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Transport

The Republic of Macedonia is located in the center of the Balkans and its capital city Skopje is easily accessible by car, plane, train or bus. Once you are in Skopje, it is very easy to travel around the country as there are buses to almost everywhere about once in every two hours. There are also limited direct flights to Ohrid from various European capitals, therefore, count that as an option too!

How to get to Ohrid

Ohrid “St. Paul the Apostle” Airport is located 9 km (6 mi) northwest from Ohrid. The main purpose of St. Paul the Apostle Airport is to serve as a second airport in Macedonia and alternative to Alexander the Great Airport at Skopje and cater to flights bringing in tourists destined for Ohrid. There are seasonal flights operated by Air Serbia (Belgrade), Arkia Israeli Airlines (Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion), Corendon Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), Heli Air (Sofia), Thomas Cook Airlines (Brussels), TUI Airlines Netherlands (Amsterdam), Wizz air (London- Luton), as well as regular flights operated by Helvetic Airways (Zurich) and Wizz Air (Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg).

Here is a link showing taxi services from which you can benefit in Ohrid:  Ohrid taxi transport

How to get to Skopje

Skopje is linked to nearby Southeast European capitals and major cities and can be accessed from Athens (E-75 northbound), Belgrade (E – 75 southbound), Pristina (E-65 southbound), Sophia (E -871 northbound followed by the E-75 southbound), and Tirana (E-852 eastbound followed by the E-65 southbound).

There are gas stations all over the highways on every 5-10 km, usually accompanied by a comfortable café or a snack-bar.

Skopje’s international airport Alexander the Great is located about 17 km east of Skopje. There are many companies that organize flights to and from Skopje. While Wizz Air offers the most affordable prices and flights to various European locations, other companies propose reasonable prices too if booked early. Most flights operate on a daily basis or at least three times a week so you should start organizing as early as possible in order to have the best prices and dates for your journey.

Please check the websites of the following airlines for further information:

Direct flights to Skopje are available from Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Frankfurt Hahn, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Hamburg, London, Malmo, Memmingen/Munich West, Milan, Nuremberg, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, and Venice.

Direct flights to Sofia are available from Alicante, Bari, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Dubai, Geneva, Larnaca, Madrid, Malta, Rome, Tel-Aviv, and Valencia.

Direct flight to Belgrade is available from Baden.

Website: www.wizzair.com

Outbound: Return:
Barcelona – Terminal 2 → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg → Skopje 29.09 4.10
Berlin Schoenefeld → Skopje 27.09 4.10
Bratislava – Ivanka Airport → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Brussels Charleroi → Skopje 27.09 4.10
Cologne → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Copenhagen → Skopje 28.09 5.10
Dortmund → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Eindhoven → Skopje 29.09 6.10
Frankfurt Hahn → Skopje 27.09 4.10
Friedrichshafen → Skopje 28.09 5.10
Gothenburg Landvetter → Skopje 29.09 4.10
Hamburg Lübeck → Skopje 30.09 3.10
London Luton → Skopje 29.09 4.10
Malmo → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Memmingen/Munich West → Skopje 29.09 4.10
Milan Bergamo → Skopje 27.09 4.10
Nuremberg → Skopje 29.09 6.10
Oslo Sandefjord Torp → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Paris Beauvais → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Stockholm Skavsta → Skopje 28.09 5.10
Venice Treviso → Skopje 30.09 3.10

Direct flights to Skopje are available from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zagreb.

 

Contact:

++ 389 2 2561850

++ 389 2 3296967

++ 389 2 3296969

Website: www.croatiaairlines.hr

  Outbound Return
Amsterdam → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Copenhagen → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Frankfurt → Skopje        30.09 3.10
London → Skopje 29.09 3.10
Munich → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Paris → Skopje 29.09 3.10
Rome → Skopje 29.09 3.10
Vienna → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Warsaw → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Zagreb → Skopje 30.09 3.10

Contact:

++ 389 2 314 83 72

++ 389 2 314 83 75

Website: www.austrian.com

  Outbound Return
London → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Vienna → Skopje 30.09 3.10

Direct flights to Skopje are Available from Brussels, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich, Vienna, and Zurich.

  Outbound Return
Zurich → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Vienna → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Brussels → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Frankfurt → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Ljubljana → Skopje 30.09 3.10
Munich → Skopje 30.09 3.10

 

Contact:

++ 389 2 3117 009

++ 389 2 3118 009

++ 389 2 3229 975

Website: www.adria.si

Contact:

++ 389 2 322 90 78

++ 389 2 322 90 49

++ 389 2 311 83 06

 

Website: http://www.airserbia.com/

Contact:

++ 389 2 256 20 53

++ 389 2 311 61 49

 

Website: www.turkishairlines.com

                                                                          Outbound                      Return

Amsterdam → Ohrid                                      30.09                           4.10

Website: www.corendon-airlines.com

Edelweiss contacts:

+ 41(0)43 456 50 00

services@flyedelweiss.com

Website: www.flyedelweiss.com

Swiss contacts:

+381 11 33 47 641
+420 2 34 00 83 60

Website: www.swiss.com

To travel between the airport and the city center:

 

Vardar Express organizes shuttle buses between the airport and the city center. The one way ticket price is 175 MKD (2.8€). You can check the timetables at the following link: http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=491

There are bus connections from Serbia (Belgrade, Nis), Kosovo (Pristina), Albania (Tirana), Bulgaria (Sofia), Greece (Thessaloniki), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Croatia (Zagreb), Germany (many cities), Austria (Vienne), Turkey (Istanbul) and other European countries to Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, Struga, Ohrid. There are buses at least once every day.

Therefore, you may consider the nearby airports (Belgrade, Sofia, Pristina, and Thessaloniki) as alternatives if a direct flight to Skopje is not available.

 

Both international and national bus lines are located in the same bus station which is situated near the city center. You can take a bus or a taxi to go to a desired destination. Public buses are frequent and connect most parts of the city. The ticket costs 35 MKD (50 cents).

A taxi service should not cost more than 300 MKD (5€), although an average journey would cost between 50-150 MKD (1-2.5€). Here is a useful link for taxi services in Skopje: Taxi Companies. You can also use the android app Vikni Taksi.

 

To go to Ohrid you can choose among various companies who operate frequently on a daily basis. The ticket prices are almost the same. Galeb is a good option with good service and favorable prices (one way ticket around: 8€, round trip: 12€)

***Additionally, the participants of the conference will have the option to choose an organized travel between Skopje and Ohrid. More details will follow soon.

  Departure from: Days Time O/W R/T
Durmo Tours
Albania: Tirana Every Day 16:00 20 € 30 €
  Durres Every Day 17:00    
  Skopje Every Day 06:00    
Austria: Linz Thursday 17:30 60 € 100 €
  Wien Thursday 19:30 60 € 100 €
Croatia – Zagreb          
Hisar Turizam Zagreb Every day 18:00    
  Skopje Every day 17:00 50 € 90 €
Greece – Thessaloniki:    
Simeonidis Tours: Thessaloniki Every day 08:30 & 17:30    
  Skopje Every day 06:00 & 17:00 20 € 30 €
Kosovo – Prishtinë
  Prishtinë Every day 6.00; 6.30; 7.25; 8.30; 9.00; 11.30; 12.00; 12.30; 13.00; 14.00; 14.30; 15.00; 15.30; 17.00
  Skopje Every day 6:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:10, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:20, 14:00, 15:00, 15:45, 16:30, 17:00, 18:10, 19:10, 20:10 ~5 € ~9 €
Serbia – Belgrade:
BS Tours: Belgrade Every day 17:30 at the Belgrade bus station platform 3
  Skopje Every day 23:30 International bus station platform 3
Niš-ekspres Every day
  Belgrade Every day 00:45, 04:45, 07:45, 11:20, 14:20, 23:15
  Skopje 05:10, 07:45, 09:25, 13:10, 16:45, 20:30, 21:30 ~21€ ~34 €
Galeb
  Belgrade Every day 21:30, 22:30
  Ohrid Every day 15:30, 17:45 30 €
Slovenia – Ljubljana
Radika Prevoznik Ljubljana Every day 15:30
  Every day 50 € 90 €
Turkey – Istanbul
Hisar Turizm Istanbul Every day 18:00
  Skopje Every day 17:00 40€ 60€
Alpar Turizm Istanbul Every day 20:00 40€ 60€
 

Skopje – Ohrid:

Galeb

Departure from Skopje

06:00 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA KICHEVO
SKOPJE-TETOVO-GOSTIVAR-KICHEVO-OHRID
06:00 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA BITOLA * – DIRECT
SKOPJE-VELES-KAVADARCI-PRILEP-BITOLA-RESEN-OHRID
08:00 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA KICHEVO
SKOPJE-GOSTIVAR-KICHEVO-OHRID
10:00 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA KICHEVO
SKOPJE-KICHEVO-OHRID
14:00 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA KICHEVO
SKOPJE-KICHEVO-OHRID
16:30 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA KICHEVO
SKOPJE-TETOVO-GOSTIVAR-KICHEVO-OHRID
16:30 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA BITOLA
SKOPJE-VELES-PRILEP-BITOLA-RESEN-OHRID
18:30 SKOPJE – OHRID VIA KICHEVO
SKOPJE-TETOVO-GOSTIVAR-KICHEVO-OHRID

 

Departure from Ohrid

05:30 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO * – DIRECT
Ohrid-Kichevo-Skopje
06:00 OHRID – KOCHANI VIA BITOLA
Ohrid-Resen-Bitola-Prilep-Kavadarci-Veles-Shtip-Kochani
07:30 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO
Ohrid-Kichevo-Gostivar-Tetovo-Skopje
08:15 OHRID – BITOLA * – DIRECT
Ohrid-Resen-Bitola
10:00 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA BITOLA
Ohrid-Resen-Bitola-Prilep-Veles-Skopje
10:45 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO
Ohrid-Kichevo-Gostivar-Tetovo-Skopje
12:45 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO
Ohrid-Kichevo-Skopje
13:15 OHRID – BITOLA * – DIRECT
Ohrid-Resen-Bitola
15:00 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO
Ohrid-Kichevo-Tetovo-Skopje
15:30 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA BITOLA
Ohrid-Resen-Bitola-Prilep-Veles-Skopje
15:30 OHRID – BELGRAD VIA BITOLA
Ohrid-Resen-Bitola-Prilep-Kavadarci-Veles-Skopje-Kumanovo-Vranje-Keskovac-Nish-Jagodina-Belgrad
17:45 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO
Ohrid-Kichevo-Gostivar-Tetovo-Skopje
17:45 OHRID – BELGRAD VIA KICHEVO
Ohrid-Kichevo-Gostivar-Tetovo-Skopje-Kumanovo-Vranje-Keskovac-Nish-Jagodina-Belgrad
19:00 OHRID – SKOPJE VIA KICHEVO * – SEASONAL
Ohrid-Kichevo-Skopje

 

Average ticket price: O/W 490 denars R/T 720 denars

Train service connects Macedonia to Greece and Serbia and runs every day. Unfortunately a train line between Skopje and Ohrid is not available. Nevertheless if coming from Serbia (Belgrade) or Greece (Thessaloniki) you can include train to your possible transportation list. The prices are highly favorable: Belgrade-Skopje (O/W 23€, R/T 33€, twice a day), Thessaloniki-Skopje (O/W 12 €, R/T 20€ once a day).

The train station is adjacent to the bus station which is around 2km from the city center.
For more information you can visit: http://www.mztransportad.com.mk/

  • Train Lines:
  Days Time O/W R/T
 
Skopje – Niš – Belgrade Every day            8:20

22:19

23 € 33 €
Belgrade – Niš – Skopje Every day 07:35

18:50

   
Skopje – Thessaloniki   16:55 12 € 20 €
Thessaloniki – Skopje   18:30    

For further inquiries about travel please contact Aynur Kaso at aynurkaso@gmail.com.