Ok, so Greece was on the map for countries you can travel to with an Interrail pass, so of course, we were going there – but traveling by train to Greece has become somewhat of a joke.
I remember hearing a comedian talking about traveling in Europe, and how you can book a train ticket and end up on a bus or book bus ticket and end up on a boat – that couldn’t be more true in Greece.
Since the economy totally crashed in Greece, they have been cutting down on a lot of things to save money – too many things… During the time we were there, riots started down in Athens, because people have seen no real improvement despite all the cuts.
One of the things they have cut down on is train travel.
From now on, there are no longer any international trains to or from Greece. They have completely secluded themselves from their neighboring countries, and seem to have the intention of keeping it that way for quite some time.
So yes, we kind of cheated by taking a bus – but since it was the only option, I don’t know how we could have done it differently.
Getting out of Greece to Bulgaria, we were looking for a bus company which went there. It turned out that the most frequent bus is run by OSE – the Greek railway company, and you can only book it from the train station, where no trains went…
But I have to say it was definitely worth the hassle.
Our time spent in Thessaloniki was great. We had never been on the main land of Greece before, and the northern parts were very different from the islands in many ways, but it still had that lovely Greek vibe and architecture all around.
I would have loved to see more of Northern Greece, but this time we put the focus on Thessaloniki with its many ruins, architecture, history and amazing food.
With emphasize on the latter: FOOD. Thessaloniki is known for having some of the best food in Greece, and their mezes were to die for!
Churches, ruins and history in all honor, but the best of Thessaloniki is served on a plate, or many many plates … 😉