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 July 18, 2014. 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 also seen drivers take standing passengers without first informing them and getting consent that this is OK). 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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151 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. 😀

  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.

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