By train

By train

Travelling by train combines safety with an affordable price. Greece’s railway network is approximately 2,500 km long, covering the greater part of the mainland. The transportation of passengers, luggage and driver-accompanied vehicles is carried out through regularly scheduled routes that are amended every year.

The Athens-Thessaloniki line is a wonderful choice for whoever wishes to travel either on the express which completes the journey in 4.5 hours or on the regular train. The route from Drama to Xanthi is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It was designed in the 19th century and passes through uniquely beautiful landscapes, following the course of the Nestos River and providing a view of the golden sugar-coloured banks lying in their lush green surroundings.

The journey towards the Peloponnese is made by taking the Suburban Railway to Kiato, the terminus, 30 klm to the west of Corinth and from there by boarding the appropriate National Railways bus to other cities or towns and villages.

Suburban Railway (Proastiakos)

Connecting major urban centers to the suburbs, through frequent services and affordable prices, cater to the needs of a large number of passengers, while contributing to the decentralization and decongestion of automobile traffic.


Trains in Greece are operated by Greek Railways Organisation (OSE). For train schedules and for online ticket purchase,  please visit the Hellenic Train website.


When traveling by train, it is worth looking at the architecture of the old stations along the line, most of which had been built at the end of the 19th century and are of unique workmanship and symbols of early industrial architecture.

The Greek railway network passes through many scenic areas of unique beauty. In fact, passengers have the exclusive privilege of seeing most of these landscapes, as one can pass through these regions only by train.

Excursion trains

Other than regular routes, there are also special routes served by excursion trains (conventional or museum steam-powered trains upon request), where passengers can travel through Greece’s splendid interior.
These routes are:
  • Diakopto - Kalavryta (Peloponnese)
  • Pilio (Thessaly)
  • Nestos (Eastern Macedonia).