Greece by train

Your Eurail journey through Greece will likely be unforgettable. Greece is a mystical blend of ancient history and modern-day hedonism. Take in the sights that take you back to a world before time, and then leap back into the present for sand, sea, and sun relaxation. Whether on the mainland or one of the countless islands, Greece is a true paradise.

Please note that train travel in Greece requires some preparation. Read our travel update about Greece for more information.

Train types in Greece
Rail passes for Greece
Places to visit in Greece
Events in Greece
Benefits in Greece
More about Greece

Train types in Greece


Rail network

Your Eurail pass is valid on trains operated by the Greek national railway company OSE. Greece-TRAINOSE-logo



Train types

InterCity Express trains
New InterCity Express trains, offer high quality and speed to our guests traveling between Athens and Thessaloniki. For the use of these trains the Eurail pass holder has to pay a seat reservation fee, which you can obtain locally.


Inter City trains
Traveling by InterCity train is always relaxing: air conditioning, meal served at the seat, snacks or drinks are available at the bar.


Suburban Proastiakos trains connect:

  • Athens – Korinthos and vice versa in 1 hour and 20 min

  • Athens (Central Railway Station “Stathmos Larissis”) – the E. Venizelos/Airport of Athens and vice versa in 45 min

  • Korinthos (New Railway Station) – the E. Venizelos/Airport of Athens and vice versa in 1 hour and 20 min


Domestic overnight trains
There is an overnight train connecting Athens and Thessaloniki and vice versa.


International overnight trains
The Hellas Express night train connects Thessaloniki to Skopje in FYR Macedonia and Belgrade in Serbia. This train has been suspended for some time, but is running again from May 2014.


You can find the actual travel times on the Serbian Railways (ZS) website.



Most domestic day trains in Greece do not require reservations.


Exception: for the InterCity Express trains reservation is compulsory. There are no reservation costs.


Overview of domestic reservation fees




Starting the train journey from Patras, in Peloponnese, the traveler can visit:

  • Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place

  • Athens, using the OSE and Suburban Proastiakos trains with a change at Korinthos new railway station, and many other places


Starting the train journey from Athens, one of the biggest centers of the ancient culture, and also a modern city of our time, the traveler can visit:

  • the beautiful town of Volos, near the magnificent mountain of Pilion.

  • the city of Thessaloniki, the second biggest city of Greece, passing during the journey by Olympus, the mountain of gods and many other places.


The Rack Railway takes you from Diakopto to Kalavrita, a historic town of Peloponnese, on mountain Helmos at an altitude of 2,343 ft ascending for 22 km (14 miles) following the steep slopes of the Vouraikos gorge.


The steam train takes you from Ano Lechonia to Milies, through the picturesque mountain of Pelion, in the Thessalia area. Suburban trains connect:


  • Athens and Chalkida, the capital of the island Evia, in 1 hour and 30 min.

  • Athens and Loutraki, the well known seaside resort in 1 hour and 40 min.


Scenic route

* Kardítsa – Kalambáka


Extra info

Eurail aid offices in Greece

For questions about Eurail, you can go to the Hellenic Railways travel agency in Athens, the railway station of Patras or the Central railway station of Thessaloniki.


Detailed information about Eurail aid offices in Greece and the rest of Europe.



Airport links

From Athens E.Venizelos airport there is a train every hour to Athens Central railway station and to Kiato new railway station (change at Ano Liossia station).


Spelling of cities in Greece

On Greek train timetables and at train stations in Greece, you'll usually find the local spelling of Greek cities and stations.


Here is the local spelling of some popular Greek cities:

  • Athina = Athens

  • Kérkyra = Corfu

  • Iráklio = Heraklion

  • Pátra = Patras

  • Pireás = Piraeus

Rail passes for Greece


Rail pass options for Greece

  • Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 336: Be free to explore Greece and up to 27 other Eurail countries.

  • Eurail Select Pass starting from USD$ 188: This pass combines Greece with 1, 2, or 3 bordering countries.

  • Eurail Greece Pass starting from USD$ 91: Use your whole vacation to discover Greece by rail.

  • Eurail Greek Islands Pass starting from USD$ 96: Explore the beautiful islands of Greece as well as Italy.

Places to visit in Greece

The Temple of Zeus, Olympia
The Temple of Zeus, Olympia

Ancient wonders in Olympia

As the site of the first Olympic Games, held in honor of Zeus beginning in 776 B.C., this was a natural shrine of the Greeks. It’s located in Litochoro, in western Peloponnisos, and features the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium and the Prytaneion.

Trains run daily from Athens to Larissa, and from Larissa, it’s a short bus ride to Litochoro.

Ruins in Plaka area, Athens
Ruins in Plaka area, Athens

Athens, city of contradictions

When you first arrive in Athens, you may be surprised by the busy, fast-paced, high-traffic flow. But take the time to explore, and you’ll find plenty of interesting attractions. From the Acropolis and Parthenon to the hip and trendy clubs, you’re sure to find plenty of interesting contradictions in this ancient city. It received a pretty good makeover for the 2004 Olympics, so traveling in Athens should be a breeze.

The famous Acropolis and the surrounding attractions are best accessible by Metro. The closest stop is named Acropoli.

Mountaintop monasteries of Meteora
Mountaintop monasteries of Meteora

Delphi and Meteora

With breathtaking mountain scenery as its backdrop, it’s no wonder the amazing ruins of Delphi are one of the most popular sites in all of Greece. In ancient times, this was the center of the world, where people would go to consult the Oracle. It was also place of worship for the God Apollo. The day trip from Athens is well worth it, especially if you include a trip to the ancient mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.

From Athens, you’ll have plenty of options for a bus trip (around €10) or a sightseeing taxi to Delphi & Meteora. The taxis will charge per ride, and not per person, which makes them very affordable.

Beach of Rhodos
Beach of Rhodos

Island hopping

Greece has beautiful islands and beaches. Combine your rail trip with a boat trip to enjoy the beaches and islands at their best. Rhodos is extremely popular with western European travelers. It has the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, complete with fortified walls nearly 40 feet (12 meters) thick. Long and lush, unique and friendly, Kos is another island you won’t soon forget. From the active, Vegas-like nightlife to the ancient ruins it's all worth a trip.

Your Eurail pass entitles you to significant discounts on ferry crossings to the Greek Isles. A list of discount ferry providers can be found under the Benefits tab.

Ancient town of Mycenae
Ancient town of Mycenae

Mycenae: an archeologist's heaven

This fortress, which was built around 2000 B.C., is southwest of Athens in the northeastern Peloponnese and boasts impressive walls, amazing tomb shafts and a host of other archeological must-sees. The Mask of Agamemnon and many other treasures have been unearthed here.

From train station Mykines, it is best to take a taxi to the Mycenae ruins. The journey is just over two miles (3.5 km) from the station.

Beautiful beach on Crete
Beautiful beach on Crete

Royal Crete

Crete, Greece’s largest and southernmost island is an excellent ferry destination. Don’t forget to visit Knossos Palace. It’s believed to be the center of the Minoan civilization and culture and was home to King Minos, whose wife gave birth to the mythological Minotaur (half man, half bull). You can experience, firsthand, the royal quarters, throne room and queen’s quarters.

Events in Greece

Epidaurus theatre, Athens
Epidaurus theatre, Athens

Athens & Epidaurus Festival

June 1 - August 31, 2017

Dates unconfirmed.


A lively festival of contemporary dance, classical Greek theater, jazz, traditional Greek music and various other entertainment forms. The majority of performances are held at the ancient Herodes Atticus Theatre.


During Friday and Saturday evenings, ancient Greek dramas are re-enacted at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus – the acoustics are especially noteworthy.

Lycabettus Church, Athens
Lycabettus Church, Athens

International Jazz & Blues Festival

June 1 - June 30, 2015

Every year in June, the Lycabettus theater in Athens organises the International Jazz & Blues festival. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at this historical location while listening to some of the best national and international artists!

The Lycabettus theater can be reached by public transport from Athens' main train station.

Rockwave Festival, Athens
Rockwave Festival, Athens

Rockwave Festival

June 27 - June 29, 2015

This is one of Greece’s most well-known music festivals, held just outside of Athens. It attracts a decent mix of international rock and indie acts as well as local bands.

Benefits in Greece

Blue Star Ferry

Blue Star Ferry in the open sea

Ferry crossings between Greece and Italy

If your Eurail pass is valid in both Greece and Italy, you can travel for FREE with a number of ferry providers. Those with Eurail passes for only one of these countries can receive a discount of up to 30% on full fares for selected routes.


Domestic boat trips

You can get special fares on domestic boat travel with the following ferry companies:

  • Blue Star Ferries

  • Superfast Ferries

  • Minoan Lines


See all pass benefits for Greece

More about Greece


Quick facts

  • Capital: Athens

  • Population: 10.8 million

  • Language: Greek

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +30

Spelling of city names

On Greek train timetables and at train stations in Greece, you'll usually find the local spelling of Greek cities and stations. Here is the local spelling of some popular Greek cities:

  • Athens = Athina

  • Corfu = Kérkyra

  • Corinth = Kórinthos

  • Heraklion = Iráklio

  • Patras = Pátra

  • Piraeus= Pireás

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