Last Updated on: 5th March 2024, 05:09 pm

The beautiful Greek island of Thassos is a wonderful beach destination. To this day I don’t know whether to spell it Thassos or Thasos, but this doesn’t make it less gorgeous.

Even though there’s not much history on the island, it can still make a nice stay, provided that you like swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and eating a yummy Mediterranean diet.

Located in the northern Aegean Sea, Thassos is accessible by ferry from mainland Greece.

Thassos doesn’t have an airport.

Here are the best transportation options for reaching Thassos from popular destinations:

Getting From Athens To Thassos

The most common way to reach Thassos from Athens is to first take a bus or drive to Kavala.

Buses from Athens to Kavala take around 5 hours and run several times daily.

From Kavala, there are frequent ferries to Thassos that take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Another option is to drive from Athens to Kavala which takes around 4 hours.

There are multiple ferry companies at the Kavala port that offer ferry service to Thassos. You can choose either standard or faster ferry options.

I find slow ferries to be much nicer than speed ones, because of their decks where you can sit, stand or walk and enjoy the views.

From Thessaloniki

You can reach Thassos by first taking a bus from Thessaloniki to Kavala which takes about 2.5 hours. Buses run every few hours. From the Kavala bus station you can take a taxi directly to the Kavala ferry port to catch a 1 hour ferry to Thassos.

Driving from Thessaloniki to Kavala takes around 2 hours. There are also direct ferries from Thessaloniki Port to Thassos a few times per week which take around 6 hours.

From Northern Europe

To reach Thassos from locations across northern Europe like Germany, Denmark or Sweden, the best option is to fly into Thessaloniki Airport. From there you can take a bus or drive to Kavala and ferry to Thassos as described above.

You can also fly into Athens and proceed to Thassos via bus and ferry from Athens. The Athens route adds extra time, so flying into Thessaloniki is preferable when coming from northern Europe.

From Eastern Europe

Getting to Thassos from Eastern Europe countries such as Romania and Bulgaria, you can drive to Keramoti, a town on mainland Greece where you can take a ferry to Thassos.

The ferry ride between Keramoti and Scala Prinou in Thassos is only 40 minutes long.

Ferry Schedules and Tickets

It’s advisable to check current ferry schedules and book your tickets in advance, especially during high season summer months. The main ferry operators offering service to Thassos include Hellenic Seaways, Nel Lines and Thassos Ferry.

With ferries from Kavala running regularly, getting to Thassos is easy to arrange. Just be sure to account for the bus or driving time to reach the ferry ports when planning your ideal route. With its beautiful beaches, villages and mountainous interior, the journey to Thassos will be well worth it!

Before you go, check out this other article about 5 off-the-beaten track Greek islands you may want to visit at least once in a lifetime.

Seagulls following the ferry to Thassos

Seagulls following the ferry to Thassos. Can you spot what’s happening? There was this brave lady who was feeding the seagulls and one yellow biscuit which had just changed “hands”.

Violeta Matei