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Transfer Options from Thessaloniki Airport to the City of Thessaloniki

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How to get from Thessaloniki airport to city centre

To get from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre you have two transfer options, taxi or bus. The public bus is the cheapest option as tickets only cost 2€, but total journey time is 70 minutes, which includes an average waiting time of 40 minutes. Taking a taxi is the fastest mode of transport from Athens airport as it only takes 35 minutes. However, the journey will cost you around 20€.

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You can pre-book a taxi with English-speaking driver with Welcome Pickups.

Price

20€

Time

30’

Availability

24/7

Taxi

Taxis can easily be found outside of the arrivals terminal at Thessaloniki airport and are available 24/7.

Price

~20

Time

35’

Availability

24/7

Bus

The 78 and 78N buses run 24/7, leaving every 30 – 60 minutes.

Price

2€

Time

70’

Availability

24/7

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How to get from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre by taxi

Taxis are readily available from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre, and are the most convenient transfer option. Taxis from Thessaloniki airport aren't charged at a flat rate, so be expected to pay around 20€, depending on the time of day. The journey should take around 35 minutes in light traffic.

Cost

~20€

Trip Duration

35 minutes

*prices will vary depending on the time of day

Convenience
Value
Safety

Taxis are available 24/7 from Thessaloniki airport

Taxi fare form Thessaloniki airport to the city centre

Taxis from Thessaloniki are charged by a taximeter based on distance. The approximate cost of the journey from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre is 20€ in the day (05:00-24:00) and 25€ at night (00:01-04:59).

Where do I get it from?

You can easily spot the long line of taxis as soon as you exit the arrivals terminal. Taxis at Thessaloniki are blue with a white roof.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Thessaloniki airport is fast and easy. You simply walk out of your arrivals gate, wait a few minutes in the queue, and then hop into your taxi.

Editor’s Note

As the distance from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre is fairly small, the fare will be low. Therefore, a taxi can work out very cheap if you split the cost amongst your group.

Useful Tips

Make sure you hold some cash, most taxis in Thessaloniki, even the ones at the airport, have no way of accepting credit cards
It will take you approximately 35 minutes from the airport to the city center depending on traffic
Please be aware that the nighttime prices are approximately 30% higher
According to Greek law a taxi can carry a maximum of four people at a time, including children
It is not very likely that your taxi drivers speaks English, it's advisable to have the drop off address written somewhere

How to get from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre by bus

Taking a bus from Thessaloniki to the city centre is fairly straight forward as they run 24/7. There is a daytime bus (78) and a nighttime bus (78N). Both buses run the same route and cost 2€ for a one-way ticket. The journey will take around 70 minutes in total.

Cost

2€

Trip Duration

70 minutes

There is an average waiting time of 40 minutes

Convenience
Value
Safety

Buses run 24/7 from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre

How much is the bus from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre?

The 78 and 78N buses cost 2€ for an adult one-way ticket and 1€ for children aged 7-18 and anyone over the age of 65. Children under the age of 6 years travel for free.

Where do I get it from?

As Thessaloniki airport is very small, the public buses can easily be found just outside of the arrivals gate. You simply need to cross the road when you get to the taxi stand, then walk around 100m.

Convenience

Taking a bus transfer from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre is fairy convenient as they run 24/7. However, you do have to wait between 30 and 60 minutes for your bus to leave, and the journey takes twice as long as that of a taxi.

Timetables

78 Bus

Timetable from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre

78N Bus

Timetable from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre

Editor’s Note

Although taking the public bus is the cheapest option, it is definitely not the fastest. If you simply want to get to your accommodation as quickly as possible and relax, I would suggest taking a taxi.

Useful Tips

The buses depart approximately every 30 to 60 minutes and run 24/7, including holidays
You can pay for your ticket on the bus from the allocated machine
Timetables are subject to changes, so be sure to check yours before you leave the arrivals gate

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from the Thessaloniki airport to city centre?

Thessaloniki airport is 17 km away from the city centre, so you can reach it in 30 minutes by taxi or car, and 70 minutes by public bus.

How much does taxi cost from Thessaloniki airport to city centre?

Taxis from Thessaloniki airport aren't charged at a flat rate. The are charged by a taximeter based on distance. You can expect to pay around 20€ in the day and 25€ at night.