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Transfer Options from Thessaloniki Airport to Katerini

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How to get from Thessaaloniki Airport to Katerini

Travelling from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini you have three modes of transport to choose from, bus, taxi and train. The cheapest option is to take the public bus. It costs 9€ and takes around 140 minutes in total. Another cheap transfer option is to take the train. The train costs 9€ for a one-way ticket, but you will first need to take a bus or taxi to the train station in Thessaloniki city centre. Lastly, hiring a Thessaloniki airport taxi is the most convenient, but expensive option. The taxi ride will cost approximately 100€ and it will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Thessaloniki at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.


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  • Prepaid flat price - no hidden fees.
  • Meet & Greet at the gate.
  • Free cancellation.

Mario Lavreti

I used Welcome Pickups twice. On time and english speaking drivers.

Town of Katerini

Comparison of the options

Taxi €100 70min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €108 65min 24/7
A trusted, professional driver will pick you up at the gate right on time. Excellent reviews, flat price, no hidden fees, free cancellation.
Train €18 70min 05:00–23:55
Bus €17.8 120min 05:15–21:30


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How to get from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini by taxi

Taking a Thessaloniki airport taxi to Katerini is by far the most direct and convenient option. The journey will cost around 100€, and will take approximately 70 minutes with low traffic. Taxis can be found just outside of the arrivals gate, and are available 24/7 at Thessaloniki airport.

Taxi fare from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini

Taxis at Thessaloniki airport aren't charged at a flat rate. Instead, they are charged using a taximeter that depends on the distance travelled. The approximate cost of the journey from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini will be 100€ in the day, however, prices can go up 30% at night.


Taking a taxi from Thessaloniki airport is the only direct transfer option. You can enter the taxi directly from the arrivals terminal, safely store your luggage in the back and then be taken directly to the door of your accommodation, what could be easier?

Editor’s Note

If you don't want to try and tackle the Greek public transport system, or you just want to relax after a long flight, then taking a taxi would definitely be the best recommendation.

Useful Tips

Most taxis in Thessalonki do not accept credit cards, make sure you have enough cash in hand
Please be aware that the nighttime (from 00:01am to 04:59am) prices are approximately 30% higher
As the distance to Katerini is around 100km, it’s advisable that you agree on a fixed price with the taxi driver before you start the ride

How to get from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini by train

There is no direct train transfer available from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini. You must first get a taxi or public bus (01X/01N) to the train station in Thessaloniki city centre. You can then take the train directly to Katerini. Tickets cost 9€, and the train journey will take around 70 minutes.

Train fare from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini

A one-way ticket from Thessaloniki train station to Katerini costs 9€ for adults and 6.75€ for students under the age of 26. The public bus from Thessaloniki airport to the Thessaloniki train station costs 2€ one-way, and a taxi from Thessaloniki airport to the Thessaloniki train station costs around 25€



Trip Duration

70 minutes

There is an average waiting time of 40 minutes


Trains are available at the Thessaloniki train station from 5:13 to 23:55

Where do I get it from?

The train from Thessaloniki to Katerini doesn't leave directly from the airport. You must first take a taxi or the public bus line 01X: AIRPORT - INTERCITY BUS TERMINAL (VIA CITY CENTRE) to Thessaloniki train station, and then take the correct train line to Katerini.


Although taking a train from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini is the most beautiful option, it isn't the most convenient. You must first take other moved of transportation to the city centre, and then take the train to Katerini. This makes the journey long and much more expensive.

Editor’s Note

If you have time to spare and wish to see some truly beautiful views on your journey to Katerini, then I would suggest taking the train. No other transfer option has the views that the train does.

Useful Tips

The journey from Thessaloniki to Katerini by train is certainly very scenic
You can preorder your train tickets on-line, there are discount offers from time to time for online orders
The end destination of the railway from Thessaloniki to Katerini is a city called Larisa
There is a 25% price discount for young people and students under the age of 26
Kids under 4 years old travel by train for free

How to get from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini by bus

There is no direct bus line from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini. You must first get a bus transfer into the city centre, and then change lines to head towards Katerini. The total cost of the journey will be 8.90€, and it will take around 120 minutes.

How much is the bus from Thessaloniki to Katerini?

The bus from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre costs 2€ one-way, then the bus from the city centre to Katerini costs €6.90, giving a total journey cost of 8.90€. Children under the age of 6 years always travel for free.



Trip Duration

120 minutes

There is an average waiting time of 30 minutes


Buses to Katerini are available from 5:15 until 21:30

Where do I get it from?

You can find the bus terminal just outside of the arrivals gate at Thessaloniki airport. You can easily see the lines of bus stands.


The journey from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini is very long, that coupled with the fact that you need to wait for multiple buses and change lanes, makes taking a bus transfer very inconvenient.

Editor’s Note

If you are on an extremely tight budget, which lets face it, we all have been at one time or another, then taking the public bus is by far the cheapest option.

Useful Tips

It takes 45 minutes to an hour to reach Katerini as soon as you start from the Central Bus Station
Make sure you reserve a seat over the phone, the bus can get full during summer months and weekends
If you choose to reach Katerini bus station by public transportation keep in mind the bus waiting time
Are you going on a different city other than Katerini? Ask at the ticket booth at Central Bus station (KTEL) what are your options

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Thessaloniki. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from the Thessaloniki airport to city Katerini?

Thessaloniki is 101km away from Katerini, so journey time is rather long. The fastest option is to take a taxi, and it will take 70 minutes to reach Katerini centre.

How much does taxi cost from Thessaloniki airport to Katerini?

Taxis at Thessaloniki are charged using a taximeter based on distance rather than a flat rate. So, the final price will depend on your exact location. However, the approximate price to Katerini will be 100€

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