Alexandroupoli in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Alexandroupoli’s Dimokritos Airport is 7km east. Aegean Airlines, based at the airport, serves Athens (from €69). Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr) serves Athens and Sitia in Crete (from €99, three flights weekly).

Boat

Ferries serve Samothraki only. There is usually one boat daily, but the schedule can change; always check locally, at the portside kiosk of SAOS (www.saos.gr), or through travel agencies such as Leon Tours, and book in advance.

Bus

Domestic

From Alexandroupoli bus station at least 10 buses daily head northeast to Soufli (€6, 1½ hours), Didymotiho (€8.60, 1½ hours) and Orestiada (€10.60, two hours). For Kipi, the main Turkish border crossing (€4.10, 35 minutes) due east of the city, the bus runs four times on weekdays, and twice on Saturday and Sunday.

Buses serve Athens (€78, 10 hours, one daily), Thessaloniki (€31.80, 3¾ hours, 10 daily) and Komotini (€6.80, 70 minutes, 10–12 daily). For Kavala (€16.40, two hours, nine daily), buses travel via Xanthi (€11.60, 1¾ hours).

International

Leon Tours can assist with bus travel to Turkey.

Train

The train station at Alexandroupoli Port has services west to Xanthi (€9, 1½ hours) and Thessaloniki (€22.50, seven hours) twice a day. To Orestiada (€6.60, two hours) and intervening towns, scheduled service is three times daily, but at the time of research, only the morning train was operating; the afternoon and late-night trains had been replaced with buses.