Travel & Transportation

Travel to Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is served by Macedonia International Airport (SKG) for international and domestic flights. The airport is conveniently located 15 km southeast of the city center and is connected directly with a number of international destinations in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Russia, Turkey and several other European countries.

Due to the direct connection with a number of hub airports in Europe (Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, London, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, Milan, and others), it is possible to reach Thessaloniki from almost any major airport worldwide with just one intermediate stop. There are also more that 10 direct daily connections between Thessaloniki and Athens, which in turn can also be easily reached with direct flights from many international destinations. Visitors from neighboring or close-by countries (Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, and Serbia) may consider other options as well (bus, train, car).

Once the visitor arrives in the city, the main option for getting around is by means of the public buses, which are operated by OASTH (Urban Transport Organization of Thessaloniki) and offer a safe, efficient, and affordable option for city and area-wide travel. Another easy option is taxis, which are very easy to get (even without calling) and reasonably priced.

In terms of Visa requirements, one should note that Greece belongs to Schengen Area following its common visa policy.

Transportation

To get to CERTH from the city centre, you can take a taxi or the public bus.

By taxi: The taxis in Thessaloniki are blue colored. Meters are set at the start of each route with a minimum fare applying of €3, 20. The duration is approximately 20 - 30 min and the cost would be around €10 - €15. The address is: CERTH (technological park), 6th klm Charilaou-Thermi, 57001, in Greek: ΕΚΕΤΑ (τεχνολογικό πάρκο) 6ο χλμ Χαριλάου-Θέρμη, 57001.

By public bus: From the bus stations alongside Egnatia avenue, take the bus No.10 [Charilaou – New Railway Station] towards Charilaou. At the Bus Terminal Charilaou switch to Bus No.66 [Charilaou – Thermi]. Get off at the bus station “Zoni Kenotomias” in front of the CERTH premises. The duration is approx. 45 -60 min. The two sequential directions ticket costs €1, 30. For students and seniors the ticket costs €0,70.
Ticket machines are located on all buses but they do not give out change. A cheaper alternative (€1,20/€0,60) is to purchase your ticket from the ticket booths at the public bus central stations or at some of the kiosks located across the main streets.
Relevant information can be found OASTH website.