Getting to PRESPA
The closest city to Prespa is Florina where there is reliable public (bus and train) transport everyday from Athens and Thessaloniki. There is no bus connection or any other form of public transportation from Florina to Prespes.
The organization will schedule busses that will cover the distance from Florina to Prespes and opposite. The cost for that is 10 euros for each destination. The buses will be departing from Florina to Prespes on Sunday, June 30th, and From Prespes to Florida Sunday, July 7th at 14:30 in the afternoon.
When we have the final list and hours of living we will add additional busses or find alternative ways of traveling to and from Prespes to Florina.
Makedonia airport in Thessaloniki is the nearest international airport and is approximately 3 hours drive east to Prespa. Athens is approximately 7 hours. There is public transportation connecting Thessaloniki to Florina (see below). One has to consider the approx. 45min that are needed to cover the distance from Makedonia Airport to the Train and Bus stations that are located in the opposite (west) part of Thessaloniki. There is an express bus (01N, 01X) line that connects the two areas (http://oasth.gr/#en/routeinfo/list/61/12/73)
Ioannina National Airport is located also three hours from Prespes but there is no public transportation connecting Ioannina to Florina.
There are two other local airports (Kozani and Kastoria, aprox. 2 and 1 hrs respectively from Prespes) with limited number of flights per week.
In sum if someone decides to travel from Ioannina, Kozani or Kastoria to Prespes it is preferable to rent a car for the travel from these cities to Prespes.
SCHEDULES BY TRAIN, BUS AND CAR RENTAL
FROM FLORINA TO THESSALONIKI AND BACK
The train tickets from Florina to Thessaloniki and Athens and vice versa cannot be issued in advance from the internet. You will buy them in the ticket booth in the stations. The link for the trains is https://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/
- Schedule by train from Florina to Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki Florina.
Thessaloniki-Florina: DPT 12:15 – ARR 15:58
DPT 18:50 – ARR 21:52
Florina-Thessaloniki: DPT 06:55 – ARR 09:35
DPT 16:09 – ARR18:47
- Schedules by train from Florina to Athens and back
There are many itineraries as you can check in:
However the most convenient (with a change in Plati Station) and shortest one is:
4a. Trains from Florina to Athens
DPT 06:55 – ARR 13:24
DPT 15:22 – ARR 21:52
4b. Trains from Athens to Florina
DPT 09:22 – ARR15:58 DPT 06:55 – ARR 09:35
For the routes Florina – Athens and vice versa, the passengers disembark at Platy and continue from there by another train.
Useful phone numbers: Florina station phone: 23850-22404 (hours 05:30 – 11:00 & 15:00 – 17:30)
- ΤΗΕRE IS ΝΟ REGULAR BUS LINE BETWEEN FLORINA AND PRESPES
- Schedule by bus from Florina to Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki Florina WITH ASTERISKS ONLY THOSE THAT WORK FOR THE WEEKDAYS
Thessaloniki-Florina: Sat.15:30*& Sun.17:00*, 11:30, 15:30, 19:00
Florina-Thessaloniki: Sat. 9:00*& Sun.15:30*, 08:00, 12:00, 15:30
Duration: 2:30 hrs
- Schedules by bus from Florina to Athens and back
Only every Thursday there is one bus from Florina to Athens at 8:30 am and from Athens to Florina at 11:00
Addresses and links:
In Florina: Head office 10, Makedonomahon Avenue 53100 Florina , GREECE
Tel.: +30 23850 22430
In Thessaloniki: Κ.Τ.Ε.Λ. Thessaloniki, Giannitson 244 Intercity Bus Station “Macedonia”
Tel: +30 2310 595418
Note: the above itineraries change from time to time. Contact the KTEL for confirmation by phone or check the itineraries here: http://www.ktelflorinas.gr/schedules
From airport Thessaloniki to Thessaloniki train and bus station.
Direct service to the city center and back:
01Χ “K.T.E.L – AERODROMIO”
01Ν “K.T.E.L – AERODROMIO NIXTERINI”
Ο.Α.Σ.Θ. Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization
THE PHONE NUMBERS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ARE:
- Yannis Ziogas ……………………………. 6945914335
- Rania Schoretsaniti …………………… 6948621534
- International Emergency Phone ….. 112
- Police Phone …………………………….. 100
- Health Center …………………………… 23850 46284 (in Lefkonas village)
- Pharmacy ………………………………… 23850 45988 (in Lefkonas village)
- Taxi (Florina) …………………………… 6933360575 (Yannis Nastos)