Greece Halts All International Trains to Bulgaria

Business | February 12, 2011, Saturday // 10:24| Views: | Comments: 0
Greece Halts All International Trains to Bulgaria: Greece Halts All International Trains to Bulgaria Train schedule between Bulgaria and Greece is being disrupted over the strained finances of the Greek railroads. File photo

The Greek railroad administration is halting all international trains on the country's territory over strained finances.

Trains to and from Greece will not be running from Bulgaria, respectively Romania, Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia.

The heavily indebted Greek railroads have made the decision in order to implement a financial recovery plan, the Bulgarian State railroads, BDZ, explain.

From February 11 to February 17, the two trains from Bucharest to Thessaloniki via Sofia will travel only to the Kulata cross-border point between Bulgaria and Greece. After February 17, these trains will run only between Bucharest and Sofia.

The afternoon international train, traveling from Thessaloniki to Sofia, is canceled Saturday. The two morning and the two afternoon international trains from and to Sofia to and from Thessaloniki are canceled, beginning Sunday.

Over the past year, the Sofia-Thessaloniki trains have seen their schedule changed numerous times because of strikes in debt-ridden Greece.

In 2010, these occurred on December 16, October 25-28, September 14, September 8-9, July 8, June 29, May 19, May 3, and March 10. In 2011 train schedules were changed on January 19, 20 and 27.

BDZ will reimburse all passengers who have already purchased tickets to Thessaloniki.

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