Amyntaio railway station

The Amyntaio railway station (Greek: Σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός Αμυνταίου, romanizedSidirodromikós stathmós Amyntaio) is the railway station of Amyntaio in West Macedonia, Greece. The station is located close to the center of the settlement, on the Thessaloniki–Bitola railway, 152.2 kilometres (94.6 mi) from Thessaloniki, and is severed by Local services to Thessaloniki and Florina. It was servered by trains on the Kozani–Amyntaio line; however these have been suspended since 2009.

Amyntaio railway station building, April 2009
General information
Location532 00, Amyntaio
Florina (regional unit)
Coordinates40°41′28″N 21°41′08″E / 40.690994°N 21.685558°E / 40.690994; 21.685558
Elevation589.00 metres (1,932.41 ft)
Owned byGAIAOSE[1]
Line(s)Thessaloniki–Bitola railway[2] Kozani–Amyntaio railway
Distance152 kilometres (94 mi) from Thessaloniki
Platforms3 (1 disused)
Train operatorsHellenic Train
ConnectionsProastiakos ThessalonikiProastiakos Thessaloniki Line Π2[2]
Structure typeat-grade
Platform levels1
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
Previous namesSorovits (before 1928)[3]
Original companySociété du Chemin de Fer ottoman Salonique-Monastir
Preceding station Proastiakos Following station
Agios Panteleimonas
towards Thessaloniki
Line 2 Vevi
towards Florina
Preceding station Hellenic Train Following station
Agios Panteleimonas
towards Thessaloniki
Line 2 Xino Nero
towards Florina
Amyntaio is located in Greece
Location within Greece


Sorovits Railway Station, ca. 1894

Opened in June 1894 as Sorovits railway station Greek: Σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός Πάτελι, romanizedSidirodromikós stathmós Sorovits)[3] in what was then the Ottoman Empire at the completion of the Société du Chemin de Fer ottoman Salonique-Monastir, a branchline of the Chemins de fer Orientaux from Thessaloniki to Bitola. During this period, Northern Greece and the southern Balkans where still under Ottoman rule. Amyntaio was annexed by Greece on 18 October 1912 during the First Balkan War.

On 17 October 1925 The Greek government purchased the Greek sections of the former Salonica Monastir railway,[4] and the railway became part of the Hellenic State Railways, with the remaining section north of Florina seeded to Yugoslavia. After the station, along with the settlement, was renamed Amyntaio[3]

After the Second World War, it was decided to connect the town of Kozani to the railway network through Amyntaio and the original plan for a connection with Thessaly was abandoned.[5] Industrial branch lines connect to the PPC power plants of Ptolemais and Agios Dimitrios, normally used by freight trains carrying light fuel oil. Another branch line to the former fertilizer plant of AEVAL is disused. The line is also used by freight trains carrying sugar beets from the Hellenic Sugar Industry factory to Platy.

In January 1951, construction started on a line to Kozani. work was completed in 1954, with the inauguration on 30 January 1955; 69 years ago (1955-01-30). The line served the town of Ptolemaida, and connected to the lignite-fired power plants of Public Power Corporation (ΔΕΗ) at Komanos freight station. Its construction was completed in December 1954.[5] The terminal station was Kozani.

In 1970, OSE became the legal successor to the SEK, taking over responsibilities for most of Greece's rail infrastructure. On 1 January 1971, the station and most of Greek rail infrastructure where transferred to the Hellenic Railways Organisation S.A., a state-owned corporation. Freight traffic declined sharply when the state-imposed monopoly of OSE for the transport of agricultural products and fertilisers ended in the early 1990s. Many small stations of the network with little passenger traffic were closed down.

In 2001 the infrastructure element of OSE was created, known as GAIAOSE; it would henceforth be responsible for the maintenance of stations, bridges and other elements of the network, as well as the leasing and the sale of railway assists.[1] Renovations on the line to Kozani were carried out between 2003 and 2007[6] on 22 January 2007, it was reopened with three trains daily,[7] which departed from Kozani, arriving in Thessaloniki in three hours (instead of four hours before the renovation).

In 2007[6] services resumed after repairs were carried out on the trackbed. In 2009 services were reduced to one train per day. In 2010, services were suspended as part of the reorganization of Trainose, and under the pretext that the line was considered unprofitable, depriving the prefecture of Kozani and the cities of Ptolemaida and Kozani of rail communication. Indicatively, it was mentioned that the journey from Kozani to Thessaloniki lasted 3 hours with the IC 60/61 Pavlos Melas, while with the KTEL buses, via Egnatia Odos it is 1.5 hours).

In 2009, with the Greek debt crisis unfolding OSE's Management was forced to reduce services across the network. Timetables were cutback, and routes closed as the government-run entity attempted to reduce overheads; this included the Kozani–Amyntaio line. From 1 August 2009, the passenger services were reduced to only one train per day [8] and the passenger services were withdrawn completely in 2010, as part of the reorganization of Trainose, and under the pretext that the line was considered unprofitable, depriving the prefecture of Kozani and the cities of Ptolemaida and Kozani of a rail connection. Indicatively, it was mentioned that the journey from Kozani to Thessaloniki took 3 hours with the IC 60/61 Pavlos Melas, while with the KTEL buses, via Egnatia Odos the journey took 1.5 hours). In August 2013, Proastiakos services where extended to Florina.

In 2017 OSE's passenger transport sector was privatised as TrainOSE, currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane[9] infrastructure, including stations, remained under the control of OSE. In 2019 The Special Urban Development Study of the Kozani Railway Station was approved.[10] however passenger services have yet to recommence. In July 2022, the station began being served by Hellenic Train, the rebranded TranOSE.[11] Infrequent freight trains still use the Kozani line to reach the PPC power-generating stations.



The station is still housed in the original 19th-century brick-built station building; as of (2022) the station is staffed, with a staffed booking office at peek times and waiting rooms, these are slightly rundown. Platform 1 has sheltered seating located under the canapy, as well as a public payphone. The station signage advertised toilets, but these are now closed. There are no dot-matrix display departure and arrival screens or timetable poster boards on the platforms. The station has some 10 parking spaces located in the forecourt, as well as a taxi rank/pickup.



As of 2023, the station is served on a daily basis by six Regional trains between Thessaloniki and Florina.[12][13] There are no Services to Bitola as the short international connection is now disused, with all international traffic being routed via Idomeni and Gevgelija. Trains on the Kozani–Amyntaio line have been suspended since 2009.

Currently there is a rail-replacement bus between Florina and Edessa.[14]

Station layout

Customer service Tickets/exits
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 1   towards Florina (Xino Nero)
Island platform, doors open on the right/left
Platform 2   towards Thessaloniki (Agios)
Island platform, doors open on the right/left
Platform 3 Not in use

See also


Further reading

  • Gounaris, Basil C. (1993). Steam over Macedonia, 1870-1912. East European Monographs. ISBN 978-0880332774.


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  3. ^ a b c "Name Changes of Settlements in Greece: Sorovits – Amyntaio". Pandektis. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  4. ^ Le Journal des finances, 15 janvier 1926 (in French)
  5. ^ a b "Τέλος εποχής για την ιστορική σιδηροδρομική γραμμή Αμυνταίου – Κοζάνης". (in Greek). 2014-01-12. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
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  8. ^ TrainOSE S.A. "Timetables 1 August 2009", Tables 8A/8B
  9. ^ "It's a new day for TRAINOSE as FS acquires the entirety of the company's shares". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Εγκρίθηκε η Ειδική Πολεοδομική Μελέτη ανάπτυξης του Σιδηροδρομικού Σταθμού Κοζάνης". Michanikos Online (in Greek). 24 May 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  11. ^ "TrainOSE renamed Hellenic Train, eyes expansion". 2 July 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  12. ^ "2014/15 schedule Thessaloniki–Edessa–Florina" (PDF). TrainOSE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  13. ^ "hellenictrain" (PDF). Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Important information". hellenictrain. Retrieved 15 March 2024.