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Greece Halts All International Train Service

By February 13, 2011

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Train Schedule in Greece. Many routes have changed recently.Greece's beleaguered national railway system, run by the OSE, has halted all international train service starting immediately. This affects all trains to and from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey to the cities of Skopje and Belgrade, Sofia, Istanbul and Bucharest, Agence France Press reports.

While relatively few tourists took advantage of Greece's train system, it was a handy option. I enjoyed traveling from Northern Greece by train recently, taking the train from Katerini to Athens and enjoying the scenic views along the way. The "Friendship Train" running between Thessaloniki and Istanbul also attracted travelers between the two countries, and on the Turkish side ended at the Istanbul terminal made famous in the film version of "Murder on the Orient Express".

While many domestic routes have also been cut back, some of them remain in operation but check locally at the time of your trip. For the foreseeable future, until the schedules are solid again, don't rely on a train journey as part of your trip to Greece.

More from Bulgaria on the cessation of trains into and from Greece: Greece gives up its international trains over debts?

March 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm
(1) Jock Millenson says:

There is a rumour that the international trains to/from Thessaloniki have been restored. Is there any truth to this rumour?

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