It has never been
this easy to travel to Thassos independantly! Learn how to get to
the emerald island by all means of transportation and decide which
way will be the least expensive and most convenient for you!
The island has no airport, but it is
served by the International Airport of Kavala.
- Via Kavala: There are several scheduled flights from Athens
every day (50-min flight). The airport, Alexander the Great
(airport code: KVA) at Chrissoupoli, is 30 km east of Kavala. There are
also flights and charters to and from major European cities
several times a week. The airport is 18 km from the port town of
Keramoti, which has ferryboats that will get you to Thassos
- Via Thessaloniki: The airport in Thessaloniki, Macedonia
International Airport (airport code: SKG) has several flights and
charters every day to and from Athens and many cities across
Europe. If you plan to fly in through Thessaloniki then you should
also plan your transportation from there to Kavala or Keramoti.
The least expensive way is to fly to
Thessaloniki on a direct flight and then take a bus, or either
rent a car at the airport or take a taxi to go on to Keramoti
to catch a ferry to Thassos. The drive time is about two - two
and one half hours, and renting a car for the trip to Keramoti
is the least expensive.
There are excellent road
connections with all of the towns and cities in the region. It
takes about two hours to reach Kavala and two and one half
hours to reach Keramoti by car from Thessaloniki. It also
takes about the same amount of time to reach Kavala and a little less
time to reach Keramoti from the final major Greek city to the
East, Alexandroupolis. From Kavala and Keramoti you are
able to take the ferry to Thassos.
Here are some approximate
routes and distances for travellers likely to drive from
Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. These routes are along the major
roads and highways that are best to take for extensive
Travelling from Bulgaria
- From Thessaloniki to Kavala: 172 Km.
- From Alexandroupolis to Kavala: 166 Km.
- From Athens through Thessaloniki to Kavala: 673
- From Sofia directly to Kavala: 343 Km.
- From Plovdiv through Sofia to Kavala: 486 Km.
- From Plovdiv through Edirne, Alexandroupolis to Kavala:
- From Varna through Edirne, Alexandroupolis to Kavala: 674
Traveling from Romania
- From Bucharest through Sofia (Bulgaria) to Kavala: 745
- From Timisoara through Belgrade (Serbia), Skopje (F.Y.R.O.Macedonia),
Thessaloniki to Kavala: 939 Km.
- From Galati through Edirne (Bulgaria), Alexandroupolis to
Kavala: 1001 Km.
By ferryboat and
Ferryboats and hydrofoils connect
the island with Kavala and Keramoti. There
are daily connections as follows:
- Ferryboat between
Keramoti - Thassos (35 min.)
- Ferryboat between
Kavala – Prinos (75 min.)
- Hydrofoil between
Kavala – Thassos Town (45
The ferry port of Thassos
For the ferryboat and hydrofoil schedules, you can call the local port authorities at (Calling code for Greece 0030) : • 25930 22106 (Thassos Port Authority), • 25930 71290 (Prinos Port Authority), • 2510 224472 (Kavala Port Authority), and • 25910 51204 (Keramoti Port Authority).
By bus (coach)
You can reach Kavala from Athens, Thessaloniki
or Alexandroupolis by (coach) Kavala Bus Services, or known as KTEL.
Depending on the time you arrive in Kavala, you will have these
options available to you:
- You may catch a flying dolphin (hydrofoil) that will take you
either to the island's capital Thassos
Town or to Skala Prinos. The port is only about 3 city blocks
from the bus station. The cost depends on which dolphin is
- On the other side of the port from the dolphins are the
regular ferries that can take you to Skala
there are less ferries running from Kavala to Thassos than
there are from Keramoti, so try to know what the schedule is
before you arrive.
For bus schedules and information call +302105129407 (Athens office), +302310595422 (Thessaloniki office) and +302510223593 (Kavala office).
You can take the Hellenic railway to
travel to the city of Drama. The trip takes about 8
hours from Athens. You can also use the train to come from
Thessaloniki, but it costs more than the bus and takes almost 1.5
hours longer. For more information call (+30)2105240647 (Athens
office), and (+30)2310517517 (Thessaloniki office) When you arrive in
Drama, take the
bus to Kavala,
which departs every half hour.
Coastal lines connect Kavala and the North Aegean
islands throughout the year while in the summer months Kavala is connected
with all the islands in the Aegean Sea.
On the Island
There are daily bus routes that serve
all of the coastal towns and villages as well as many of the
mountain villages. For more information call +302593022162 (KTEL Thassos office). The 100 Km. long road network that circles the
island is in good condition and riding on it is smooth although it
has some very sharp turns. Cars and motorbikes are available for
hire on the island as well.