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Helaf1
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Posted 4 months ago

I want to travel from Amsterdam to Athens, but I can't find a route through Belgrade. Is there one, or what else can you suggest (e.g. via Bucharest)

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nltrainer
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replied 4 months ago

Not possible-ALL (well, nearly all|) cross-border trains into Serbije have been cancelled since some +10 yrs now.
In fact -unless you are married with trains=go out of your way to ride in them instead of other means-this is a near impossible trip as ALSO GR has NO cross border trains anymore.
best site for a general advice: seat6.com. Lists the trips from UK, so from here (Nederland, I too sit here) you can use it also for most of it.
Best way on a pass is since that time via Italy and the ferry to GR. Note there are (or at least were) many MORE ferries as those shown on the IR-planner-these may be even cheaper too, without a discount.
Going that way on a pass is in fact only worthwhile if you also plan to make some stops along the way you choose.
Mr google has apparently sent you to this site, FAR better-and your Q is there now a few million times: community.eurail.com. As since some 4-5 yrs Eu and INterrail work about the same (not before)

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MisterSteve
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replied 4 months ago

There are no international train connections into Greece and no info on when they will resume, since Serbia is in such a mess the Bulgarian route would probably be the first. Until then it is possible to get close to Greece by going to Sofia and the getting a bus from there (not included in Interrail). Theoretically Greek trains are running to Thessaloniki but their idea of what makes a good service (and what makes good information) may not meet yours so a bus all the way from Sofia to Athens might be better. https://www.hellenictrain.gr/en/intercity-network https://www.busexpress.bg/en/destination/sofia/athens