The Greek rail network covers 2,449 km (1520 mi), connecting big cities and small towns, in Greece, Balkan countries and Turkey.
Trains in Greece
More information about trains in Greece
Your Eurail pass is valid on trains operated by the Greek national railway company OSE.
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.
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.
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.
* Kardítsa – Kalambáka
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.
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