London to Greece by bus
The first phase of ticket purchase from anywhere in Britain to Frankfurt via Eurolines UK website BOOK TICKET NOW
The second phase of ticket purchase from Frankfurt to Greece via Eurolines DE website BOOK TICKET NOW
From London to Greece by coach
Once a week is possible to travel from London to Greece with Eurolines coaches. There are few indirect coach services operated by the European coach network Eurolines, which connect London with several Greek cities. In Greece the coaches stop in Igoumenitsa, Ioannina, Kalambaka, Trikala, Larissa, Katerini, Thessaloniki, Serres, Drama, Kavala, Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis. However, they necessitate transferring from one coach to another in Frankfurt as well as buying two separate tickets for each leg of the journey. The departure is from London, the coach also stops at Gillingham and Dover. The journey to Greece can be conventionally divided into two stages. The first stage is the journey from London to Frankfurt, the second stage is the journey from Frankfurt to the Greek cities. The coaches cross France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy (inc. Ancona-Igoumenitsa ferry crossing) When arriving in Frankfurt, passengers must use the services of the carrier Touring. Touring belongs to Eurolines group and provides connections between Germany and Greece. Additional ferry crossing between Italy and Greece. Price for the ferry is not included in the coach fare! A detailed timetable is located below.
The journey from London to Greece by coach is long and takes between 66 and 84 hours. From London to Thessaloniki it is about 76 hours and from London to Alexandroupolis it is 84 hours. There is only one route per week (see Eurolines UK and Eurolines DE websites for more details). The cheapest way to travel to Greece is definitely the coach. If you are on a tight budget, then taking the coach can offer some amazing cost savings.
Whilst offering excellent fares some of these coach companies featured offering a very high quality service - you can expect reclining seats, extra hold luggage, free wifi, sometimes they offer you free tea or coffee and you also have power sockets at each seat.
London to Greece fares and booking
Unfortunately, at the moment it’s not possible to buy tickets for the entire journey. You have to purchase tickets separately on the British and German Eurolines’ websites for each leg of the journey. It is highly recommended to book tickets online in advance. The total price, including ferry, for a standard return ticket from London to Greece is approximately £330 (£250 for a „promo” ticket). The charge for ferry crossing will be collected by the driver when boarding the coach! Before you go with this coach, make sure that you have all necessary travel documents (passport and visa). Note that schedules and prices are subject to change and EuropeBus can’t guarantee accuracy of this information.
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And if we talk about water, why not go to any fish restaurant? Fish is a Greek specialty. If someone wishes to visit an island, the most interesting is Crete. If someone likes the beautiful landscapes, it is worth visiting the Sunio. Sunset is dazzling. Useful guides: Lonely Planet Publications
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The Eurolines coach network is an inexpensive way to travel through Europe. Eurolines coaches have different categories, from Standard class to Business class and they go everywhere. You can reserve seats in advance on the internet.
Eurolines is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. They serve the majority of European countries, reaching hundreds of destinations across Europe from Ireland to Russia and from Norway to Portugal. Some also serve Turkey and Morocco. Eurolines coaches are comfortable and upscale.
You can reserve a seat online, If your journey begins from the UK, you just go on the Eurolines UK web page, a complete list of operators affiliated in the Eurolines group is available under www.eurolines.com. The Eurolines offices are usually located inside the long distance bus stations, but it can also be a travel agent in the city.
Eurolines & National Express in one booking
National Express has teamed up with Eurolines to bring Europe that little bit closer to you. And you can get there in one easy booking. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Book your international travel through the National Express website.
Trains & airlines from the UK to Greece
If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or flight services. If you want to travel from the UK to Greece or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Voyages-sncf website, while good flights between Britain and Greece are recommend on the Budget Air’s website
Rail services in Europe are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at Voyages-sncf.com
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.
To Greece by coach, see current international timetable & fares
|Departing||Coach times valid to 31/03/2015||Returning|
|160/195||▼||Eurolines service number||▲||195/163|
|Th||▼||Days of operation from London & Greece||▲||W|
|▼||▼||Eurolines coach stops
|21:30||Dep.➀||LONDON, Victoria Coach Stn||Arr.➃||5:45|
|22:30||Dep.➀||GILLINGHAM, Hempstead Valley||Arr.➃||4:20|
|23:25||Dep.➀||DOVER, Eastern Docks||Arr.➃||3:30|
|FERRY||▼||CHANNEL CROSSING BY||▲
||Arr.➁||FRANKFURT, Bus Station by Main Rail Stn||Dep.➂||15:45|
|Change at Frankfurt onto a Touring coach to Greece. Remember that you'll will arrive to Frankfurt at Friday from every direction
|Fr||▼||Days of operation from Frankfurt
|16:00||Dep.➁||FRANKFURT, Bus Station by Main Rail Stn||Arr.➂||© 8:00|
|7:00||Arr.➃||IGOUMENITSA, Ag. Apostolon Str 7-9, Pireos Bank||Dep.➀||21:00|
|9:00||Arr.➃||IOANNINA, 8th km Ioannina-Arta, Fast Food "STOP and GO"||Dep.➀||19:00|
|11:30||Arr.➃||KALAMBAKA, Papapetrou (formerly rasth. Pasiakos, national road)||Dep.➀||17:00|
|12:00||Arr.➃||TRIKALA, post office, Stratigou Sarafi Str 9||Dep.➀||16:30|
|13:00||Arr.➃||LARISSA, Central station, next to Café „Neon“||Dep.➀||15:15|
|14:00||Arr.➃||KATERINI, Rasthaus Olympus Plaza (on the national road)||Dep.➀||13:45|
|15:15||Arr.➃||THESSALONIKI, Touring, Agion Panton-Halkokondili Str. 39||Dep.➀||13:00|
|Changeover possible to / from Thessaloniki. The destinations below are served only between 1st July - 30th September 2014
|17:00||Arr.➃||SERRES, bus station||Dep.➀||10:45|
|17:45||Arr.➃||DRAMA, bus station||Dep.➀||10:00|
|18:15||Arr.➃||KAVALA, Venizelou Str., Town Hall Square||Dep.➀||9:30|
|19:00||Arr.➃||XANTHI, Restaurant Fresh, national road near Porto Lagos, Xanthi||Dep.➀||8:45|
|19:30||Arr.➃||KOMOTINI, Orfeos Str. 20-22, “Kotsovolos“||Dep.➀||8:15|
|20:30||Arr.➃||ALEXANDEROUPOLIS, near bakery “Theofilos“, 21 Dimokratias Str.||Dep.➀||7:15|
M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
© = You’ll need to change coach in Frankfurt
➀ = Day 1
➁ = Day 2
➂ = Day 3
➃ = Day 4
Information about coach fares from London, Gillingham and Dover to Frankfurt are presented on the Germany page. The following table shows the coach fares from Frankfurt to Greek cities.
Tickets "Standard fares":
Amendable and refundable.
|Frankfurt to:||All customer types
|Igoumenitsa, Ioannina, Kalambaka, Trikala, Larissa, Katerini, Thessaloniki
|Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis||125,-€||225,-€|
|Note: Cost for the ferry is not included in the fare (one way: about 40, - € /round trip: about 80, - € - in the high season can be more expensive!)|
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Children under 2 years 70%, children between 2 and 9 35% discount.
Unfortunately, at the moment it’s not possible to buy tickets for the entire journey. You have to purchase tickets separately on the British and German Eurolines’ websites for each leg of the journey. It is highly recommended to book tickets online in advance. Tickets must be purchased separately on the route from the UK to Frankfurt on the Eurolines UK website, and from Frankfurt to Greece on the Eurolines DE website. To purchase tickets online for the Eurolines service from the UK to Frankfurt you can do it directly at the Europebus’s home page using the journey planner provided. You can also do it on the Eurolines or National Express’ websites. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended. I don’t recommend the Open return tickets for the journey to Greece. Then go to the website of the carrier Touring (German Eurolines member), and buy a ticket for the section from Germany to Greece. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. The charge for ferry crossing will be collected by the driver when boarding the coach!
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National Express together with Eurolines offer nationwide connections to London for a simple add-on price of £15 single or return. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Unfortunately, this option is only available for certain Eurolines connections, so if you won’t be able to purchase a ticket with this option, you'll have to buy two separate tickets. One ticket for access into London by National Express, the second ticket for the international Eurolines route from London. It's easy.
Eurolines in summer timetable has launched infrequent connections to Greece. Transport from London to Greece is carried out with traditional Eurolines’ vehicles. All Eurolines’ coaches have on-board toilet and washroom facilities, reclining seats and air-conditioning as standard. Sometimes the coach that picks you up from your departure point has only the final destination displayed on the front windscreen. This is because the majority of Eurolines routes include multiple stops and it would be impractical to display every stop on the front windscreen. Also, you may have booked a journey which requires a change of coach. In both examples, please ask the driver to confirm that his/her coach is going to the destination stated on your ticket. Eurolines put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Eurolines coach services depart from Victoria Coach Station in London which is located close to Victoria Underground and bus stations. Eurolines coaches arrive at the main bus terminals and bus stops in Greece.
The carrier provides service to any person who has purchased a ticket. Number of tickets for the designated route is limited to the number of seats. Having a valid ticket guarantees you use of the service (seat on the coach), however it does not reserve any particular place.
Single and return tickets (with the indicated date and time) are for a specific journey, you cannot miss the departure, because you will lose the ticket.
Best to buy tickets well in advance. Eurolines has many discounts for those who decide to purchase tickets in advance. Constant, although a slight discount is provided for youth, elderly and disabled people. Up to 50% discount is provided for children. Unless you get a good promotional fare (mostly the FunFare ticket), return fares are much cheaper than two single fares each way.
Important information about traveling by Touring.
- Transit route from Germany to Greece: Germany, Austria, Italy, (Ferry Italy-Greece), Greece. The cost of the ferry is not included in the price of the coach fare (one way: approx 40, - € / round trip: about 80, - € - more expensive in high season!)
- The carrier may change the route.
- Charges for baggage: Transportation of baggage is limited to two pieces of baggage (length + width + height max. 160cm) and one hand luggage per person.
- 1st piece of baggage and hand baggage free of charge
- 2nd piece of luggage: 5, - €, fees are collected by drivers when entering the bus.
- If the baggage far exceeds the dimensions given, you may be charged an additional fee 25, - €.
- Baggage must be accompanied by a label with the name of the person traveling.
- It is forbidden to carry TVs, beds, bicycles, machinery, etc.
- Return journey as well the „Open Returns” must be confirmed in a travel agency, tel: 02310/567330
- Before leaving home for your Eurolines service, check you have packed all documents and items needed for your journey, especially your ticket, passport (sometimes it is enough to travel with ID card) and if your journey requires a special visa to enter or transit.
- Arrive at the Victoria Coach Station in London at least one hour before the departure time, as check-in proceedings are quite lengthy. Customers need to check-in at the Eurolines check-in office located adjacent to Gate 19. Check-in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure.
- Your luggage should be marked tags bearing name, address and telephone. Please weigh your luggage at home.
- Never accept other persons luggage for transport! Should you notice any luggage left unattended, never touch it! Report the fact to the station’s service staff immediately. Never leave your luggage unattended!
- When approaching the check-in desk, have your passport and ticket ready. This will streamline the procedure.
- Border control & customs: When going through security check, place all metal items such as keys, watches, belts with large buckles, mobile phones, walkmans, small change etc in the boxes, and place them on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine together with your hand luggage & suitcases. It is advisable to place your overcoats in the boxes. This will streamline and facilitate security control.
- If needed, remember to take your doctor’s certificates.
Check-in at London Victoria Coach Station
You need to check-in at the Eurolines check-in office located adjacent to Gate 19. Check in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure. You should have your passports and other travel documents ready for inspection at check-in. A boarding card for each customer and luggage labels will be issued and customers will be advised from which gate their coach will leave. Check in time at other UK departure points is 30 minutes before departure. If the office for check-in is already closed, check-in takes place directly on the coach.
Check-in in Germany and Greece
You must check-in no later than 30 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Check-in closes 15 minutes before departure. If there’s no office for check-in, then check-in takes place directly on the coach. Services returning to London arrive in Victoria Coach Station’s Arrivals terminal, customers making onward coach connections will need to cross the street to the Departures terminal
This route involves a sea crossing which, depending on which service you are on, will either by Eurotunnel or by ferry (check timetables for specific information). On arrival at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal customers will be required to disembark from the coach and pass through both UK and destination country Border Control offices and show their Passports. Normally customers are not required to be accompanied by their luggage, however occasionally Border Control officials do require customers to take their own luggage with them.
|Channel ferry crossing ▶▶▶||Watch video||Channel tunnel crossing ▶▶▶||Watch video|
Refreshment stops are taken periodically throughout the journey providing the opportunity for refreshment and shipping services used by Eurolines provide a range of shops, restaurants and other facilities.
Carriage of luggage
All Eurolines customers must label their luggage which will be loaded into the hold of the coach and will normally remain there until arrival at the destination or interchange point. The coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling. The free luggage allowance to Greece is one medium sized suitcase per customer, weighing no more than 20 kilograms. In addition each passenger is entitled to carry 1 piece of hand luggage. Its size shouldn’t cause a problem with placing on the shelf above head or under the passenger seat. Additional luggage may be carried subject to space at a cost of 5,-€ per item. If the baggage far exceeds the dimensions, you may be charged an additional fee 25, - €.
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