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There are 8 ways to get from Athens to Macedonia by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Skopje  •  4h 5m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Skopje (SKP) ATH - SKP

$88 - $171

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Bus  •  13h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Kumanovo

$42 - $64

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Fly to Thessaloniki, train  •  6h 51m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) ATH - SKG
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Mesonision

$104 - $182

Fly to Ioannina, bus  •  7h 19m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Ioannina (IOA) ATH - IOA
  2. Take the bus from Ioannina to Florina

$86 - $195

Train, bus  •  9h 23m

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Skopje

$44 - $66

Bus via Thessaloníki  •  10h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Skopje

$66 - $79

Train  •  11h 24m

  1. Take the train from Athens to Platy Ic
  2. Take the train from Platy to Florina Ic
  3. Take the train from Bitola to Skopje 642 / ...

$43 - $87

Drive  •  7h 3m

  1. Drive from Athens to Skopje 694.6 km

$100 - $160

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

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Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in North Macedonia from May 27.

Limited international flights leaving Greece began to resume from July 1.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Macedonia is to train and bus which costs 35€ - 60€ and takes 9h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Macedonia is to fly which costs 75€ - 160€ and takes 4h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Macedonia. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Skopje via Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 45m.

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The distance between Athens and Macedonia is 439 km. The road distance is 694.6 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Macedonia without a car is to train and bus which takes 9h 23m and costs 35€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 4h 5m to get from Athens to Macedonia, including transfers.

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Athens to Macedonia bus services, operated by KTEL Thessalonikis, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Macedonia is to fly which takes 4h 5m and costs 75€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus via Thessaloníki, which costs 55€ - 70€ and takes 10h 45m, you could also train, which costs 35€ - 80€ and takes 11h 24m.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Skopje Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Athens to Macedonia bus services, operated by Simeonidis Tours, arrive at Skopje station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Macedonia.
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  • Distance: 439 km
  • Duration: 4h 5m

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Macedonia?

Aegean Airlines flies from Athens to Dračevo 3 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Skopje via Thessaloniki Monastiriou and Thessaloniki in around 10h 45m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Ellinair
Website
en.ellinair.com
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Thessaloniki via Chios
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Flights from Athens to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Mesonision
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
trainose.gr
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Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
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Raileurope.com
Train from Athens to Platy
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
trainose.gr
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Raileurope.com
Train from Platy to Florina
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
trainose.gr
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Raileurope.com
Railways of the Republic North Macedonia Transport AD
Bus operators
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Ioannina to Florina
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$25 - $30
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KTEL Ioanninon
Simeonidis Tours
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$44
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
Siamos Tours
Phone
0030 2108219900
Email
vsiamos@otenet.gr
Website
siamostours.gr
Bus from Athens to Kumanovo
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
siamostours.gr

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Macedonia is 1h behind Athens. It is currently 10:59 PM in Athens and 9:59 PM in Macedonia.

Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Macedonia is 695 km. It takes approximately 7h 3m to drive from Athens to Macedonia.

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Aegean Airlines offers flights from Athens Airport to Skopje Airport.

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There are 18+ hotels available in Macedonia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs 10€.

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