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Latest revision as of 12:06, 24 July 2022


This list is based on timetable information available at July 2022, unless otherwise stated; Greek timetables change as and when required. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - The Balkans) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Eisenbahnatlas Griechenland by Schweers + Wall.

Obscure services

Services on the Peloponnese peninsula

Most, if not all, of the metre gauge services on the Peloponnese peninsula were withdrawn during the financial crisis in 2010. However the following routes do currently carry a service; the links contain full details, either on the specified page or via a PDF file.

  • Patra Suburban Railway Services run hourly Rio - Patra - Agios Andreas, and with a change of trains hourly (but not in the evenings) Agios Andreas - Kaminia. Alternate trains to Kaminia are extended to Kato Achaia. Note that Rio - Agios Vasileios was suspended from 15 May 2018 for infrastructure works.
  • Katakolo - Pyrgos - Olympia Three return trips between Pyrgos and Olympia, and two between Pyrgos and Katakolo, Mondays to Saturdays. This service may be greatly enhanced when cruise ships are docked at Katakolo.

In 2017 TrainOSE were refusing to run enthusiast specials on the metre gauge system due to condition of the infrastructure. Any changes to this policy may appear in the Tourism & Culture section of the Hellenic Trains website.

Thessaloniki avoiding line: Axios - Gefira

(ERA-E 104B4; ERA-R 228C5; 18B4) GR22/1

Owing to damage following heavy rainfall in winter 2014/15, the Gallikos river bridge on the Thessaloniki - Idomeni line was closed. On repair passenger trains were banned and freights can only pass at very low speeds so when they ran, international passenger trains 334 and 335 to/from Skopje and Beograd were diverted via this alternative route. See the Idomeni cross border entry for the up to date situation but this route has had no booked passenger use since at least December 2020.

Tithorea - Lianokladi via old main line

(ERA-E 105A4-B4; ERA-R 228B1-C1; 8D3-11C4) GR22/2

Since the new main line between Tithorea and Lianokladi was opened in about April 2018, a local/tourist service was introduced from 17 July 2018 via the old line, calling at intermediate stations.

The following trains are shown in the journey planner as running via the old main line:

MSO 1521 06:57 Lianokladi - Athína
14521 08:30 Lianokladi - Tithorea
14522 09:50 Tithorea - Lianokladi
FSuO 1520 Athína - 22:00 Tithorea - Lianokladi

Note that trains shown in the journey planner with train numbers prefixed "C" and suffixed "(ΛΕΩΦ)" are operated by buses.

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally) - fewer than five trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday.

Thessaloniki – Idomeni – Gevgelija (North Macedonia) Suspended since 21 August 2015. A service was reinstated from 1 June to 1 October 2018 but with the cross-border section by bus.
Strymon – Kulata (Bulgaria) The cross-border section is by bus.
Thessaloniki – Alexandroupolis – Dikaia – Ormenio
Edessa – Florina
Diakopto – Kalavryta

Deletions since the previous edition

See also