Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia", is an International airport located 14 km of the city centre. It is the second largest airport in Greece. It is the main airport of northern part of the country and serves the city of Thessaloniki, and the cities of the region.

Thessaloniki Airport's website was renewed and offers details about departures & arrivals and further useful information about the city

Transfer from / to airport


The OASTH buses connect the airport with the city centre throughout the day by the 01X and 01N lines. The journey is around 40 minutes.

- Line 01X departs every 30 minutes during the day.
- Line 01N operates during the night.
- The nearest bus stop to the INISTA venue, when coming from the airport, is "KOLOMVOU".
- Along the route, you can get off in city centre "Platia Aristotelous" (Aristotle's square) and at the main bus station of Thessaloniki "KTEL Thessaloniki".
- For the outward journey to the airport, the nearest bus stop to the INISTA venue is "KOLOMVOU".

A single ticket costs €2.00. You can buy the ticket from the ticket machine on the bus, but keep in mind that the machine does not return spare change.

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A special arrangement has been made with a local taxi company, Taxithess, regarding airport transfers. As an INISTA participant you will be able to contact them and coordinate your transfers from and to the airport. You will be met at the airport, after customs formalities by English speaking drivers qualified in accordance with the legislation. Transfer will be performed in new, high quality Mercedes cars The price from SKG Airport to any hotel in Thessaloniki centre is 25 euros. This price is inclusive of all taxes, it is applicable 24 hours/7 days in a week, and is valid for up to 3 persons with luggage at no extra cost.

You can make your reservation by email at  or by phone at +30 697 235 4355 or +30 693 725 0490.  For communication purposes, please contact Mrs. Lena Rizoglou.  When you make the reservation, please mention that you are an 'INISTA2018' participant.

Tourist Information

From the ancient Greek Symposium to the meetings and events of present day, people convene to exchange ideas and goods, and they transform the world as they do so...

At the crossroads of East and West, the city of Thessaloniki has been witnessing these transformations for millennia as a proud host of great people and historic events. Today, the capital of the region of Central Macedonia and the second largest Greek city, Thessaloniki, is a significant business hub for Southeast Europe and a remarkable place to visit.

The city of Thessaloniki is a vibrant modern metropolis. Built on the waters of the North Aegen sea, the city and its 1 million inhabitants are renowned for their hospitality and easy going lifestyle.

It takes a walk on the "paralia" -the longest urban waterfront in Europe- to relax and feel the charm of this unique Greek city.

It takes a few hours in the city centre to turn a stroll into time travel: from Alexander the Great and Aristotle the philosopher, to the inventive Romans or the pious Byzantines through to the lofty Ottomans and the cosmopolitan contemporaty Greeks. It takes less than a two hour drive to the divine Mt Olympos for a climb or to the emerald waters of Halkidiki for a swim; add an hour or two to your day trip and visit Vergina, Pella and Dion to admire the grandeur of the Kingdom of the Macedons.

Thessaloniki is the second biggest city in Greece and a regional business hub and shopping centre with an active commercial port, a significant local industrial activity, and the largest academic and research community in the country.

The city hosts the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the European Centre of Vocational Training, the Alexandria Innovation Zone and several other major institutions. It has rightfully been a European Cultural and Youth Capital: besides the excellent museums and historic buildings, the city is a big stage for creative young people who enjoy all aspects of life. Gastronomy is just one of them. Music, dance and dazzling nightlife is another.

The city is easy to explore. You can go anywhere in about 30 minutes. A modern International airport is just 15 km to the east, a railway station is in walking distance from the city centre, buses and taxis are trustworthy and inexpensive -everything in Thessaloniki puts you at ease. The climate is no exeption: typically Mediterranean with warm-to-hot summers, mild winters and an annual average of 300 days of sunshine.

Suggested Sights

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (very close to Makedonia Palace)
Museum of Byzantine Culture (very close to Makedonia Palace)
White Tower Museum (very close to Makedonia Palace)
Arch of Galerius and Rotunda (on via Egnatia str.)
Roman Agora of Thessaloniki (on via Egnatia str.)
Paleo - Christian temple of Agia Sophia
Agios Dimitrios and ancient "Crypt"

Please refer to above links for the opening hours.

The bus number 50 "Cultural Line" is the sightseeing route. You can get the bus near the White Tower (Lefkos Pirgos). "Ladadika" district is recommended for entertainment (music, food, cafe, bars) near the port of Thessaloniki, which is also very nice for a night walk (various cultural activities are taking place there).

More sights and general information about Thessaloniki can be found at - the official website of Thessaloniki Tourism Organisation. Additional information can be found on the links below: (Thessaloniki Convention Bureau) (official website of Municipality of Thessaloniki)