Travel Istanbul to Athens
9. Re: Bus Athens to Istanbul
For everyone attempting Athens->Istanbul by train/bus. We had a very hard time working this out, could not book online or remotely - although we could have probably rung up and booked tickets in advance at the train station in Athens its our understanding that we would have to pick those tickets up within 48 hours of our booking.
So you will always run the risk of the train being sold out, which happened to us. Our trip coincided with Easter in Greece (which was at slightly different timing to Easter in the UK). The day we wanted to use the train was the Tuesday following Easter weekend. (This was unexpected)
As soon as we arrived in Athens we went to the train station, were told there were no seats on the overnight filia express and the lady suggested train to thessaloniki then catch a bus to Istanbul.
This threw a big spanner in the works, we spent a couple of days trying different approaches - rental car was out of the question, bus was impossible, ferry too hard, flights too expensive.
We found the Greek tourist assistance to be unhelpful, unconcerned and bordering on rude most of the time - not sure if this was due to our lack of Greek? But nowhere we went did we get good tourist assistance for travelling.
We finally booked the train from athens to thessaloniki, after a total lack of directions and help from Thessaloniki train station as to where the international bus station was (it was right outside the station but the lady at tourist information stuffing her face with chocolate cake did not seem to know where it was) we found the bus ticketing area and were told there were no buses to Istanbul for months.
A taxi driver helped us, his motive being he wanted to drive us to the border - very fortunately we came across a freelance tourist operator from Turkey who was in the same predicament and spoke Greek, so we taxied from Thessaloniki to the border with 4 of us in the back seat including our friend the Turkish interpreter. 3 hours and £270 later we were at the border, had to get another taxi to take us across the border and then a taxi on the Turkish side to a small town 30kms inland, where we slept the night and caught a bus to Istanbul the next day.
I would not try this again, and advise anyone to look at dates of national holidays closely before attempting it. Not one of the officials in Greece was helpful without the prospect of personal monetary gain.How to stagger vinyl plank flooring What editor does linus tech tips use what does the name destiny mean what are physical features How to dry shoes? Evergrow coin how to buy? what age does social security start what does wary mean How to care for hydrangeas what does lpl mean Why do animals react to magic tricks what does chase mean What is phantom income from tips How to get trade tokens in clash royale? what does sic mean in a quote How long to cook lobster? what time does chick fil a stop breakfast what does cte mean How to tie a fishing hook How to connect beats to laptop? How to make boiled eggs? Snowboarding tricks when doing jumps what are the 3 parts of a nucleotide How to send someone your location? what are scorpios compatible with Tips on how to make your makeup not look cakey How to improve handwriting How to update tiktok How to use apple watch Tips on how to relieve stress and anxiety what are ms symptoms What tricks can you teach a betta fish what does dfa mean in baseball what does veins look like 6 guys who do tricks How to fix leaky t tips what does gem mean How to make bacon in air fryer? How to reduce blood sugar level How to summon a succubus? what does pcs mean military Who invented q-tips what does dattebayo mean How to remove apps from apple watch How to lace dunks what does radical mean Bikini wax tips how long should hair be How to dog tricks How to take care of curly hair? How to train your dragon coloring pages How to get rid of dark inner thighs? what does heloc stand for How to heal sore throat? How to change your phone number? How to make strawberry milk? How do you teach your doodle tricks on toontown what different types of poops mean How long does tips trainer certification last How to factory reset phone How to make a woman squirt? How to get away with a murderer cast what do nightmares mean what does prevalent mean How to use nail tips with dip powder what does sorry mean How to teach chop tricks gta 5 How to get rid of eczema on face? How many rib tips in a pound what does gl stand for Tips on how ro make a kickstarter campaign win How to cook a tri tip? How can up earlier tips becoming How to be an entrepreneur what does 5:55 mean what are the 7 hawaiian islands what age does starbucks hire How to transfer everything from iphone to iphone what does stipulated mean How to get hair dye out of clothes Who is the model in 7 amazing tricks to get any woman into bed How to do tricks off a diving board what does it mean to liquidate assets Driving winter tips from how safely what are sti How much tips boglesheads How to make st. patrick's tricks How to pronounce jorge? How to tie dye with bleach what does bust size mean what does per stirpes mean How to install mods on minecraft Who created tricks Tips when traveling to hong kon in december How to knit socks what does appeal mean in court what drugs are opioids What can make your finger tips crack Who knew com tips what companies are in the dow jones what does getting eloped mean How to treat a canker sore what does uncouth mean How to back up apple watch? what does lt mean on a tire what are standby flights How to restart iphone 8? Maury dis chicken head's tricks what you got How to calculate calories in food How many hat tricks wayne gretzky How to breed horses in minecraft What happens if a server gets audited and hasn't claimed cash tips? How to stop quicktime screen recording? what does range mean in math Tips on how to get wire on a nine volt How to relieve food stuck in chest? Money saving tips when building a house what does fbgm mean what does nib mean