1. Getting around the city
Thessaloniki is easy to get around in, as everything is 30 minutes away from the center by public transportation.
The best way to get to know with the historic center is by strolling around the UNESCO monuments, the market, the traditional tavernas, and along the seafront to enjoy a beautiful sunset. The distance between them is no more than a few minutes’ walk. Public buses and taxis are the main means of transportation in Thessaloniki, while bicycles have become increasingly popular in recent years. The picturesque boats and the alternative Segway, complete the list of transportation options during the summer period.
Bus Public Transport
The Organization of Urban Transportation of Thessaloniki (O.A.S.TH.) is the second largest in Greece and connects the entire city via a dense network of bus routes. You can purchase tickets at the O.A.S.TH.’s ticket booths, the 1,200 shops that stock tickets or from the vending machines inside the buses. Free service is offered to people with special needs.
Try taking the “No 50 Cultural Route”, departing from the White Tower. It passes through the monuments, important buildings, old neighborhoods, narrating the historic wealth of Thessaloniki over time. Both optic and acoustic information is available for passengers, in Greek and English.
All necessary information concerning timetables, bus tracking in real time, route duration, best routes etc, is available on the official page of O.A.S.TH. Standard adult tickets: €1.00 and €1.10 when purchased from ticket machines on the buses (for one trip). For up to 2 trips within seventy (70) minutes from the time of issue the ticket is €1.20. Travel cards of various durations are also available.
The Thessaloniki sightseeing company offers tours around the city on its open deck busses. It is a 70 minute tour, departing from the White Tower, with 8 stops at the most important tourist attractions, and due to its frequency you can visit any other historic monuments or places of interest (frequency of arrival 30-80 minutes depending on the season). Commentary is available in 11 languages (Greek, English, German, Russian, Serbian, Jewish, Turkish and Romanian).
Τhere are approximately 2,000 taxis in Thessaloniki with 24h service taxi ranks in many city spots and in many departure areas such as the airport, the train station, the Macedonia Intercity Station and the port.
Cost of various routes:
Macedonia Airport – historic center and vice versa: approximately 18 euros.
Macedonia Intercity Station – historic center and vice versa: approximately 7 euros.
Train Station – historic center and vice versa: approximately 5 euros.
A double fare is charged between midnight and 05:00 am.
Thessaloniki’s taxis are blue with a white roof.
Discover Thessaloniki by bicycle! City touring becomes even more enjoyable through a network of marked bicycle lanes. The Municipality of Thessaloniki bike sharing system named I-BIKE, or THESSBIKE company, provides eight stations and a fleet of 200 bicycles, including two-seat, four-seat, electric bikes and vehicles for the handicapped.
Thessaloniki City Map
Thessaloniki has a Mediterranean climate partly affected by the mainland.
The rarity of extreme weather conditions and the mild temperatures of all four seasons, provide the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take pleasure in the beauty and colors of each shift in the urban landscape.
In September the average temperature is 25°C with average humidity 47%.
3. Currency / Banking / Shopping Hours
Greece is a member of the Eurozone and the euro is the official currency.
You can buy euros from banks, exchange offices in the city center and the airport "Macedonia", while foreign exchange services are offered in many hotels.
The opening hours of banks accepting foreign currency are:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 -14:30 & Friday: 8:00 -13:30.
The shops’ opening hours are not pre-determined.
In general terms, the regular shopping hours on weekdays are 09:00 – 21:00 and Saturdays 09:00 – 15:00.
Malls and large stores operate:
- Monday-Friday: 09:00 – 21:00
- Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00 or 20:00
Shops, boutiques and other commercial markets, operate:
- Monday/ Wednesday/ Saturday: 09:00 – 15:00
- Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday: 09:00 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 21:00
Thessaloniki, like the rest of Greece, belongs to the Eastern European Time Zone and is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). Like most European countries, Thessaloniki implements daylight saving time.
5. Useful Phone Numbers
- Thessaloniki area code (30) 2310
- European Emergency Number 112
- Police 100
- Tourist Police (+30) 2310554874
- Fire Department 199
- Ambulance 166
- Port Authority (+30) 2310593134
- Traffic Police (+30) 2310250740
- Railway Customer Service Centre 14511
- Urban Transportation 11085
- Intercity coaches (+30) 2310595400
- TAXI 18300, 18180, 18288
- Airport (+30) 2310985000
6. Dining and Nightlife
Aristotelous Square: the square is 100 meters wide, surrounded by monumental buildings, opening onto the waterfront and the city’s seafront avenue (Nikis avenue), where cafes, trendy bars, restaurants and street performers can be found.
Navarinou Square: Popular university student’s haunts (open-air cafes overlooking the ruins of the imperial palace).
Valaoritoy district: The new trendy neighborhood with restaurants, bars and live music scenes.
Bar rows in the city center – cluster of bars with distinct character can be found at Lori Margariti, Nikiforou Foka, Zefxidos and Valaoritou streets.
Tipping is not obligatory, but always welcome!
7. WI-FI Hot Spots
Surf, upload, share, get informed, Free!
The Municipality of Thessaloniki offers the possibility of free wireless internet access from mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops in places of economic, tourist and social interest of the city (the network will soon be extended to other parts of the Municipality of Thessaloniki).
The free wireless access points are:
- Mina Patrikiou Square
- Municipal Swimming Pool
- Floricultural park
- New City Hall
- Tsimiski Avenue – Angelaki Street
- Entrance of Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)
- N.Germanou Street - Entrance of the Municipal Garden Theatre
- Society for Macedonian Studies
- White Tower Square
- Romfei square
- Aristotle Square
But even if you move outside of free Wi-Fi hotspots, you can connect to any of the hundreds of cafes, restaurants and such like in the city, offering free Wi-Fi access to their customers!