Interrail in Greece

How to travel by Interrail in Greece. Overview and information to travel routes, Greek train types, night trains and Interrail reservations.

The Interrail pass is NOT available for purchase in your selected country of residence (USA). You have to travel with an Eurail pass.


Interrail is valid on all trains of TRAINOSE (State Railways) and on the ferries between Greece and Italy.
For more information about train companies in Greece click here.

Reservation and supplement:

Day trains: Seat reservation is compulsory on Intercity services within Greece and on the international train from Thessaloniki to Sofia.
For more information about reservations in Greece click here.

Night trains: Seat reservation is not compulsory but strongly recommended for the night train Athens – Thessaloniki.
For more information about night trains in Greece click here.

Good to know:

The main line in Greece runs from Thessaloniki to Athens and includes many scenic parts. All other lines are connected to this main line. Overall, the railway network is not really dense, especially on the Peloponnes peninsula many lines are closed. From Athens, you can reach Patras, a major port for ferries to Italy. Kalambaka and the Meteora monasteries can be reached via a branch line of the Athens – Thessaloniki main line. From Thessaloniki, international trains run to Skopje and Sofia, other lines run to Alexandroupoli, from where you can continue to Istanbul by bus, and to Florina, from where you can continue to Lake Ohrid and to Albania.

Timetables for international services are available in our schedule planner or the Interrail app which include all trains and timings. However we recommend to check timings on the website of TRAINOSE or locally.

Intercity trains require a reservation which unfortunately is rather expensive. We recommend to instead travel with regular fast trains which can be used without reservation where possible. On the route from Athens to Thessaloniki this requires a change of trains during the day or to travel overnight on the direct night train. More information also available on the blog.

The ferries from Greece to Italy are included in the Interrail ticket. Additionally you get reductions for many domestic services to reach the Greek islands.
More information on ferries in Greece can be found here.

Do you have further questions and need assistance? Do not hesitate to ask in our friendly forum where you always get detailed help.

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