Thessaloniki is a modern city with over 1 million inhabitants. It is the largest city in northern Greece and the second largest in the country. In Greece, it is considered the “second capital”. Nested in the heart of the Thermaic Gulf, Thessaloniki serves as a commercial, business, and transportation hub for the northern side of Greece.
A city with a long history and rich culture, Thessaloniki is a very interesting place to visit. Wandering in Thessaloniki, you’ll come across many monuments mostly dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras. The most important landmark and trademark of Thessaloniki is the White Tower. Located at the port of Thessaloniki, the White Tower is the most photographed tourist site in the city. Another popular site is Kamara. Kamara is an arch constructed by the Roman general Galerius in the 3rd century AD. Other interesting places to visit in the city center of Thessaloniki are the Roman Agora, the palace of Galerius, as well as the World Heritage-listed Byzantine churches.
The most popular spot in the city is the beach promenade. There, both visitors and locals enjoy long walks and the sea view, especially at sunset. Apart from the beach promenade, Aristotle Square, which is located right in the city center, is another famous spot. Around this square is the commercial center of Thessaloniki, where you’ll find all kinds of shops, restaurants, coffee places and, of course, the renowned pastry shops of Thessaloniki. In the city center, you will also find a great selection of hotels.
Moreover, the location of Thessaloniki in the northern part of Greece makes it a perfect base for excursions in northern and central Greece.
Detailed tourist information can be found at the links below:
How to reach Thessaloniki
Located 13 km southeast of the city, Thessaloniki’s International Airport Macedonia (SKG) offers flights from/to various destinations worldwide. The number of flights and destinations may vary depending on the season and demand. For further information please visit the official website of the airport.
To reach the city from the airport you can either take the bus, pick up a taxi, or rent a car.
Public buses depart every 20-25 minutes from the airport and reach the city center in approximately 40 minutes during the day and 50 minutes during the night. Bus 01X connects Macedonia Airport with the center, while night bus 01N takes over its connection from 11:10 pm to 05:55 am. The bus stop is located at the departures area, in front of entrance 3 of T1. Timetables, ticket points and further information can be found here.
ΤΑΧΙ service is available at the airport. The transfer to the city would take approximately 30 minutes, and the fare should be between 24 to 32 euro depending on the hour of travel, traffic, and the exact point of destination. TAXI stand is located at the arrivals area between T1 and T2 (between exit 3 and 4). However, you can pre-book your transfer with a taxi here.
Car rental services at the airport are offered by many companies. Details can be found here.