Getting to Thessaloniki

Getting to Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is easily accessible from various directions. Choose your preferred route and means of transportation below. We’ve also gathered a few tips to get around the city.

By Plane

The Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia (SKG) operates international flights to and from circa 38 countries and is located just 16 kilometres from the city. For international travellers, this most likely offers the easiest option for you to get to ESRA 2020!

How to get to & from the airport?

Public Transport

A bus service is available between the airport and the city, and  runs every 30 minutes. The journey to the city centre takes approx. 40 – 50 minutes.

Bus lines to take:

  • X1 “KTEL – Airport” (non-stop service to and from the city centre)
  • 45 “Makedonia Coach Terminal – Chalkidiki Coach Terminal (KTEL)” (to and from the coach terminal, city centre and eastbound destinations)

The cost of a single fare is 2€. Tickets can be purchased via the vending machines on board the service. Please note, these vending machines accept exact change only.

Public Transport


Metered taxi services are available just outside the airport terminal. The drive to the city takes about 30 minutes, and the usual fare is approx. 20-30 euro.
Extra charges may apply if you carry many pieces of luggage, and for night time drives.


By Train

If you’re coming from anywhere within the European continent, consider taking the train, as its most likely the greenest option 😉

  • Want to compare the environmental impact of travelling by train versus alternative transportation (plane vs. train vs. car) from your city to ESRA 2020?

The New Railway Station is Thessaloniki’s main train station. From here you can aboard long distance routes throughout Greece as well as several routes to international destinations.

You can play your journey and find tickets on the website of operator TRAINOSE.

Journey Planner

Getting Around Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a city that’s easy to navigate through; many parts of the city are walkable, and even if you go a bit further from the centre, no spot is more than 30 minutes away by public transport.

In the city centre, the major attractions, restaurants, and shops can be found within a 20-minute walk, especially the historic centre, which should definitely be explored by foot. Stroll down the UNESCO monuments, the market, traditional taverns and the coastline – the distance between these landmarks shouldn’t take more than a few minutes!


You can make use of the city’s bike sharing system (I-BIKE) if you’re interested in exploring the city on wheels. There is a network of bicycle lanes with special markings that enable you to cycle around easily and see all the perfect sights!


The bus lines in Thessaloniki are operated by OASTH and connect the whole city.

You can get tickets in vending machines inside the bus, or at the OASTH ticket booths and selling points. The cost of a regular single trip ticket is €1.

A great tip to make your experience more memorable, is to hop on bus No 50, the ”Cultural Route. The bus departs from the White Tower and passes through monuments, major neighborhoods, and important buildings. Tickets cost €2.

Bus Information
Ticket Fares


The “Karavakia Boats” offer more than transport, they give you a complete sightseeing experience on the water! Take a trip from the city to seaside towns, such as Peraia and Nei Epicates.

The full ride is 50-minutes and runs daily from May to September. Tickets cost €5 per person, cash only, and can be purchased during the trip after boarding.

Routes & Schedule