Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia”, also knon as Mikra Airport, is an international airport located 13km south of the Thessaloniki city centre in Thermi. It is country’s third largest airport after Athens and Heraklion airports. It is the main airport of northern part of the country and serves the city of Thessaloniki, the popular tourist destination, and the cities of the region. In 2016 the airport handled over 6 million passengers.
Public transport: Thessaloniki Airport is connected to the city centre by public bus.
Bus: The OASTH buses connect the airport and the Macedonia Intercity Bus Station throughout the day by the 78, 78A and 78N lines. The journey time is 30-40 minutes.
- Line 78 departs every 30 minutes during the day.
- Line 78N operates during the night.
- Line 78A departs only once a day, at 05:00 a.m. in the direction of the airport.
- Along the route, you can get off in the city centre (Platia Aristotelous) and at the main railway station of Thessaloniki (Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos).
- A single ticket costs 2€ (students and seniors 1€). You can buy the ticket from the ticket machine on the bus, but keep in mind that the machine does not return spare change.
- See the driving schedule.
Taxi service: If you’re up for a more cozy ride, then take a taxi instead of public bus. There is a taxi rank outside the Arrivals hall. One way ride takes about 30 minutes and costs around 20€. Be patient during the high season since it may take some time for you to find a taxi.
Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you’re travelling with a child.
Renting a car at Thessaloniki Airport: Rent your car directly at the airport in one of the offices of rental companies like Hertz Avis, Europcar, Sixt and Budget. The car rental offices are located at the Arrivals Level. Still, the best way to rent car is to do it online, that way you’ll avoid the possible queue.
Renting a bus at Thessaloniki Airport: If you are travelling in a large group, you should consider renting a bus prior to your arrival so that the rental agency can prepare all the details and advise you on the meeting and pick up points at the airport.
FAQ – bus and transport from Thessaloniki Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, it shouldn’t be a problem. The lines 78, 78N and 78A operate throughout the day, but if you miss them all, you have a taxis at the taxi rank at your disposal, it will cost you around 20€ per way for a 30 min drive.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Of course, there are few hotels to choose from. The closest one is the Perea Hotel 3.7km away from the airport, favourite among foreign travellers for their cozy rooms and very friendly staff, as well as for its vicinity to Perea nightlife. One km further away is Avra Hotel, only 1 minute away from the beach, which makes it ideal both for leisure and business. Your other options are hotels Astoria and Egnatica Palace, both 13km from the airport.
Q: I would like to visit Thessaloniki in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, the journey to city centre from the airport takes only half an hour, and the buses which operate on the route drive throughout the day, so it should be no problem to make a short trip there.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also take money from the ATM machines at the airport. However, we advise you to do it prior to your arrival to avoid low currency rates.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Thessaloniki. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: Unfortunately no, but once you arrive to Thessaloniki bus station you will have numerous options for travelling around the region. Check them out in advance and make your trip more exciting.