Makedonia International Airport (airport code: SKG)

The “Makedonia Airport” in Thessaloniki is the second largest airport unit in Greece, serving over 5 million passengers per year and served by 27 international airlines on a regular basis, in addition to an extra 10 airlines that operate during the summer using charter flights. Thus it connects the city to many European capitals and several other European cities by direct flights. It also offers direct flights to other major cities of Greece and many Greek islands. Among the air-companies that fly to Thessaloniki’s airport are: Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and many low-cost companies such as Ryanair, EasyJet and Wizz Air. The airport is located 16 km from the city center.

Transport to/from the airport

A public bus service (no. 78 and no. 78N) connects the airport with the center of the city at 20-minute intervals throughout the day and takes you to the center in less than 30 minutes (ticket costs €2). A taxi service is also available at the airport on a 24-hour basis (a 20-minute drive that costs approximately around €25).

Transport within the city

Public bus lines: No 8, 12 and 78 (airport line) stop in front of Grand Hotel Palace (bus stop “Oryzomyloi”). Single-journey tickets cost €1 (€1.10 if bought onboard from the ticket machines).

Taxi: Radiotaxi Mercedes (email:; Tel. +30 2310 556203) offers special rates for IPDC participants. All vehicles are air-conditioned.

General Information

There are two means of public transport in Thessaloniki, buses and taxis. The city has a dense network of bus lines connecting all parts of the city and suburbs. All buses are air conditioned and many are suitable for handicapped people.

The bus line that connects the airport to the domestic bus (KTEL) terminal is the express 78 line. Tickets cost €2 and are valid for one ride. They can be bought from the kiosks or from vending machines on board (no change is given at these machines).

Within the city, bus tickets cost €1. There are also tickets available for two (three) trips, which are valid for up to 70 (90) minutes at the cost of €1.20 (€1.20); after their validation tickets do not need to be validated again in subsequent buses.

Students and persons aged over 65 years pay half price, so long as they hold a valid id card. Information on routes, schedules, etc. are given at the webpage of OASTH.

Taxis are available throughout the city, 24 hours a day. Along the main city streets taxis can be hailed only in designated places, easily identified by the “TAXI” sign. In all other streets, taxis will stop when hailed everywhere. During off-peak hours, taxis are stationed in “piazzas” waiting for customers; ask anyone for the closest piazza and get in the first taxi in line. Taxis are also readily available outside major hotels. Notice that credit card payments are  not accepted.

A taxi ride can also be ordered by calling one of the following taxi companies (add +302310 in front of the phone numbers): Thessaloniki-551525, Lefkos Pyrgos-214900, Makedonia-550000, Megas Alexandros-866866, Mercedes Club-525000 and Omega-511855. Surcharges might apply. Fares may vary depending on the distance and traffic. The fare is displayed on a visible spot, usually in front of the co-driver’s seat.

A metro line is currently under construction. When finished, its length will be 9,6 km with 13 stops, while its extension towards Kalamaria and Stavroupoli will add another 10,8 km to the network and 10 extra stations.

Railway Station

 Thessaloniki’s renovated railway station was opened in 1960 in a historic area of the city’s west end. Frequent services connect Thessaloniki to the entire European railway network and to major Balkan and Greek cities (a modernized version of the Orient Express). The domestic Intercity line reaches Athens in less than 4.5 hours with more than five journeys per day.

 Telephone number: +30 2310 517517 & +30 2310 599035

The Port of Thessaloniki

 The Port of Thessaloniki has always been a defining factor in the commercial and cultural identity of the town, establishing the city as the principal port of the Balkans. With a long history that goes back to ancient times, the port of Thessaloniki is today a major harbor station for both commerce and passengers.

Telephone number: +30 2310 531504-6