Greece to Croatia?

Hello! My 25 year old son and his girlfriend are taking a tour that starts in Budapest. However they are planning a week prior on their own. They want to see Greece and Croatia. I can not find current info if trains are operating in Greece and whether they can connect onto Croatia etc. If they can I need suggestions and if is there a Balkans pass for a week? I am their travel agent and helping with the details...
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 12, 2014 14:53
    Hello,

    International rail travel between Greece and bordering countries was suspended several years ago. For travel to Greece, the only feasible option would be take a ferry that departs out of Dubrovnik to Bari, Italy, where they would connect to another train that will take them to Patras, Greece.

    This is how we would recommend traveling between that part of Europe and Greece anyway, even if international rail travel into and out of Greece had not been suspended.

    Train travel that distance through the Balkan region to the Greek border, even just from Croatia, can take a considerable amount of time. While they did just announce that trains on the rail line into Thessaloniki will be operating again later this year, it still would not be feasible for rail travel all the way from Croatia. Therefore, the Balkan Pass would not really fit for their travel.

    To get to Dubrovnik, they would take the train(s) down to Split. From Split, they would have to continue on by bus or ferry to Dubrovnik. The bus takes about 3 to 4 hours in duration, and the ferry takes about 9 hours in duration. The company that operates the ferry from Split to Dubrovnik is 'Jadrolinija'. Tickets for both the bus and the ferry can only be purchased locally upon arrival.

    You can purchase tickets and check schedules for trains to Split from Zagreb by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Generally, trains in Croatia can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. If they'll be traveling to Split from anywhere else, you may need to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    Jadrolinija also operates that ferry from Dubrovnik to Bari. You should be able to find information for them online. The operator for the ferry from Bari to Patras is 'Superfast Ferries'. Their website is www.superfast.com. You can purchase tickets for this ferry by calling them at +39 080 528 2828 or you can send an email to info.bariport@superfast.com.

    From Patras, they would get to Athens by taking a bus, for which tickets would be purchased locally upon arrival.
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