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How to get to Samothraki?

How to get to Samothraki?

To get to Samothraki island you need to board one of the regular ferries that depart from the port of Alexandroupoli. This is the island's only connection to the mainland.

Getting to Samothraki by car

If you are from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia or Turkey the easiest way to get to Samothraki is by car. Alexandroupoli is on Egnatia Odos, the great east-to-west Greek highway. It's well-maintained and generally empty. There's no need to pay for a vignette in Greece, but depending on where you enter the country there might be one or more toll stations along the way.

Coming from Romania

Find out more about traveling by car from Romania to Samothraki.

Coming from Bulgaria

Bulgaria shares a long border with Greece with multiple border points, so depending on where you live, you might choose one or the other. The one from Makaza is closest to Alexandroupoli. It is usually less crowded than the one from Kulata and there is only one toll station along the way. If you're coming from the east of Bulgaria the Svilengrad border point is certainly the way to go as it's the least crowded.

The Bulgarian-Greek border in Makaza-Nymfea. Alexandroupoli is 45 minutes away from here.
The Bulgarian-Greek border in Makaza-Nymfea. Alexandroupoli is 45 minutes away from here.

Coming from Turkey

Greece shares two land border points with Turkey (Edirne and Kesan). Both are well connected to the Greek road network and are reasonably close to Alexandroupoli.

Flights to Samothraki

Although Samothraki does not have an airport, flying is still the easiest way to get to it from most international destinations. The closest airport to Samothraki is in Alexandroupoli (AXD), from where you take the ferry to Kamariotissa (Samothraki's port). Unfortunately, it's not an international airport, so getting there from outside of Greece involves getting on a flight from Athens to Alexandroupoli. An alternative would be to fly directly to Kavala or Thessaloniki and then rent a car from there.

Getting to Samothraki by bus

Thessaloniki to Alexandroupolis bus

There are buses between Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis every day of the week operated by the Greek company Ktel. The distance between Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis is roughly 300 km and the trip takes around 4-4.5 hours. It's 29 € for a one-way trip and it's possible to make a reservation (only two weeks in advance). The Thessaloniki to Alexandroupolis bus timetable is available on Ktel's website.

Kavala to Alexandroupoli bus

The distance from Kavala to Alexandroupoli is only 150 km. It takes about 2-3 hours to get from one city to another by bus. There are fewer buses compared to Thessaloniki. The price is 15 € and a reservation is possible (up to 14 days in advance). The Kavala - Alexandroupoli bus timetable is also available on Ktel's site.

Istanbul to Alexandroupolis Bus

It's possible to get by bus from Istanbul to Alexandroupolis. The distance is around 300 km and getting through the customs might take some time, especially in high season, so plan ahead. The bus timetable from Istanbul to Alexandroupolis is available.

Getting to Samothraki by train

There used to be a train in the past linking Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli, but unfortunately, at the moment, there is none.

Parking in Alexandroupoli

Although it's a good idea to bring your car to the island, there are options to leave it in the paid parking lot in the port (by the entrance to the right). There's a free alternative parking by the stadium, about 20 minutes away by foot.

If you don't want to move around much on the island there are ways to get by without a car - like renting a scooter, taking the bus or a cab, or even hitchhiking.

Alexandroupoli. The emblematic lighthouse is to the right, the entrance to the port is to the left and the island of Samothraki in the distance.
Alexandroupoli. The emblematic lighthouse is to the right, the entrance to the port is to the left and the island of Samothraki in the distance.

Comments (19)

01 Apr 2022, 00:46
Why are you advising that we take the car on the island with us?
Would it be painful to take busses to various spots on the island?
Thank you.
01 Apr 2022, 10:19
It's ok to use the bus if you don't want to move around the island too much. The bus only goes to some places on the island and you rely on its schedule. For example last year if you wanted to go to Kipos or Pachia Ammos Beach by bus you had to wait until Saturday or Sunday and it was only possible in July or August. You can learn more about the bus here:
02 Jun 2022, 17:37
Hi again :)
May I ask you if you could provide the exact location of the parking at the Alexandroupoli port (3 EUR/day)? Google maps link would be great. :) Thank you!
02 Jun 2022, 17:45
Hi Martin,
The parking is in the ferry port, to the right:
The prices for this year changed: 2 EUR for the first hour, 1 EUR for the second hour and then +0,2 - + 0,5 EUR per hour. If you want to leave the car for 24 hours the price will be 10 EUR, so for 9 days the parking will cost you 90 EUR.
24 Apr 2022, 22:43
Hi there. We are coming for a week in June. Would you recommend pre-booking the ferry? Struggling to find a timetable or list of companies / ferries that run over summer period. Thank you!
24 Apr 2022, 22:58
Hi Charlie,
You can find the ferry schedules here:

Usually in June you can buy the tickets directly from the ticket booth in the port of Alexandroupoli. If you want to be extra sure, you can buy them online.
25 May 2022, 16:35
Hi, I'm arriving to Thessaloniki on the 24th of June, what is the bus timetable to Alexanderpoli (night time)?
26 May 2022, 15:03
Hi Joe,
I think there's a bus at midnight, but please check with Ktel (you can change the language from the bottom left side) :
17 Feb 2023, 12:40
Hello, my husband and I want to visit Samothraki in August for a week, staying before one week on Thassos. I am trying to find out how to get from the Thassos ferry port Keramoti to Alexandroupoli. There is supposed to be a bus from Kavala or Xanthi but on the ktel-website that you mention below ( there is no bus going to Alexandroupoli to be found. Can you help?
Furthermore on the ferry website that you mention below there is only a timetable until the end of February. Is there anywhere a timetable for August to be found?
Thank you.
17 Feb 2023, 13:01
Hi Sarah,
There is a Ktel bus which connects Kavala with Alexandroupoli - it departs at 10.15, 14.30, 18.30:
You have the English language option to the left of the page. You can book tickets a couple of weeks before the departure.
As for the ferry timetable to Samothraki, most probably the summer schedules will be announced around April.
19 Feb 2023, 20:33
Thanks a lot for your help!
06 Jul 2023, 11:04
Greetings. Are there beaches on Samothraki accessible by car or the majority goes on boat?
06 Jul 2023, 11:13
Yes, there are. You can read about them here:
25 Jul 2023, 12:46
Hi there - do you know if you have any ferry connection between other islands? Especially Samothraki to Thassos? Thanks.
25 Jul 2023, 12:48
Hi John,
There is no ferry connection between Samothraki and Thassos. The only connection is with the island of Limnos.
27 Aug 2023, 20:43
Hi, I am planning a visit this september. I noticed a lot of cars park on the street near the ferry? Is that parking free? Is it limited by time?
Otherwise I gues my options are either go to the stadium and park for free or park in the payed parking for 10euro/night. Is that still the case in 2023? Thanks
28 Aug 2023, 10:06
There are some unpaid spots on the main boulevard or on the side streets, but they're not always available. I would strongly suggest to bring your car to the island though if you don't want to be stuck in one place.
28 Aug 2023, 18:30
Thanks, I plan to take my bike there, there will be friends there to meet me :) but I will check the island to see if it is fine to bike there.
I will try to find a spot on the boulevard.
The stadium is still free parking yes?
28 Aug 2023, 18:32
A few weeks ago it was still free.


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