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Revision as of 13:06, 25 February 2010

Alexandroupolis (Greek: Αλεξανδρούπολη, Alexandroúpoli) is a city in Western Thrace, northeast of Greece.

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Understand

Alexandroupolis is a small town with a harbour and an airport. Though the Lonely Planet describes it as "dusty", it has a rocky beach, and a typical Greek nightlife.

Alexandroupolis is the last major Greek town before the Turkish border on the highway to Istanbul.

Get in

By plane

There are four flight every day linking the city to Athens by Olympic Airlines [1], and Aegean Air [2].

By train

There are several trains from Thessaloniki. Slow trains take 6h (9€), fast ICs take only 4 1/2h (16€).

Train connections are frequent to the rest of the country, as well as to the rest of Europe (via Bulgaria).

By bus

National Network of Buses or KTEL operates a frequent schedule of buses to all the major cities of the country. Shutle buses depart twice daily to Athens (approximately 8–9 hours) and there are hourly connections to Thessaloniki.

OSE, the national train operator, has set a daily bus shuttle to Istanbul that departs the main station early (around 7AM) every morning. Tickets are usually easy to find and can be booked in the ticket office.

By car

By boat

Get around

See

  • Lighthouse.

Do

  • Birdwatching. You can go birdwatching for sotos, a rare speciment of a bird that has resided for years in Balkans.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

There are no cheap youth hostels, but a couple of mid-range hotels by the seaside. Backpackers often just stay at the beach near the train station.

Contact

Get out

  • Ferries to the island of Samothrace just to south of city leave mostly twice a day—but irregularly. There is a fast one (taking an hour and costing €17.70 pp), and a slower one also for cars (taking 3h and costing €8.80 pp). Tickets have to be bought in a travel agency near the port.
  • One of the reasons to visit Alexandroupolis is to take the train to the border station of Pythion and change to train to Istanbul there.


Routes through Alexandroupolis
ThessalonikiXanthi  W noframe E  Gr-flag.pngGreek-Tu-flag.pngTurkish border → KeşanIstanbul




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