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Veria, Macedonia, Greece How to get to Veria   page 4
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A mosaic of a peacock at the monument to Saint Paul the Apostle in Veria.
by bus by train to/from Veria - Vergina to/from Veria - Pella
Veria has a railway station and is a hub for local and inter-city bus services. There are regular trains between Thessaloniki and Edessa, stopping at Veria. Several direct buses run every day between Thessaloniki and Veria.

There are also buses between Veria and the archaeological site at Vergina see below.

Various estimates are given for the distances between Veria and other places in Greece, according to which route one takes.

Here are some approximate distances:

Athens 508 km south.

Thessaloniki, regional capital and transport centre,
70 km east.

Vergina, site of the ancient Macedonian capital of Aigai
(see below), 14 km southeast.

Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, 56 km northeast.

See also How to get to Macedonia.
  Please note:

Due to Greece's economic crisis, information
about opening times, timetables, fares, prices,
etc. is changing continually.

Many tourist information offices have been closed,
and many official websites offer no indication of
these changes.

Below is the most up-to-date information we have
been able to find. If you have any more up-to-date
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getting to
By bus
local buses inter-city buses bus stations
Local buses

Local buses in and around Veria are operated by Veria Urban KTEL (Αστικό ΚΤΕΛ Βέροιας, Astiko KTEL Verias).


Although the website is in Greek and English, there is currently very little information in either language.

Tickets for local destinations cost
between 45 cents and €1.10.

Local buses used to run between Veria and Vergina, but this is no longer mentioned. Currently the only information about buses to Vergina are those operated by the KTEL Imathia inter-city bus company (see below).
Astiko KTEL Verias bus company, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Astiko KTEL Verias
bus company

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getting to
Inter-city buses
Inter-city buses in Imathia regional unit,
of which Veria is the capital,
are operated by KTEL Imathia. (Greek only)

KTEL Imathia ticket offices at bus stations

Veria: +30 23310 22342

Naoussa: +30 23320 22223

Alexandreia: +30 23330 23312

Thessaloniki: +30 2310 595432

Athens Terminal A: +30 210 5152548
KTEL Imathia bus company, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

KTEL Imathia
bus company

(Greek only)
Thessaloniki - Veria by bus

Buses for Veria and other places in Imathia depart from "Macedonia" central KTEL inter-city bus station, 5 km west of Thessaloniki city centre (see bus stations below).

For some reason KTEL Imathia timetables show a slightly different list of bus stops for the route from Thessaloniki than for the journey from Veria. If you want to visit one of the villages along the routes, ask the bus company which bus stops there.

Schedule and ticket information in English for buses between Thessaloniki and Veria is available on the website of the KTEL Macedonia bus station, Thessaloniki:

Thessaloniki - Veria

Every hour, 5:35 - 21:30 (first bus Sat-Sun 7:00).

Via Alexandreia - Makrohori

Route: Magnesia, Chalkidona *, Loudias, Alexandreia,
Vrisaki (Brysaki), Kambochori, Kalochori, Makrohori

* Change buses at Chalkidona for Pella. See below.

Journey time: 1 hr 20 mins

Fares: One-way €6.80, Return €9.80

Thessaloniki - Veria - Naoussa

Every hour, 6:15 - 21:00

Via Alexandreia - Makrohori - Veria

Route: Malgara, Kleithi, Niseli, Kouloura, Makrohori, Veria, Patrida,
Naoussa train station

Journey time: "EXPRESS" (ΤΑΧΕΙΑ, taxeia), 1 hour

Fares: One-way €8.70, Return €11.30
The arrivals and departures bay for buses to Veria in the KTEL Macedonia bus station, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Bay No. 20 for KTEL Imathias buses
for Veria (arrivals and departures)
at the KTEL Macedonia bus station,

Athens - Veria by bus

Buses for northern Greece arrive and depart from Athens Terminal A, also known as Kifissos Bus Terminal
(see bus stations below).

Journey time: 7 hours

Single fare: €35

Athens - Veria

Every day, 8:30 and 15:00

Route: Schimatari, Thebes, Kastro, Lamia, Almyros, Larissa, Katerini (from Katerini bus connections to Dion)

Veria - Athens

Every day, 8:30 and 15:00

Route: Katerini, Larissa, Almyros, Stylida, Lamia, K. Vourla, Thebes

getting to
Bus stations
Veria (Βέροια)

KTEL Imathias bus station,
28 Hras Street, 59100 Veria, Imathia, Macedonia, Greece.

KTEL Imathias: (Greek only)

  +30 23310 22 342
Thessaloniki (Θεσσαλονίκη)

"Macedonia" central KTEL inter-city bus station,
Giannitson Street 194.
5 km west of the city centre.

KTEL Imathia ticket office : +30 2310 595432

Timetables and fares for Imathia:

(Website of the Thessaloniki bus station in Greek and English)

For further details see: How to get to Macedonia, Greece

  +30 2310 59 54 35
Edessa (ΕΔΕΣΣΑ)

Edessa bus station is at the south side of town,
on the corner of Filipou and Pavlou Mela streets.
5 minutes walk from the centre,
15 minutes from the railway station (see below).

  +30 23810 23 511
Pella (Πέλλα)

There is no bus station at Pella, only a bus stop about 100 metres from the main road and 1 km from the village and museum. There is a bus timetable at the bus stop. You can ask about current bus times in the village of Nea Pella (museum, post office, no ATM), or at the bus stations in Thessaloniki or Edessa.

For further details see How to get to Pella.

Larissa (ΛΑΡΙΣΑ)

  +30 2410 23 58 15
Athens (ΑΘΗΝΑ)

Buses for northern Greece arrive and depart from Terminal A,
also known as Kifissos Bus Terminal.
100 Kifissou Street.
Tel: +30 210 512 4910 -4

Bus 51 from the corner of Zinonas St. and Menandrou St., Omonia Square.
(Every 15 minutes, fare €1 one way).

From Piraeus, bus 420 from Akti Kondili and Thermopilion Street.

From the Airport (Door 5), express bus X93 to Kifissos Terminal A,
also stops at bus Terminal B. Every 35 mins, at night every 65 mins.

Terminal A is quite a long way north of the city centre and not easy to find.
We do not recommend walking. If there are 2 or more of you, take a taxi.

KTEL ticket office at Omonia Square, central Athens:
59 Sokrates Street, Omonia Square.
+30 Tel: +30 210 52 37 889
Mon-Fri 7:00 - 17:00, Sat: 7:30 - 15:30, Sunday closed.

  +30 210 51 52 224
getting to
By train
Trains in Greece are run by OSE (Ο.Σ.Ε.): (Greek and English)

Train schedule and fare information at Trainose, the official OSE website for passenger train information: (Greek and English).

The site has recently improved its information in English. However, rather than show timetables and fares, you have to use the ticket booking interface, name the desired departure and destination stations and enter planned date of travel. The site then shows the trains and fares for that particular journey on that day. There is no information about other stations along the route.

Thessaloniki - Veria - Edessa

Thessaloniki - Veria

22 trains per day, between 5:13 and 21:32.
Some trains are direct, others require a change at Platy (Πλατύ).
Journey time 1 - 3 hours.
Fare 5 - 12.10 Euros, depending on train

Veria - Thessaloniki

6 direct trains per day, between 5:28 and 21:33.
Journey time 1 hour.
Fare 5 Euros.
There is no information on the trainose website about indirect train connections.

To/from Athens and Larissa

If you are travelling by train from Athens or Larissa, and you want to go straight
to Veria or Edessa without going to Thessaloniki, you can change trains to the
Thessaloniki-Veria-Edessa line at Platy (Πλατύ), 35 km northeast of Veria.

Train fares Athens-Thessaloniki: € 36.30 (IC - Intercity), €48.40 (ICE - Intercity Express).

Journey time: up to 7.5 hours, depending on type of train and connections.

Train timetables: see How to get to Macedonia, Greece).

getting to
Railway stations
Veria (Βέροια) railway station

Veria railway station is 3 km outside the town, or to be more precise
below the town, as the station is on the plain and Veria is at the top
of a steep hill - 128 metres (420 ft) above sea level.

Local blue buses (€1) and taxis shuttle between the station and town centre.

+30 23310 24 444
Thessaloniki (Θεσσαλονίκη) railway station

28 Monastiriou Street.
1 km west of the city centre.

OSE Travel Service for information and tickets in the city centre.

For further details see: How to get to Macedonia, Greece

+30 2310 51 75 17
Edessa (ΕΔΕΣΣΑ) railway station

Leoforos Nikis.

The station is at the east side of town,
10 minutes walk from the centre
along 18th October Avenue.

The KTEL bus station (see above) is about 15 minutes by foot.

Taxis, which are usually available at the station, cost about € 3.

Station Radio Taxi Edessa Tel: 23810 23392 - 22904

+30 23810 23 510
Larissa (ΛΑΡΙΣΑ)

23 October 1944 Square
(Πλατεία Εικοστής Τρίτης Οκτωβρίου 1944,
Plateia Eikostis Tritis Oktovriou 1944)

OSE office, Papakyriazi 35, opposite the town hall.
Tel: +30 24105 90 239

+30 24105 90143
Athens (ΑΘΗΝΑ)

The railway station in Athens for trains to Evia and Northern Greece
is called Larissa Station (Stathmos Larissis), situated 10 minutes walk,
northwest of Omonia Square.

It has its own Metro stop on Metro Line 2 (Syntagma - Sepolia;
red on Metro maps).

Or take trolley bus No. 1 from Venizelou (Panepistimiou) Street.

+30 210 82 37 741
getting to
Travelling between Veria and Vergina
The small, modern town of Vergina (Βεργίνα), 14 km southeast of Veria, is the site of the ancient Macedonian capital Aigai (Αιγαί) before it was moved to Pella at the beginning of the 5th century BC (see the History of Pella).

This World Heritage Site includes an enormous tumulus, or hill mound, built as a tomb for the Macedonian royal family, and recently converted into one of the world's most spectacular museums displaying royal tomb treasures.

Visiting Vergina early in the day is recommended: in summer the site and museum are very busy, and in winter they close at 15:00 hours. A visit to the wonderful museum will take less than 2 hours, and the scanty remains of the nearby archaeological site less than hour.

There are a couple of restaurants, cafes and shops in Vergina, as well as a large pay car park. Finding a parking space on the narrow roads is seldom possible, especially in summer.

How to get to Vergina

The only access to Vergina by public transport is from Veria. The local Astiko KTEL Verias bus company (see local buses above) used to run eight buses a day between Veria and Vergina. However, at present there is no information about this service on their website.

The website of the KTEL Imathia bus company (see inter-city buses above) lists buses Monday - Saturday from Veria to Alexandreia via Vergina.

06:50 Mon-Fri, via Neokastrou (Νεοκάστρου)
08:10 Sat
09:15 Mon-Fri
09:30 Sat
11:15 Mon-Sat
13:30 Mon-Sat, via Neokastrou (Νεοκάστρου)
14:40 Mon-Sat
17:30 Mon-Sat
20:15 Mon-Sat

There is no information about Sunday services or buses back to Veria.

A Taxi from Veria to Vergina costs about €15.

If you have time, you could also visit the nearby town of Naousa. Although by no means as interesting as either Veria or Vergina, it is a pleasant town, and claims the distinction of having been the location of Aristotle's academy, in which the philosopher taught Alexander the Great. There is not a lot to see, but at least you can say that you've been there.

Bust of the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos in Thessaloniki at My Favourite Planet

Manolis Andronikos
(Μανόλης Ανδρόνικος, 1919-1992),
the Greek archaeologist who
discovered and excavated
the Royal Tombs at Vergina.

Bust near the Thessaloniki
Archaeological Museum.


the royal capital of Macedon

archaeological site and museum
59031 Vergina.

Tel: +30 23310 92347
(Greek & English)

Opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 - 17:00

Monday 12:00 - 20:00
Tuesday - Sunday 8:00 - 20:00

Tickets: €8, reduced €4
Valid for archaeological site
and museum ("Building for the protection of the royal tombs")
getting to
Travelling between Veria and Pella
This is where things get tricky!

A visit to Pella, the second ancient capital of Macedonia and the birthplace of Alexander the Great, is highly recommended: the archaeological site and the new museum are fascinating.

In theory, it should be possible to visit Pella and Vergina/Veria on the same day. If you have your own transport it should be no problem. However, if you are dependent on public tranport it can be difficult.

Despite the fact that it is only 55 km between Pella and Veria, since there is no direct connection by public transport it can take at least 2 hours to travel the distance.

Buses to Pella (Pella regional unit) and Veria (Imathia regional unit) are run by separate KTEL bus companies. There is no coordination between the two companies, and it is practically impossible to get information from one company about the services of the other.


Pella - Veria by bus via Chalkidona

Most buses between Thessaloniki and Pella and Veria stop at Chalkidona (or Halkidona, Χαλκηδόνα), a small town just to the west of the city. It is possible to change buses here, although you may have to wait up to an hour for a connection.

Ask at the KTEL Imathia and KTEL Pella desks in Thessaloniki bus station for the latest arrival/departure times for Chalkidona.

If you have further actual information about buses between Chalkidona, Pella and Veria, please get in contact.

The other options are either via Edessa or Thessaloniki.

Veria - Pella via Edessa

It is also possible to take a train from Veria to the pleasant town of Edessa (see below), then a bus from there to Pella (48 km). Or vice versa.

Bus: According to the KTEL Pella website (, Greek only), buses from Edessa to Veria depart at 11.00 and 16.00.

There is no further information about the route, stops along the way or buses in the other direction.

However, the KTEL Imathia website (, Greek only) only lists one bus per day from Veria to Edessa, at 15:15.

Route: Veria, Patrida, Naoussa, Kopanos, Marina, Lourochoriou, Rizo, Skydra, Mavrovouni, Rizari, Edessa

Train: As discussed above, 8 or possibly more trains daily travel between Thessaloniki and Edessa via Veria. Since the fare Thessaloniki - Veria is €2.10, between Veria and Edessa should cost around €2.50.

Veria - Pella Thessaloniki

Depending on the vagaries of timetables, it may actually be quicker to take the bus from Pella to Thessaloniki, then travel to Veria from there.

But even using this tactical ploy the journey Pella - Thessaloniki - Veria could take 3 hours or more.

Pella - Thessaloniki 40 mins €3.30
Thessaloniki - Veria 1.5 hours €6.80
+ Plus waiting times!

Even if you really adore buses, bus stops and bus stations, this could prove a tedious 3+ hours, and you also have to keep opening times at Pella and Vergina in mind.

Conclusion and recommendation

If you want to travel to both Pella and Vergina in one day by public transport, you may get lucky with connections and have a wonderful time...

... On the other hand, given the current uncertainties in transport schedules, you may face a frustrating and disappointing day.

A more realistic plan would be a two day itinerary.

DAY 1: Arrive early at Pella, then travel on to Edessa and while away an afternoon exploring the enigmatic ruins of ancient Logos (a pleasant 15 minutes walk from the centre down a traffic-fee path), and an evening enjoying the spectacle of the waterfalls while eating dinner in one of the waterfall park's tavernas.

DAY 2: After an overnight stay in Edessa (good choice of accommodation), head off early for Vergina via Veria. After being suitably astonished at the ancient paintings and golden treasures of Vergina, take a stroll through the streets of Veria, with its old mosques and churches, see where the Apostle Paul preached Christianity to the Jews of the city, and enjoy streetside lunch before your onward journey.

Head of Alexander the Great, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Alexander the Great
in Pella Museum.
Area map
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Interactive map of Macedonia and the North Aegean Sea.

See also our interactive map of Greece.
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