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antonemilia
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Posted 4 weeks ago

Hello! Actually there are no trains on this route, right?
From Belgrad I would like to go further to Thessaloniki... even on this route I haven't found a train relation.
Does anybody has some information?
Thanks a lot!
Antonia

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nltrainer
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replied 4 weeks ago

Thats right-south of Skopje (or on fact a little more south, but not into Greece) NO trains for now and at least till end of year. Noone knows about i later on. There are supposed to be some buses if you really want to travel overland that way. Also as North-Macedonia and Serbije are outside EU, different and more complicated covid-rules may apply-but there can change by the day

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scouser
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replied 4 weeks ago

Hi antonemilia!
There are trains on this route but they are run by different companies. I would follow this route: Budapest > Kelebia > Subotica > Novi Sad > Belgrade. I could not find any trains from Novi Sad to Belgrade, but until there you can travel by train. You can check the timetables via the links below. Additionally, there is 10% discount at MAV if you buy your ticket online.
MAV (Hungarian Railways): https://jegy.mav.hu/
Serbia Voz: http://www.srbvoz.rs/en/timetable/

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Peter.Freisberg
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replied 3 weeks ago

Hi Antonia.
You got already information above. Here some more details.

Budapest-Belgrade: the rail service is suspended between Novi Sad and Belgrade until further notice. The tracks are rebuild.
Therefore the route is a bit more complicate like:
Budapest Keleti departure by train at 11:57
Subotica (this is the border) arrival at 15:55
Subotica departure by bus at 16:45
Novi Sad arrival at 19:12
Novi Sad departure by bus at 20:00
Belgrade arrival at 21:32

More "comfortable" would be a detour via Croatia (Zagreb):

1) by train from Budapest to Zagreb (direct, 8 hours, 19 EUR)
https://rail.cc/train/budapest-to-zagreb

2) by train from Zagreb to Belgrade (direct 7 hours, 29 EUR):
https://rail.cc/train/zagreb-to-belgrade

In Belgrade your journey currently ends as the direct train Belgrade to Thessaloniki is supsended until further notice.
Read the blog post here: https://rail.cc/train/belgrade-to-thessaloniki
And here: https://rail.cc/blog/belgrade-skopje-thessaloniki-train


Therefore my recommandation to get from Budapest to Thessaloniki...

1) Budapest-Bucharest:
Journey time 15 hours. Tickets from 29 EUR. In the night train (recommended) from 39 EUR.
Read here: https://rail.cc/train/budapest-to-bucharest

2) Bucharest-Sofia:
Journey time is 9 hours. Tickets available from 33 EUR.
Read here: https://rail.cc/train/bucharest-to-sofia

3) Sofia-Thessaloniki:
Journey time 8 hours. Tickets from 18 EUR.
Read here: https://rail.cc/train/sofia-to-thessaloniki

You will need a hotel or hostel in these stops. But they are not that expensive.
A summarize of the whole route is here: https://rail.cc/train/budapest-to-thessaloniki

Your journey back could be from Greece to Italy by ferry. And then on by train.

Please just ask if you have further questions.
Enjoy your trip, Peter :)

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seve98
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replied 1 week ago

I am not entirely sure if there is any train connection between Sofia and Thessaloniki currently, is there?