Thessaloniki is a metropolitan city of the Balkan region with over 23 centuries of rich history! In 2014, the Financial Times’ FDI magazine declared Thessaloniki to be the best European city of the future in terms of human resources and lifestyle.
Thessaloniki’s legendary past and its unique mix of cultures shape a lively present. A strong student community and teams of young creatives keep the city spirit fresh. New ideas are visible all around, which is perhaps unsurprising given that the city is part of the European Union’s‚ Innovation Zone‘ and a centre for major international institutions.
The Port of Thessaloniki is one of the largest Greek seaports and one of the largest ports in the Aegean Sea basin. Today the port is not an only a trade centre and passenger terminal but an active part of the city. Combined with the restored historic area of Ladadika nearby and the redevelopment of the new waterfront featuring the modern symbol of the city – the “flying umbrellas” sculpture, Thessaloniki’s waterfront is one of the most popular parts of the city!

Thessaloniki is known as the capital of taste in Greece, as eastern and western cultures mix in traditional Greek dishes, ideally enjoyed at a local taverna, while gourmet cuisine is also on offer in sumptuous city centre restaurants. No matter where you are in Thessaloniki and what time of day it is, there are a multitude of choices to explore.

Search out small local tavernas while wandering around the picturesque side streets of Athonos square and Ladadika, in the city centre, or while admiring the monuments of Ano Poli, and order ouzo and meze to savour a fully authentic local experience. Do not miss out on local “gyros” or the famous “souvlaki” (succulent meat slow-roasted and sliced from the spit or skewered and grilled). You will find them on sale at every turn!

The wine roads are a series of suggested routes that give you the chance to experience the production process of local wines, taste them and meet their creators! Take one of the eight organized routes that cross central and northern Greece, stop at the suggested vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine and admire the majestic natural scenery. A voyage of discovery for the taste buds that should not be missed.

A history written by so many cultures creates a present that could compared to an orchestra – many sounds complement one another, offering a fascinating melodic experience, worth discovering for yourself. More than 30 museums are available for you to explore, including the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture, State Museum of Contemporary Art, the White Tower Museum, Ataturk Museum, and the Jewish Museum.

Thessaloniki is easily accessible by plane, particularly from Northern and Eastern Europe and Asia. For those travelling from Balkan countries, Thessaloniki is just a 2-3 hours drive from all Balkan capital cities.
An extensive network of local buses connects the airport with destinations across the city.
Thessaloniki Waterways connects the different waterfront locations.
We recommend the official travel guide of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki.travel for useful information on travel, what’s on, things to do, etc.

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.

Every experience in Thessaloniki starts with a “kalimera” (good morning) and a big bright smile! One thing you will always remember of your time here is the warm hospitality. The hotels offer top-class accommodation, while the people of Thessaloniki are always there to help new city-explorers! The convenience of our urban transport – buses and the metro that is coming soon – adds that extra something that makes you feel at home and allows you to experience all the joys Thessaloniki has to offer.
The people create the warmth reflected by Thessaloniki. Smiley, good natured, carefree and always there to help, the people of the city surround you with warmth so you do not feel like a stranger but an old friend coming back to their hometown. Everybody, from the hotels’ concierges, the bus drivers, the restaurant staff or people on the street, will always welcome you with a big bright smile.

53 airlines companies fly to 117 destinations worldwide in 35 connected countries 14 low cost airline companies Thessaloniki is easily reached by direct international flight connections to about 117 direct destinations, including major cities around the world and has 22 daily flights to Athens.


Worldwide Destinations 35 countries & 117 international destinations.

Armenia:Eriwan-Zvartnots International
Austria:Graz, Innsbruck-Kranebitten, Salzburg, Vienna
Bosnia and Herzegovina:Mostar-International
Bulgaria:Burgas, Sofia, Varna
Cyprus:Larnaca, Paphos
Czech Republic:Bruenn, Prague
Germany:Baden, Berlin, Braunschweig/Wolfsburg, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg-Fuhlsbuettel, Hannover, Leipzig, Munich, Nuernberg, Stuttgart, Weeze Dusseldorf/Niederrhein
Spain:Barcelona, Gerona, Ibiza, Madrid
France:Basel-Muelhausen EuroAirport S, Bastia-Poretta, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle
United Kingdom:East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester
Georgia:Kutaisi, Tbilisi
Hungary:Budapest, Genf-International
Israel:Tel Aviv
Italy:Bari, Bologna, Brindisi-Casale, Cagliari-Elmas, Catania, Milan, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Rome, Verona
Kazakhstan:Almaty-International, Astana-International
Poland:Gdansk, Katowice, Krakau, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw
Portugal:Lissabon-Humberto Delgado
Romania:Bucharest, Bukarest-Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu, Cluj
Russia:Ekaterinburg-Koltsovo, Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Νovgorod, Novosibirsk, Perm, Rostov, Samara, Sankt Petersburg, Tyumen, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh
Slovakia:Bratislava, Kosice
Sweden:Goeteborg, Stockholm, Stockholm NYO
Ukraine:Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkov-International, Kiew-Zhuliany International, Lviv, Odessa, Omsk
Domestic direct destinationsAthens, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ioannina, Kalamata, Kastoria, Kavala, Kos, Kythira, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Paros, Patras-Araxos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skyros, Syros, Thessaloniki


Thessaloniki International Airport The website of Thessaloniki’s Macedonia Airport is: www.skg-airport.gr

Thessaloniki has a convenient bus system, connecting all areas to the city centre, while plenty of taxis are available for those needing to get somewhere faster. Standard adult tickets: 0,90€ . Up to four way tickets valid for up to (4) trips made within 120 minutes from the time of issue. Travel cards of various durations are also available.