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How to reach Thessaloniki by train, car, plane. Info, distances and connections

The Capital of Northern Greece!

Splendid stately buildings and nineteenth-century architecture. Ancient churches. Beautiful museums and monuments. Thessaloniki is a place that wins at first glance. An important city, as well as a lively cultural center, with lots of shops and trendy places to spend time.

Precisely in this place, important events are organized every year that attract many visitors from all over Europe. Above all, the renowned September International Fair.

A major commercial and cultural center, and the second most populous city in all of Greece, after the capital. Despite this, the city is still far from the great tourist flows. Above all when compared to Athens. All this makes a holiday in Thessaloniki really ideal. Less chaotic than the remaining Greek destinations, and even cheaper. Ideal for exploring the North and the beautiful region of Macedonia, and the Clcidica peninsula, through places of great charm and charm.

A holiday in Thessaloniki certainly leaves its mark.




The best way to get to the city is by plane. Macedonia-Thessaloniki International Airport is about 15 kilometers from the city center and is one of the busiest airports in the country. Many companies make direct connections to the main European destinations. Book your flight at the best price, from this link.

Once you have landed, you can use the bus to get to the center. The public service is offered by the Greek company KTEL which guarantees daily connections with the city, the central railway station and the main points of interest. The X1 line runs all day, with 30 minute frequencies. From the airport you can reach the center and the main points of interest in Thessaloniki. The full path takes about 50 minutes. Arrival is near the central train station. At night, the N1 line ensures connections. The 45 line operates at the Chalkidiki bus terminal; the 79 line reaches up to IKEA. Tickets can be purchased on board or at the automatic machines for € 2.00.

Alternatively, taxis are available outside 24 hours on 24. The trip to the center takes just under 30 minutes with prices that stand between 20 and 30 €. From midnight to 05: 00 in the morning, a surcharge applies. Equally, if you carry more than one baggage per traveler.


Quite desolate, disorganized and lacking information points. Many complain about the conditions, far from perfect, of the central railway station. Here, some of the reasons why the train is not the best solution to get to Greece; in particular from Western Europe. After all, the Greek railway system is not exactly the best.

From the main destinations in Eastern Europe, the time is already long enough. From the Capital of Bulgaria, with the ArdaTur Piraeus trains, it takes almost 6 hours to arrive, without making changes. Sofia is the base to get also from Bucharest, Serbia and Hungary, with too long times.


The car is a good solution especially for those wishing to tackle a trip on The Road in Northern Greece and along the Region of Macedonia, even going to Turkey (or vice versa).

Coming from Western European destinations, the only option to be considered is having Athens as a basis. The distance is about 500 kilometers, for the most part, along the E75. Sofia, is about 300 kilometers, while Bucharest, about 650. Even from Belgrade, you can drive to Thessaloniki on a not too long trip. There are about 630 kilometers that separate the two cities, passable, for the most part on A1 - E75.


It is not possible to arrive by boat in Thessaloniki. From the port only ferry with some Greek islands such as Sporades, Cyclades or Crete. Info and links, from this link.

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