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How to get to Samothraki

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In order to arrive on the island you'll first have to arrive in Alexandroupoli, which is the mainland harbor town where the ferry-boat leaves from. The exact location of the ferry port can be found here: Alexandroupoli-Samothraki ferry

If you don't live in one of the countries nearby and thus it is impossible for you to come by car, you will first need to fly to Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala or Istanbul.

From Athens

The easiest way is to fly to Athens and then from Athens to Alexandroupoli.

There is also the option to fly from Athens to Kavala or Istanbul and then to take a bus to Alexandroupoli or to fly to Thessaloniki and then to take a train or a bus for Alexandroupoli.

From Thessaloniki

There are three possibilities for getting from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli: rent a car, by bus or by train.

Rent a car

There are 321 km from the Kavala International Airport to Alexandroupoli Ferry Port. The duration time is usually 3h15'. You can use the search box below in order to find a car to rent at Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport.

By bus

KTEL buses

The buses for Alexandroupoli leave from KTEL Makedonia Intercity Bus Terminal (Giannitson 244), in the western part of the city. In order to get there from the Thessaloniki Airport either you take a public bus, either a taxi.

The taxis are located outside the Arrivals.

The airport is connected with the Makedonia Intercity Bus Terminal (via city center) by the OASTH buses 01X line (throughout the day) and 01N line (during the night). Line 1X has 2-3 departures per hour. The journey lasts about 60 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines (only accept exact change) on board and cost 2 Euro one way.

The buses from Makedonia Intercity Bus Terminal to Alexandroupoli leave every day at 08.00, 10.30, 13.00, 15.00, 16.30, 19.00 and 24.00 from departure line 18. The ticket price is 31.8 Euro one way and 49.4 Euro round-trip. The students (with a valid student ID) pay 23.9 Euro one way or 45 Euro round-trip. The duration is about 4 hours. The bookings are canceled 30 minutes before the bus leaves, so make sure to be there in time.

For info and bookings call (+30) 2310 595 439. The ticket office is open daily from 07.30 to 24.00.

The bus station of Alexandroupoli is located on 36 El.Venizelou str. Booking office: (+30) 2551 026 479.

Simeonidis Tours buses

Another possibility is to take the Simeonidis Tours bus which leaves for Istanbul, but makes a stop in Alexandroupoli. The buses depart daily at 20.00 from the Simeonidis Tours Tourist Office in the Railway Station (Monastiriou 28). Phone: (+30) 2310 519 571.

In order to get from the Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport to the Railway Station (Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos) you should take the OASTH line 01X (throughout the day) or 01N line (during the night). Line 1X has 2-3 departures per hour. The journey lasts about 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines (only accept exact change) on board and cost 2 Euro one way.

Metro buses

The Metro Buses depart every day for Istanbul from the Makedonia Intercity Bus Terminal at 10.00 and 22.00, making stop in Alexandroupoli.

By train

The 01X (during the day) and 01N (during the night) OASTH buses connect the Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport with the Railway Station (Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos). Line 1X has 2-3 departures per hour. The journey lasts about 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines (only accept exact change) on board and cost 2 Euro one way.

There are two trains from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli Port (the schedule till the 15th of March):

  • the 600A (REG), which departs at 06.55, with a duration time of 7h07'. The ticket price is 18 Euro at A class and 12.9 Euro at B class
  • the 90 (IC), which departs at 16.01 and has a duration time of 6h35'. The ticket price is 22.5 Euro at A class and 17.4 Euro at B class

From Kavala

Rent a car

There are 135 km from the Kavala International Airport to Alexandroupoli Ferry Port. The duration time is usually 1h30'. You can use the search box below in order to find a car to rent at Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport.

By bus

KTEL

From the Kavala International Airport first take the bus to the city. The KTEL buses for Alexandroupoli depart from 4 Mitropolitou Xrisostomou str., near the harbor. The departure hours are 10 (bus change in Xanthi), 14.30, 18.15 and 01.55 and the duration is about 4 hours. Info at phone (+30) 2510 223 593.

Simeonidis Tours buses

You can get on the Simeonidis Tours bus which connects Thessaloniki with Istanbul, stopping in several cities, including Kavala and Alexandroupoli. Info at (+30) 2310 519 571.

From Istanbul

By bus

Simeonidis Tours buses

Simeonidis Tours buses leave from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, stopping in Alexandroupoli. They depart every day at 21.00 from Otogari Bus Station no. 95-96. Info at (+90) 212 658 3540/41/42/43.

Metro buses

There are bus departures from Istanbul (Esenler Otogari, Yavouz Salim str.) to Thessaloniki every day at 09.00 and 20.30, stopping in Alexandroupoli.

Parking in Alexandroupoli

If you get to Alexandroupoli by car and you want to leave it on the continent, there is the option of paid parking just outside the entrance to the port. The price is 3€ for every day the car is parked there.

On the island you can move around using a taxi, local transport or a rented scooter.

Parking in Alexandroupoli

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