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Air

Budget airlines have improved Skopje's modest number of air connections, and it's now connected pretty well to major European cities. Wizz Air still flies Skopje–London, but has stopped its Ohrid–London flights, and the Skopje–Barcelona connection was stopped in autumn 2018.

See the Airports of Macedonia website (www.airports.com.mk) for information about flying in and out of North Macedonia, including timetables, carriers and weather conditions.

Airports & Airlines

Skopje International Airport, 21km from Skopje, is North Macedonia's main airport, though Ohrid's St Paul the Apostle Airport also runs a number of European international flight services.

Skopje airport has exchange offices, ATMs and hotel-booking and car-rental services. Ohrid airport has kiosks for most major car-rental companies, too, which open for customers who have booked ahead.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of your ticket.

Land

Border Crossings

Albania North Macedonia and Albania have four border crossings; the busiest are Kafasan–Qafa e Thanës, 12km southwest of Struga, and Sveti Naum–Tushëmishti, 29km south of Ohrid. Blato, 5km northwest of Debar, and Stenje, on Lake Prespa's southwestern shore, are the least used.

Bulgaria For Bulgaria, Deve Bair (90km from Skopje, after Kriva Palanka) accesses Sofia. The Delčevo crossing (110km from Skopje) leads to Blagoevgrad, while the southeastern Novo Selo crossing, 160km from Skopje beyond Strumica, reaches Petrich.

Kosovo Blace, 20 minutes north from Skopje, reaches Pristina in Kosovo, while Tetovo's Jazince crossing is closer to Prizren.

Serbia Tabanovce is the major road/rail crossing for Belgrade.

Bus

International routes generally arrive at and depart from Skopje or Ohrid. Pristina, Tirana, Sofia, Belgrade and Thessaloniki are the most common connections.

From Skopje it's also possible to get to Ljubljana, İstanbul and Zagreb; some Ohrid buses travel to various destinations in Montenegro.

Car & Motorcycle

Bringing your own vehicle into North Macedonia is hassle free, though you do need a Green Card (proof of third-party insurance, issued by your insurer) endorsed for Macedonia. You also need to bring the vehicle registration/ownership documents.

Note that petrol stations are not always located within spitting distance of North Macedonia's border crossings, but the country isn't large and you're unlikely to go more than 25km or so without finding a pump.

Train

  • Macedonian Railway runs antiquated trains. They are often the cheapest mode of transport and the most iconic way to travel, passing through wild terrain. However, the network is limited and trains are less frequent than buses.
  • Trains connect Skopje to Pristina, Belgrade and Thessaloniki (though the last is via a train-and-bus combo because of the fraught relationship with Greece).
  • Timetables and fares are viewable online (http://mktransport.mk/en).

Sea

North Macedonia is landlocked and it's not possible to get here by boat. The country's land borders run through Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa, but it is illegal to cross at either of these places.