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Early bus to Istanbul

I've decided to take a train from Athens to Alexandroupolis in early September but then the next morning take what I've heard is an early morning bus from the train station to Istanbul. Does anyone know the schedule or where I can get a ticket? I've also heard this bus no longer exists?? Any ideas anyone?

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Europe

There is regular, daily bus traffic from Thessaloniki to Istanbul and most of them stop in Alexandroupolis, it may be too early to reserve a ticket for our Balkan companies, and I have no idea which company to recommend.
Try to contact my travel agent in greece: MELTRAVEL" [email]
Good luck!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from City of Manila

I found the following information in the internet in Greek language:
There are two bus-lines, one Greek and one Turkish.

The Greek line is run by OSE (Greek Railways Organisation). Departure from Athens everyday except Sunday at 19.00 evening, stop at Thessaloniki around 2.00-2.30 after midnight, Xanthi [VT member 872f8] 6.00 next day in the morning, Komotini around 7.00, Alexandroupoli around 8.00, arrival at Istanbul around 14.00-15.00 afternoon (depending on weather and traffic on the border). Ticket price from Alexandroupoli 15 euros, round trip 24 euros. Info and tickets at the Greek Railway Stations. Alexandroupoli R. Station tel. (0030) 25510 26395. This info is part from an independent travel site in Greek ( and part from OSE site (, bus info is only in Greek language).

The Turkish line: Kamll Koc, exactly the same schedule (!!!). Agent in Alexandroupoli: Thraki Tours, tel. (0030) 25510 26872, (0030) 25510 32611, fax: (0030) 25510 23777. This info is from an independent travel site ( The site of Kamil Koc is only in Turkish language (

Good luck !

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thanks to both of you!

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