USEFUL INFORMATION

Thessaloniki international flight connections
Central Europe

Berlin-Tegel, Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Cologne/Bonn, Vienna, Zürich, Basel, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Brussels-Charleroi, Rome-Fiumicino, Rome-Ciampino, Milan-Malpensa, Milan-Linate, Bergamo, Pisa, Venice

United Kingdom

London-Gatwick, London- Luton, London-Stansted, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol

Scandinavia

Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Riga

Balkans & Eastern Europe

Belgrade, Bucharest-Băneasa, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Budapest, Brno, Istanbul, Moscow-Vnukovo, Moscow-Domodedovo, Minsk, Ostrava, Prague, Tirana, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan, Warsaw

Iberian Peninsula

Barcelona, Girona

Cyprus

Larnaca, Paphos

Israel

Tel Aviv

Public Transportation

Public transport in Thessaloniki is served by buses. The bus company operating in the city is the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (OASTH) and is the only public means of transport in Thessaloniki at the moment. It operates a fleet of 604 vehicles on 75 routes throughout the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area. International and regional bus links are provided by at its Macedonia Inter City Bus Terminal, located to the west of the city centre.

Standard bus fares:

  • 1.00€ (purchased at a point of sale) or 1.10€ (when issued by ticket vending machines on the bus) – Valid for a single trip
  • 1.20€ (purchased at a point of sale) or 1.30€ (when issued by ticket vending machines on the bus) – Valid for up to two (2) trips made within seventy (70) minutes from the time of issue
  • 2.00€ Airport Ticket

Detailed information on ticket options, bus routes and timetables is available at: www.oasth.gr Travel cards of various durations are also available.

Taxis in Greece are economic. As a rough guide a taxi within the city will cost you approximately 5 Euros. Between 00:00 and 05:00 a double fare will be applicable.

The website of Thessaloniki’s Macedonia Airport is: www.thessalonikiairport.com

A public bus service is available 24 hours a day from the airport to the city centre, bus number 78 or 78N. These bus services operate from the airport approximately every 30 minutes. Tickets cost €2.00 one way.

The taxi fare to the city center is approximately 15–20€ from 5:00 am to 00:00 pm, while from 00:00 pm to 5:00 am expect to be charged an extra 10 Euros for this particular route.

Traveling formalities

A passport is not a compulsory requirement for European Union citizens traveling from or to Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Luxemburg, Netherlands, and Spain). There are no custom formalities.

A valid passport is normally required for all non E.U. citizens traveling to Greece. Visa formalities may be required for visitors from certain countries.

Currency

Euro (€) is the currency of Greece.

Climate – Weather Conditions in May

Thessaloniki combines the Mediterranean and the Mid-European temperature climates. Situated next to the sea, the city’s climate is directly affected by it. Specifically, the month of May is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 21°C to 27°C over the course of the month, exceeding 30°C or dropping below 17°C only one day in ten.

The closest quality beach you can visit from Thessaloniki for a quick swim is located in Perea, less than 20 kilometers from the city center. The beach there is usually quiet and the quality is quite good. For those looking to venture a bit further away from the city to enjoy the sun, the province of Halkidiki is literally full of spotless beaches and pristine coastlines waiting to be explored.

Weather conditions in July can be described as follows:

  • Temperature – 18°C
  • Low Temperature – 12°C
  • High Temperature – 24°C
  • Sunshine Hours – 12 hrs
  • Chance of Sunny Day – 33 %
Shopping in Thessaloniki

Greece is the ideal place to shop a wide variety of products. Prices are reasonable and there are goods for all budgets. Shops are open (during summer period) Monday through Friday from 09.00 till 21.00. On Saturdays shops stay open from 09.00 till 15.00, while they are closed on Sundays, except specific dates.

Malls and big stores operate:

  • Monday-Friday: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00 or 20:00

Shops, boutiques and other commercial markets, operate:

  • Monday/ Wednesday/ Saturday: 09:00 – 15:00
  • Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday: 09:00 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 21:00