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How to get from Skopje Airport to Ohrid

Situated on the shores of Ohrid lake, Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Known for its crystal clear waters and idyllic beauty, it is, without doubt, one of the most picturesque places in the Balkans. It is also one of the few places in the world that has been declared both a Natural and Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

There are two transportation options from Skopje airport to Οhrid; one is a taxi and the other the bus. Taking a Skopje Airport Taxi is by far the fastest way of transportation as it covers the distance in less than 3 hours. Opting for the bus, of course, is perfect for those on a tight budget but travellers should note that this isn’t a direct trip and it would require over 4 hours to reach the town of Ohrid, not including waiting times.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €100 165min 24/7
Bus €38 225min 07:00–20:00

How to get from Skopje Airport to Ohrid by taxi

Taking a Skopje Airport Taxi from SKP airport is the most recommended way to travel if you are looking for a quick and comfortable ride. The journey will take 2 hours and 45 minutes and will cost around €100 (MKD 6,592) depending on your exact destination in Ohrid.

Taxi fare from Skopje Airport to Ohrid

Taxis from Skopje airport to Ohrid don’t have a set rate fee. All journeys are calculated using a taximeter that determines the total cost depending on the distance. The final price of the journey will vary depending on where exactly you want to go in Ohrid, but it will be around €100 (MKD 6,592). For a competitive fixed fare you can rely on, you can always pre-book a ride with Welcome.


€100 (MKD 6,592)

Trip Duration

2 hours 45 minutes

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Skopje Airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

You will find the regular yellow taxis waiting outside of the arrivals terminal at Skopje airport.


Taking a taxi from Ohrid to Skopje airport and vice versa is undoubtedly the most convenient transfer option. The journey is lengthy and can be very tiring even by car, so if you are in a rush to get to Ohrid and have had a long flight, taking a taxi is the fastest way to reach your destination.

Editor’s Note

Booking a taxi in advance is wholeheartedly recommended as due to high demand there may be long waiting times.

Useful Tips

The journey to Ohrid is long (201 km), so make sure you take water and light snacks with you.
Check to see if your driver has their official taxi license on display before entering the vehicle.
Tipping in taxis is not obligatory, but it is recommended for a long trip like this.

How to get from Skopje Airport to Ohrid by Bus

Taking a bus from Skopje airport to Ohrid may be the cheapest transfer option, but it’s also the slowest. The bus has no direct route as passengers need to take two buses; one to reach the city of Skopje (WTransporter bus) and the other from downtown Skopje to Ohrid (Bus by a Private Provider i.e. Makedonija Soobrakaj, or Galeb Ohrid). With the first leg of the ride lasting approximately 35-40 minutes and the second an average of 3 hours and 30 minutes, choosing the bus is a good solution for those travelling on a budget but is not ideal for passengers who are in a rush to reach Ohrid.

How much is the bus from Skopje Airport to Ohrid?

A ticket for the shuttle bus from Skopje airport to Skopje costs €3 (MKD 180) per traveller, whilst tickets for the second leg of the trip normally cost between €12-16 (MKD 741-988) depending on the departure time, provider and the day of the week. So you should expect to pay a maximum of around €19 (MKD 1,168) per person for this trip. The cheapest one-way child ticket you can find for the second leg of the trip is just €8 (MKD 492).


€19 (MKD 1,168)

Trip Duration

(Minimum) 4 hours 10 minutes

*Bus ticket prices for the second leg of the joruney may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

The WTransporter runs only a few times a day, between 9am-4:30am, with a more limited service on Sundays. The bus from Skopje city to Ohrid runs only between 7am-8pm.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can pick up the WTransporter bus from the designated Bus Stop at Skopje Airport, outside the main terminal gate. Then once you reach the Skopje bus terminal (on Nikola Karev street), you’ll need to locate the bus based on the provider you chose to travel with. Simply check the Bus station boards or ask at the info desk for some guidance.


Although cost-savvy, the bus is not a very convenient option here as there are only a few airport shuttles a day travelling to the centre of Skopje and the buses that offer the route from Skope to Ohrid are only available between 7am-8pm. If you’re in a rush to reach your destination, a taxi is recommended for your peace of mind, whilst if you’re arriving after 8 in the evening, you will have a very long wait for the next bus.

Editor’s Note

The WTransporter bus terminates at the Holiday Inn Hotel, but keep in mind that you need to alight at the penultimate stop which is the International Bus Station of Skopje. If you're uncertain, ask the driver or a fellow passenger for some assistance.

Useful Tips

The Skopje Bus Station offers amenities such as ATM machines and a currency exchange point, toilets, luggage storage, kiosks, a coffee shop and fast food options.
Depending on the provider you choose to travel with from Skopje to Ohrid, WiFi and free luggage storage might be available on board. It’s important to check in advance though, as in some cases the bus drivers will require an extra fee for large items to be stored inside the baggage compartment of the bus.
Bear in mind, ticket prices and the trip duration for the second bus may vary; expect to pay between €12-16 (MKD 741-988) and for the trip to last anywhere from 3h to 4h 20min depending on the provider and time of travel/traffic conditions.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Skopje. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Skopje airport to Ohrid?

There is a 201 km distance from Skopje airport to Ohrid. Depending on whether you choose the taxi or the bus you can be there in either 2 hours and 45 minutes, or over 4 hours respectively.

What’s the average cost for a taxi from Skopje Airport to Ohrid?

To this day, there is no set price for a taxi from Skopje airport to Ohrid. Drivers mostly use a taximeter to calculate the ride fee. However, the estimated total is around €100 (MKD 6,592) for the journey. To avoid surprises and guarantee a competitive set-rate fare with no hidden fees, you can always pre-book your airport taxi with Welcome Pickups.

Is there a direct Skopje airport to Ohrid bus?

There is no direct bus leaving from Skopje airport to Ohrid. If you’re looking for a cost-savvy alternative to a taxi though and have time to spare, you can combine two buses to complete the journey. You would first need to get to the city centre of Skopje taking the WTransporter bus and then from downtown Skopje to Ohrid you’d need to book a ride with a Private Provider. Buses for the second leg of the journey are offered by Makedonija Soobrakaj and Galeb Ohrid, and prices may vary depending on the date and time.

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