1. Moving Around the City
Thessaloniki offers an easy and quick way to commute; no city spot is more than 30 minutes away from the center by public transportation.
Surely, the best way to get acquainted with the historic center is by strolling down the UNESCO monuments, the market, the traditional taverns, as well as the coastline with the beautiful sunset, the distance between them is not more a few minutes’ walk, after all. Public buses and taxis are the main means of transportation of Thessaloniki, while bicycles have become increasingly popular over the past years. The picturesque boats and the alternative Segway, complete the list of transportation selections during summer period.
Bus Public Transport
The Organization of Urban Transportation of Thessaloniki (O.A.S.TH.), the second largest in Greece, connects the whole city via a dense network of bus lines. You can get your tickets at the O.A.S.TH.’s ticket booths, at the 1200 selling shops or by the vending machines inside the buses. Free service is offered to people with special needs.
Try getting 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 in the course of time. Both optic and acoustic information is available for the 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 issued by ticket machines on the buses (for one trip). For up to 2 trips within seventy (70) minutes from the time of issue the ticket cost is 1,20€. Travel cards of various durations are also available.
The Thessaloniki sightseeing company offers tours around the city with its open deck busses. It is a 70 minute tour, departing from the White Tower, with 8 stops at the most important tourist attractions, while, due to its frequent bus routes you can visit any other historic monuments or places of interest you wish (frequency of arrival 30-80 minutes depending on the season). Commentary is available in 11 languages (Greek, English, German, Russian, Serbian, Jewish, Turkish, Romanian)
Τhere are approximately 2000 taxis in Thessaloniki with 24h service taxi ranks in many city spots and in many departure ones like the Airport, the Train Station, the Macedonia Intercity Station and the Port.
Cost of indicative routes:
Macedonia Airport – historic center and vice versa: 18 Euros approximately
Macedonia Intercity Station – historic center and vice versa: 7 Euros approximately
Train Station – historic center and vice versa: 5 Euros approximately
A double fare is applicable between midnight and 05:00 am.
Thessaloniki’s taxis are blue in color, with white top.
Discover Thessaloniki by means of riding a bicycle! City touring becomes even more enjoyable through a network of bicycle lanes bearing the special marking! The bike sharing system in the Municipality of Thessaloniki, named I-BIKE, of THESSBIKE company, holds eight stations and a fleet of 200 bicycles, including two seat, four seat, electric bikes and vehicles for the handicapped.
Another company in the field of renting bikes is BikeIT, based in Nea Paralia of Thessaloniki, where you can select from a wide range of bicycle types.
Thessaloniki City Map
The climate of Thessaloniki is Mediterranean, being partly affected by the mainland.
The rarity of extreme weather conditions and the mild temperature characteristics of each of the four seasons, provide the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take pleasure in the beauty and colors of each switching of 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 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 big 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 the time change from "winter" to "summer" and conversely.
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: surrounded by monumental buildings and open to the waterfront for a width of 100 meters and the waterfront avenue of the city (Nikis avenue), where cafes, trendy bars, restaurants and street performers can be found.
Navarinou Square: Full of university student’s haunts (open air cafes overlooking the ruins of the imperial palace).
Valaoritoy district: The new trendy neighborhood where 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 an obligatory term, though in case of being satisfying by the service is 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 get connected to any of the hundreds of cafes, restaurants, etc. of the city, offering free Wi-Fi access to their customers!