Thessaloniki airport is the main airport serving the north of Greece. Thessaloniki airport, also known as Makedonia International Airport (formerly Mikra Airport) is 15kms to the south East of Thessaloniki city, which is the second largest city in Greece. The airport is also the second busiest in Greece, only behind Athens airport in the capital. Thessaloniki airport caters for more than 4 million passengers each year, it has one main terminal which is spread out over three floors and divided by international and domestic arrival areas. The city of Thessaloniki was named after the sister of Alexander the Great and it is a beautiful city full of character, charm and history, but with a cosmopolitan vibe. It is located on the Thermaikos Gulf and is a beautiful and interesting city to visit.
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Car Hire in Thessaloniki Airport is a great start to a holiday in the north of Greece. It provides you with a flexible and easy way to explore the city of Thessaloniki and its surrounds, and it is also the perfect way to explore the very popular Halkidiki regions. You have a good choice of car hire provider in Thessaloniki airport, and Car Booker compares all their prices, car hire discounts and special offers, we pick the best deals and you can then pick the hire car that suits you best. Save up to 30% on car hire in Thessaloniki airport simply by comparing brands, you can get the best deal on your hire car from brands such as Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Auto Union, Avis, Budget, Olympic Car Hires, Surprice rent a car and Thrifty. To pick up your hire car in the airport, simply to car hire desks against the back wall of the arrivals hall. And remember for holiday destinations, always book in advance.
If you are not looking for a hire car to get you easily around, then public transport is your next choice, but remember that in Greece, public transport is not always great. From Thessaloniki you will be able to get to the city and to some local towns. To get a bus from Thessaloniki airport then go outside the arrivals area and catch the number 78 bus, they run every half hour and will take you to the city centre. The bus journey takes about 45 minutes and will cost you about €0.60. To get a taxi from Thessaloniki airport to the city centre, you will pay between €12-15. There are also some private shuttles available which you would need to research and book in advance, they can go from the airport to popular destinations and usually are in the form of taxis, shuttles or mini-buses depending on your numbers.
Having survived the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Thessaloniki city is teeming with culture and history. It is an elegant city with elements of it harking back to its history, but at the same time it is a modern city with modern people. Side by side, you will find chic boutiques, restaurants and old churches and along old walls, in beautiful small squares or along cobbled streets. Many churches in Thessaloniki are UNESCO world heritage sites and for a really special one, visit the Saint Nicolaos Orfano church built on an ancient Roman Temple dedicated to Zeus. It is has amazing frescos and a Rotunda where you can walk on sections of the old city wall which leads to the White Tower. To get outside of the city and see more of Northern Greece, then we would recommend Chalkidiki or Halkidiki. In your hire car, it will only take you an hour to arrive at long sandy beaches set on three peninsulas which stretch into the Aegean Sea and are backed by mountains. Well worth a visit and even a few days of your holidays.