Greece to Croatia Train
There is no direct train from Greece to Croatia. The railway route from Greece connects Croatia via Serbia. If travelling by train, you would need to change trains in Belgrade or some other cities as well, depending on the departure. All trains arrive at Zagreb Main Train Station from where you can continue to other Croatian cities such as Split or Rijeka. Trains between these two countries are not the most convenient way of travelling, however, it is possible.
Below is the detailed guide for the popular routes from Greece to Croatia.
Athens – Zagreb
There are no direct trains from Athens to Zagreb and it is not possible to buy a single ticket for the entire journey, you will need to combine more separate journeys. The route goes via Thessaloniki and Belgrade. This means that the entire journey consists of three routes:
- Athens – Thessaloniki
- Thessaloniki – Belgrade
- Belgrade – Zagreb
Athens – Thessaloniki train
There are up to 5 daily train departures from Athens to Thessaloniki, including a night train. The route is operated by InterCity (IC) trains. The journey of the daytime train is around 4 hours while the night train travels for about 7 hours.
The route is operated by TrainOSE company.
The price of a regular one-way ticket starts from about €20.
Thessaloniki – Belgrade train
Train from Thessaloniki to Belgrade usually goes via Skopje in North Macedonia. There is usually 1 night departure operated by Hellas Express. The entire journey takes around 15 hours and the tickets start from about €3. However, note that this route has been paused for several years and introduced again recently, so make sure you check the information for your exact travelling date.
The alternative option is the train that goes via Sofia, Bulgaria and then continues to Belgrade. Depending on the time of the year, you can travel by direct train during the summer or an all-year-round train that makes a stop in Dimitrovgrad and Niš. Accordingly, the travel time can take either around 9 or 12 hours.
The price of a one-way ticket for both trains starts from about €20, but in the case of an all-year-round train, you might need to buy separate tickets (to Niš and then to Sofia).
Belgrade – Zagreb train
Once you arrive in Belgrade, you can continue to Zagreb with a direct train route. Check out all information here.
However, note that the overall journey could take quite some time. If trying to stick to ground transportation, you might consider taking a bus from Athens to Belgrade and then from Belgrade to Zagreb. There are multiple departures on both routes, tickets start from about €95 (for both journeys combined) and the overall journey takes about 24 hours.
Athens – Dubrovnik
There is no train from Athens to Dubrovnik, although it is a popular travelling route. Taking a train to Zagreb, as described in the previous section, makes no sense. If you prefer ground transportation, you can consider taking a bus. One of the most convenient routes would be a bus from Athens to Tirana and then a bus from Tirana to Dubrovnik. There are daily departures on both routes, tickets combined start from about €80 and the overall journey takes about 20 hours.