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How to book train tickets in Greece online: An illustrated guide

We know that, when it comes to booking your train tickets online in Greece, the company’s website can be a bit frustrating. Let us guide you through it!

The official website of the Greek train company is tickets.trainose.gr. It can be a bit of a pain to book a ticket because some extremely important sections are not translated into English yet. This illustrated guide is meant to aid you in the process of booking your train ticket online.

How to book train tickets in Greece Online

At the first screen, select your arrival and departure station, find the train you prefer click on the “Seat Selection” button at the top right corner. That will take you to the seat selection page.

How to book train tickets in Greece Online

At the seat selection page, after you select your desired seats, on the far right you will see a list of all your selected seats and above that a “Terms of Service” button. Click it!

How to book train tickets in Greece Online

At the TOS page, check the “I accept the terms of service” box and, again at the to the right corner, click the “Passenger names” button.

How to book train tickets in Greece Online

On the passenger names page, you should write down the names of all passengers, one at a time in the “όνομα επιβάτη” (which is Greek for passenger’s name) field box, choose the discount group:

  • “ΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΟ” is for full adult price
  • “ΠΑΙΔΙΚΟ” is for children from 4-12 years old
  • “26- / 54+” is for passengers below 26 years old or above 65 years old
  • “ΣΚΥΛΟΙ” is for dogs, except for guide dogs

Make sure to select the correct discount group and afterward click on “Προσθήκη” to add each passenger to the list to the right. Then, again at the far top right corner, click on “Extra services”.

How to book train tickets in Greece Online

The extra services, as stated, are optional so go ahead and click on “Web ticket payment” at the top right corner of your screen.

You’ve made it to the final screen! Review your purchase at the left of the screen and select your payment method (credit card I suppose). Fill in your credit card details and you are set!

After completing the purchase, you will see all your tickets. Print that screen! The website will even ask you to! Make sure to have your train vouchers printed when you board the train to make things easier for you!

If you still find booking a train ticket online a difficult task for you, we are here to help you! Book your next train trip to Meteora with us and let us worry about everything! We will book you all the tickets needed, the hotel in Meteora and activities here.

That’s it! Welcome to Greece!

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  • Tom Grundy 01 / 02 / 2018

    A very useful website, I have one question. How long before the date of travel can we buy tickets, we are hoping to travel from Athens to Thessaloniki on April 5th. I looked at the website today, Feb 1st, to learn how to purchase and noticed that I can only buy tickets to travel in February when will it be possible to buy tickets for April.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Alexandros Kourelis 01 / 02 / 2018

      Dear Tom,
      Thank you for your kind words. The train company hasn’t updated the availability yet. We think they will update in March someday.Usually you can book online one month prior departure date. Also there is a cutoff 48 hours prior departure.
      Best regards
      Visit Meteora team

      Reply
  • Sue 03 / 02 / 2018

    Hi! I find this very helpful but I followed how to purchased the ticket and when I select the seat I cant continue. We are travelling on Feb 8.

    Reply
    • Alexandros Kourelis 04 / 02 / 2018

      Dear Sue,
      Could you please send us to our e-mail info@visitmeteora.travel a screenshot with where you stop and you can’t continue?
      Best regards
      Visit Meteora team

      Reply
  • Jeannie Lee 08 / 02 / 2018

    Hi Tom Grundy,
    I just booked my tickets online from Athens to Kalambaka on 6 April.
    So, you should be able to book your tickets online for Athens to Thessaloniki on April 5th

    Dear Alexandros
    Thanks for your helpful instructions to book the train tickets. Just an update that they have done away with the “Extra Services” option and gone on to “Webticket Payment”.

    Reply
  • Ian Dorman 18 / 02 / 2018

    I am looking at taking the Athens to Thessaloniki train on 9th April. Is it worth the extra few 6 euros to go first class?

    Reply
    • Kostas 20 / 02 / 2018

      Dear Ian,

      Yes, it is well worth getting a first class seat, especially given the small cost difference.

      Reply
  • Albert Lee 25 / 02 / 2018

    I tried booking a ticket from Athens to Kalambaka today (2/25/2018) for March 13,2018. But when I entered the date or any other date than today , there was an error message (Nan.Nan.Nan) at the date selection.
    thanks

    Reply
    • Kostas 28 / 02 / 2018

      Dear Albert,

      Maybe there was a glitch with the railway company’s website. could you please try again? Make sure to also disable any ad blockers you may have and empty your browser’s cache.

      Reply
      • Subhajit das 09 / 03 / 2018

        Hi alexandros thanks for all the info…it was of great help. The reason its coming like NAN-NAN-NAN because the user is using auto translate you have to do it in Greek well try to otherwise it wont work

        Reply
  • gaile wilkins 07 / 03 / 2018

    hi I don’t know if you can help me but its worth asking!
    I purchased a ticket Athens to Thessaloniki travelling on Tuesday 3rd April on the Trainose web site everything went well and they sent confirmation to my email but the ticket has disappeared and I can find no way of getting it back!
    I have the seat number 132 65 and the train time 10.18 and payment has been taken from my account 22 80 euros.
    what is my best way of sorting this I cant find an email address for Trainose and don’t want to phone from the UK!!
    Should I visit their Athens office when I arrive on 2nd April? I would be very grateful for any advice you can give .
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Kostas 07 / 03 / 2018

      Hi!

      Tickets don’t just disappear! Check out your deleted folder; it might still be there. You can contact with the train company by filling out this form http://www.trainose.gr/en/complaints/ and sort it out.

      Reply
  • Subhajit Das 11 / 03 / 2018

    Can anyone tell me how do i book a first class ticket from thessaloniki to athens

    Reply
  • Terence 11 / 03 / 2018

    Hello!
    Thanks for the guide. When Im up to the seat selection nothing is showing! I can’t select any seats and it won’t take me to the next page which is “Terms of service.” Im trying to book roundtrip tickets from Larissa to Kalambaka

    Reply
    • Alexandros Kourelis 12 / 03 / 2018

      Dear Terence,

      Please let me know the date that you want to travel.

      Also, have in mind that the train station in Athens is named “Larissis Station”. But Larisa is a city in central Greece. For online train tickets, you should search by the destination name, not the name of the train station. I am saying that because many people get confused, they want to travel from Athens “Larissis Station” and they insert as departure or arrival point the Larisa city which is wrong.

      Best regards

      Reply
  • Nikki 17 / 03 / 2018

    Hello,
    I am trying to book from Athens to Litochoro for mount olympus on 27/04/18 and returning 1/5/18
    I am having trouble booking online, is it possible to travel on public holidays?

    Reply
    • Kostas 23 / 03 / 2018

      Hi Nikki,

      The reason you don’t see any trains on May 1st is because the railway company hasn’t opened up the dates for booking yet. Give it some time and eventually they will become available.

      Reply
  • Krista 25 / 03 / 2018

    Hello!
    Are there trains daily from Athens to Kalambaka in May? We have lodging booked and want to make sure we can get there! The train company does not have routes available. Do they sell out in May?
    Thank you, Krista

    Reply
  • K.K. Leung 27 / 03 / 2018

    A very clear explanation, thank you. I have one question. We are going to travel from Athens to Kalambaka, stay there for 2 days and then travel from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki. I have visited the website and have no problem to book the train from Athens to Kalambaka. However, for the train from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki, the trip finder shows there is a direct train no. 590 depart at 8:19am but I can’t select that train and it is dimmed. The only train that I can select is train no. 855+58, but that train stops at Palaeofarsalos. I have changed the date, but the results are the same.

    I just want to know does the direct train from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki exist? It is dimmed at the website, does it mean that I can’t book tickets of this train online? Thank you for your help.

    Best regards,
    K.K. Leung

    Reply
    • Joanna Crabtree 19 / 04 / 2018

      I have the exact same issue!

      Reply
      • Kostas 25 / 04 / 2018

        Hello,

        The reason why you see the train trips dimmed is because there aren’t any numbered seats on them, and because of that online booking is not supported. You simply buy the train tickets at the station, board the train and sit wherever you want.

        Reply
  • Sayantani Chakraborty 10 / 04 / 2018

    Hi i am intending to travel by train from kalambaka to thessaloniki. Is it possible to buy train tickets online?

    Reply
  • bleats 28 / 04 / 2018

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    Reply
  • Kelcie 30 / 04 / 2018

    What is the address to catch the this metro line in Athens?

    Reply
  • James Damm 21 / 05 / 2018

    Hi

    Brilliant guide, I’ve managed to book a train for my travels already.
    However I’m having an issue trying to book a train from Kalambaka to Athens.

    The train I’m looking at has 2 legs. But for the first let there is no seating option available it just shows “–” Does this mean you don’t need to reserve any seats or is the train just full?

    Thanks

    Reply
  • imam ahmad 22 / 05 / 2018

    hi. will we be able to board the train if we were not able to print the tickets but are able to store it on our phones?

    Reply
  • Janice Torre 11 / 06 / 2018

    I am trying to book a train from Thessaloniki to Litichoro for 6/28/18. I am not able to book one. It is not showing any seat selections. The trips are not grayed out either because I can select them. Is it because the seats are all booked or because they are not available yet or maybe I need to buy the tickets at the train station on the date of travel? I tried from Thessaloniki to Larissa and the seat map comes up and I would be able to purchase a ticket but I prefer to go to Litichoro. There are more trains and better times to Litichoro.

    Reply
  • Betre A. Melaku 31 / 07 / 2018

    Thank you for your help. I went as far as to the payment section fine but at the payment page it wont prompt me to enter the cc information instead i get the following message. what shall i do. Thanks again

    Vouchers only
    Your transaction will not go through any banking institution

    Reply
  • Betre A. Melaku 31 / 07 / 2018

    Thanks for you help. I am unable to pay through cc, alll i get is the following message

    Vouchers only
    Your transaction will not go through any banking institution

    Reply
  • Ian B 22 / 10 / 2018

    Hi, I wonder if you could help?

    I am trying to travel from Thessaloniki to Larissa and return later on in the month. Using the mobile app or the troublesome website, I find that some trains allow me to reserve a seat, some do not offer it (depending on the time of the day the train is).

    I know I need to get a certain train to reach the airport in time for my return flight but I am concerned that if I can’t pre-book it or reserve a seat, that I will not be able to get a ticket at the station? Any help would be much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Kostas 26 / 10 / 2018

      Hi there! If you cannot reserve a specific seat then that means that the train doesn’t offer numbered seating. This means that you simply board it and site wherever you want.

      Reply
  • Yong Chow Yi 06 / 11 / 2018

    I am unable to pay through cc, alll i get is the following message

    Vouchers only
    Your transaction will not go through any banking institution

    Reply
  • Jean Assaf 09 / 11 / 2018

    Hello Dear,

    I followed the steps how to purchase online ticket but I cannot continue to pay. there is no option to pay by credit card, the website asks for voucher. please advise

    Reply
  • Kostas 13 / 11 / 2018

    Hello both,

    You should first select a method of payment on the top of your screen. Please try to clear the cache and use Google Chrome.

    Reply
  • Chris 04 / 02 / 2019

    I am trying to book my train tickets from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki. However, the seat selection page is telling me that unless I have an existing journey, I cannot reserve any seats? It does not allow me to move into the next page?

    Reply
    • Lisette 25 / 02 / 2019

      I have the same problem, could someone assist please?

      Reply
  • Damian Atreyu 07 / 02 / 2019

    Trying to get there from Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki – Kalambaka one way is the fare that I will be needing, but the booking section doesn’t allow me to purchase this online ticket because it wont show seats to be reserved; the page displays —blank— under A and B seats. So if that is the reason for online sales refusal how do I get my ticket then? I am not going to get a different one with partial seat reservation and have a long 2hr transfer wait in Palaeofarsalos because I need that ticket, then I’ll pass. It doesn’t look like there is a lot to do there when I see images in Googlemaps. What makes this service 591/886 different from the other ones?
    So is it better to get this 16:17 fare to Kalambaka at the Salonika railway station and will it be the same price as on the booking section (€15,20)? Or will it be more, like the 19/25 euro prices I’ve seen? Thank you.

    Reply
  • Kostas 26 / 02 / 2019

    The reason you cannot reserve tickets on some trains is because they do not offer numbered seats. This means that, you go at the station on the day of your trip, buy your tickets and sit wherever you wish!

    Reply
  • Martina 03 / 03 / 2019

    Hello, we would like to go take our car on the train from Athens to Thessaloni end of August an dreturn end of September. It seems that we can only book tickets one month prior. How can we be sure to get a space for the car and ourselves on the train on the preferred dates. Do we have to go directly to the train station in Athens.

    Reply
  • BE Haw 22 / 03 / 2019

    Hi there, I want to travel from Athens to Kalambaka on Apr 8.
    TrainOSE shows train timetable until Mar 31.
    When it’s possible to buy ticket for my journey?

    Reply
    • Kostas 26 / 03 / 2019

      Hi there! The railway company has opened April for booking a few days ago. You should be able to select the dates now.

      Reply
  • Keisha Anggraini 28 / 03 / 2019

    Hi,
    I have just booked 3 tickets from Athens to Kalambaka a few minutes ago through the website. I’ve gone through all the steps till the payment page. After I inserted authorization code I got through SMS from my bank, the page was error and the booking code didn’t show up. Then I got an SMS from my bank that said the transaction was successful and my credit card has been charged. Is there any way I can get the booking code since I have not received any booking confirmation email up until now?

    Reply
  • Paula 06 / 05 / 2019

    Hi guys!

    I am trying to book Athens-Kalambaka-Athens for April 26-27, but it shows “no routes for those dates”. However, it does for a week before. Do you think they will become available in a week?

    Reply
  • Vivian 08 / 05 / 2019

    Hi, I have been trying to book train tickets for June 2 and June 3, but I always get the message “no routes were found for your search criteria” for these days. Does that mean the trains not available for booking yet? Thank you for your help!

    Reply
  • Sam 12 / 05 / 2019

    Trying to book Athens to Kalambaka return journey for May 28-29 but the trainose ticket booking says no routes found for your search criteria. Can you please help? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  • James 13 / 05 / 2019

    I’m arriving in Greece on 21 May and going to Meteora on 3/6 (and on to Thessaloniki 4/6). As of today, the website is only doing reservations one week in advance. I won’t be able to print an only ticket once I’m in Greece. Am I doing something wrong? Only one week advance reservation is very inconvenient. Any suggestions?

    Reply
  • Stefan 02 / 07 / 2019

    Is it also possible just to make a seat reservation online for the route Thessaloniki – Athens as we already have Interrail tickets? Or do we have to do them at a train station?

    Reply
  • Stefan 04 / 07 / 2019

    We are travelling in early August from Thessaloniki to Athens. Is it also somehow possible just to book online a reservation for a seat as we have already our Interrail tickets? Or do we have to buy it at a station in Thessaloniki? Thanks in advance

    Reply

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