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Thessaloniki Travel Guide

Arrival to Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki By Train
Rail services connect Thessaloniki with, Athens and the cities of Macedonia and Thrace. By nighttrain from Athens (Larissa station), about 6 hours costs 20 -31 (depending on the train), or about 50 if you want a sleeping compartment to yourself. Daily trains from Athens take 4 hours 15 min (intercity express trains), 6 hours (normal trains) cost about 50 euros first class. The line through Yugoslavia provides connections with Central and Western Europe when there is not a war. The line through Bulgaria connects to Eastern Europe and the line through Turkey with the countries of the Near East. Information: State Rail ways office at No 18, Aristotelous St. tel.2310 276.382 and the new railway terminal, tel. 2310 517.517.

Thessaloniki By Plane
The international airport is situated 15 km to south of the city centre and it is connected to Athens, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Moscow, London, Paris, Vienna, Larnaca, Prague, Budapest and Bucharest. Facilities include a tourist booth, operating restricted hours, and cash dispensers, located near the first-floor caf , on departures level. City bus #78 shuttles back and forth hourly between 6am and 11pm; it leaves from the base of the kerbside luggage-cart ramp going up to arrivals/departures. A flight from Athens costs approximately 80 euros - but if you book early, the two domestic airlines can offer tickets as low as 19 euros (without tax). Also, there are several flights to Aegean and Ionian islands.

Thessaloniki By Ferry
There are connections by sea with the islands Lemnos, Lesvos, Chios and Pireaus all year round but only once or twice a week usually on Saturday night at midnight. In addition summer connections with the island groups of Sporades, Dodecanese and Cyclades. There is a ferry that goes on Wednesdays at 22:00 to Santorini and Iraklion Crete and does the same thing on Saturday with a stop in Tinos. Information: Thessaloniki Port Authority. Tel. 2310 531.504.

Thessaloniki By Car
From Athens about 5 hours, take the 516-kilometer National Road, a four-lane highway that's the best in Greece, although stretches are always being repaired or widened, which leads to frequent slow-downs. One of the burdens for visitors and inhabitants alike is finding a parking place, so be prepared to either spend a lot of time looking for a place or pay for space in the parking lot (starting from 4 euros/3 hours). Traffic congestion seems to be a problem nowadays, but generally fellow drivers and passers-by are helpful to show you the way if you're feeling lost.

Thessaloniki By Bus
Buses arrive at a variety of points, mostly within sight of each other, near the train station.

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