How to get Halkidiki from Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki to Halkidiki


Where is Halkidiki located?

Halkidiki is a peninsula and a part of the Region of Central Macedonia in Greece   There are three smaller peninsulas in Halkidiki, which form its exceptional beaches. Halkidiki resembles with a hand with three fingers. These fingers though are referred as legs in Greek. Halkidiki is a popular summer tourist destination. You will definitely pass through Thessaloniki to travel to Chalkidiki.


How long is the distance from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki?

The capital town of Halkidiki is Polygyros. Polygyros lies near to Thessaloniki and the approximated distance is less than an hour by car.

The most tourist resorts are located in the first and the second finger of Halkidiki. Kallithea is a famous destination in the first finger and requires an hour journey time from the city centre of Thessaloniki by car. Kallithea is the excursion base for the travelers to Pefkohori and Agia Paraskevi.

Neos Marmaras is also a noted tourist accommodation in the second finger. It is the starting point for a tour through Toroni, Sykia and Sarti to Kavourotrypes. The journey time to Neos Marmaras is an hour and thirty minutes.

The travelers meet Ouranoupolis through their route to the third finger. Ouranoupolis is the last town before entering Agio Oros. The travel time lasts approximately two hours from the city centre of Thessaloniki.


How can I travel from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki?

Halkidiki is placed to the east of Thessaloniki. Visitors must choose the transport means in Thessaloniki in order to reach their destination to Halkidiki.


Is there a train service from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki? 

There is no train service from Thessaloniki to Halkidi. Thessaloniki Railway Station is the largest train station in Balkans. It is connected with all the train stations in Greece and with the most in Eastern Europe, so as North Macedonia. The most common route is from Athens to Thessaloniki.

You may use the Thessaloniki Railway Station for your arrival to Thessaloniki but you should book another transportation means to Halkidiki.

That is not recommended because of the long journey time and the high cost. 


Is there a boat route from Thessaloniki to Halkidi?

In Chalkidiki there is no harbor to ensure your transportation to and from Thessaloniki by ferry.

The biggest harbor near Halkidiki is that of Thessaloniki. The Port of Thessaloniki is the second largest port of Greece. You can end up at the Port of Thessaloniki through several European cities as well as from the islands of Greece. You should be aware of the frequency of the routes and the course they follow because it is often long and tedious.


Daytrip to Halkidiki

Even though there is no ship to travel to Chalkidiki does you may use a boat during your vacation there. On the third finger of Chalkidiki there is Mount Athos ( Agio Oros ). Mount Athos is a place of meditation and prayer. There are twenty Christian monasteries in Mount Athos ( Of these, a holy monastery is Bulgarian, one is Serbian and one is Russian.

To reach Mount Athos you must pass from Ouranoupolis. In Ouranoupolis you can book tickets for the boat that will take you to the port of Dafni on Mount Athos.

The day trip to the third leg of Halkidiki is special. You will come in contact with places and people you have not met again. It is a good idea to take a look at the weather report before your visit to Mount Athos, because there are no routes if the winds are strong.


How do I book a flight to Halkidiki airport?

The central part of Halkidiki consists of mountainous areas, which makes it difficult to operate an airport. In case you want to access Chalkidiki by plane, you will land 15 kilometers southeast of Thessaloniki, at Macedonia Airport.

Macedonia International Airport is 25 minutes from the center of Thessaloniki. Its area reaches 32,000 square meters and is the third largest airport in Greece. Flights to Macedonia airport are made by many European Union countries, as well as other countries abroad such as Turkey and Israel.


Which bus to choose from to Thessaloniki from Halkidiki?

You can use the public transport of Thessaloniki or the private buses of KTEL Chalkidiki. O.A.S.TH. (public buses) facilities are located in the center of Thessaloniki, right next to the Thessaloniki Railway Station. Through public buses your options are limited. Initially, you will have to go from OASTH’s main facilities to its eastern terminals with lines 2, 3 and 8. Otherwise, you can also use line 12. From eastern facilities (IKEA station) you can use lines 69 and 70 to get to Epanomi.

Epanomi is the closest place that urban transport can take you to because they are forbidden to cross the borders of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki. From there you will need to walk to the nearest beaches some kilometers away. The duration of the trip, the traffic of the city and the fact that you can visit only some beaches of Halkidiki make urban transport a bad choice.


Where do I get the private bus to Halkidiki?

The station of KTEL Chalkidiki is located in the area of Pilea, near the shopping center of Macedonia (COSMOS). To get to the station you have to use the urban transport of the city. Only line 45 ends at the KTEL station of Chalkidiki. At the moment, there is no direct route from airport of Macedonia to KTEL Chalkidiki by urban transport.

In the KTEL station you can choose your destination. Waiting at the station is given, as the routes are not often made. You are not able to book tickets from the day before, except on the day you are traveling. If you do not find tickets for all your travel companions, you will have to wait until the next trip in two or three hours. The duration of the trip may exceed 2.5 hours if you are heading to one of the fingers of Halkidiki. The private buses of Chalkidiki follow certain routes and reach specific destinations. Those are fixed and can not deviate from their original programme to visit a beach or sightseeing. This means that in most cases you cannot trust buses of KTEL in order to travel to Halkidiki.

The limited destinations and the length of the trip will cause you to low rate this option. Especially, if you are traveling with a company, the cost is rising too much and there is a chance that you will not find tickets at the desired time. The cost of the tickets – without return – amounts to 7 to 17 euro, depending on the place of arrival.


Can I book a taxi from Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki?

The best option you can do is to choose a taxi to travel to Chalkidiki. Passenger cars have strong advantages over other means of transport. XLNS passenger cars can receive you in time and without delay wherever you are in Thessaloniki. For example, if you arrive in Thessaloniki by airplane, our drivers can await you at Macedonia Airport. As soon as you land, you will be ready to travel to Halkidiki without having to spend an unfair time or expect a timetable. You will not need to make unnecessary journeys carrying your luggage. Do not even worry about luggage safety, as is the case with public transport.

“Every moment of my vacation is valuable,” says Peter, who visited Greece and Halkidiki for the first time last year. “I have been waiting all year to get vacation permit. I want to get as quickly as possible in the hotel that I have booked.  Can I do this by bus? My flight arrived in Thessaloniki in the evening and the buses did not work then. I would have been delayed at least six hours until I got to Nikiti. That’s why I decided to go to Nikiti by taxi. I was already in the hotel in one hour and a quarter thanks to XLNS driver”.

You may choose the route to your accommodation. Do not hesitate to ask our drivers to make sure you do not miss anything from the sandy beaches and the sights of Halkidiki. Our guides know every possible route and destination in Halkidiki. Passenger cars are the only option for your excursions and day trips to the rest of Chalkidiki. Transport speed, service quality and cost-conscious prices make XLNS the most reliable choice. If you are traveling in a group, XNLS has 5-seater and 9-seat passenger cars and can serve you with group bookings to enjoy your journey all along.


Travelling from Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki by bike?

Halkidiki is offered for exploration for cyclist lovers. Its beaches and small hills provide an incentive for every cyclist. There are organized and individual bicycle routes. In recent years, more and more bicycle actions have begun from Ierissos. Ierissos is on the third finger, at the beginning of the peninsula. A common route with bicycles is Ierissos-Ammouliani.

Cycling is very long from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki. Ierissos is 100 km away. If you do not want to miss such a chance, we suggest that you take all the necessary equipment with you and watch out the hot summer sun.


What can I bring in my luggage from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki?

The climate is temperate in the coastal areas of Halkidiki. During the summer months you can choose clothes that cool you and do not pull the sun’s rays. Sunscreen use is necessary until the sun sets. In Chalkidiki you are breathing from the sea, so the heat will not be a problem for you.

How do I transport my luggage?

Our drivers will help you with your luggage. They will be there for you from the moment you land at Macedonia Airport. They will mark your name on the tablet to locate them in the waiting room. Our drivers will take care of your comfort, when you reach the place of residence.

The transfers offered by our company are private. The vehicle that you will travel with is exclusively for you and your traveling companions.

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