Thessaloniki is easily accessible by air, road, sea and railways.
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HOW TO GET TO THESSALONIKI BY AIR
Visitors arriving by air will arrive to Thessaloniki International airport, “Makedonia” (IATA code: SKG), which is located just 16 km from Thessaloniki centre (website: https://www.skg-airport.gr/en/).
How to get to the conference venue from Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia”:
24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the "Makedonia" Airport Terminal building.
The journey from (to) the Airport to (from) the centre of Thessaloniki is about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The fare to and from the airport is normally between 20-30 euros. There is a surcharge for trips starting from midnight to 05.00 a.m.
By public bus (Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization, OASTH)
A non-stop bus service is also provided between the Airport and the city of Thessaloniki:
Bus Routes: Nr. 01X “K.T.E.L. – AERODROMIO” and Nr. 01N “K.T.E.L. – AERODROMIO NIXTERINI” (Night service)
Single fare is 2€. Tickets can be purchased either by ticket kiosks (on working days from 6:10 to 21:00) or by vending machines on board the service. On-board vending machines accept exact change only. Bus service runs every 30 minutes and the journey to the conference venue takes about 40 - 50 minutes to the venue, depending on traffic.
Delegates should get off the bus at ‘Kolomvou’ bus stop (9, Egnatia str.) and walk to ‘Mediterranean Palace Hotel’ (3, Salaminos & Karatassou str.) for about 7 minutes (see below picture attached from ‘google maps’ website).
For more information about public bus services in Thessaloniki, visit the website of OASTH (https://oasth.gr/)
HOW TO GET TO THESSALONIKI BY CAR
Arriving via Athens-Thessaloniki National Road (Albania, Serbia, North Macedonia)
Arriving via Kavala-Thessaloniki National Road (Bulgaria, Turkey)
Connectivity from Thessaloniki to other parts of Greece
Thessaloniki is also directly connected with other parts of the mainland through buses (https://ktelmacedonia.gr/en/home/list/), trains (https://www.trainose.gr/en/) and airplane (https://www.skg-airport.gr/en/) or with some Greek islands either by airplane or by sea (https://www.ferriesingreece.com/).
For those who wish to have a short holiday break to Chalkidiki there are buses (https://ktel-chalkidikis.gr/en/index.html); Chalkidiki is a nice set of three peninsulas, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos, located south of Thessaloniki and it is a well-known place for holidays with beautiful beaches.
Car rentals are also available, including at the airport premises.