although it is free. Busy routes demand you be present and buy a ticket at least a half hour before departure if you are embarking at a terminal; others allow you to buy a ticket from the driver at no extra charge, as long as there is a seat on the bus (I’ve even seen drivers take standing passengers). In summer, I recommend showing up at least an hour in advance.

– KTEL buses run on holidays (New Year’s, Easter, Christmas) in some areas but with a curtailed schedule; others do not. There’s no way to know in advance which will run; most people call or visit the station to inquire the day before or day of departure. Sorry, that’s how Greece is.

*Many thanks to longtime reader, Christopher, for contributing this helpful information

Links to Timetables

Schedules for major routes remain relatively stable. For example, timetables posted on the website for Terminals A and B for Athens are the same now as they were three years ago. It’s predominantly (sometimes, not always) seasonal changes and strikes that prompt different schedules, and unannounced adjustments on local routes.

KTEL AthensOrange KTEL bus – otinanainews.com

Athens (new links)

KTEL Athens

Terminal ‘A’ (Kifissou Street)

Departs from Athens to Alexandroupoulis, Argos (see Nafplio), Arta, Astros/Leonidios, Corfu/Kerkyra, Corinthos/Korinth, Dimitsana, Epidavros (Ligourio), Florina, Githio, Igoumenitsa, Ioannina, Ithaki, Kalamata, Kalavryta, Kastoria, Kavala, Kefallonia, Lefkada, Loutraki, Messolongi, Methoni, Monemvassia, Nafpaktos, Nafplio/Mycenae (Mykines), Neapolis, Olympia, Parga, Patra, Preveza, Pylos, Pyrgos, Sparta/Sparti, Thessalonki, Tripoli, Veria, Xanthi, Xilokastro, Zakynthos

Terminal ‘B’ (Liosson Street)

Departs from Athens to Agios Konstantinos, Aidipsos (Evia), Amfissa, Delphi, Distomo, Galaxidi, Halkida, Kamena Vourla, Karditsa, Karpenissi, Katerini/Litochoro, Kimi (Paralia)/Skyros, Lamia, Larissa, Livadia, Thiva, Trikala/Meteora (Kalambaka), Volos/Pylio

KTEL Attikis – Travel within Athens (ktelattikis.gr)

Ag. Andreas, Ag. Apostoli, Ag. Dimitrios, Agia Marina, Ag. Nikolaos, Ag. Theodori, Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos), Alepoxori, Anavyssos, Anatoli, Ancona, Avlaki, Dilesi, Erythres, Grammatiko, Halkoutsi, Kakia Thalassa, Kalamos, Kalenzi, Kalyvia, Kamariza, Kapandriti, Keratea, Koropi, Kouvara, Lagonissi, Lavrio, Legraina, Lykouriza, Marathona, Markati, Markopoulo, Mati, Megara, Mazi, Nea Makri, Oropos, Paiania, Pallini, Paralia Fokaias, Pikermi, Plaka, Polydendri, Porto Germeno, Porto Rafti, Psatha, Rafina, Saronida, Schinia, Sikamino, Souli, Sounio, Thymari, Varnava, Vilia, Vlastos, Vravrona, Zouberi

*During 24-hour transport strikes, KTEL Attikis sometimes runs ‘emergency’ bus routes between the Athens International Airport and Omonia Square and Syntagma Square. Tickets cost 5 euros per person and can be purchased on the bus. — To Vima (in Greek)

Rest of Greece

KTEL Achaias (achaiaktel.gr – Greek only)

Aigio, Argos, Arta, Athens, Halkida, Ioannina, Kalamata, Karditsa, Lamia, Larissa, Patra, Pefkou, Pyrgos, Thessaloniki, Volos

KTEL Aegina (ktel-aiginas.gr – website down)

KTEL Amorgos (aegali.gr in English)

Aegali, Ag. Anna, Ag. Pavlos, Arkesini, Chora, Kalotaritissia Beach, Kamari, Katapola, Lagada, Monastery, Moyros Beach, Navagio (shipwreck), Paradisia, Tholaria,

KTEL Argolidas (ktel-argolidas.gr)

Ancient Asini, Argos, Asklipio Theater, Drepano, Epidavros (Epidaurus), Galatsas, Hermioni, Hydra, (Ydra), Isthmos, Kalloni, Kilada, Kiveri, Kosta, Kranidi, Ligourio, Methana, Mycenae (Mykines), Nafplio, Nea Kios, Patra, Poros, Porto Heli, Spetses, Tirintha (Tiryns), Tolo, Tripoli, Trizina

KTEL Arkadias (ktelarkadias.gr in English or Greek)

Astros, Athens, Corinth/Korinth Canal, Dafnoula, Kalamata, Kleitoria, Leonidio, Loutra, Megalopoli, Olympia, Patras, Piraeus, Poulithra, Pyrgos, Tripoli, Tropea, Vitina, Zaha

KTEL Chios (Summer schedule and Winter schedule)

Ag. Fotini, Ag. Galas, Ag. Georgios, Amades, Armolia, Didima, Elata, Emporios, Flatsia, Giari Beach, Kalamoti, Kalimasia, Kampia, Kardamyla, Kataraktis, Kini, Komi, Lagada, Limenas Lithi, Meston, Mesta, Mirmigki, Nagos, Nenita, Olympi, Pagida, Pantoukios, Paparia, Patrika, Pirama, Pyrgi, Pytios, Sykiada, Tholopotami, Vessa, Viki, Volissos, Vouno

KTEL Corfu/Kerkyra (ktelkerkyras.gr)

Schedules between Corfu/Kerkyra and Acharavi, Afiona, Ag. Georgios Padi, Ag. Gordios, Ag. Ilia, Ag. Stefanos, Argyrades, Arilla, Athens, Ermoni, Glyfada, Issos, Kassiopi, Kavos, Larissa, Marvela, Messoghi, Paleokastritsa, Pyrgi, Roda, Sidari, Spartera, Thessaloniki, Varvati, Ypsos

KTEL Crete (ktelherlas.gr or bus-service-crete-ktel.com)

Ag. Nikolaos, Ano Archanes, Anogia, Arkalochori, Chania, Hersonissos, Ierapetra, Irakleio (Terminal A and Terminal B), Kastelli, Lassithi, Malia, Mires, Rethymno, Sitia

KTEL Etoloakarnanias (ktel-aitol.gr in Greek only)

Ag. Apostoli, Ag. Ilia, Ag. Paraskevi, Ag. Varvara, Agaliano, Aggelokastro, Agridi, Agrinio, Aktio, Alevrada, Amfiloxia, Amfissa, Amorgiani, Ampelia, Amvrakia, Anin, Ano Karasovo, Ano Makrynou, Anoixiatiko, Antirrio, Argyro Pigadi, Arta, Astako, Chrysovergi, Dafnia, Efinochori, Ellinka, Empesso, Etoliko, Filippiada, Fyties, Galata, Gavalou, Gouriotissa, Grevena, Halki, Halkiopouli, Ioannina, Itea, Kakavia, Kallithea, Katouna, Kechrinia, Kerasia, Kompoti, Kormeki, Konista, Kozani, Krikelo, Kryo Nero, Kryo Vrena, Kyparissia, Lamia, Lampiri, Larissa, Lefkada, Lithovouni, Livadia, Machala, Makrynia, Malesiada, Malevro, Menidi, Mesarista, Mesolongi, Mystika, Nafpaktos, Neromana, Orfano, Orestiada, Palaiokarya, Palaiomannina, Panaitolio, Patiopoulo, Patra, Pentekorfo, Perista, Peristeri, Plagia, Plakoti, Platano, Platygiali, Podagora, Preveza, Samari, Sardinia, Sargiada, Sitaralona, Sitomena, Skoutera, Spartia (village), Stamatogianneka, Stamna, Theriakisio, Thermo, Thessaloniki, Thiva, Thyamo, Trichonida, Tsapournia, Tsouka, Valto, Varka, Volos, Vonitsa

KTEL Evia (eviaportal.gr or ktelevias.gr in Greek)

Aidipsos, Aliveri, Amarinthos, Arkitsa, Athens, Gymnou, Halkida, Halkis, Ioannina, Istiaia, Karystos, Kymi, Limni, Loutsa, Manikia, Mantoudi, Patra, Prokopi, Psachna, Rovies, Skyros, Thessaloniki

KTEL Evros (ktelevrou.gr in Greek only)

Alexandroupoli, Didimoteicho, Ferres, Kavala, Orestiada, Provatonas, Soufli, Thessaloniki, Xanthi

KTEL Fokida (ktel-fokidas.gr)

Amfissa, Athens, Delphi, Itea, Lamia, Lidoriki, Nafpaktos, Patra, Thessaloniki

KTEL Fthiotida (ktelfthiotidos.gr in Greek only)

Lamia to: Agrinio, Amfissa, Athens, Grevena, Halkida, Ioannina, Karditsa, Karpenisi, Larissa, Patra, Pyrgos Ileias, Thessaloniki, Trikala, Tripoli, Volos, Zakynthos

KTEL Halkidiki (oasth.gr and chalkidiki.com/ktel, both in English)

Ag. Mama, Dionysiou, Epanomi, Flogita, Gerakini, Hanioti, Ierisos, IKEA Thessaloniki, Kalamitsi, Kalikratia, Kalyves, Kassandra, Kriopygi, Marmara, Moundania, Mt. Athos, Olynthos, Ouranoupoli, Paliouri, Pefkoxori, Plagia, Polygyros, Potidea, Sikia, Simantra, Sithonia, Skioni, Sozopoli, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki airport, Toroni, Tripti

KTEL Ileia (ktelileias.gr – Multilingual website)

Ag. Ilias, Alfeiousa, Amaliada, Andritsaina, Athens, Elaiona, Figaleia, Fonaitika, Hospital, Ioannina, Kaiafa, Kalamata, Karatoula, Katakolo, Katarahi-Spiantsa, Kolipi, Krestena, Kyparissia, Kyllini, Lampeti, Lechaina, Olympia, Patra, Pyrgos, Thessaloniki, Varda, Vounargo, Zacharo

KTEL Imathia (ktelimathias.gr in Greek only)

Ag. Triada, Aggelochori, Agkathia, Aidypsos, Akrolimni, Alexandria, Almyros, Arachos, Athens, Daskio, Edessa, Episkopi, Fyteia, Giannitsa, Kalochori, Kastania, Katerini, Kavasila, Kefalochori, Kleidi, Korinos, Krya Vrysi, Ksechameni, Kypseli, Lamia, Larissa, Lefkadia, Lianovergi, Loutros, Makrochori, Marina, Meliki, Monospita, Naoussa, Neokastro, Niseli, P. Skylitsi, Palaiochori, Platy, Prasinada, Rapsomaniki, Schoinas, Schimatari, Seli, Stavros, Stenimachos, Stylida, Sykia, Thiva, Trilofia, Vergina, Veria, Zervochori

KTEL Karditsa (ktel-karditsas.gr in Greek only)

Schedules from Kardita to: Athens, Ioannina, Larissa, Mouzaki, Patra, Thessaloniki, Trikala, Volos

Local timetable for Ekkara and Sofades

KTEL Kefallonia (ktelkefallonias.gr in Greek* or kefallonia.net.gr in English)

Ag. Efthimia, Ag. Nikolaos, Argostoli, Athens, Atheras, Dipinata, Divarata, Fiskardo, Irinna, Ithaca, Katelio, Kato Leivatho, Kioni, Kontogenada, Kyllini, Lassi, Lixouri, Makriotika, Metaxata, Myrtos, Patra, Poros, Poulata, Pyrgi, Sami, Skala, Skineas, Soularoi, St. Gerasimo, Valsamata,Vathi, Xaliotata, Xi

*Has English version but can be confusing for anyone unfamiliar with Greek-English transliterations

KTEL Komotini/Rodopis (ktelrodopis.gr in Greek, no schedules; ktelkomotinis.gr broken)

Schedules below are in Greek and come from a different location. Click the link you need according to destination, and put into a translator if necessary.

Schedules from Komotini to/from: Athens, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Xanthi (Porto Lagos or Iasmou)

Schedules from Komotini to/from: Amaxades, Ambrosia, Askites, Fanari, Galini, Gratini, Maroneia, Salpi, Sapes

KTEL Korinth/Corinth (ktel-korinthias.gr *)

Ag. Anargyroi, Ag. Ioannis, Ag. Theodoroi, Ag. Vasileios, Almyri, Assos, Athens, Athikia, Bisia, Bozika, Bolati, Corinth/Korinthos, Derveni, Ellinochori, Galataki, Goura, Halki, Isthmia, Kalamaki, Kaletzi, Kallianoi, Kalyvia, Kastania, Kastraki, Kiato, Kinneta, Klenia, Kontostavlo, Korfos, Kryo Vrysi, Lavka, Limnes, Loutraki, Manna, Matzani, Mesogeia, Mikros Valtos, Nemea, Perachora, Pyrgos, Schoinos, Skoteini, Sofiko, Souli, Stimagka, Syvista, Tarsos, Thalero, Titani, Trikala, Vasiliko, Voxaiko, Vraxati, Vrysoules, Xartsanika, Xiliomodi, Xylokastro, Zevgolatio

*Has Greek and English but transliterations can be confusing; I found it easier to look at the Greek version.

KTEL Kos (www.kosisland.gr – Winter schedule and Summer schedule in English)

Airport, Antimacheia, Asfendiou, Kardamena, Marmari, Mastichari, Paradeiso, Pyli, Tigaki, Zia

KTEL Kozani (ktelkozanis.gr in Greek only)

Ag. Dimitrios, Aiani, Aigyptsos, Anthotopo, Athens, Chromio, Ektakto, Eratyra, Florina, Gallatini, Grevena, Ioannina, Kastoria, Larissa, Lefkara, Livera, Mathitiko, Metamorfosi, Neapoli, Pontokomi, Ptolemaida, Rymnio, Serbia, Siatista, Sidera, Sparto, Thessaloniki, Tsotyli, Velvendo, Veria, Volos, Xteni

KTEL Lakonia (ktel-lakonias.gr in Greek/English) *Schedules only in Greek

Areopoli, Athens, Gerolimenas, Gytheio, Keem, Molaoi, Monemvasia, Neapoli, Sparta/Sparti

KTEL Larissa (ktellarissas.gr in Greek only)

Agia, Aidypsos, Ampelonas, Athens, Elassona, Farsala, Gonnoi, Ioannina, Larissa, Katerini, Kerkyra, Makrychori, Sykourio, Thessaloniki, Tyrnavos, Verdikousa, Volos

*There is an Athens-Larissa Express bus departing 3-4 times daily, taking only 3 hours, 35 minutes. Frequent travelers can get a Loyalty Card that entitles them to one free ride for every five paid rides.

KTEL Lefkada

(vasiliki.eu) — Aktio, Athens, Igoumenitsa, Lefkada, Lefkas, Preveza, Vasiliki

(lefkada.gr) — Lefkada to/from: Ag. Nikitas, Ag. Petros, Athens, Igoumenitsa, Karia, Ligia, Nidri, Nikiana, Patra, Preveza, Thessaloniki, Vasiliki, Vlycho

KTEL Lesvos/Lesbos (lesvos.com/buses)

Agiasos, Agra, Antissa, Argeno, Eressos, Gera, Kalloni, Kapa, Kleio, Mantamados, Mesotopos, Molyvos, Nifida, Parakoila, Pelopi, Petra, Plomari, Polichnitos, Sigri, Skala Sykamia, Skalla Eressos, Skalla Kalloni, Taxiarchis, Vatera, Vrisa, Ypsilometopo

KTEL Livadeias (ktel-livadeias.gr in Greek only – Website down)

Schedules from Livadeias to: Antikyra, Arachova, Agrinio, Arta, Athens, Desfina, Nafpaktos, Ioannina, Messologio, Parnassos, Patra

KTEL Makedonia (ktel-makedonia.gr)

Use the Destinations Map under ‘Bus Information,’ and click destination for schedule, ticket prices and travel time. Easily the best KTEL website in existence.

Schedules from Thessaloniki to: Achaia, Alexandroupoli, Amfissa, Arkadia, Arta, Chalkidiki, Derveni, Drama, Edessa, Elassona, Florina, Giannitsa, Goumenissa, Grevena, Halkida (Evia), Ioannina, Igoumenitsa, Kalamata, Karditsa, Kastoria, Katerini, Kavala, Komotini, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kilkis, Kleidi, Korinthos (Corinth), Kozani, Lamia, Larisa, Lefkada, Meliki, Moundania, Naoussa, Orestiada, Pella, Platanos, Polykastro, Preveza, Ptolemaida, Pyrgos, Serres, Soufli, Touba, Trikala, Veria, Volos, Xanthi, Zakynthos

KTEL Messinias (ktelmessinias.gr in Greek and English)

Athens, Gargalianoi, Ioannina, Kalamata, Koropi, Kyparissia, Messini, Methoni, Oitylo, Patra, Pylo, Sparta/Sparti, Thessaloniki, Xora

Local routes: Akrogiali, Alagonia, Androusa, Arfara, Aris, Aristomeni, Avramiou, Chora, Dorio, Dyraxi, Exochori, Filia, Filiatra, Foinikounta, Gardiki, Gargalianoi, Iklaina, Kalamata, Kefalovryso, Kitries, Kokkinou, Koroni, Kynigou, Kyparissia, Lada, Logga, Melpeia, Methoni, Milioti, Nedousa, Oitylo, Paniperi, Petralona, Pylos, Rematia, Strefi, Trikorfo, Tseria, Valyra, Vasilitsi, Voutena, Xatzi

KTEL Mykonos (mykonostour.com and ktelmykonos.gr — website down

Ag. Yannis, Ag. Stefanos, Ano Mera, Elia, Kalafati, Kalafati, Νeo Limani, Ornos, Paradise, Paranga, Platis Yiallos, Psarou

KTEL Naxos (naxosnet.com — new link)

Agersani, Ag. Anna, Ag. Prokopios, Ampram, Apeiranthos, Apollonas, Danako, Eggares, Filoti, Galandro, Galini, Glinako, Halki, Kastraki, Kinidaros, Komiaki, Koronos, Melanes, Mesi, Mikri Vigla, Moni, Moutsouna, Myloi, Plaka, Potamia, Pyrgaki, Sagkri, Skado, Tripodes, Tsikalario

KTEL Paros (ktelparou.gr)

Alyki, Dryos, Golden Beach, Kamares, Kostos, Lefkes, Livadi Beach, Logaras, Marathi, Marmara, Marpissa, Naoussa, Parasporos, Paroikia, Pounda Antiparos, Pounda Beach, Prodromos, Voutakos

KTEL Pellas (ktelpellas.gr in Greek only)

Aridaia, Athens, Edessa, Giannitsa, Krya Vrysi, Skydra, Thessaloniki

KTEL Rhodes/Rodos and RODA (oasis-hotel.gr)

Ag. Dimitrios, Ag. Ioannis, Analipsi, Apollona, Archangelos, Afantou, Damatria, Embona, Faliraki, Fanes, Gennadi, Kalavarda, Kalithea, Kalythies, Kamiros, Katavia, Kolymbia, Koskinou, Kritinia, Laerma, Lardos, Lindos, Malona, Maritsa, Massari, Messanagros, Monolithos, Paradissi, Pastida, Pefki, Psinthos, Rhodes Town, Rodini, Salakos, Soroni, Theologos

KTEL Salamina (ktelsalaminas.gr )

KTEL Samos (samos-online.com)

Ag. Konstantinou, Airport, Ambelos, Arvanites, Avlakia, Drakei, Hora, Ireon, Kallithea, Karlovasi, Kastania, Kokkari, Kondeika, Koumeika, Lekka, Lemonakia Beach, Marathokampos, Mavratzei, Mytilini, Ormos, Pagondas, Platanos, Potokaki, Pyrgos, Pythagorio, Samos Town, Spatharei, Tsamadou Beach, Tsambou Beach, Votsalakia, Vourliotes, Ydrousa

KTEL Santorini/Thira (ktel-santorini.gr – Click flashing ‘Timetable’ at top right)

Airport, Akrotiri, Athinios Port, Fira, Imerovigli, Kamari, Monolithos, Oia, Perissa, Vlyxada

KTEL Syros (syros.com.gr in English ktel-syrou.gr in Greek)

Ano Mana, Ano Syros, Azolimnos, Bissa, Chroussa, Danakos, Ermoupoli, Finikas, Galissas, Kini, Megas Gyalos, Pagos, Parakopi, Poseidonia, Vari

KTEL Thessaloniki (ktel-thes.gr — In English/Greek)

Select buses offer free Wi-Fi as of March 31, 2011. Schedules as follows:

All local routes were suspended indefinitely as of November 26, due to unpaid debts of 820,000 euros by vendors and the government, but restarted November 29 thanks to creditors.

KTEL Thesprotia (ktel-thesprotias.gr in Greek only)

Schedules from Igoumenitsa to: Athens, Ioannina, Larissa, Lefkada, Mavromati, Paramythia, Parga, Perdika, Syvota, Thessaloniki

KTEL Trikala (ktel-trikala.gr – Timetables and Ticket Prices only in Greek)

Athens, Farkadona, Elati, Grevena, Ioannina, Kalambaka/Meteora, Karditsa, Larissa, Mouzaki, Neoxori, Neraidoxori, Oixalia, Patra, Pyli, Thessaloniki, Trikala, Volos

KTEL VolosMagnisia (ktelvolou.gr – Greek only)

Almyros, Athens, Ioannina, Kozani, Lamia, Larissa, Patra, Pylio, Thessaloniki, Trikala, Velestino

KTEL Xanthi (ktelxanthis.gr in Greek only)

Schedules from Xanthi to: Athens, Drama, Komotini, Mandra, Thermes, Thessaloniki

KTEL Zakynthos (ktel-zakynthos.gr)

Click your selection, then scroll down the left menu and choose your route.

Long-distance routes: Agrinio, Amfiloxia, Arta, Athens, Grevena, Ioannina, Kozani, Mesologgi, Patras, Thessaloniki, Veria

Local routes: Ag. Leon, Ag. Nikolaos, Agalas, Agrilia, Alykes, Argassi, Ekso Xora (Exo Chora), Galaro, Gerakaria, Gyri, Kalamaki, Kambi, Katastari, Keri, Kypseli/Kipseli, Korithi, Laganas, Lithakia, Maxairado, Nerotsoulithres, Tragaki, Tsilivi, Vasilikos, Volima, Zakynthos Town

* More websites will be added if they come available. Valid additions and corrections are welcome, as always.

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150 Comments

  luc wrote @ June 24th, 2008 at 11:23

Haha! Your article must have generated enough interest in the various KTEL websites that one of them (http://ktelattikis.gr/) is on their knees already with a “509 Error – Bandwidth Limit Exceeded: The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.”

I love it!

  DIO wrote @ June 25th, 2008 at 12:37

The Greek bus network a.k.a. KTEL has to be the worst invention in man’s history….period!
From lack of air-conditioning, to traveling with goats, having the driver stop the bus due to my ipod allegedly playing loud, sitting next to people who decided to save money by not having shower and of course horrible delays and drivers. I eventually promised myself to pass on this kind of transportation….

  Kleri wrote @ July 1st, 2008 at 19:05

Dio I’d pass on it if I were you … I however I find the busses amazing. They even say the stops in English Next stop …. and I live i a non-tourist town. Both local and national coaches can’t fault them for price or quality. Try an English bus! You sound like the kind of person who doesn’t normally travel by bus and as for the goats I think thats a charming difference to the life in Greece. I can’t say I’ve seen any on busses near me though. Perhaps you should stay in the bentley!

Kat Reply:

Never heard any KTEL buses announce stops in English in my 11 years traveling Greece, and my Greek friends never heard this in their lifetime even in tourist towns; in fact, they laughed and wondered if this might have happened in another country. I’m pretty sure “charming” or “adventure” are good words to describe the novelty of new experiences or occasional visits to Greece, but not standing and sweating in a narrow aisle of a non-airconditioned bus in 37C weather with nothing to hold onto during a 5-hr journey while fellow passengers stare and push past you when KTEL has purposely overbooked the bus.

Still, I’ve always had good experiences and KTEL is a necessary network when one would like to be environmentally friendly (especially with gas prices being what they are) and/or does not own a car.

  The Scorpion wrote @ July 2nd, 2008 at 16:23

Riding on Ktel reminds me of the movie “Romancing the Stone” where Kathleen Turner rides on this bus full of chickens, goats etc… But, in reality, the goats are two legged ones in greece (LOL).

  FMS wrote @ July 3rd, 2008 at 00:03

The chickens also have two legs in Greece, but they gossip more than eating corn.

Kat Reply:

LOL! Clearly one of the wittiest and funniest comments on this website. :D

  Giorgos wrote @ July 5th, 2008 at 07:24

I lived in Mexico for a while and I cannot help but comment, the inner-city buses there make even KTEL (which I used repeatedly while living in my home country Greece) seem acceptable!

I always used to think travelling on a bus was environmentally friendly (on basis of CO2 emissions) before I experienced bus travel in Mexico. It also reassured me somewhat about the state of affairs in my home country (although the people were definitely friendlier in Mexico).

Any Mexican/Latino readers please do not be offended, the time I spent in Mexico has been the best of my life. So the bus experience was only a small piece of the story. I should comment that I never took any interstate buses in Mexico.

Admittedly though, I did not see any goats in Mexican buses (only once a chicken). Nor in KTEL buses or any other Greek transportation during my life there, for that matter.. That observation of the goat really made me laugh!! But I am aware that some foreigners that see this may generalize for the rest of Greece which in my view is often not true.

Also, when I was in Santorini buses (2002) all of them said stops in both languages. I remember one driver also told them in French, additionally, to show off = ) But I don’t remember if that was KTEL or another public company of buses

Kat Reply:

G – So nice to see you here again! Traveling throughout Mexico in 2002, I used local and interstate buses as my main form of transportation to/from everything. For me, the pros were many: Incredibly cheap, clean, air conditioned, quiet, on time, no smoking. The only con I remember is the suspension of some buses was not very good, which meant you felt absolutely every bump and crack in the road. But knowing I could go 15 miles to the airport for 2 dollars seemed to make it OK.

The other convenient thing was Mexican taxis. Any little white van would stop and take you wherever you wanted to go for a fixed price if you stood by the side of the road. Back then you could also bargain, but I never did because it’s just so reasonable. Plus, everyone smiled and appreciated your business.

I never saw any animals on Mexican buses, nor Indian buses when I spent an extended period there in several towns/villages. But yes, seeing goats and chickens on KTEL buses in Greece is not widespread. The gossiping hens are everywhere, unfortunately. ;)

  Brian wrote @ July 11th, 2008 at 02:35

I am going to Greece next week to visit my wife, who is working this summer in Mycenae. Can you take a train there from Athens or is the KTEL bus the only way to go. Thanks for the help.

With respect to the buses. Nothing compares to the “chicken buses” in Central America. Some of the craziest rides I have ever been on.

Kat Reply:

Hi Brian, there isn’t a train to Mycenae, so you’d need to take a KTEL bus.

There’s a bus departing Athens to Nafplio from ‘Terminal A’ almost hourly; click ‘Terminal A (Kifissou Street)’ above to see the times. This bus says it stops in Mycenae (also called Mykines), but it actually drops you 3 km outside in the village of Fihtio. If you don’t want to walk with your luggage in full heat (and dust) and your wife can’t come get you, it’s best to go all the way to Nafplio (a beautiful place, btw), then take a bus from Nafplio to Mycenae; see ‘KTEL Argolis.’

Since the bus from Nafplio-Mycenae (Mykines) departs 3 times a day at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00, you will want to schedule your bus from Athens-Nafplio accordingly.

I hope that helped, and have a nice trip!

P.S. My friend lives/works in S. America and tells me the same thing!

  A wrote @ July 11th, 2008 at 17:16

There used to be a hydrofoil to Nafplio from Pireaus – I think Nafplio was the third stop? That might be a more pleasant trip than a bus ride.

Kat Reply:

The hydrofoil you reference was operated by Hellenic Seaways, and I cannot find any info about it. Last I heard, that line had been suspended, which in my opinion is just as well because hydrofoils have a reputation for being canceled at any hint of wind or rough seas; plus it takes just as long by sea as by bus and is more expensive. In my opinion, the best route to Nafplio/Mycanae is by bus — it’s guaranteed to leave, it’s got AC and almost always quiet since the driver makes sure of it.

  Mara wrote @ July 15th, 2008 at 12:53

Hi guys,

I need KTEL bus timetable from Lefkas to Igoumenitsa (I understand this must be via Preveza) but can’t find any. Can you please help? It’ll be on Sunday, August 17 (I guess bus rides on a Sunday can be even worse than normal weekday service as far as the number of rides are concerned…)

Thanx for your help.

Kat Reply:

M – Through a simple Google search, I found these schedules for Igoumenitsa-Preveza, plus Lefkas, Lefkada, Vasiliki and Athens.

http://www.vasiliki.eu/div/howtoget/bus.html

It will be added to the list to help others. Thank you for your question.

  spyros wrote @ July 17th, 2008 at 12:06

I did not see any comment about the fact that there is no free information about the schedule. Suddenly, about 2 months ago, KTEL announced that there will only be a fee-paying line and that there is no free info available, NOT EVEN IN THEIR WEBSITE!
Why do I have to pay to know the timetable of my city’s buses? I live in Rafina, the second largest port in Attiki, after Pireus, and I am supposed to pay to learn the timetable?

Kat Reply:

Actually, there is not only a note about it in this article (see the 2nd paragraph), but there’s a whole article about the fact they took down their site back in April if you click the link, “KTEL website” under Related Posts at the end of this post.

People can use: a) The ‘KTEL Attikis’ link I provided to access free schedules for Rafina using their website; or b) use the link in the 3rd paragraph to access the regular local phone number list of KTEL offices or EOT to inquire, thereby avoiding the prepaid service.

  Yeo wrote @ July 22nd, 2008 at 17:49

I want to travel from Olympia to Delphi and next day from Delphi to Kalambaka.

Can anyone advise me the bus schedule to take the KTEL buses? Ii there KTEL website that I can find the information?

Kat Reply:

The Kalambaka-Delphi leg has two buses; specific info is not available, nor is the Olympia-Delphi timetable. Therefore, as I say in the article, advice in the third paragraph applies.

  Arthur wrote @ August 1st, 2008 at 04:28

Hi there
I need to take the family, 2 adults and 2 teenage children from Athens to Ptolemaida. Which is better, the bus or the train?
Also, after a few days we will need to get to Igoumenitsa to go to Corfu. Is there a bus that travels there from Ptolemaida?
Many thanks efharisto
Thanasi

Kat Reply:

From what I see at http://www.ose.gr, there is no direct Athens-Ptolemaida line by train. So in my humble opinion, the bus would be easier, faster and they depart more often. But taking a train vs. bus is really a personal choice. Regarding Ptolemaida, Igoumenitsa and Corfu, look under KTEL Makedonia (the Excel sheet is Greek/English) and I added a KTEL Corfu link for you in the article. I cannot vouch for its accuracy as I do not have first-hand experience traveling this route. The third paragraph of this article to contact KTEL or the EOT may apply in your situation.

  Dido wrote @ August 18th, 2008 at 15:49

Hello,
could someone help me find out if there are buses from Thessaloniki to Drama? I need to go there next month and arrive at the Saloniki airport in the late afternoon. The distance to Drama doesn’t seem that far on the map, but I couldn’t find any timetables on the net (or else they were in Greek) and don’t know whether buses go after 6 p.m. Does anyone know?

Kat Reply:

If you click the KTEL Makedonia link, it takes you to a bilingual website and provides a bilingual Excel sheet with Drama-Thessaloniki bus schedules. Just look for anything with a green checkmark beside the day and time you desire. Buses run from 7:30 to 21:00.

  janet wrote @ October 24th, 2008 at 04:21

Kat — you have done a good service in this exasperating situation regarding KTEL schedules/timetables. One CAN get the timetable for busses from Athens to a given destination. However, there is no easy way to determine until one arrives what the timetable is for the NEXT leg of the journey. For example I can find the bus schedule to Pyrgos, the Pelopponese. But until I arrive in Pyrgos I cannot know when busses run to Pylos (if ever) o r Kalamata.

There is a website that lists some phone numbers for various KTEL offices in the Pelops. Of course, however, they are next to useless to independent travelers who do not speak fluent Greek, because the phones are answered by Greek-only speakers

I heard about one guy who was traveling around Western Peloponnese taking PHOTOS of schedule boards in bus stations; he asks us to do the same. How Primitive! BUt there is nothing else to do, in the face of KTEL & govt indifference. I have brought this up to EOT employees and they just shrug “what can you do?” Of course, I hear that EOT is largely a “jobs program” for political parties anyway, so it doesn’t really exist to serve travellers.

Onward! Through a travel forum I have found a friend in Kalamata who can get me the bus times.

Kat Reply:

FYI, KTEL’s website wasn’t all that easy to navigate when finding schedules point-to-point when it existed either. The only power I have is to pass knowledge I possess and offer links that are useful. I do say my list is not comprehensive because the offering is not comprehensive.

The KTEL phone list is provided above, but I also say it’s for Greek speakers, so you’ve essentially repeated what I already stated.

True. EOT is not perfect, but they do exist to serve travelers. Indifference and apathy can be found in every corner of the country, regardless of political affiliation. Rumors are also a part of Greek life.

I agree with you that taking photos of schedules is primitive and will certainly help for as long as they’re valid, though some change. This is the reason I don’t post schedules on my website as I’d be updating dozens if not hundreds of them.

I disagree with you that independent travelers can only get around by speaking fluent Greek. I do not speak fluent Greek and have been traveling this country solo for 11 years; it helps greatly to have a flexible schedule and a sense of humor. It’s not difficult to ask someone for help in English, or learn one question in Greek from a phrase book and have the information written down. But you’re correct in saying it’s difficult to make advance plans.

It can be an exasperating situation, but part of being an independent traveler and having a good time is accepting a country for what it is and not what one thinks it should be. And at least you get to go home afterward ;) Have a great journey, and thank you for leaving your thoughts today.

  David wrote @ November 27th, 2008 at 00:14

Could you give me some advice, please?
We are traveling from Athens to Kalambaka in late December, on Catholic Christmas, then, two days later, from Kalambaka to Delphi, and then, another two days later, from Delphi back to Athens. So, again, Athens – Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens.
Please help.
Thanks.

Kat Reply:

The Athens-Trikala/Meteora (Kalambaka) route is listed above under KTEL Athens ‘Terminal B’ (the first section), so you should have found that on your own. The Kalambaka-Delphi leg has two buses; you can find out what time they depart upon your arrival in Kalambaka because I can’t remember when they depart or find that information online to show you. The “return” Delphi-Athens leg is listed under the same first section (KTEL AThens ‘Terminal B’) I mentioned previously.

In the future, you can use the “Find” option in your browser to assist your search.

  Rosa wrote @ March 23rd, 2009 at 13:41

Hello,
Can someone help me with finding bus schedules for Meteora/Kalambaka to Delphi. My Lonely Planet tells me that there are 2-3 buses daily to Delphi via Amfissa however I cannot find any time tables. Is this the only route to take or is there a better alternative? Thanks

Kat Reply:

I’ve answered the Meteora-Delphi question twice already, most recently in the comment right above yours. Future redundant questions will be deleted per my policy.

  Margo wrote @ May 15th, 2009 at 03:41

All the comments I’ve read are very illuminating! Can anyone comment on getting from Athens to old Epidavros please – on a Saturday? How can I book seats from the UK? I’ve travelled there by taxi before but am looking for a cheaper way to get there – and back. KTEL sounds a good option. Thanks.

Kat Reply:

Hi Margo, the bus is a perfectly good option and you should use it. Answers to all your questions are already in the article. If you didn’t see Epidavros listed in the section under “KTEL Athens” and “Terminal A,” you could have also used the “Find” option in your browser (as I instruct in the “Tip” section) to find the link, which would take you to the schedule. You take the bus from Athens to Nafplio (leaving every 60 minutes), then Nafplio to Epidavros (5 buses daily).

As I also explain in the article, you can make a reservation by calling the phone numbers linked in the third paragraph, assuming you speak Greek. If you don’t speak Greek or don’t have someone to help you, you can easily get a seat by showing up early the same day or buying a ticket in advance.

  Margo wrote @ May 28th, 2009 at 15:40

Thanks Kat for the useful info. We go to Athens in a couple of weeks and will report back on how we found our journey to Epidavros – if there is anything helpful to say that is.

Kat Reply:

You’re welcome, and looking forward. It’s nice when people give back to the website instead of taking all the time. Have a good trip!

  rajat wrote @ June 14th, 2009 at 16:12

Can somebody tell me how to travel from Athens to Ptolemaida and how can I procure the tickets. Will it be possible if I make the reservations one day prior to my journey?????

Kat Reply:

You need to take Athens to Thessalonikis (link to schedule is above), then Thessaloniki to Ptolemaida (link to schedule is above). Please follow instructions on how to use your browser to pinpoint destinations. Answer to your question about reservations is covered in the article and also answered in comments above by others asking the same thing.

  Theresa wrote @ June 21st, 2009 at 15:21

2 yrs ago me +my partner Pete went back packing and travelled from Corfu through mainland Greece,down to the beautiful southern Peloponnese and then took a Ferry back up to Corfu for our flight back to Manchester. The whole trip was fantastic and made possible by using the briiliant KTEL services alongside some train journeys. We travelled from Igoumenitsa to Ioannina almost immediately from disembarking from our Ferry,Where we camped a couple of days b4 we got our next bus as far as Kalambaka to see the amazing landscape of Meteora! We found the buses great fun,cheap and were always on time.Its amazing how far you can travel so cheaply. We can’t get across our little country without paying a fortune! We travelled as far as PIlos (by bus +train) because our mission was to find the picturesque Voidokilia bay which I discovered from a calendar a few yrs ago and was determined to get there 1 day!i t was our best holiday ever and we can’t wait to discover other beautiful places in Greece and get back on the KTEL buses!

Kat Reply:

I agree with you. I never had issues taking KTEL and actually enjoy it more than traveling by car in Greece.

  Greg wrote @ July 26th, 2009 at 23:09

Hi Kat… This is fantastic web site. I’m so happy that I stumbled upon it while searching for info on KTEL schedules. Not sure if you or anyone else can help, but I will be travelling to Greece in a couple of weeks and I will be heading to Kefallonia. When I arrive in Athens, I miss the morning flights to the island and the evening flight is all sold out, so I thought I would take the bus from the airport to the KTEL on Kifissou and then take the bus to Patra. My destination is Lixouri and I know that there is a ferry from Kyllini direct to Lixouri daily at 7:45pm. My question is, would you know the bus schedule from Patra to Kyllini. I have been looking on the web with absolutely no luck!!

PS keep up the good work. This site is awesome!

Kat Reply:

Hi Greg, thanks for stopping in and your kind words. Here’s the thing. You can take a bus direct from Athens to Kefallonia if you’re traveling on Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu or Fri. Does that suit you? If yes, take a look at the schedule under the first section “KTEL Athens,” then click the link under “Terminal A: Kifissou Street.” There is an afternoon and evening departure, and the bus ticket includes the ferry across and drops you in Lixouri.

If that doesn’t suit you (i.e., you’re arriving on Wednesday or Saturday and can’t take the direct bus), you can take the bus from Kifissou Athens to Zakynthos, get off at Kyllini before the bus crosses with the ferry. There is a 12:15 departure that will help you make the 19:45 ferry you mentioned to Lixouri. There’s also a later departure, but it won’t arrive in time to catch that specific ferry.

I’ve taken both buses, and Kefallonia is a lush, beautiful island dotted with lemon trees. Enjoy your stay :D

  Cindy wrote @ August 16th, 2009 at 07:35

My daughter and a friend are flying to Greece in a few weeks and they are trying to get information on bus or train travel between Athens, Megalopoli and Kiparissia. They mainly want to visit an archaeological site near Megalopoli and then camp in Kiparissia (or other good camping site). Right now, it seems like the only solution is to hire a taxi unless they can find some information on the bus situation.

Any help you can give would be appreciated!

Kat Reply:

Hi Cindy, good question.

- If they’re going straight from the Athens airport to the bus station to either destination, they’d take the X93 bus and get off at the last stop, which delivers them to KTEL Bus Terminal A (Kiffisou). A ticket is 3.20 euro. (If they’re staying in Athens before making the onward journey, they/you can ignore this bit).

- Athens to Kyparissia: KTEL buses depart from Terminal A (Kiffisou) at 07:45, 12:00, 15:45, 20:15. Journey takes approximately 4.5 hours. There is a train option, but it will take 7 hours and I don’t recommend it because one line is prone to delays/disruptions due to ongoing work.

- Athens to Megalopoli: Also departing from Terminal A (Kiffisou), the link to the bus timetable can be found in the article above under ‘KTEL Arkadias’ and is offered in English. Journey takes 3 hours, there are eight (8) departures Mon-Fri, but no service Sat/Sun. They train option involves a longer travel time.

- Between Kyparissia and Megalopoli: There aren’t any buses or trains. If the campsite doesn’t have an organized tour/bus, renting a car/scooter will be less costly than taxi fare to/from the site. I also recommend bargaining.

Warning: Megalopoli is dominated by two power plants, which make it a less charming or impressive site than others in Greece.

  Cecilia wrote @ August 25th, 2009 at 19:50

Is there a bus between Delphi and Corinth?

Kat Reply:

There is no direct bus. You’d need to take Delphi to Athens and Athens to Corinth. Links to schedules are published under the section ‘KTEL Athens’; Terminal A (Corinth) and Terminal B (Delphi). There is an alternative way using a bus and train, but I’ve heard complaints that these connections aren’t coordinated.

  John wrote @ September 3rd, 2009 at 17:51

Does anyone know whether KTEL buses run from Sparti to Athens on Sunday?

Note from Kat: Click the link under KTEL Athens, Terminal A. It has daily schedules for Athens-Sparti and Sparti-Athens.

Thank you Kat: I had done that but was not sure if the schedule for Athens-Sparti, Sparti-Athens that was shown, applied to every day of the week including Sunday. Being sure that there really are buses on Sunday from Sparti-Athens would put the rest of a 2-week itenerary in Greece on much more solid ground.
I have also faxed KTEL of Laconia 30-27310-29997, and will try calling them tomorrow early AM as they were already closed today.
Thanks

Note from Kat: If schedules are different on any day of the week, it is indicated as such. However, as this is Greece, I can understand your hesitation since an entire itinerary hinges on it.

Thanks Kat,
FYI KTEL of Lakonia replied to my fax with an email from kyrolim@yahoo.gr with the following Sunday schedule from Sparti to Athens: 06.00, 07.30, -8.30, 10.00, 13.15, 15.00, 17.00, and 20.00. I feel relieved.

Note from Kat: Excellent news, thanks for sharing that with us. Kalo taxidi!

  Sonia wrote @ October 3rd, 2009 at 07:58

Hi Kat,
I have just discovered your informative site. Please help.. I leave Australia for Greece on the 5th October and am still waiting for info from GNTO Sydney.
A bus from Ioannina to Messolongi (16/10) overnight. Messolongi to Astakos to get the ferry to Ithaki (17/10) and vice versa( 21/10) and Astakos to Athens.
What is the best way to get from Litohoro to Edessa? this will be the 28th Oct. and it is Ohi Day a public holiday. Will there be a problem travelling?
I would appreciate any information you can provide.
Thank you,
Sonia.

Kat Reply:

Astakos to Athens is listed in the article under Athens Terminal ‘A’; please take a look at the two buses running daily. All of the information I’ve collected is above, and I have not personally traveled the routes you’re inquiring about.

There are still buses running on public holidays, though their frequency may be reduced.

  Adrian wrote @ January 21st, 2010 at 13:54

Hi Kat,

Where can I find bus connections from Kalambaka/Meteora to Thessaloniki? I tried the Ktel Macedonia site but is not working.

Thank you,
Adrian

Kat Reply:

The website still works, but the schedules were removed. I can only assume it became too time consuming to update, which is the reason I won’t post them myself, or they will relaunch the site in the future.

From Thessaloniki, you need to get a bus to Trikala, then Trikala to Kalambaka. However, I do not know arrival/departure times. If advance planning is necessary, best to call (contact info is on website). If “going with the wind” is OK, inquire at the KTEL bus station when you’re here or your hotel concierge will have a schedule or call after you arrive.

  Adrian wrote @ January 22nd, 2010 at 21:13

Thank you for your promptitude.

Iniatialy my plan is that I will arrive in my last day of trip in Greece in Athens, in the morning, at around 8 am from Thira, and then I must go to Salonic to catch the train at 00.30 to Bucharest, and I would like to make a couple of hours visit to Meteora in this time.

From Athens I will take a bus to Trikala/Kalambaka at around 9.30, or 11.30 if I will be late from the airport, arriving at about 14.00, or 16.00, then I must leave to Salonic at around 18.00-19.00 to be in the train station on time and don’t know if there will be any transport, bus or trains, at those hours from Meteora area.

Kat Reply:

Athens to Meteora:
From the Athens Airport, take X93 to the KTEL Liosion stop, where your bus to Trikala departs. As you said, there is a 9:30 or 11:30 bus. From Trikala, you will take one of 20 daily buses departing to Kalambaka, and the ride is 30 min. In Kalambaka, you can easily catch a taxi to the top of Meteora. Some people (like me) walk up and down, but you are short on time.

Meteora to Thessaloniki:
There are two options.
1) Bus: Take one of 20 daily KTEL Kalambaka-Trikala buses (I don’t have a schedule), then take another KTEL bus from Trikala to Thessaloniki with one of 6 buses daily, starting at 8:00 and ending at 21:00. The ride takes 5.5 hours. *I only have the departure times for Thessaloniki-Trikala (8:30, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:30, 22:00); I do not have the Trikala-Thessaloniki schedule, but you can use the email or phone number listed at http://www.ktelmacedonia.gr to contact them.
2) Train: There is now only one train with OSE from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki, departing at 7:59, with a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, this doesn’t fit your time schedule.

I can certainly understand wanting to see Meteora. But when one is rushed like this, it’s quite difficult to relax and get in touch with the serenity of the place.

  roberta wrote @ February 1st, 2010 at 07:04

Hi
We’re arriving from australia by plane on Good Friday 2 April at 4pm. What are our chances of getting a KTEL bus to Nafplio where we are booked in. I heard they run every hour 4.30, 5.30 etc , but will they run around 6.30 pm and will one run back to Athens on Easter Sunday afternoon. It’s important as we have already booked accommodation. Thanks

Follow-up: Thanks for your reply. I did read that buses go from Athens to Nafplio on public holidays, but it does say they will be reduced. I am still wondering if the 18.30 bus from athens to Nafplio will be running or cancelled on Good firday. Hope you can help me out here.

Kat Reply:

Answers to your questions lie both in the schedule and the article.

a) If you click the link of KTEL Athens Terminal A, it says there is a bus to Nafplio at 6:30 p.m.
b) If you look under the article heading, “Practical info about traveling by bus in Greece,” the last line says that buses run on holidays, including Easter.

Please read more carefully next time, and have a nice trip.

*Warning to all readers: According to the policy stated in “Comments, Questions and Contacting Me,” the ability to leave comments will be closed or questions deleted if redundancy persists. I provide info to empower people to help themselves, and repeating information denies me the opportunity to write new articles.

Follow-up: There’s no way for me to know in advance how KTEL will curtail its schedules that particular day. The only way to find out is to call or show up in the morning and inquire.

  Karen wrote @ February 9th, 2010 at 20:42

Hello!

I will be travelling from Athens to Methoni thru Kalamata, spending several days there and stopping in Kalamata for 2 days on my return to Athens. Can I bring a small suitcase on these buses?? I will be in Greece for more than two weeks and hate to travel with just a backpack..

I would appreciate your help!!

Thank you

Kat Reply:

Hi Karen,

This is a good question, and I’m a bit surprised at myself for not including this information in the article. As a result, I will update it.

There is plenty of storage underneath the bus, and you can indeed bring a small or large suitcase with you. I’ve seen people bring furniture, boxes, bicycles and all kinds of things. Cargo can also be booked for the ride without a passenger, though I have never done it myself.

Have a nice trip! :)

  Wolfgang wrote @ February 14th, 2010 at 16:40

Short question:
Are there direct coach connections from Larisa to Preveza.
And where do I find information about departure and arrivals.
Thanks for your help.

Wolfgang from Hamburg, Germany

Kat Reply:

I don’t see a direct connection. I see:
a) Larissa to Ioannina (schedule removed): 3 hours (catch this bus at the Vizaniou bus station, not the main one)
b) Ioannina to Preveza (schedule removed): 2 hours

This answer was found by using the “Tip” I give in the article, pinpointing Preveza with your brower’s ‘Find’ function, which would have taken you to the KTEL Epirus section. However, schedules are in Greek, so I was happy to assist and combine it with my own knowledge.

All best.

  charlie wrote @ February 16th, 2010 at 11:22

Is there a regular train service to Patras rather than taking the bus, it may be more interesting?
Charlie

Follow-up: Sorry it was not clear, from Athens, I am flying in and need to get to Patras marina. C

Kat Reply:

To Patra from where? Athens, Thessaloniki?

Follow-up: I found this answer by Googling ‘athens patra train,’ so I suppose you could have also. From the Athens airport (‘Airport’), you take the proastiakos (suburban railway) to ‘Kiato.’ From Kiato, you’ll need to buy a ticket in the same station from OSE (Greek train system) to Patras.

Schedules found at http://trainose.gr/ Switch language to English, then find what you need under ‘Journeys’

  Christopher wrote @ March 8th, 2010 at 21:21

Hi Kat! Long time, no talk :-p

Anyway, I just thought I’d throw this out there for those (I suppose very few, if any) who might be interested. There is an “unlimited travel” card for KTEL Argolis, but it’s only for travel within Argolida (in English).

There’s still no discount travel card for travel to/from Athens.

  avinoam wrote @ March 12th, 2010 at 22:29

is there a direct bus from Athens to Vounaki marina or Paleros ?

Kat Reply:

The closest I see is Athens to Preveza, and you can find the schedule by clicking the link in the first section under ‘KTEL Athens – Terminal A’

I’ve never traveled this route. By doing a Google search, which you could do also, I see Vounaki/Paleros is 30-40 minutes from Preveza, and most people get a taxi or have a shuttle (arranged by hotel/Sunsail/tour) pick them up. There is no bus.

When I say there is no bus to Paleros/Vounaki, I mean there is no bus to Paleros/Vounaki. So asking me if there’s one from Patra or another city will still get you the same answer I gave for Athens.

  Cherie wrote @ April 14th, 2010 at 03:18

Hi Kat! Thanks for such an informative and useful blog! I was wondering if you could help me – I’m looking to go from corfu to Igoumenitsa (by ferry) then take a bus to Ionnina. From what I’ve found so far there is only(?) the KTEL Epirus bus. However does the timetable change for during the off-peak seasons? I’d be travelling on a Saturday in late May. I noticed that the ferry timetable changes from 1st June so was wondering if the buses were similar?
Also would you recommend pre-purchasing the ferry ticket from Corfu – Igoumenitsa?

many thanks in advance,
Cherie

Kat Reply:

Hi Cherie,

There are two ways to get from Corfu to Ioannina. The first one is the way you found on your own: Corfu ->Igoumenitsa->Ioannina. The other way is to take Corfu->Thessaloniki at 7:45 (only departure), which stops in Ioannina. Just make sure to tell the person that’s what you want when you buy the ticket, so they charge you the right fare, and the driver can see that’s where you need to go and tell you when to get off. If that morning departure is inconvenient, full or missed, then just take the other route through Igoumenitsa.

Pertaining to your other two questions.
a) As the article states above, summer schedules run April to October, but I noticed that the changeover is not harmonized across regions. So I cannot give you a concrete answer because that’s how it is.
b) I only recommend pre-purchasing a ticket if it’s high season (July/August); any other time it’s fine to just show up early to buy a seat. In the USA, Sweden and UK, I prefer to have reservations, but in Greece I’ve done the opposite for 12 years. Deciding to buy in advance really depends on your comfort level.

Have a good trip!

  Daniel wrote @ April 14th, 2010 at 20:52

Hey Kat! It’s me again.. I was just wondering, I want to go for a day trip to Sounio. Now I have seen many bus stops in Paraliaki that have also the KTEL sign of the Sounio Route, but I don’t know if I can just wait at the stop and take it, or are those stops just to drop off people, not taking people on board? I’m asking ’cause it’d be a time saver compared to going all the way to the center just come back and pass via Voula on the way to Sounio. Any idea about this?

Thanks a lot!

Kat Reply:

If you wait there and put out your arm when you see the right bus, it should pick you up. You can buy a ticket on board, so no worries and have a nice time. :)

  Chiara wrote @ April 29th, 2010 at 23:02

I’d like to know if there are connections between these cities, because I didn’t find any information in the links.

The cities are: Mystras y Micenae (but I think that there must be some connections of course, because they’re very close), Sparta and Monemvasia, Monemvasia and Nafplion, Micenae and Corintho.
Thanks a lot!
Chiara

Kat Reply:

Hello, if the links and routes you need aren’t listed, please use the advice I give to inquire with the tourist information office and KTEL direct. I regret that I cannot provide travel services or find time to research four different routes beyond what I’ve already made available in the article.

  teressa wrote @ May 6th, 2010 at 23:02

i need help to find out when the ktel bus leaves athens for kyparissia on the peloponese. I came to athens on the bus from that location but cannot find the return schedule. i dont want to go all way out to terminal to find out. i am leaving sat, may8th, 2010. please4 help

Kat Reply:

I already answered this question on August 16, 2009 22:54 in response to Cindy. Please take a look.

You could have found this answer by using the “Tip” I give in the article, using your browser, clicking ‘Edit’ then ‘Find’ and typing in Kypar, which would have highlighted all matches or taken you to the next match with ‘Find Next.’ That’s how I found it.

Alternatively, as also stated in the post, the tourist office could have helped you or hotel concierge, if applicable.

All best.

  David wrote @ May 16th, 2010 at 14:46

Great web page. I know how to get from Athens to Meteora, but I don’t know how to get from Meteora to Zagorhoria. Can you help?

Kat Reply:

From Meteora to Zagorohoria.

Meteora/Kalambaka –> Trikala: There are bus departures nearly every hour from 5:20-22:15, even on weekends with fewer departures.
Trikala –>Ioannina: There are two bus departures, one at 8:00 and the other at 15:00, daily.
Ioannina–>Zagorohoria: There are two bus departures, one at 7:30, the other at 14:45, daily.

The first two schedules were available from KTEL Trikala in Greek, which is on my list. I don’t see a more direct way of getting there, though I’m open to anyone who has suggestions.

  Louise wrote @ May 25th, 2010 at 09:52

Hi!
The KTEL Website that is mentioned in the article above opens a link for “www.ktel.org”. This is owned by a private firm and not by the KTEL Companies.

The KTEL Companies have a new website since April 2010 “www.ktelbus.gr”. There you can find the phones and info on all 62 KTEL Companies of Greece. It is still in Greek, but English will be available at some point.
Also, the phone number for Terminal A is: 210-5124910 and for Terminal B is: 210-8317153. You can get info there, as well.

Kat Reply:

The ktel.org link is referenced because that’s where KTEL schedules were originally stored, when it was the “official” site. It was always a private company given care of information by KTEL to make free to the public but then went for profit when other events unfolded, as I say above.

The ktelbus.com link — not ktelbus.gr, which simply forwards to ktelbus.com — is linked in “KTEL phone numbers in Greek” and “KTEL contact list in English,” so this is info I already knew and had available. Most of my readers don’t speak/read Greek, and the website and phone numbers aren’t helpful. I translate relevant info here (cities, links), so they at least know what schedule to look at if it’s not in English.

I’m more than happy to edit down this article when the English version is ready, in fact I welcome it because this post takes several hours to update and I’d rather use my time to create new material. But for two years, the service I provide has filled a gap for a lot of people.

Thank you! :)

  Gary wrote @ May 31st, 2010 at 17:40

Thank you for a great website – we’re planning an upcoming vacation for a friends wedding in Agrinio and are planning to spend the majority of the rest of the time in Corfu. Figuring out how to get to Corfu has been a challenge but this page alone has helped us a great deal in finding infromation. With great appreciation Gary and Suzie

Kat Reply:

Hi Gary, thank you for leaving a note. I’m glad I was able to help in some small way, as I understand that independent travelers can have a challenging time figuring out transport within Greece. Have a wonderful time at the wedding and on Corfu!

  Ani wrote @ June 26th, 2010 at 07:47

We need to reach Parga from Thessaloniki. Is there a direct bus in July and when does it leave. If no direct connection, how can we reach Parga from Thessaloniki by bus? Thank you very much!

Kat Reply:

I found the answer to your question by following the instructions I give under ‘Tip.” Use the browser, go to ‘Edit’–> ‘Find’ then enter ‘Parga.’ Under KTEL Thesprotia, Thessaloniki and Parga are both listed.

The website is in Greek, but you can copy the link I gave and put it into Google Translate to see it in another language. Look at schedules: 1) Thessaloniki –> Igoumenitsa and 2) Igoumenitsa –> Parga. All best.

  Sushant wrote @ June 29th, 2010 at 16:47

Hey, Kat! Thanks a ton for putting up all this information on your website. I just returned from a trip to Greece, and I found this site very helpful in planning my itinerary in the initial stages.

I got a couple of KTEL timetables from the Kifissou bus station, one for Argolis and one for Lakonia. I’m guessing these are the latest ones, since I got them around a week ago (3rd week of June) and can send you scanned copies of them if you want. I’ll feel good giving something back in return for all the help I got :)

  Cornelia wrote @ July 1st, 2010 at 09:47

Hei everyone! I need KTEL bus timetable from Igoumenitsa to Lefkas (via Preveza) but I can’t find any. Can you please help? It will be on Sunday morning, July 18. Thanks!

Kat Reply:

I found the answer to your question by following the instructions I give under ‘Tip.’ Use your browser, go to ‘Edit’ then ‘Find’ and type in ‘Lefkas.’ By doing that, it highlights KTEL Lefkada on the list, and Igoumenitsa, Lefkas and Preveza are all listed. Click the link to see schedules.

I also gave this answer on July 16, 2008 in Comments, in response to ‘Mara’ who asked the same question.

  Eleni wrote @ July 3rd, 2010 at 05:59

First, I want to thank you for all the valuable inside information you provide – it is much appreciated. I have been doing a bunch of online research about how to get from the Tripoli or Sparta area to Kylini so that I can take the ferry to Zakynthos, but I can’t find clear information. I will be visiting family in either Sparta or Tripoli and am scheduled to head to Zakynthos on August 21st (a Saturday). Can you recommend the fastest/easiest way to get there by bus? It seems like I may be able to get a bus to Pyrgos, but I can’t find info on how to get from Pyrgos to Kylini. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Eleni, San Francisco, CA

Kat Reply:

I found the answer to your question by following the instructions I give under ‘Tip.’ Use your browser, go to ‘Edit’ then ‘Find’ and type ‘Pyrgos.’

This highlights KTEL Ilia on the list, and Kyllini is also in the same group. The website is only in Greek, but I believe you can read Greek. For those who cannot, this is the direct link to KTEL schedules for “Pyrgos-Kyllini and Kyllini-Pyrgos“; copy/put the link into Google, babelfish or another translation program.

The Tripoli-Pyrgos schedule is under KTEL Arkadia.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice trip.

  Doug wrote @ July 29th, 2010 at 02:05

Can anyone help with info about a bus from Gerolimenas to Athens — through Gythio or Sparta? I believe there is one but I don’t see info on it. thanks

Kat Reply:

If it’s not on the list, you need to follow the advice given above under ‘Tip.’

  John K. wrote @ July 29th, 2010 at 23:45

I’m confused, the terminal B site above says the bus to Volos leaves at 10:30 am but the Magnisia site if you look at return(meaning when it leaves from Athens) it says 11am. Which one is correct? From my experience I’d say 11at least it was last yr but not 100% sure.

Also, instead of getting there early are you saying that I can call up and reserve a seat?

Kat Reply:

This is Greece. Unfortunately, schedules can be inconsistent and change seasonally, daily or for other reasons.

Yes, I’m saying you can call and reserve a seat by giving your name. Most don’t allow you to pick a seat, however.

  Ales wrote @ August 7th, 2010 at 16:57

Thank you very much for the really helpful information about KTEL. However, is there also any bus connection from Faliraki to Lindos in Rhodos? Thanks. Ales, the Czech Republic

Kat Reply:

Yes. You should have found the answer by using the search advice I give under “Tip,” which shows you the Rhodes schedule/link on the list. The Rhodes Town – Lindos bus picks up passengers in Faliraki.

  Marcela wrote @ August 30th, 2010 at 02:27

Thanks for gathering all this information in one website! Your website should be on Lonely Planet.

Could you please advise me on the best route from Lefkada/Preveza to Delphi. I realized there is no direct bus and I will have to make connections. Where is I better for me to connect Amfissa, Itea?

I really appreciate your advice.

Kat Reply:

Stats show that people recommend this post in the Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s and TripAdvisor forums; thank you for saying so.

My suggestion is to take Lefkada/Preveza to Nafpaktos (schedule under KTEL Etoloakarnanias) and Nafpaktos to Delphi (schedule under KTEL Fokida). It’s the most straightforward route I can see, plus Nafpaktos is a nice place to visit should you not want to make the trip in one day. All best.

  Melissa wrote @ August 31st, 2010 at 01:59

Does the bus from Athens to Delphi run on Christmas Day? If so, is it the same schedule as stated under the Terminal B link?

Kat Reply:

The answer is in the article, under “Practical Info about Traveling by Bus in Greece.”

  kitty wrote @ September 11th, 2010 at 14:17

hello all,

please can anyone advise can get a bus from Zakynthos airport to Zakynthos town am arriving 12.55 this Tuesday.

Many thanks :-)

Kat Reply:

If you do a Google search on ‘Zakynthos airport,’ it tells you that it’s in Laganas. In the article above, there’s a KTEL Zakynthos ‘Local Routes’ link. Click it and find the schedule for Laganas to Zakynthos.

  Angela wrote @ September 27th, 2010 at 05:43

Can you help me with what train or bus i should catch to go athens to kalampaka (meteora) and then from Kalampaka to Pyrgos??

Many thanks for your time,
Angela

Kat Reply:

Athens to Meteora. This question has been answered several times already. Follow the advice under ‘Tip,’ using your browser. Go to ‘Edit’ then ‘Find,’ type ‘meteora’ and the first highlighted entry takes you to KTEL Athens. Click the schedule.

Kalambaka/Meteora to Pyrgos. Follow Kalambaka/Meteora –> Trikala –> Pyrgos. Using the advice I give under ‘Tip,’ you could have found the schedules for those two legs under KTEL Trikala and KTEL Corinth.

Kalo taxidi.

  mary wrote @ December 31st, 2010 at 15:14

At the end of July 2011 we will be attending a wedding on Corfu. From there we want to see relatives in Kastoria and then go to Athens. Are there buses from Igoumenitsa to Kastoria and then Kastoria to Athens? How can I find the schedule and the rates?
Thank you very much.

Kat Reply:

Just so you know, you could have found the answer to your question by following the instructions I give under “Tip.” That’s what I did.

Use your browser, click ‘Edit’ then ‘Find’ and type Kastoria, it will highlight Kastoria-Athens as the first entry under KTEL Athens. Click the link, look at the schedule.

If you click ‘Next,’ you’ll find Kastoria and Igoumenitsa both listed until KTEL Macedonia. Click the link, read the schedule.

There’s no way to predict what bus fares will be in July 2011, as we are living in times of austerity. Rates are due to go up, and we just had a third tax increase take effect January 1.

All best.

  George wrote @ January 24th, 2011 at 08:00

ktel timetable for Greece Rhodes
make a link please

Kat Reply:

Hello,

A few tips that may help you in the future:
a) Ask to be considered: Since this is your first time to my website, as far as I know, it’s better to request possible linkage rather than say “do this please.”
b) Show that YOU are willing to exchange links: Your website doesn’t include me under ‘Links,’ why should I link to you?
c) Don’t reuse photos without permission or credit: The first thing I saw upon visiting your website was a photo you took from me. Not a good first impression.

At this time, I regret that I deleted your link and cannot add you. All best.

  rudy wrote @ February 8th, 2011 at 20:53

Hello,
I would like to go from Athens by bus to Patras. I’ve read that KTEL busses do these trips quite regularly. So far I wasn’t able to locate the bus terminal at kifissou street. Where in Athens is this bus terminal? google was showing kifissou street at the intl airport, as well as inside athens at different spots. second, do I have to make a reservation for a certain time and day for using the bus? Where do I have to buy the ticket? can I go just to the driver and buy it at the bus? Going to Patras is not time critical but the return will be timewise critical.
Any help is appreciated

Kind regards
Rudy

Kat Reply:

The Kifissou bus station or Terminal A is at Leof Kifissou 100 in Athens, found at “Map.” I found it using a Google search. If you’re coming from the Athens airport, you can take bus X93 direct to the bus station.

The answers to your second, third and fourth question can be found under “Practical Information about Traveling by Bus in Greece,” the second to last bullet on the list that starts with “Tickets can be purchased…”

All best.

  Joseph wrote @ February 14th, 2011 at 23:26

Is there anywhere that posts the cost for the Corfu to Thesalonika bus one way – looking to compare to airfare

Kat Reply:

In a word, yes.

To find the answer to your question, I followed the advice I give under ‘Tip,’ using my browser and entering ‘Corfu,’ which led me to KTEL Kerkyra. I clicked the link and found “Ticket Information” (which is also possible with Google/Chrome Translate if you don’t understand Greek), where it says the price of a return ticket from Thessaloniki-Corfu is 42.20.

  Allison wrote @ February 21st, 2011 at 03:05

First off, thanks for all the great information you give to people. It’s very much appreciated.

I want a bus from Volos to Athens on Sunday May 22nd or Monday May 23rd, but I’ve been having a hard time finding schedules.

I know I could probably find the schedules using your “tip” option but for some reason I can’t figure out how to use it (not computer savvy at all). Could you please list all the departure times from volos to athens on those days and maybe the price of the ticket? Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help:-)

Kat Reply:

Under KTEL Athens, click the link for ‘Terminal B.’ Volos is the last entry and it lists all the times of departure and the ticket price in English.

  Mariana wrote @ February 21st, 2011 at 16:46

Quisiera ir por bus desde Atenas hasta la zona de Mani y de ahi por barco a Creta.
Existe alguna posibilidad de realizar este viaje por KTEL y cuales son los horarios y costos
Por otro lado cual es el barco que me puede llevar a Creta
Desde ya muchas gracias
Saludos coordiales
Mariana

Kat Reply:

Mani es un área que no, una ciudad por lo que sólo puede dar indicaciones generales.

Atenas Mani en autobús: Recomiendo Atenas Githio / Gythio. Encuentra el calendario y el coste por clic en el enlace para KTEL Atenas ‘Terminal A.’ Desde Gythio, usted puede tomar un autobús local a donde te vas a quedar en Mani. Usted puede encontrar algunos de los destinos en ‘KTEL Messinias.’

Mani a Creta en ferry: Recomiendo que se remonta a Githio / Gythio y tomar un ferry hacia Kissamos, Creta. No sé el calendario, ya que cambia a menudo y algunas veces no es publicado con antelación.

Buen viaje

Mani is an area, not a city so I can only give you general directions.

Athens to Mani by bus: I recommend Athens to Githio/Gythio. Find the schedule and cost by clicking the link for KTEL Athens ‘Terminal A.’ From Gythio, you can take a local bus to wherever you’re staying in Mani. You can find some of the destinations under ‘KTEL Messinias.’

Mani to Crete by ferry: I recommend going back to Githio/Gythio and taking a ferry to Kissamos, Crete. I do not know the schedule because it changes often and is sometimes not posted in advance.

Have a nice trip!

  Stephen wrote @ March 28th, 2011 at 12:58

Hi there,

Me and a couple of friends are doing a trip of Eastern Europe starting on the 8th of June. We’re traveling mostly by train but we realise because of the crisis in Greece that they’ve shut down all international train routes. So I was wondering where I could find a schedule of bus routes from Thessaloniki – Sofia? If there’s not one then a bus into Macedonia would be fine.
Cheers!

Kat Reply:

Hi Stephen,

I didn’t forget about you, and Vlad saw your comment and contributed information for Sofia. This article is for you, your friends and other travelers looking for alternatives to train travel in Greece to Albania, Bulgaria, FYROM or Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. See “Buses from Greece to international destinations.”

If you have new or different information after your travels, I hope you’ll take notes and come back to tell me so I can use the info to help others.

Thank you for your question, and have a nice trip!

  silvana wrote @ April 6th, 2011 at 16:24

Mi servirebbe sapere se esistono bus che da Korinthos (Isthmia)
arrivano fino ad Atene (mese di agosto 2011).
Da dove partono, dove arrivano ad Atene e con quali orari, per fare andata e ritorno in giornata. Grazie

Kat Reply:

La risposta è già nell’articolo sotto ‘KTEL Athens Terminal A’ e ‘KTEL Arkadia’ e ‘KTEL Korinth/Corinto.’ Segui i link per trovare gli orari autobus.

The answer is already in the article under ‘KTEL Athens Terminal A’ and ‘KTEL Arkadia’ and ‘KTEL Korinth.’ Follow the links provided to find the bus schedules.

  nikos wrote @ April 16th, 2011 at 11:49

i hope KTEL to work well in Rhodes,Greece during summer time..not like last year!

Kat Reply:

The website you attempted to promote contains a great deal of plagiarized information and had no relevance to this post, so the link was removed.

  mario wrote @ April 17th, 2011 at 17:23

firstly, thank you very much for your useful information on this website,

me and my girlfriend are going to kefallonia next month and will be very grateful if you could give us some information about this trip. we arrive at the airport of athens and I would like to know if it is better to take the bus to patra and then the ferry boat to kefallonia or the direct bus to kefallonia, considering that the KTEL bus seem to be not very comfortable and the direct travel takes about eight hours.

thank you very much in advance

su internet abbiamo trovato questi orari per andare da atene a cefalonia con autobus diretto (14.30 da terminal A) o via Patra (ogni mezz’ora) con coincidenza per cefalonia in autobus alle 18.00 o traghetto alle 20.30, ci puoi dare una conferma di questi orari e suggerirci la combinazione migliore,
grazie

on the Internet I have a direct bus goes from Athens to Kefalonia (14.30 from Terminal A) or via Patra (every half hour) with connecting bus to Kefallonia at 18:00 or ferry at 20.30, can you give us a confirmation of these times and suggest the best combination.
thanks

Follow-up: thank you very much for yours usefull clarifications:-)

Kat Reply:

– Bus from Athens-Patra takes 4.5 hours (unless you take the express) and the ferry from Sami (Patra) to Kefallonia takes 3.5 hours, so that’s 8 hours travel time, plus extra time you wait to make the bus-ferry change.
– Bus from Athens-Kefallonia takes 8 hours with no waiting time because it’s direct. Also, as I say in the article above under ‘Practical Info’, the KTEL bus to Kefallonia already includes the ferry.

I cannot confirm the times you mentioned because it’s impossible for me to keep updated on thousands of bus and ferry routes, and the accuracy of schedules is the responsibility of those posting them.

I’ve taken the bus to Kefallonia and found it perfectly fine, so it makes no sense to go to Patra as it takes extra time to make the connection and there’s nothing to see or do there. It comes down to convenience and your own preference.

  Evelyn wrote @ April 23rd, 2011 at 22:46

Thanks so much! This is the only place I found a bus timetable for Athens – Kymi – Skyros.

My daughter and I are flying to Athens on May 9th, landing hopefully at 9.30 am. My question is whether we have enough time to catch the 13.30 bus to Kymi (and then the ferry) and how do we get to the bus station on Liosion St from the airport.

I’d be most grateful if you have the time to reply, thanks!

Follow-up: Thanks so much for your detailed reply! Hope you had a happy Easter, and have a glorious springtime.

Kat Reply:

From the Athens airport, you take the X93 bus outside the terminal to the KTEL Liosion bus station, which is the 9th stop. You can buy a ticket on the bus for 5 euros a person (cash only). Taking into account the time it takes to disembark the plane and pick up luggage, you should have plenty of time to catch the 13:30 bus. Have a nice trip!

  Gennady wrote @ April 27th, 2011 at 20:37

Please help me in two matters.
1. I will arrive by plane to Athens 03 May 16:00 pm. And I’m going to go to Meteora immediately! Please share actual timetable of long distance buses for this direction.
2. Next day 04 May approx. 20:00 pm I’m going to go to Thessaloniki. And I’m looking actual timetable of buses from Meteora (Trikala) to Thessaloniki.
Many-many thanks in advance!

Kat Reply:

I’ve already answered both questions, so you didn’t follow the instructions I gave under ‘Tip.’

1. Athens-Meteora: See my reply to Adrian on January 24, 2010 at 18:16. Click the link for ‘KTEL Athens Terminal B’ on the list above in the article to find the “actual” timetable.

2. Meteora-Thessaloniki: See my reply to Adrian on January 24, 2010 at 18:16.

  Vakka wrote @ April 29th, 2011 at 01:40

Dear travellers!

I’m going to visit Greece at this summer, and I would like to travel from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli. My question is: if I buy a return bus ticket, can I travel back to Thessaloniki after a 7-10 days holiday in Alexandroupoli using this return ticket, or it will expire by then? In what time period can I use this ticket to return to Thessaloniki?

Thank you for your help!

Best wishes,
Vakka

Kat Reply:

Hi Vakka,

KTEL bus tickets are normally good for much longer than a week. In the case of Thessaloniki-Alexandroupoli, the return ticket is valid for 60 days. For other lines, the validity can be as long as 90 days or a bit shorter at 30 days.

Thanks so much for your question. It was a good one that hadn’t been asked before, and I’m going to add something to the article for future readers.

Have a nice trip and all best! K

  Jessica wrote @ May 4th, 2011 at 09:16

Can you tell me the address and directions of where the ticket office is in Ag. Constantinos for me to buy tickets to Athens. I’ve been told it’s near the port and the bus journey will take 2.5 hours – this right?

Can you help me?

Thank you!

Kat Reply:

Under KTEL Athens Terminal B, Ag. Konstantinos is the first entry, says it takes 2.5 hours. Faster or slower depends on the driver and road traffic.

You can buy tickets at the port. Found the address through a simple Google search: KTEL Ag. Konstantinos office.

  Vlad wrote @ May 5th, 2011 at 20:07

Hi Kat
you’re doing a pretty nice job in helping every visitor here (albeit some of them simply lazy to google easy info), kudos for that. I don’t have any questions as the KTEL link list is quite comprehensive and I got what I was looking for. Just wanted to say hi :) Currently I am constructing a complex multi-leg trip to Skiathos as timetables of the transportation available are not very convenient in making the Sofia-Skiathos trip in one day. If I manage it, i’ll post it here :)

Kat Reply:

Hi Vlad,

Thank you so much for the kind words and even more for the information you contributed for international travel from Greece to Bulgaria. I moved the information to a separate article I’m doing about trains/buses from Greece to international locations, which of course is based on Stephen’s question and will be published shortly. You’ll be credited, since I didn’t find the info on my own.

It seems people are already having a hard time finding what they need in the article above despite the research and tips I gave, so I didn’t see a need to make it longer ;)

Have a nice trip, and glad to help!

  Evelyn wrote @ May 8th, 2011 at 12:55

Hallo again Kat,

More about our travel plans…We are hoping to leave Skyros on Saturday morning on the 8am ferry to Kymi, thence to Athens by bus and onwards to Delphi, by the 1pm bus from the same bus station. Will this work? Will we catch it? The next bus seems to be at 3.30pm which may get us in a bit late to find a place to sleep. Is there a shorter route?

Thanks a lot….evelyn.

Kat Reply:

There is almost certainly a shorter route, but the appropriate timetables are not posted online so I cannot guide you. Therefore, I recommend asking someone for advice when you first arrive in Skyros. This will give you plenty of time to plan your time/departure to Delphi.

I realize this isn’t the answer you’re looking for. However, “going with the wind” in Greece is the best and sometimes only way to travel.

  Alicia wrote @ May 14th, 2011 at 19:42

Hi, I am arriving at Volos airport and I need to get to Delphi. It seems like I have to take a bus from Volos to Athens and then catch another bus from Athens to Delphi. Is this the best way to get to Delphi? Also, do I need to book ahead of time or can I just pay on the bus? Thanks.

Kat Reply:

There’s no need to go all the way to Athens when your destination is Delphi if you have no reason to be there, although it does make a nice day trip to see the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, temples and enjoy the downtown area, etc.

To answer your question, I located Volos and Delphi on a Google map, then looked at what cities are in the middle. I saw Lamia and Amfissa, then went back to the list above, using the “Tip” I give to search, to see if either of those two cities had Delphi and Volos in common for bus routes. Both do.

Volos to Lamia is listed under KTEL Achaias, KTEL Etoloakarnanias, KTEL Fthiotida, KTEL Makedonia and KTEL Volos. You can click the links I provided and use an online translator (if not in English) to get the schedules for those.

Volos to Amfissa is listed under KTEL Etoloakarnanias, KTEL Fthiotida and KTEL Makedonia. Ditto.

Lamia to Delphi and Amfissa to Delphi are listed under KTEL Fokida. Ditto.

Your second question is already answered in the section “Practical info about traveling by bus in Greece.” The sentence begins with “Tickets can be purchased…”

  Donna wrote @ May 26th, 2011 at 01:32

Is there a KTEL bus from Athens International Airport to Lavrion port (trying to get to the Olympic Marina)

Thanks

Kat Reply:

The Athens to Lavrio schedule is listed under ‘KTEL Attikis.’ I recommend Googling a possible solution or inquiring at the airport’s Info Desk for advice when you arrive, as I have no first-hand experience with this route and do not have time to research it for you.

  kenji wrote @ May 28th, 2011 at 08:41

Hi, my friends and I want to travel to Olympia from Athens in July. I would like to ask if the only way to pre-order the bus ticket is on a Greek website? As I am a Japanese and I do not speak Greek. And, if I choose to buy the ticket at the terminal, will the queueing time be long?

Going to be my first trip to europe :D sorry if ask stupid question.

Maki, osaka

Kat Reply:

Hi Kenji,

To put your mind at ease, I can speak/read/write Greek and I’ve never pre-booked a bus ticket in the decade I’ve been traveling in Greece. Follow the advice I give in “Practical Info about Traveling by Bus in Greece” and you’ll be fine.

How long you’ll wait in line. Depends. On what? How fast the ticket person works, how many people are in line ahead of you, what time you show up, etc. Common sense.

Some sidenotes to a first-time traveler: If you’re expecting everything in Greece to be in several languages, organized, clear and on time like northern Europe, the USA or Japan, this may not be the place for you. Adopt the attitude of “Going with the wind,” and you’ll have fewer concerns and a lot more fun.

  Sarah wrote @ June 3rd, 2011 at 23:17

Hello,
i need information about ur bus schedule i will need a ride from Athens to Kalamata on the 8th of July around 9 AM , how far is the bus stop from the airport? and how long does the trip takes ? and how much does it cost? does the bus comes from Kalamata to Athens again.

regards

Kat Reply:

Questions about the Athens to Kalamata and Kalamata to Athens bus route are already answered in the article, so it’s obvious you didn’t follow my advice under “Tip.” Try it now.

From the Athens airport to the KTEL Kifissou Bus Station, you take the X93 bus outside the airport terminal, buy a ticket on the bus for 5 euros (cash only), get off at the last stop. How long does it take? Depends on traffic, but it’s approximately 60 minutes.

  Isabel wrote @ June 5th, 2011 at 13:00

Hi from spain.
We are two people thinking about travelling from Kalambaka to Volos in just one morning, we have to be at Volos ferry at 12 more or less. Is it possible to do it by bus? What is the way?
Thank you for this good site
Isa

Kat Reply:

I found the answer to your question by using the “Tip” I give, locating Volos and Kalambaka under KTEL Trikala, then clicking the links I give to timetables, which you could have put into an online translator to help yourself instead of asking me. I filled in the rest of the details by doing a simple Google search.

Kalambaka to Trikala: Departs daily at 6:10, journey takes 45 minutes. There are buses leaving later, but you won’t make the connection at Trikala if you miss this one.

Trikala to Volos: Departs at 7:30, journey takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. If you miss this bus, there isn’t another until 11:30, and that means you won’t get to Volos until 13:30 or 14:00.

¡Buen viaje!

  Sneze wrote @ June 5th, 2011 at 17:59

Could you tell me how much would a return ticket Thessaloniki – Ioannina cost and what is the timetable for both direction by bus? Thank you

Kat Reply:

Sneze – I can, but I won’t. Click the link I provided under ‘KTEL Macedonia,’ switch to English, choose Bus Routes, click Ioannina on the map, get schedules and prices.

  Marko wrote @ June 9th, 2011 at 11:55

on the 13th of June I have to go either from Katakolon or from Kiparissia to Zakynthos. Could you tel me the bus connection possibilities from these 2 towns on that day.

Kat Reply:

If you followed the ‘Tip’ I give in the article, you should know that Katakolon is not on the list. In that case, you follow the advice I give under, “Didn’t find it on this list?”

If you followed the ‘Tip’ I give in the article, you should know that Kyparissia is on the list, but there is no direct connection with Zakynthos.

So to answer your question, I located Kyparissia and Zakynthos on a map of Greece, then looked for cities in between and saw Pyrgos. You could have done this also. Again, using the ‘Tip I give, you can find Kyparissia and Pyrgos under KTEL Ileia and KTEL Messinia. Click those links, switch to English and look at the schedules.

KTEL Messinia says there is a bus departing Kalamata at 8:30, stopping in Kyparissia and then going to Pyrgos. It does not say what time it is arriving in Kyparissia or Pyrgos. You can ask at the station when you arrive in Kyparissia or have someone call to get the info when you arrive in Greece.

KTEL Ileia says there is a bus departing Pyrgos at 10:30 and 14:25 and going to Kyllini. Kyllini is the port where you take the ferry to Zakynthos.

All schedules for Greece are in the middle of being switched to summer timetables, so there may be small adjustments or more/less departures. That’s all the help I can offer you.

  Ellie wrote @ June 13th, 2011 at 12:26

Hello, I’m sorry if I have overlooked something by accident but I am currently on corfu island and trying to get to Macedonia I saw yesterday that I would need to catch a bus to thessaloniki then from there to Skopje but I see that you have recently changed the information, is the bus to Skopje still running?I looked on the link you provided and could find no information on the bus route. Also if the bus is still running does it go from the same station as the one I will het dropped off at when I arrive from Corfu? Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

P.s I am using an iPad and could not find the “edit” and then “find” that you suggested under tip sorry.

Kat Reply:

All I changed recently is adding the “International Buses” section.

Following the link I provided, which is indeed valid, the article “Buses from Greece to international locations” was written June 2 and updated June 8…why wouldn’t the bus still be running? Today is June 13, and I doubt you’ll find more current information. Under “FYROM/Macedonia” on that post — not this one, where you’ve posted the question — I give the schedule and link for the company running it. No information? Sorry, I disagree. I verified it again just now, and it’s correct.

A private company runs the bus from Thessaloniki to Skopje, so you need to ask them where the bus departs/arrives. I’ve traveled extensively in Greece for 14 years, but there’s no way I can ride every route, every season to every destination. Part of traveling is being OK with risk, the unknown and discovery. If you’re looking for predictable, Greece is not the country for you.

P.S. You didn’t need to use the ‘Tip.’ All you had to do was click the link, scroll down to FYROM/Macedonia (the list is alphabetical) and look at the info provided.

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  Georgia wrote @ February 10th, 2013 at 14:01

Hello! I’m planning on getting a bus from Corfu or Igoumenitsa to Athens (in June) and am a bit concerned about the actual journey. I’ve read lots of horror stories about the state of the roads and things like ‘scary narrow mountain roads’ ‘dirt track’ ‘hairpin bends’ etc.

I was wondering if you knew what the journey is actually like? My friend are a bit uneasy about it and would really, really appreciate some guidance.
Thank you

Kat Reply:

I travel a lot and don’t remember the exact route or being frightened/ill/uneasy, but no one’s opinion should matter because your level of tolerance/acceptance and personal expectations are different than ours/theirs.

If you get travel sickness easily, I recommend a natural remedy or OTC aids recommended by your doctor to ease the journey. Alternatively, you could take a ferry from Corfu to Athens and skip roads altogether. All best.

  Kat wrote @ February 12th, 2013 at 00:20

Note to Everyone:

I closed this post to questions and comments in June 2011, after repeated warnings and a majority of people ignoring instructions I give under ‘Tip.” It makes more sense for me to publish new information than rehash what I already made available.

The information can only help you if you help yourselves.

Thank you to Vlad, Vakka, Sushant, Stephen, Cindy, Mara, Christopher and Karen, the only people who gave back to the website or had valid questions.

I empathize with travelers, which is why I researched, translated, compiled and continue to update this website for everyone, even though I am not a travel agent or paid to keep this website where I don’t sell you anything or earn money for myself.

Thank you.

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