Thessaloniki International Airport or 'Makedonia' International Airport (formerly known as Mikra Airport) is located 15km to south east of the city. Thessaloniki is the main airport serving northern Greece, Thessloniki city, which is the second largest city of Greece and Chalkidiki. The airport is the second busiest in Greece with about 4 million passengers a year. The airport has one terminal over 3 floors and is divided into international and domestic arrivals. Thessaloniki city, named after the sister of Alexander the Great, is built near the sea at the Thermaikos Gulf. It is a city full of character from its historic past and it has a cosmopolitan vibe which makes it a beautiful and interesting city.
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Airport car rental in Thessaloniki airport is a great way to explore the city and the attractions in and around the city including venturing south to the very popular Halkidiki region. There are a large number of car rental providers operating from Thessaloniki airport. Car Booker works with all these providers, so when you want to save time and money on your pre-booked rental car, then let us compare all their prices for you. You will get the best rent a car price from; Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Auto Union, Avis, Budget, Olympic Car Rentals, Surprice rent a car and Thrifty. To pick up your rental car in Thessaloniki airport then go to the rental desk against the back wall of the arrivals hall.
Car rental really is the way to go in Greece, not just in Thessaloniki airport, but anywhere in Greece, as public transport is not always great, and will only serve the airport to local towns. If you want to see Greece, get your rental car and let the adventure begin. If you do want to travel by bus or taxi, then you should go outside the arrivals area. The number 78 bus runs every 30 minutes and will bring you to the city centre. It takes 45 minutes and costs €0.60. The taxi fare from the airport costs between €12 and €15. There are also some private shuttles available from the airport which include taxis, shuttles or mini-buses. Try a company like Thessaloniki Transfer for these services.
Thessaloniki is a city of elegance and charm; modern but packed with history because it survived the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires; here you find narrow cobbled streets, small squares and many UNESCO site churches. Our recommendation would be the Saint Nicolaos Orfanos church build on an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, now with beautiful frescos and a Rotunda or walk on sections of the old city wall leading to the White Tower. The most popular destination outside the city is Chalkidiki or Halkidiki. Drive just one hour away by rental car and arrive at an area of long sandy beaches on three peninsulas jutting into the Aegean Sea and surrounded by mountains.