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Are international trains in Greece still banned?

I've read that Greece has suspended them indefinately, though I've only seen sources from over a year ago. Is this still the case? Also I"m trying to look up train time tables through the bahn website, though it won't accept "Athens". What is the train station there called? Somehow google hasn't been very helpfull on either of these questions. Thanks!

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2829 posts

Trains are not "banned". The railways decided to stop operating them because of budget cuts and ending subsides. There are still no train connections between Greece and any other country.

Posted by
4535 posts

Greece has a very rudimentary rail system. For the most part, it is useless to foreign travelers. If you are looking to get to Greece from somewhere in Europe, you'll need to fly. There is a ferry from Italy but you spend far more time that way than just flying.

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1005 posts

The German name for Athens is "Athen" no "s." The bahn site still won't work, however. There still is no train between Greece and its Balkan neighbors. Last time I was in Greece, there was a train/bus combination between Patras and Athens and the regular train between Thessaloniki and Athens. Surprisingly, during the tourist season, a train was running between the cruise ship port of Katakolo and Olympia. You can try the main Greek train site with Google Translate: http://www.trainose.gr/ but you'll still need to know the names of your destinations in Greek! It's a dysfunctional countrybut so lovely to visit. Don't let the train mess stop you.

Posted by
653 posts

john, try getting bus information, often more efficient than trains, anyway.

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2829 posts

Well, that was sort of a legend applicable to some brand-new routes expensively built in areas in accelerated decay and depopulation (Well before the crisis) As of Jun. 2011, all international trains to/from Greece, and almost 40% of its domestic network, were shut down because of financial losses in their operations.

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According to legend, the Greek train system's operating costs were so high that free taxi rides would have been cheaper for the government.