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How to get to Samothraki

How to get to Samothraki

The gateway to Samothraki is the port city of Alexandroupoli from where there's a regular ferry service connecting the island to the mainland.

Getting to Alexandroupoli 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 vigniette 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, is usually the least crowded and there is only one toll station along the way.

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.

Getting to Alexandroupoli by plane

Flying is the easiest way to get here from most international destinations. The city has a small domestic airport (AXD). So getting here involves a stop in Athens. An alternative would be to fly directly to Kavala or Thessaloniki and then renting a car from there. There are also buses and trains to Alexandroupoli, but the journey takes way too many hours to be considered practical.

Parking in Alexandroupoli

Although it's advisable to bring your car to the island, there are options to leave it in the safe and reasonably priced parking lot in the port.

On the island there are ways to get around without a car - like renting a scooter, taking the bus or a cab, or even hitchhiking.

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.

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 (8)

Martin
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.
Martin
InSamothraki.com
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: www.insamothraki.com/samothrace-bus-schedules.html
Martin
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!
Insamothraki.com
02 Jun 2022, 17:45
Hi Martin,
The parking is in the ferry port, to the right: maps.app.goo.gl/GNddUcgUPv6c9kDy8
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.
Charlie
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!
InSamothraki.com
24 Apr 2022, 22:58
Hi Charlie,
You can find the ferry schedules here:
www.insamothraki.com/ferry-schedules-to-and-from-samothrace.html

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.
Joe
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)?
Thanks:)
InSamothraki.com
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) :
ktelmacedonia.gr/m/
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