How to get from Thessaloniki to Belgrade?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 10:10 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Nov 15, 2012 2:38 AM
Nov 15, 2012 3:40 AM
Nov 15, 2012 5:46 AM
2There's no direct train, as you rightly point out.
You can get a train from Thessaloniki to within a very short distance of the GR/BG border.
One of the nearest stations is at Sidirodromikos Stathmos, a 5 minute walk from the E79 GR/BG main road.
The GR/BG border is 400 yards away. From the BG side you can get trains to Sofia and Beograd.
It takes a bit of planning, with a bus or two being involved too.
Best of luck with everything.
Nov 15, 2012 7:00 AM
3#2, "Sidirodromikos Stathmos" simply means railway station in Greek! What locality were you looking at?
#1, you have provided the right links. There are indeed some (not very frequent) bus connections from Thessaloniki to both Skopje and Sofia, and then one can continue by bus (or by train, but it is slower) to Nis and Belgrade.
OP, if you are not particularly interested to visit any of the places along the way (or nearby areas like Lake Ohrid, for instance) and just want to get from Thessaloniki to Belgrade, my advice would be to look into the flight options. A one-way ticket on JAT is likely to cost about 100 euro, which is not much different from spending a minimum of 40-50 euro for overland travel plus having to feed yourself for two days...
Nov 15, 2012 7:16 AM
4You can have another Option.
Solun-Florina( Lerin) Bus €15, MKD Taxi to pick you up & drop you to Bitola, (€25) from there Night bus with Galeb -Ohrid at 17:45 arriving in Belgrade at 5:00am ( €39 or 1800 MKD one Way)
If you choose to go via Skopje, there is Bus with Makedonija-Soobrakaj from Makedonia Bus Station in Solun to Skopje at 17:00 arrived in Skopje at 20:30 thats given you 45 min to climbing the steps to the Train Station & get on the 21:15 Night Train to Belgrade. Or you can catch Galeb-Ohrid Bus to Belgrade at 21.30 and arrive in Belgrade at 5:00 am
Edited by: Macedonian
Nov 15, 2012 7:18 AM
5Just a minute please....
My sincere apologies.
Sidirodromikos Stathmos Promachona. Very close to GR/BG. Dunno why the last word didn't paste.
However unless OP is mad on changing trains, getting on buses and even more trains, take the plane ! !
My idea is just because OP mentioned the train.
I've changed in Thessaloniki before en-route to both Athens and Sofia, when the trains crossed the border.
I had plenty of time though. It's not a plan for anyone in a hurry ! !
Nov 15, 2012 8:07 AM
6Direct (Athens -) Thessaloniki - Beograd bus as mentioned under #1
direct bus to Sofia, then train
bus to Skopje, then another bus or train to Beograd (as mentioned under #1, #3 and #4)
train to Strimon (once daily) or Sidirokastro (twice daily), then taxi to Kulata and train from there to Sofia - Beograd
bus to Florina, taxi to Bitola, bus to Beograd (as mentioned under #4)
6 solutions; it's up to you to make a choice!
Nov 18, 2012 6:28 AM
7Thank you all for the replies.I think I'll try plane because the other options are too complicated.However,timetable of flights is a little difficult for me.Most of the departures from Thessaloniki are very early in the morning and perhaps I will have to stay at the airport of Thessaloniki over the night waiting my flight.Has anyone tried it?Is there crowd?
Thanks in advance.
Nov 18, 2012 7:06 AM
8There are hotels around the airport (as the direct Thessaloniki - Beograd bus seems to be "too complicated" for you).
Nov 21, 2012 7:50 AM
Nov 21, 2012 10:10 AM
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